Trading Her Yoke: Arianna – A Save Story from Cleveland, Ohio

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One of the most comforting promises Jesus imparted during His ministry on earth was for all who are weary and heavy laden to come to Him and take up His yoke, and He will give rest.

Carrying the yoke with Jesus means we make the choice to come under His covering of grace and walk in step with Him.

In so doing, we can be unburdened from the worries and anxieties that cripple us and, instead, take on the yoke of grace.

When we are yoked with Christ, He carries the weight of our burdens!

Arianna had been yoked to a burden of weariness and fear, which had become her allconsuming reality.

A single mother with a one-year-old, she battled many health struggles.

In fact, her last pregnancy just about “did her in” because of the many health complications she faced throughout the pregnancy.

When she found out she was pregnant again, the thought of going through the ordeal, and possibly facing even worse complications, gripped her with raw fear.

Besides, how would she care for her child if she had to deal with more health challenges?

Arianna searched the internet for abortion options.

Because Heroic Media had targeted her city with an OAASYS Emergency Response ad campaign, OAASYS’ ad came up at the top of her search results.

Instantly drawn to OAASYS’ ad, Arianna clicked on it and was immediately connected with our Pregnancy Help Center partner in Cleveland, Ohio – resulting in her making the life-changing phone call and booking an appointment to be seen.

The client advocate who met with Arianna compassionately helped her understand that her fears did not define the truth of her situation.

With proper medical help, her health complications could be managed.

She helped Arianna connect with the baby within her – especially when the ultrasound revealed she was almost 16 weeks into her pregnancy and was possibly having a baby girl!

Most significantly, her client advocate shared the gospel with Arianna and encouraged her to be yoked to Jesus so that she could trade her fears and weariness for His rest and mercy.

Arianna realized that she did not need to make her decision out of fear because she was covered by Jesus’ yoke of grace.

Two days after her appointment, Arianna sent a text her client advocate:
“So I’m aiming to keep my baby and do what a mom’s gotta do to take care of and love her baby. But thank you guys so much for all you have done for so many I’m sure. I appreciate it! God Bless you all.”

THANK YOU for your support of Heroic Media’s OAASYS.

Because of your sacrificial giving, this mom was able to cast off her fears and sacrifice for her preborn child by choosing life!

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light

Elaine Russo

Elaine Russo

Elaine Russo is Heroic Media's Director of Pregnancy Center Training. A graduate of Brown University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling, Elaine has been actively involved in pregnancy center ministry for the past 15 years, during which she served as the Executive Director of pregnancy medical centers in Boston and Philadelphia. Elaine joined the Heroic Media team in July 2014. One of her main passions is to help equip Pregnancy Help Centers to increase their outreach to individuals at risk for abortion and to be the first responders in an unexpected pregnancy. Elaine and her husband, Chris, reside in Pennsylvania with their three young children.

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