Watching three-year-old Marisa build the walls of her playhouse, you would not think her life was a miracle. Her black hair bounces lightly when she gathers another two or three large plastic blocks, and then she laughs as she puts the blocks in place. This is not the story of a child who survived a risky medical procedure but, rather, the story of a child who survived the process of her mother’s choice. An immigrant working to support her family back home, Martina* found herself unwed and with an unwanted pregnancy, as have so many young women of varied backgrounds.And the story of three-year-old Marisa would have ended very differently were it not for a caring Christian church.
Bell, Skip, "Martina's Choice - and the Church that Helped Her Make It" (2016). Faculty Publications. 165.
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