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Richmond Outreach Center: Ministries Thrive Even as Teen Pregnancies Decline


As topics related to contraception make headline news, the actual rate of teen pregnancy is decreasing; according to the Richmond Outreach Center, however, the need for ministry to pregnant teens is as prevalent now as ever.

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) March 12, 2012

Contraception has proven to be a hot-topic issue in 2012, but around the world, teen pregnancy rates are dropping. The BCC recently reported that England's teen pregnancy rates are as low as they have been since 1969. Researchers have found similar results even in the United States. But regardless of the drop in teen pregnancy rates, a Richmond, Virginia church says that ministering to under-18 moms and dads is as important now as ever. That church, the Richmond Outreach Center, is seeking to offer assistance to teen mothers through an innovative ministry called the House of Life.

According to Geronimo Aguilar, the pastor of Richmond Outreach Center, the House of Life ministry is designed to offer comfort and aid to a community that typically receives very little support. “The House of Life is Richmond Outreach Center's residential discipleship home for unwed, expecting teenagers and women with little or no family support to help them through their pregnancy,” the pastor confirms. “This home is particularly dedicated to helping expecting mothers who would otherwise be homeless or forced to abort their child.”

Indeed, while there is a pro-life attitude taken by the Richmond Outreach Center, the main focus of the ministry is to offer compassion to teen moms. The House of Life is located on an idyllic 15-acre lot where expecting moms can take refuge while they learn to provide care for themselves and for their children.

While the Richmond Outreach Center is a Christian church and maintains its religious focus at the House of Life, the facility is also adamant about providing quality medical services. “House of Life residents receive excellent prenatal care through the Virginia Women's Center at St. Mary's hospital,” notes Aguilar. He also observes that residents receive transportation to all of their doctor appointments.

The range of services provided by the House of Life includes daily devotionals, exercise and educational opportunities. This last category includes GED tutoring, cooking classes, child-raising courses and, for those who do not wish to raise their children, adoption counseling.

The Richmond Outreach Center is an independent, non-denominational church located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Named by Outreach Magazine as the America's fastest-growing church, the organization boasts more than 170 ministries, including urban outreach, Bible studies, and more. Affectionately known as The Roc, Richmond Outreach Center was founded by Pastor Geronimo Aguilar in 2001, initially intended as a venue for helping the poor. The church has a weekly worship service on Saturday evenings, which receives an average of ten thousand worshipers, as well as a Thursday Bible study.

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