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ComfortCare Women's Health • Summer 2021 Newsletter
I remember first hearing the alarming statistic that almost half of the women who have an abortion have already had one. I had already been at ComfortCare Women’s Health for a couple of years and God used it as an opportunity to open my eyes. We do good work here. But we have more to do. If we believe the enemy has come to “steal, kill, and destroy,” let’s not be naïve enough to believe he’s finished with the end of the baby’s life. No. Let’s realize that he’s going to keep pursuing a woman who has chosen abortion until he’s taken all hope, all peace, all life.

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Almost half of the women
who have an abortion
have already had one.
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So what do we do? We fight. We press into the freedom and strength that God provides and we offer her a place of compassion, safety, and an opportunity to find hope, peace, LIFE.

Many of you know that we operate 3 clinics – 1 in Lexington, 1 in Staunton, and 1 in Waynesboro. Through COVID-19, we have had the opportunity to understand our community’s needs and how we can best meet them. Thus, while we can continue to see patients who need a pregnancy test at all 3 of our clinics, we are repurposing our Waynesboro clinic to offer a dedicated home for our HEART program. Creating a dedicated space for post-abortive healing allows us to expand this critical program for women in our communities. Please join us in learning about the need and the vision for this important step. Take the time to visit our updated HEART website at ccwomenshealth.org/heart to learn more about the expanded offering for yourself, your congregation, or anyone you know who may need to be set free from the pain of abortion.
Our newly renovated and redecorated waiting area welcomes patients as they enter the Waynesboro clinic.
We wanted this space to feel comfortable, casual, and welcoming to all who enter. (We also made sure to include a coffee and tea station for that extra touch!)
Our new room dedicated just for the HEART program meetings offers privacy in a calming and serene setting.
QUESTION: Does ComfortCare exist to show women life-affirming options prior to choosing abortion or to help them find healing after one?
ANSWER: BOTH.

DID YOU KNOW...
• 1 in 4 women will have an abortion by age 45
• About 50% of women who have 1 abortion will have a second one
• Mental sickness and suicide rates increase in women following
abortion procedures
• Women in a post-abortive position report unbelievable loneliness,
guilt, and depression

If we want to see an end to the stronghold abortion currently holds in our society, it will require offering a healing resource for past abortion decisions. Women in our community deserve to be set free from the power of abortion... whether that’s before they make a decision or after.

Think through this reality. If a woman finds healing after having one abortion, will she be prompted to seek another one in her future? While expanding the HEART program can help a woman find healing from her past, it may also transform the story that awaits her.
Equip.

The answer to setting our communities free from the pain and power of abortion is not a simple one. It will require a response that celebrates the reality that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” – unique, complex, emotional, spiritual human beings.

Just as each of us has an individual story… so does a woman who has chosen abortion in her past. We do not believe we have all of the answers at ComfortCare, but our goal is not to be her freedom or her truth. Our goal is to make it easy for her to access the healing she deserves.

Wondering what you can do? Offer a safe place where someone could openly share a past abortion decision. Then... Offer compassion. Offer a resource. Love well.

What resources can you offer?
If you are affiliated with a church, we have resources available that you can share with your congregation and community. Contact us at 540-885-7448 to request HEART brochures or flyers. These flyers have tear-off tabs at the bottom which are ideal for women’s bathroom stalls so that women who need the HEART contact info can discreetly tear off a tab and slip it in their pocket.

If you know a friend who could benefit from the HEART program, point her to our website: ccwomenshealth.org/heart so she can learn more about the many options she has to seek healing from a past abortion decision. For more info on HEART, call our HEART Director, Barbara Medaries at 540-290-5327 or email her at healingheartinfo@gmail.com.  

Get to know our HEART Leader
BARBARA MEDARIES
HEART Leader

Tell us about your family: 
My husband Richard and I have been married for 47 years and we have three sons and a daughter. They have blessed us with six granddaughters and three grandsons, ages 18 years to 8 months old.

Where do you attend church?
We have fellowshipped with Community Fellowship Church in Staunton since 1975, when we first moved to Staunton, except for five years when we were living in Florida.

