November/December 2019

The Best Plan I Never Made - Monika's Walk Into Motherhood

We make plans and God laughs. Isn't that the saying?

The beautiful baby you see here was not planned.

Mom had an inkling that she was pregnant and took the home test. Surprise - she was just about two weeks along - and she first turned to her brother for help. He offered to pay his sister to get an abortion - "not just pay for the abortion, but actually pay me to abort the pregnancy", Monika relayed to us.

Mom was scared but she did not want an abortion. She needed help  and went to the Internet . There, she found the Center and, along with it -- a group of women to walk with her into motherhood.

 "I discovered the Pregnancy Center when I Googled 'counseling for pregnant women'. My baby's dad was suffering from his own serious challenges and had been admitted to the hospital. I was lost as to what to do or where to turn for help," Monika remembers.

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AmazonSmile: How to Get Set-up

To shop AmazonSmile on your computer:

  1. Go to and login to your Amazon account.
  2. Search for and select Columbia Pregnancy Center as the charity you wish to support.
  3. Have fun shopping!

Remember to shop through the AmazonSmile portal. Your computer will probably keep you logged in, but you need to see the Amazon Smile logo at the top left for it to work.

Shopping from the app on your phone?? Here's how to connect Smile to the ease of an app (my preferred method):

  1. On your phone, go to and login.
  2. Click the menu bar on the left side and scroll down to "Your AmazonSmile", and search for Columbia Pregnancy Center. Select it.
  3. On your phone's menu bar (at the bottom on Apple, upper right on Android), choose "Add to Home Page". An app-like link appears on your homepage that looks exactly like the old one! Voila!