Citrus Pregnancy Center Celebrates 20 Years of “Gift of Life” | Local News

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In 1998, a handful of local pastors got together and talked about starting a crisis pregnancy center.

They knowed only God could do it, and they were ready to go out with faith that it would happen.

The ministry for women and families coping with unplanned pregnancy opened in 1999 as the Life Choice Care Center.

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On Thursday, 20 years later, about 400 friends and supporters of the now-named Citrus Pregnancy Center gathered for its annual gala and fundraising dinner to celebrate the past and share the vision for the future.

“Twenty years means we are entering another generation of helping families facing unplanned pregnancies,” said Barb Gosa, executive director of the Citrus Pregnancy Center. “Volunteers, staff and board members have come and gone, our programs and services have changed, but God has remained faithful.”

Gosa said that over the past 20 years the center has:

• Helped over 4,000 people;

Shared God’s plan for sexual purity with over 2,000 students;

Saw 229 people make a decision of faith to follow Christ;

Engaged in countless spiritual conversations, including counseling women who have had abortions and experience regret and remorse;

Provided 2,400 free pregnancy tests;

Has performed approximately 1,600 ultrasounds since becoming a medical clinic in 2012.

Additionally, Gosa said she knows of 989 babies born to mothers who came to the center.

“We know that number is probably higher, but God only knows how many more,” she said.

In addition, 39 women chose to place their baby for adoption.

They have also opened two locations, which are currently in Inverness and Crystal River.

This year, the center added an internet-based parenting program that new parents can access on their mobile devices, and they offered free pregnancy test clinics at various locations in the community.

They have also purchased a building near State Road 44 and Croft Avenue in Inverness, which he hopes will be open by the end of 2019.

“Part of the miracle of this ministry is not only that it cares for women in crisis, but that babies’ lives have been saved,” said Reverend Stan Stewart, pastor of North Oak Baptist Church. in Citrus Springs and one of the original band members. pastors who started the center. “Souls have also been saved for eternal salvation.”

For more information on Citrus Pregnancy Center, visit Citruspregnancy.orgfind them on Facebook or call 352-341-5176.

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