On May 2, Sandra “Wezi” Pemba was en route to the WomanCare clinic to end the life of her unborn child because she says, “I didn’t believe I had the support I needed to have another baby alone.”
With three children at home and without any human support, she prayed to God for seven days, she said, before driving herself to 840 East Mount Hope to procure an abortion. She said, “I told God, Sandra has to do what my circumstance and situation tell me to do, but you are still God. If you don’t want me to do this, you stop it!
Although Sandra says she came to this country with high hopes, her husband’s disposition changed dramatically after arriving here from Africa. He brought her and their first child from Malawi, to study entomology at Michigan State University, but he physically beat Sandra in their home as she suffered in silence.
At the height of the abuse, she moved into a woman’s shelter and was relieved when her husband was banned from campus housing.
Sandra felt so lonely and desperate that she returned to her husband and became pregnant with their second child. Finally, when the abuse became overwhelming, police intervened and civil authorities deported him.
At the Church of the Resurrection and the New Life Center, we are sharing God’s love and mercy with Sandra, and with other women in the community in greatest need. At 1601 East Grand River, a former abortion clinic taken over by the Church in 2014, we continue to assist women in crisis pregnancies and to offer classes for women who are in need of healing after abortion.
Thanks to NLC Advisory Board member, Soraya Nowland, Sandra received sidewalk counseling on May 2, instead of an abortion. With God’s help, the now seven-months pregnant mother prays with us in the Holy Family Chapel and has found a family to love her. We want to offer Sandra employment assistance and a better housing situation.
Please, would you make a financial donation or gift for this family of five? Any donation made this week will be used for the Pemba Family Fund. Make a donation online at our website, newlifecenterlansing.org.
Sandra will not receive a green card until April, and she currently receives limited assistance for her two American-born children. She needs a higher income and less physically demanding work. Do you know of a job opening for Sandra that would not require heavy physical labor? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (517) 993-0291.
God bless you,
Director, Project Rachel Diocese of Lansing
Coordinator, New Life Center