|Caring Pregnancy Center partners with community|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
A large crowd came together Saturday, Jan. 25 as “partners” with A Caring Pregnancy Resource Center at their western-themed 2014 fundraising banquet.
Handkerchiefs, country music and good old-fashioned fellowship were all a part of the evening at the Phillips County Event Center.
After a delicious dinner, audience members enjoyed music by country singer and guitarist Barry Ward, the 2013 Western Music Association male performer of the year.
Barry’s wife, Victoria Ward, then took the stage, sharing her story.
“I call it my vow of silence,” she said, referring to the two abortions she had as a young woman.
“I had an abortion to cover my sin. If I killed the evidence, no one would know,” she said after becoming pregnant at 18. “I was an assassin. I hired someone to kill my baby.”
The years that followed brought another abortion and the feeling that she was unlovable.
Even though she married and had other children, she could only say she had given birth to three babies out of six, with one miscarriage to add to the abortions. Ward was even the regional director of the Kansas pro-life organization, but she still carried the secret and the pain with her.
“I was convinced no God could love me,” said Ward. “I was going to end the pain once and for all.”
With the gun up to her head, Ward heard God speaking to her. She heard the verse Romans 8:1, which said, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
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