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Happy birthday Hope!

In 1985, a young Oklahoma Baptist preacher felt the burden to provide help to young women who may be considering abortion, young women who felt no hope for their future

Anthony L. Jordan speaks at a 30th anniversary Hope banquet. Photo: Lauren Capraro

Anthony L. Jordan speaks at a 30th anniversary Hope banquet.
Photo: Lauren Capraro

or the future of their unborn children.

The Lord used Pastor Anthony Jordan, who now serves as Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), to share this burden with others, and in 1986, the BGCO opened Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa (now known as Hope Pregnancy Centers).

This year, as Hope celebrates its 30th birthday, there are five Hope Pregnancy Center locations around the state. The north Oklahoma City and Tulsa centers have relocated from their original small facilities to larger beautiful buildings where more clients are served and more programs offered.

Through the generosity of a local family, a center was built in south Oklahoma City in 2007, allowing services to be provided to that community. In 2014, an Ardmore location was opened. As Hope celebrates its 30th year, a new center in Edmond has been completed, again, through God’s provision and a local family’s passion for life.

Since its founding, God has provided more than 130,000 client visits resulting in countless lives saved and hearts changed.  Since 2003, Hope has been providing sonography services, and more than 10,000 women have received the joy of seeing their unborn children on ultrasound.

Hope receives no government funding, allowing the full freedom to share the Gospel, and more than 2,000 women and men have received new life in Jesus Christ. Hope provides free and confidential services to those experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Those services are pregnancy tests, pregnancy option education, ultrasounds, and support

The next regional 30th anniversary banquet takes place Oct. 27 in Tulsa. Photo: Lauren Capraro

The next regional 30th anniversary banquet takes place Oct. 27 in Tulsa.
Photo: Lauren Capraro

programs.

Thirteen years ago a client walked through the doors of Hope scared and afraid. Everyone in her life was telling her to abort, saying she wasn’t ready to be a mom. After an ultrasound, and the encouragement of the Hope staff, this client chose life.  As she participated in parenting classes and learned how to care for a baby, this client gained confidence and hope. Recently, she brought her daughter to visit. She is a bright and cheerful 12 year old who loves art and reading. She is bilingual and enjoys helping people.

Hope Pregnancy Center Tulsa is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the annual fundraising banquet on October 27, where attendees will hear client testimonies and learn more about Hope, as well as hear keynote speaker, Anthony Jordan. Email barbara.crockett@obhc.org for information or to reserve a seat.

Staff and volunteers at Hope have the honor of being eye witnesses to God’s miracles as He changes hearts, gives hope and saves lives. Hope Pregnancy Centers are mostly volunteer staffed and funded through the generosity of individuals and churches. For more information about getting involved in Hope, contact the center nearest you or visit www.obhc.org/hope.

Gayla White

Author: Gayla White

Director, Hope Pregnancy Ministries

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