Southern California Leadership Team
Rachele Flores has served in several areas of pro-life ministry for the past 10 years. Having personally experienced the pain and regret of an abortion in her past, her passions are to help women in unplanned pregnancies receive help & resources to chose life, help save the lives of the unborn, to educate others on the importance of sexual purity & integrity, and to facilitate healing in the lives of hurting women and men from past abortions and sexual trauma/abuse.
Rachele is a co-founder of and serves on the board of CHOICES Woman’s Resource Center in Pomona, California. She is a pro-life speaker & educator and is active in weekly sidewalk counseling, training sidewalk counselors, educating the youth, taking the message of sexual integrity and healing into the women’s prison, and facilitating groups of women on their healing journeys from past abortions & sexual trauma/abuse.
Rachele first encountered Cities4Life in February 2013 while on a trip to North Carolina. She was so blessed by the heart & vision for this ministry that she wanted to help bring Cities4Life to the Southern California area by joining the Cities4Life Riverside leadership team.
Rachele and her husband, Bob, live in Southern California and she homeschools their two sons, Christian and Joshua.
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And [that] my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16
I knew very early in life, that I wanted to work with women, in many, various ministries. My heart beats for them, and the trials that they face. As the daughter of a teen mom, I saw firsthand, how it took huge sacrifice and love, even though it wasn’t easy.
I feel compassion towards the teen moms, women with unplanned pregnancies and those who feel lost and abandoned. My hearts goal is to see the mother surrender her heart to Jesus Christ; To move away from potential wrong turns, and to receive love and care, for them, and their unborn child. I want to see repentance, in the form of turning to Christ, not the World, for their answers.
I have seen in my own life, the devastation and pain, of family and friends who have made the choice to end their baby’s life. I have seen the forlorn tears, the weeping, and the endless balls of Kleenex. I have seen guilt, shame, and fear on their faces. I have seen the impact that their choices have made, even 20 years later, that it still haunts their soul. I have attended memorials for the unborn, clutching the hand of a mother who couldn’t even breathe, stricken with grief and regret.
I have also seen the joy of absolute forgiveness on her face, as she let her balloons, fly to the sky and my heart aches, loves and beats for each girl that I see on the sidewalk, going into the different clinics to have abortions. Knowing one is dead and the other wounded for life.
My desire is to show her another way, but even when that fails, I gently tell her that Jesus forgives. You only have to let Him.
I am currently on a member of the Cities4Life Riverside leadership team and I am a sidewalk counselor in front of Planned Parenthood every Tuesday morning, talking to the girls walking in, praying with them, and seeing results. I do all I can to help her with her needs after she has decided to keep the baby and even if it’s just walking her across the street to meet with those at Riverside Life Services. I am diligent, compassionate and hopeful. I want nothing else but to see the freedom that only Christ can give. I want them to know, that they never walk alone.
Bridget Ryan and her husband, Justin, have been blessed with six precious children over their 13 years of marriage. The Ryans truly believe that children are a gift from the Lord! In our blinded culture, children aren’t valued and protected but Bridget and her family share a passion for bringing light into this darkness. 13 years ago, as scared, young, expecting parents, Justin and Bridget walked into Planned Parenthood looking for a solution. Instead, by God’s grace, they walked out, choosing life for their unborn son and dedicating their lives to the Lord! The Ryans know they are called to share their testimony and as a family, they minister weekly on the sidewalk in front of PP to try to reach those who are contemplating abortion. Their first son, now 13, shares the gospel on the sidewalk as well. The younger children sing hymns and intercede in prayer as they watch their parents and big brother counsel with abortion minded people. The Ryans are an integrated family who believe in the importance of ministering and serving as a family. They know that it all starts with the family and that abortion is a result of wounded, broken families. After her trip to North Carolina earlier this year, Bridget felt called to join the Cities4Life Riverside leadership team so Southern California families, churches and ministries could join together to save Lives! Cities4Life is families on a mission and a Pro-life ministry like no other.
Justin and Bridget live in Southern California and are the self-employed owners of Rincon Pools. The Ryans love to travel and home-school their children through hands-on learning experiences, exploration and adventure.