Guiding Star seeks to bring pro-life resources under one roof

| Sharon Wilson | September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Leah Jacobson, founder of the Guiding Star Women’s Center and the Guiding Star Project, will host the organization’s “Together for Life” banquet Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Photo courtesy of Leah Jacobson

Leah Jacobson, founder of the Guiding Star Women’s Center and the Guiding Star Project, will host the organization’s “Together for Life” banquet Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Photo courtesy of Leah Jacobson

When Leah Jacobson entered the adoration chapel in 2006, she was only asking for God’s blessing to further her education in nursing. But God had other plans.

As a campus minister at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Jacobson witnessed the needs of young women caught in the uncertainty of an unplanned pregnancy.

“That day, God gave a very clear vision to me about all the wonderful pro-life resources that are already out there and all the ways, that by working together, to make a stronger movement to make a more cohesive response to the culture of death,” Jacobson said.

She envisioned a center that would provide not only pregnancy resources, but also a prenatal care and birthing center, natural family planning, counseling, child care and a community conference space. In 2009, she founded the Guiding Star Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization focused on uniting the pro-life movement in Duluth. This effort has seen its fruits in the Culture of Life educational series, as well as a yearly banquet.

The vision has expanded to the Guiding Star Project, which seeks to create greater unity and collaboration of pro-life groups across the country. Its mission is “to establish comprehensive centers nationwide for women and families that uphold Natural Law and promote a New Feminism through a complementary view of humanity that places women, men, and children in loving family circles of trust, stability, and of mutual giving and acceptance.” Ideally, Jacobson would like to see a Guiding Star Center across from every Planned Parenthood.
Guiding Star will host its “Together for Life” fundraising banquet Sept. 17 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

In trying to be relevant to all women, whether a 17-year-old looking to take a pregnancy test or a mother meeting with a lactation specialist, the centers seek to encourage them to embrace their dignity through their uniquely feminine gifts and talents.

Since expanding the vision, people wanting to bring this concept to their cities have approached Jacobson. So far, a new center is in the works in Brazos Valley, Texas, with Abby Johnson as the board chair. Johnson is the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Bryan, Texas. After witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion, Johnson converted to the pro-life cause. She is now a leading defender of the unborn.

Jacobson lives out a great trust and faith in God throughout the ups and downs of initiating this movement.

“I didn’t start out with some grand plan,” Jacobson said about trusting in that first vision. “The basic concepts were there, but it has been a really long journey. As each step has been revealed, the vision has become more crystallized. We don’t know where we will be five years from now. It has been an honor and joy to be part of it, but it is definitely not something I would have ever dreamed up on my own.

“We will be unveiling some big news at our annual banquet,” Jacobson continued. “Abby Johnson will be joining us as our speaker and will share an update about her involvement with our Guiding Star Brazos Valley organization.”

Individual tickets for the event are free, but table sponsorships are being sought. Proceeds will go toward the Guiding Star Project and local pro-life organizations.

Registration is required; visit togetherforlife.eventbrite.com, or theguidingstarproject.com.

The exhibits, dinner and program will start at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Student Center – Woulfe Alumni Hall on the University of St. Thomas campus.

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