How long have you been involved with ComfortCare? 
I responded to an invitation to consider becoming a volunteer at ComfortCare in 1997 after Deb Fann spoke at my church. After completing volunteer training, the Lord led me to take part in a post-abortion healing Bible study. This then led me to realize that the Lord was leading me to become a peer counselor in the HEART ministry.

What led you to ComfortCare? 
A desire to reach this very vulnerable community for life! I love life, and have a heart for those who struggle over these important decisions. And I love the way ComfortCare serves so compassionately.

What inspires you about this ministry? 
I am inspired by the loving, dedicated staff and volunteers at ComfortCare who work tirelessly to minister to the patients who need help in their crisis situations. They trust God and love one another, and this encourages me to try harder and to have faith and courage to do what I do.

Who has been an inspiring influence in your life and why? 
Christine “Mama” Knopp, who lives right here in Staunton, has been an inspiring influence in my life. She just celebrated her 102nd birthday! She and her husband, Paul, raised nine wonderful sons, and have dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has always trusted the Lord to provide for her every need. She and Papa began holding meetings in their home one winter over 50 years ago when they were snowbound, and those meetings began what is now CFC. Christine is a humble example of a helpmate, mother, homemaker, and hospitality. She is a dear sister in Christ who has discipled so many by her example of what it means to love God and His Word, trusting in Him and being a praying warrior.

What is your favorite place to vacation? 
My favorite place to vacation is a quiet campground near water or a secluded beach.

What have you learned during COVID-19 about your life, work, & family? 
Experiencing the COVID pandemic has taught me to appreciate people more, whether in fellowship or in helping others. Life is precious and short compared to eternity. Work is an honor, and that has been emphasized to me while employed by Grace Christian School the past three years. I have experienced the dedication of a group of believers who love children and the privilege of  Christian education. The faculty and staff worked diligently to finish last year’s school year after the shutdown and to keep our school open successfully this school year. God is good!

What is your favorite way to relax? 
My favorite way to relax is to be somewhere comfortable reading a book, or sitting on our deck watching the birds come to the feeders.

If you had to pick just one... Coffee or Tea?
Coffee is definitely my beverage of choice first thing in the morning! Tea is for later in the day.

Get to know our Board Members
DANIELLE WOLFE
Board Member

Tell us about your family: 
I've been married to my husband, Ken, for 5.5 years. We have a toddler who rules our house!

Where do you attend church? We attend Memorial Baptist in Staunton.

How long have you been involved with ComfortCare? I've been involved with ComfortCare for just over 3 years.

What led you to ComfortCare? A staff member (Jenn Wade) asked if I would consider serving on the Board. I had heard some discussions at church. After she asked, I dug into what ComfortCare does and had a great conversation with Stephanie and then with the then-Chair.

What inspires you about this ministry? It's focus on life for the unborn, love for those who carry, and love for those who ultimately choose not to, all within the context of seeking and responding to God's calling.

Who has been an inspiring influence in your life and why? 
I've had many influencers (some good, some bad) over my lifetime. Certainly my parents who taught me love; hard work ethic; importance of honoring your word; importance of caring for others; importance of leaving the world better than you found it. My church in Northern Virginia was pivotal in my growth as a Christian. And it sounds like a cliche, but Jesus. I'm never going to be him, but I try really hard to live up to his example of how to treat people, how to hold others and myself accountable, how to pray.

What is your favorite place to vacation? Until I'm independently wealthy, I will say Colonial Williamsburg. But should someone drop a dump truck load of money at my house, then I would say Scotland.

What have you learned during covid-19 about your life/work/family? 
Value what you have. Live in the moment because you aren't promised the next one. Resist the urge to panic and follow the crowd, but I'm still very much working on this last one.

What is your favorite way to relax? A drive with my family or reading a good book.

Coffee or Tea? Tea. Only way I drink coffee is if I load it with all the stuff that ceases to make it taste like coffee. Ironically, though, I love the smell of coffee!

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