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kim pearsellWhen I found myself unmarried and pregnant at twenty, I was devastated! I was a full-time college student and had plans that did not involve a baby. It was a time of a lot of confusion and soul searching. So many thoughts crossed my mind! In the end I chose my baby because in my heart I knew it was a life. God had given me a precious gift and a detour from a road of destruction. There was no other option, I chose life.

-Kim Pearsell


0147I can truly say that there is life after a crisis. At the age of 30, I found myself pregnant.
How could I have allowed this to happen; after all, I was a very respected school teacher.
Because of wrong choices, I was at rock bottom. There were many people praying for
me even though I didn't profess to know Jesus. They loved me anyway. My daughter,
who is now 24, was miraculously spared from an attempted abortion. I still did not
want the burden of raising a child. However, through a process of change and making
better choices, it was this situation that taught me the real meaning of life. God has given
me the opportunity to serve as Meridian's Pregnancy Center Director. Sera Beth and I are
having the time of our lives sharing about his goodness and his love. There is no problem
that he can't solve.

Beth Sharp

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imageFinding myself pregnant at the age of 18 with no husband, no job and a high school diploma wasn’t exactly the way I thought my life would turn out. I had big plans on going to college, becoming a registered nurse, finding my dream guy, having a big wedding and one day starting a family! But here I was, fresh out of high school and pregnant! Although, my whole life had been turned upside down, abortion never crossed my mind. I knew what I to do, I had 9 months to get my life as normal as possible before the baby was born. I vowed to myself and to my little miracle that I would do my best to guarantee her the best life possible, whatever it took.

On March 17, 2008 I became a Mommy to a beautiful Baby girl, Lauren Clare Gatlin. That is the day my whole life began! From that day forward she has been and always will be my number one priority! Being a Mom is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced. We’ve had good times and we’ve had rough times but I wouldn’t trade my decision on choosing life for anything in the world. I’m so thankful that I grew up in a Christian home where I was always taught the Word of God and His commandments! On some of the darkest days I know God never left my side and He had me and Lauren Clare right in the palm of His hands! When I made a wreck of my life, I turned it over to God and He made a way. Looking back 6 years ago choosing Life was the best decision I could’ve made!

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A testimony of the Bible Study , "Surrendering the Secret" provided by the CPC of Meridian.


Hi, I am an overcomer of abortion and attempted suicide. In 1973 I had a saline abortion, even though I was over six months pregnant and was past the legal time line for the procedure.

Abortion not only kills an unborn child, it kills love, hope, dreams, self-esteem, and in my case stopped my relationship with God – But not His with me! Side effects of abortion are pain, suffering, guilt, self-loathing, low self-esteem , fear, insecurity, anger, grief and PTSD.

The good Lord put Beth Sharp into my path three times, and I heard her testimony. I was thrilled to receive an invitation to Surrendering the Secret, one of the best gifts ever! The program has changed my life. I was able to talk about and shed 42 years of shame and guilt. I shared this process with a small group of ladies, all ages, and from all walks of life. We prayed, talked, shared our experiences, cried, hugged, laughed and broke bread together. We were blessed with a safe and comfortable meeting place. We had prayer warriors praying for us, lifting us up. Our meetings wrapped up at Easter- the time of rebirth and renewal. Beth, the group and Surrendering the Secret were a God send to me, I am a new woman, I am forgiven and loved by my Father, God!

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A testimony of God bringing healing through the Center's Bible Study : Surrendering the Secret .

This is a hard thing to write about. It has taken over a month to form the words for this letter. I hope this testimony helps someone with this choice. When I had my abortion I was 33 years old married and pregnant with another man's baby. I was hurt, lost, confused and I felt so alone. The choice was forced upon me to choose my living child and the life I was living or unknown life and possible hardships. December 31, 2013 I killed my child and apart of me died as well. The next year I spiraled out of control self medicating with alcohol and isolating myself from family and friends because of guilt, shame, and hatred. I left my marriage but still carried the stigma of guilt and the belief in the lies that my spouse spoke of me. The lies that I told myself everyday about not being worthy or deserving of forgiveness, that I needed to suffer and be punished for the sins I had committed. The morning I saw Beth Sharp on Good Morning Meridian talking about the Surrendering the Secret Bible Study was God throwing out a lifeline. It took me several days to call that number. And there was no answer. But Beth called back and I missed the call but I called her back and her voice instantly let me know it would be alright. I could go on about that but there isn't enough ink or paper to cover the emotions. Surrendering the Secret and the women I met there helped me to find forgiveness in myself. I began to accept that my wrongs were covered , that God had already forgiven me and I had to forgive myself. It is a journey and it is not over yet but with the help of the Surrendering the Secret and the women whom I consider sisters I am moving forward.