In 1996, Reverend Douglas Diehl, pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church, in conjunction with the San Antonio Baptist Association, identified a need in northwest San Antonio for a pro-life crisis pregnancy center. Maria Hutton, a member of his congregation, responded to his request for volunteers to spearhead this mission and began assembling other interested people to serve on Agape’s board. For almost two years, the board worked to build community support among local churches and sympathetic individuals and, in October 1998, Agape opened its doors to its first clients at its northwest location.
Over the next four years, through word of mouth, newsletters and annual fundraising banquets, Agape’s pro-life mission gathered momentum. Our client advocates faithfully attended to the emotional, material and spiritual needs of nearly two thousand women. Some women found their salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus at the Center; all experienced God’s love and concern for their lives, reflected in the care given by our counselors.
It took about a decade for our board to realize that, while the name "Agape" conveyed exactly the tone of our Centers, the term meant nothing to the vast majority of our clients and was often mispronounced by them. It was time for a face lift and a more contemporary name, a name that would resonate with our Generation Y clientele. After considerable research and field testing, we began doing business as Life Choices, reserving the term Agape for our loyal supporters. The announcement was made at our 2010 Banquet.
God has a plan and purpose for all of us and it is always on His time not ours. He began to open the doors that would lead to the fruition of the dream of our founders over 15 years ago: to become a medical facility offering free sonograms to all our pregnant patients. We began offering free sonograms in March 2012 and STI testing and treatment in September 2012.
That brings us to our present, but our future has already been written. Everyone involved in this ministry – from its Board to its volunteers to its supporters to its patients – has felt God’s hand on its activities. We have seen Him work miracles, both in the lives of our patients and in the growth of the Clinic. We are confident that God’s will is being done on earth, at least in part, through His healing touch at Life Choices-Agape.