The author of a book that offers hope and vision in regards to reducing the abortion rate is the guest speaker for a TruCare Pregnancy Resource Center fundraising banquet.
With more than 30 years experience in the pro-life arena, Kirk Walden wrote “The Wall.” With the subtitle, “Rebuilding a culture of LIFE in America and ending abortion as we know it,” the author indicates ordinary people can make a difference.
Formerly known as Pregnancy Care Services, TruCare invites the community to enjoy dinner and hear Walden speak Sunday, Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395. There is no cost to attend but people will have an opportunity to make a financial gift to the organization.
To ensure there’s enough food, registration is requested by Sunday, Jan. 21. Debbie Cissna, executive director of TruCare, said people who miss the deadline for the meal are still invited to attend the presentation that begins at 5:45 p.m.
Cissna is excited to have Walden participate in the organization’s first fundraising event since establishing itself as an independent entity. The board of directors of Pregnancy Care Services — which has governed and maintained pregnancy centers in Hermiston and Pendleton — recently voted to transition local governance for the Hermiston site.
The nonprofit organization’s goal is to empower women and men through encouragement, support and education. Their mission is to provide complete and accurate information about options in regards to unexpected pregnancies. While they are hopeful people will choose life-affirming options, Cissna said the agency provides support regardless of what decision a client makes.
“We accept them and love them and meet them where they are,” she said. “We talk about a lot of things where they have nowhere else to talk.”
Services include pregnancy testing, community referrals, parenting classes, teen support groups, infant supplies, post-abortion counseling and information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. The Hermiston center also has several Spanish-speaking volunteers.
Hearing a message from a pastor while he was a college freshman, Walden sensed a calling to be part of turning culture toward embracing life. After a brief career as a professional golfer, Walden turned his attention to sports writing and newspaper advertising, and then worked with an office products company.
While he has been active in the pro-life arena for more than three decades — including political campaigns, addressing public policy and working with crisis pregnancy ministries across the United States — Walden said everyday people can affect a change.
“God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary missions,” he said.
When people become willing, Walden said, God begins to reveal avenues to accomplish things they had no idea was possible.
Calling himself a regular “Joe Schmo,” Walden said he is naive enough to believe the world can be changed. And, he hopes more people will catch the same vision.
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