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Going into my senior year at UNC Greensboro, I had the opportunity last semester to explore different organizations and choose an Internship site, as long as it related to Public Health matters. Immediately, I had my eye set on Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center; to have the opportunity to incorporate my faith into my education was very appealing to me. I believed in the Care Center mission for men, women, and students to make life-affirming choices when it comes to sex, unplanned pregnancy, and abortion.

Interning at the Care Center has benefitted me in ways beyond a requirement for one of my public health classes. I’ve seen my knowledge and passion on this indispensably important topic grow exponentially within the last few weeks. Working alongside a team that has a passion for carrying out the Lord’s work with privilege and joy has left an imprint on my heart. It has encouraged and equipped me as a part of the next generation to talk about these very important matters to my peers, in order to see renewed minds in the next generation. Ignorance is not bliss when is comes to sex and abortion; the future doctors, government officials, and educators are sitting next to me in class everyday. What better way to impact the world than to impact those who will have influence on our children and children’s children?

I am invested in the 30 Give 30 Project because I want to see this generation and the generations to come invested in life; not only life that is physical, but spiritual, as well. Jesus loves life! His whole purpose of coming was to give us life—the most wonderful and most beautiful kind of life. His death brought about life for us; and as image-bearers of God, we not only have the responsibility, but the privilege to “breath life,” and point others to it.

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” –Genesis 2:7

All humans are concerned with physical matters. But I can’t help but think when Jesus says in Matthew 6, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” that he wants to see this world—right now—represent heaven. That’s why he sent his Spirit to live within us. We are the ones who get to bring heaven to earth, so to speak, and show others that physical matters are of some value, but spiritual matters are of greatest value.

So that’s it. I want to do my small part, because at the end of the day, it’s not about having a few people doing a lot, but about a lot of people doing a little. And I think we can believe the words of Jesus, and experience what it means to love, when he says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

 

Katy Peterson is the Outreach Intern at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center.

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