What’s the best way to prevent people from paying Planned Parenthood to abort their pre-born children? For Tori Shaw, this isn’t an arcane riddle with no answer, but rather a concrete problem with a practical solution. Her organization, Not Forgotten Ministries, is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At its current location, this ministry stands as a buffer tempering the tide flowing into the local abortion industry, but Shaw has a vision for much more. And she needs financial resources to do it.
Not Forgotten Ministries currently provides sidewalk counseling, pre-born memorials, and post-abortive recovery programs. It also offers a mentoring program for new parents which extends throughout pregnancy and into the child’s first years. Mentees receive free 3D ultrasounds, baby showers, professional maternity and newborn photographs, and the friendship and social support that is critical to helping moms and dads successfully navigate new parenthood.
And, for the first time, Shaw believes she has found the perfect permanent home for the ministry: right across the street from Planned Parenthood.
“After seeing the space we decided it would be a great fit,” Shaw wrote on Not Forgotten’s GoFundMe page, organized to help purchase the building, which is a medical facility and is equipped with everything Shaw needs to expand. Not Forgotten’s current rented facilities aren’t suitable for clinical use. However, the ministry owns ultrasound equipment, and purchasing this building would allow the ministry to begin offering both pregnancy tests and ultrasounds for free on a walk-in basis.
It would also give Not Forgotten a permanent home base from which to continue their ministries, which are effective. “Just last week a baby was saved as our volunteers stood [outside Planned Parenthood],” Shaw told Live Action News. “The young woman said she had been praying for a sign. After entering … she came back out and decided to talk with our volunteers. She chose life that day and has joined our mentor/mentee program.”
Shaw continued: “Obtain[ing] the property across the street from Planned Parenthood would allow us to be an aid station at the gates of the enemy. We will be a light shining in the darkness.” As further proof of the building’s suitability, she noted that the facility’s interior is already painted in the same colors of Not Forgotten’s logo.
Not Forgotten has raised just under $10,000 toward the building’s purchase. However, the ministry needs significantly more for a meaningful down payment, and over $800,000 to purchase it outright. But Shaw is hopeful the pro-life community will remember Not Forgotten in its charitable giving.
“Every donation, no matter how big or small, will help us … make a greater impact on our community,” Shaw told Live Action News. “We can save so many more babies and mommas from the devastating effects of abortion if people can find it in their hearts to help us buy this property.”
To donate toward this project, visit Not Forgotten’s GoFundMe page.
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