PRO-LIFE MINISTRY AND CENTRE
God's Word has an ongoing power to inspire, convict
and guide. The Jeevan Asha (Hope of Life) Ministries
are an outcome of the inspiration from Mt.25:34-46 where
the various acts of mercy have been mentioned. Among
the acts of mercy such as visiting prisoners, reaching
out to the poor and the sick, we have a special place
for 'welcoming strangers' i.e. the unborn babies. This
has been the motto of the Pro-life ministry of Jeevan
Asha right from 1997 when it took shape as a registered
It has been over 3 years now that the Lord has moulded,
guided and strengthened this particular ministry of
Pro-life. Science has advanced and so have the perils
of its misuse. One such evil very often overlooked,
at times encouraged and seldom fought against is the
horror of abortion. We are fortunate to belong to the
Catholic Church that upholds the value of life in a
cold world of anti-life mentality. The Pro-Life ministry
of Jeevan Asha has received recognition from the Mumbai
Service Team of the Charismatic renewal in India. The
various aspects of work undertaken by the ministries
are as follows:
The ministry seeks to educate people about the evils
of abortion. This is done through Pro-Life presentations
by a team of trained pro-lifers. This program includes
audio-visuals along with various talks on Respect for
life, Methods of abortion, Effects of abortion and the
options that can be offered to people in order to enable
them to refrain from abortion. These presentations are
usually held at High schools, Churches at the Parish
level, Sunday school, prayer groups and other institutions.
Dispelling ignorance about abortion is important especially
among our youth who are so susceptible to the onslaught
of the degrading values in society.
Training various groups of people from prayer groups
and parishes to become active Pro-Lifers and to set
up Pro-Life ministries in their own areas is another
aspect of the work done by Jeevan Asha Ministries. In
the year 2000, we had our first training session comprising
of six Sundays, where about 60 members from Mumbai and
its suburbs participated. Another such training programme
was conducted in February-March 2001 where another 60
members were trained. Pro-Lifers from various regions
of India attended a National pro-life seminar conducted
by the Jeevan Asha Ministries at Bangalore in May 2002.
We have been striving to help all the like minded people
who wish to support the cause of pro-life, and we begin
by educating them.
But just educating or informing is not sufficient,
action is needed to bring about the completion of the
Pro-Life cause taken in hand. Helping all kinds of pregnant
women in distress is an important aspect of the ministry.
When a case of a person contemplating abortion is brought
to our notice, we begin by counseling and praying with
and for the person and the baby. The best alternative
in that particular situation is offered to the person
and very often we are able to convince the person to
save the baby.
Cases that usually come to us are unwed mothers, instances
of pregnancies outside the wedlock, financial crisis,
already having many children and ill health of the mother.
For the cases of unwed mothers, we offer the alternative
of residing away from their locality for the later months
of pregnancy in anonymity and then, after childbirth
they relinquish their baby legally and return to their
homes. The arrangements for accommodation and delivery
are made by the Jeevan Asha Ministries. For pregnancies
outside wedlock, we have the same procedure. For those
with many children the option of giving up their child
for adoption helps. Most of the cases that come to us
are economically under-privileged. When it's the mother's
health that prompts the decision to abort, prayer coupled
with faith is effective in reverting this decision.
The children thus saved from abortion are lovingly
cared for in carefully chosen foster homes until the
time they go in for legal adoption. For the adoption
procedure, the ministry has been affiliated with two
adoption centres. These two organisations have helped
the ministries to send 15 babies for adoption to childless
couples (18 were relinquished/abandoned, 3 were sent
to institutions for special care). A number of babies
were accepted by their parents after an abortion, this
was averted through the intervention of the ministries.
Sheltering pregnant women in distress is not an easy
task, finding suitable homes and co- operative caretakers
is difficult. To meet with this urgent and inevitable
need, the Jeevan Asha Ministries is in the process of
building a shelter home for pregnant women in distress,
as well as, a shelter home for the saved babies. It
is in the process of being constructed and should be
ready for use in the near future.
It is only prayer coupled with a burden for the silent
unborn, that has seen the Pro-Life Ministry bloom, blossom
and bear fruit. It is with Divine Assistance and Guidance
that the Pro-Life Ministry of Jeevan Asha moves on to
be a beacon to women in the stormy waters of their crisis
We were gifted two acres of land to begin our Pro-life
centre, which is situated 84 Kilometers from Mumbai,
in the lap of nature, The Lord has ever since blessed
and guided us to buy bits of land around it to measure
up to 11 acres. It is in this small village of Wadghar,
that the proposed Jeevan Asha Pro-life Centre will take
shape. The Pro-life Centre will be a shelter home for
pregnant women in distress and the abandoned babies.
The building will measure 20,000 sq. ft., ground floor
We propose to have wards for pregnant women awaiting
delivery, delivered mothers, a labour room, an operation
theatre, neonatal ward for new born babes, quarters
for staff and an office for administration. We also
propose to have an animal farm, poultry shed, a vegetable
farm in order to cater to the needs of the inmates.
The centre will shelter all kinds of women who have
problems in continuing their pregnancy and who would
have otherwise, chosen abortion as an alternative. The
women will be cared for and sheltered until they deliver
The abandoned babies will then be sent in for adoption
to suitable parents who will be chosen with great care.
The shelter home will operate to lovingly care for those
babies, who for some reason, are not be adopted.
The Jeevan Asha Ministries will take care of the needs
of the inmates, by providing for their basic needs during
their period of stay at the Pro-life centre and also
take care of their spiritual needs through counseling
We look forward, with great hope and expectation to
see the Lord's Hand at work in the midst of His people.
hoping to be of service in His Name and with loving
compassion, welcoming the little ones He entrusts to
our care, we move onwards.
In His Service,