Pro-life group celebrates success, changing namePublished 12:05am Wednesday, October 2, 2013
“Where there is life, there is hope.”
And with that message, those at Covington County pregnancy resource centers in Andalusia and Florala announced their new name – Sav-A-Life Family Hope Centers.
The announcement came that organization’s annual banquet Monday at the Kiwanis Center. Center Director Amy Davis told attendees the news after sharing the success experienced by the Florala center in its first year.
Statistics show that in 2012, 841 clients were seen in the Andalusia office, while 24 were seen in Florala. To date this year, 624 have been seen in Andalusia and 23 in Florala.
“We wanted a name that summarized what God wants us to do with these centers and our ministry,” Davis said. “We address the whole family unit, and our theme this year is ‘Where there is life, there is hope.’
“That message, and the name, summarize what we do,” she said.
Marsha Williams, a 22-year volunteer with SAL, was recognized for her service before the guest speaker, the Rev. Gary W. Miller, addressed the crows.
Miller, the pastor at Opp’s Westview Baptist Church, is a founding member of SAL.
He walked attendees through the ministry’s history, which began with an idea in 1991. By 1992, the SAL pregnancy resource center opened its doors.
“And we give God all the glory,” Miller said. “So many babies have been saved because of this ministry, and we celebrate what He has done through this organization. It was founded on the principles of God and that is the reason for its success.’
He encouraged the crowd to “keep praying.”
“Keep praying that every day, God will send those young women into Sav-A-Life clinics,” he said. “Keep praying.”
Sav-A-Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry promoting a culture of life, health and morality. Locally, the ministry provides pregnancy testing, counseling and other services for expectant mothers, as well as post-abortion counseling.