Primul Pas – Romania

Primul Pas is a crisis pregnancy ministry in the city of Iasi, Romania, started by ex-Westlake members Helene and Jonathan Tame.

Its mission is to reduce the number of abortions in Iasi and demonstrate the value God places on human life.  This is done by providing counselling, support and advice to people facing crisis pregnancies, and education to young people at risk of an unwanted pregnancy.

Since the ministry was launched in 1998, the team of 3 staff and 20 volunteers have seen 3,500 women come through their centre, and spoken to even more in the maternity hospitals. They also run post-trauma counselling programmes for women who have had abortions, offer a parenting course, and are in high demand for their relationships and sex education programme in local high schools.

In March 2012 the team helped organise a silent March for Life in Iasi, where 300 mainly young people came out to draw attention to the plight of the unborn child in Romania, which still has one of the highest abortion rates in Europe.  Similar events took place on the same day in 14 towns across Romania.

A regular offering is taken for the work of Primul Pas at Westlake, helping to cover their monthly budget of around CHF 3,000.