Crossroads Clinic has two fundraisers each year to support their ministry. They host a banquet each spring and on September 14, they will host their annual Rescue Me Walk for Life which will be held at Mineral Wells Park beginning at 9 a.m. The event is a family-friendly event for all ages and includes a two-mile walk and 5k fun run. The goal is to raise funds for the ministry of Crossroads Clinic. The Executive Director of Crossroads Clinic in Oklahoma City and Guthrie, Linda Stewart, hopes to have a big turnout to support the mission of the clinic.
“Crossroads exists to present alternatives to abortion and promote Biblical sexuality, all while demonstrating the love and salvation of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,” shared Stewart.
The medical clinic is a faith-based ministry which provides individualized, confidential services to women, men, youth, and families who find themselves, or a significant other, facing an unplanned, untimely, or unwanted pregnancy, or whose lives have been affected by abortion. Their services include pregnancy options counseling, significant other counseling, and abortion recovery counseling through their Passages program. Their testing and medical services include pregnancy testing, ultrasound, pregnancy verification, and STI/STD (Sexually transmitted infections and diseases) testing. All services are free.
In 1973 a scared teenager from California found herself in a situation of having an unwanted pregnancy. Her mother, thinking she was protecting her daughter, took her to a clinic to learn more about having an abortion. They told her she would never think about it again. It was then that the teenager remembered something another doctor shared with her when she confessed she was pregnant. He explained what abortion really was and also what the different stages of the baby in the womb were. After a long discussion about the options of raising the child, adoption or abortion, she felt better informed. This discussion saved her son’s life. That teenager was Stewart.
“Dr. Schmidt said, ‘God knows the plans for this baby’. He prayed over me and told me that God was going to make a way. That made me think about things differently. As crazy as it was, I married someone that I just barely knew. That was 46 years ago, and we’re still married. Jeremy was born in August of that year. Dr. Schmidt saved his life,” reflected Stewart. “If I had said no to Jeremy Allen Stewart in 1973, I literally wouldn’t have this family. I wouldn’t have his brother and sister and seven grandkids or my husband.”
For many people facing an unplanned or even an unwanted pregnancy the future is uncertain. Crossroads Clinic of Guthrie and Oklahoma City serves to provide information about different options.
“We really desire in the kindest most compassionate way possible, to share information with people who are facing this situation. We bring them in face to face and we give them options and good medical services. Our medical director is an interventional radiologist with Mercy, so all of our scans are read with the best standards,” explained Stewart. “We just want to share with them [people facing these situations] and be someone they can bounce their questions off of. We also share the gospel.”