10 Minutes at the PRC

Jared, a donor and friend of the PRC was visiting our ministry one day. He sent this note to express his observations and appreciation.

I arrived at the PRC a bit early for my lunch appointment with a staff member. I took a seat and thumbed through a magazine. Before long, it was noon and time for the doors to be secured for a staff break.

The girl’s eyes were fixed on the floor and she was quietly sniffling. Dad kept his arm around her while he and a staff member quietly traded information. He gently rubbed her back and softly said, “It’ll be alright, honey.”

There was just one remaining client in the waiting area with me. She seemed agitated and paced back and forth right in front of me; I could almost feel the heat of her apprehension and it put me a bit off balance. Soon, a staff member called her name and she was escorted toward the counseling rooms.

I checked the clock on my phone. My timing was perfect; we would be able to leave for lunch any minute.

Then a bell sounded announcing the arrival of a father and his daughter. The girl’s eyes were fixed on the floor and she was quietly sniffling. Dad kept his arm around her while he and a staff member quietly traded information. He gently rubbed her back and softly said, “It’ll be alright, honey.”

I’m an engineer; mine is mostly a non-emotional world. So, this bit of human drama made me uncomfortable and I was relieved when the front doors were finally locked.

“Whew! I can finally catch my breath,” I thought. But in that moment a woman with a tiny baby appeared at the door. When she found the door locked, she began knocking and called out.

“Please help me,” she pleaded. I will never forget her desperate eyes.

It was unsettling for me to be this close to such deep pain, confusion, and fear.

When a staff member let her in, the young woman continued, “Oh, thank you! I was told you guys can help me. Please – I’m completely out of formula for my baby!”

More and more moved by what I was taking in, I then watched the PRC counselor expertly and gently introduce this woman to another member of the PRC staff, who would provide what she so urgently needed.

This engineer has certainly never seen such extreme and disturbing needs in such a short time period! It was unsettling for me to be this close to such deep pain, confusion, and fear.

In just 10 short minutes they were the hands and feet of Jesus to so many! I could only imagine what they do with a whole day!

But, the PRC staff seemed to take it all in stride.

I was certainly out of my “comfort zone,” but at the same time, I was glad to have the opportunity to witness the important and professional work of the PRC. In just 10 short minutes they were the hands and feet of Jesus to so many! I could only imagine what they do with a whole day!