Two Alabama pregnancy centers gifted with ultrasound machines

Two Alabama pregnancy centers gifted with ultrasound machines

By Jennifer Davis Rash

The Alabama Baptist

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, was on hand April 26 for a special dedication service in Fultondale.

The North Jefferson Women’s Center (NJWC), a Sav-A-Life ministry, received a new ultrasound machine provided by the Psalm 139 Project, a division of ERLC, and dedicated it with a prayer luncheon at Gardendale First Baptist Church and brief ceremony at the NJWC facility.

Also participating were Julie McLendon, executive director of NJWC; Angie Cantrell, executive director of St. Clair County Sav-A-Life; Lisa Hogan, executive director of Sav-A-Life Vestavia — the oldest pregnancy center in Alabama; Chris Crain, executive director of Birmingham Metro Baptist Association; and Mark Harrison, executive pastor, Gardendale First. Several Sav-A-Life board members, volunteers and supporters also were present.

Cantrell may be more excited than most about NJWC’s new ultrasound machine because St. Clair County Sav-A-Life will be gifted the machine that was being used by NJWC.

Moore said he is impressed with how the pregnancy resource centers are working together — “one having a need and the other able to fill that need.”

Also, it was Crain who made the initial connection with ERLC so it has been a model of ministry teamwork all the way around, Moore added.

NJWC board member Danny Acton noted the importance of pregnancy resource centers having the ability to show pregnant women and the fathers, if they are present, their baby before they make a decision. “The ultrasound machines really do make a difference,” he said.

Photo caption: The new ultrasound machine provided for North Jefferson Women’s Center (NJWC) in Fultondale by Psalm 139 Project was dedicated April 26. Participating in the dedication are (l to r) Angie Cantrell of St. Clair County Sav-A-Life, Julie McLendon of NJWC, ERLC President Russell Moore and Lisa Hogan of Sav-A-Life Vestavia. (Photo by Jennifer Davis Rash)