Hundreds packed into Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College on Thursday, March 28, with the goal of saving the lives of unborn children in Hall County.
Choices Pregnancy Care Center, located in both Gainesville and Flowery Branch, hosted its annual fundraising gala to gather the means of continuing its vision of saving those not yet born and saving souls.
Lee Koz, the executive director of Choices, revealed to the crowd stats from the nonprofit’s 2018 accomplishments. Last year he said 62 children were rescued from becoming aborted and 53 patients were led to Christ.
Choices not only provides free pregnancy testing and STD panels to pregnant women in Hall County, but the group of staff and advocates hold post-abortion support classes, sexual integrity education to middle and high schoolers, a 24/7 help line and referrals to adopting agencies.
“I want to let you know that we don’t condemn what people have done in the past,” Koz said. “We look forward and say Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross of Calvary covers all sins and we’re all sinners, and that women need healing from abortion just as much as healing from any other sinful event that has happened in their life.”
Koz announced the nonprofit’s plans to move its current Flowery Branch location off of Winder Highway to Robson Crossing across from Christ Place Church. He said he signed the lease on the new building just a day before the gala.
Choices also intends to find a larger Gainesville headquarters to accommodate its growing services. Last year the clinics received a combined 2,160 patient visits.
Scott Klusendorf the president of Life Training Institute and author of “The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture,” presented as the keynote speaker of the evening.
Life Training Institute, which is based out of Colorado Springs, trains anti-abortion advocates to persuasively defend their views.
During his speak Klusendorf left the audience with three questions for people to understand in order to make a difference in the present culture.
The questions included: What is the unborn? What makes humans valuable? What is our duty?
To put into perspective how to define the unborn, Klusendorf relayed a sentence that he said most embryology textbooks teach.
“From the earliest stages of development, from the one-cell stage, you were a distinct living and whole human being,” he said.
Klusendorf turned his speech to a graphic take on abortions by revealing a 55-second video clip showing the outcome of the procedure. The video played music in the background, so those who didn’t want to watch could look away.
He clarified that he was not here to beat up on people who may have an abortion, but “to convey truths words alone cannot simply convey.”
Klusendorf ended by delivering a spiel in less than one minute about why he is against abortion.
“There’s no essential difference between the embryo you were then and the adult you are today that would justify killing you back then,” he said. “Differences of size, level of development and degree of dependency are not good reasons for saying we can kill you then but not now.”
When the gala came to a close, people reflected on their decision to save the unborn and offered donations to Choices.
“Men and women, we have an opportunity tonight to step up and love our unborn neighbor through the ministry of Choices,” he said.