To the editor:
Scripture tells us in Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus replied: "37 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
In much of today's society questions arise about people obeying that command. We at Citizens Concerned for Human Life can answer that question when it is directed at Mifflin, Juniata, Union and Huntington counties.
In our area Crossroads Pregnancy Center and Hope Alive are two example programs that fulfill Jesus' Command, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Crossroads Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests, options counseling including alternatives to abortion, a sexual integrity program, post abortion recovery, help with material needs, men's counseling and community referrals. Cindy Mansberger, is the Executive Director of Crossroads Pregnancy Center.
Hope Alive offers counseling for child abuse and neglect, Pregnancy Loss Syndrome and Pregnancy Loss Survivor Syndrome, and is part of IHACA (International Hope Alive Counselors Association) and Mount Joy College, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Karen Yoder offers that program locally, while Philip Ney, M.D. and Marie Peeters-Ney, M.D. provide leadership and oversight.
If Karen can be of further assistance, please email or call her at home: firstname.lastname@example.org 935-2685.
There is nothing like having a friend when we are in need.
Pride is ordinarily accounted as one of the seven capital sins. I believe we in the Juniata Valley are not sinning when we say we are proud to be associated with Crossroads Pregnancy Center and Hope Alive. And the residents of our area should be appreciative of the challenges child abuse, pregnancy and abortion present in today's society.
As appreciative residents of the Lewistown area, won't you come out at 1 p.m. Jan. 20, to the Hope Center to pray for pro-life along with Crossroads and Hope Alive?
For further information telephone 667-9334.
Citizens Concerned for Human Life Mifflin Juniata Inc.