Friends of Life,
Happy New Year!
The celebration and anticipation of a new year is always bittersweet for me, due to the annual January reminder of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. This January 22, 2013 will mark a particularly horrendous anniversary – the 40th year of legalized child killing in our nation. The blood of over 55 million aborted children courses through our land and cries out for justice. Genuine repentance and pleas for mercy are the only reasonable response we, as Christians, can offer. The fruit of our personal and collective repentance should be the definitive defense of the innocent ones being slaughtered.
“Rescue those unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and He knows you knew! And He will reward everyone according to his deeds.” Proverbs 24:11 (The Living Bible)
It’s been a busy holiday season for Truth & Mercy. Due to your generosity, I’ve provided 7 showers, two of which were “mini showers” to supplement work a church was already doing. Six babies have been born, all would have been long dead had it not been for God’s grace working through courageous sidewalk counselors, Gospel proclaimers, and prayerful witnesses at Charlotte’s abortion clinics. My heroes.
2) Tidisha, whose shower I reported on 2 updates ago, had her daughter on October 20. Little Kayla Naomi weighed 5lb 3oz. Rejoice! Satan intended to destroy this precious life, but God spared her through the efforts of Katherine Hearn and other Gospel proclaimers at the Hebron abortuary. Another of God’s image bearers lives! Kayla is pictured below:
Now I’ll get to the recent showers, and a few more births, in chronological order.
1) Rhythm Church, here in Charlotte, met two pregnant young ladies through their neighborhood outreach work. In early November, they asked me for some help in providing baby items for these two young mothers, Kiera and Alicia. Alicia is expecting a girl any minute. Kiera has had her baby boy. Truth & Mercy provided a bassinet, a pack-n-play, a bouncy seat, 2 strollers, blankets, hooded towels, diaper bags, diapers, wipes, bibs, and baby care books. I did not get to meet these young ladies, but I know they are being well cared for and evangelized by the believers at Rhythm Church. I was happy to help and YOU all provided the necessary things to make it happen.
Charmaine has some basic baby equipment (crib, car seat) but Truth & Mercy provided everything else, including a glider and ottoman, which is not typical fare. Lisa and I took everything to her, she and her mother enjoyed opening the gifts, and looking through it all. Then we took them to dinner so that we could talk about the Lord. They are both believers. Charmaine has recently recommitted her life to Christ. She is a 26-year old, responsible, hard-working young lady, who is also taking online college courses. Generously, she has offered to give her things back to Truth & Mercy when she is finished with them. She even offered to give me her single stroller, in exchange for the new double one we gave her at the shower. Charmaine, pictured above, is due January 10:
I quickly got it all ready. It’s a miracle that this shower was even possible… God knew and God had this planned out. I did not! I typically ask for six-weeks notice to prepare a shower, but recently another mom had moved to New York to be near her family. I was ready for her shower when her plans abruptly changed…and she was ALSO expecting a boy the very same week, so all the clothing sizes and seasons lined up perfectly! Since I give two-year’s worth of clothing to each mom, this is no small feat. I call it a miracle! Crystal was told the story of her miracle shower preparation and got teary. It meant a great deal to her to hear how God was looking out for her. Rejoice! Here is Crystal, and her son Zavion Michael, both saved from abortion:
As we mark 40 years of legalized child killing, I’d like to invite each of you to the Cities 4 Life event Friday, Jan. 25 at 7pm. This year, our featured guest is Pam Tebow, mother of NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow. Pam and her husband were strongly advised to abort Tim, due to her contraction of amoebic dysentery before her pregnancy was discovered. Because of the strong medicines she was given, they were told he would be severely deformed or stillborn. They refused this medical advice and instead trusted the Savior. As we all know, Tim is in perfect health. Come hear her story and learn of her ongoing missionary work in the Philippines, where Tim was born. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 a couple. The event will be held at the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in downtown Charlotte. Come hear and learn of Cities 4 Life’s vision and heart for our area. C4L seeks to train frontline ministers to labor on the sidewalks of area abortion clinics, and to unite and support various Gospel-centered ministries who serve in the prolife realm. Truth & Mercy is part of the C4L Life Network, which is comprised of organizations and individuals who provide practical help to moms and families. This will be a wonderful evening as we repent for the 40 years of bloodshed and reflect on great victories, too. There will be a vision cast and a call to action. Saturday morning, the 26th, we will all go to the abortion clinic on Latrobe Avenue to pray, proclaim, protect and provide for these defenseless ones. Join us! Go to this site for more information and to order tickets: http://www.carolinatix.org/default.asp
Before I close, I’d like to thank Holli Chaney and a very special group of teen girls for having a marathon sorting event! Holli organized a group of young teens to sort a HUGE volume of baby clothing. Here’s my shout out to Holli and the girls and moms who helped: Anna Bakita, Susan Bakita, Julia Ballou, Rachel Ballou, Tori Bamford, Bethany Chandler, Emily Chaney, Bethany Hodson, Brianna Hodson, Kim Hodson, Brittany Moore, Amy Ray, and Cameryn Stout. Thank you all for sowing into the kingdom! I know you all prayed over the clothing, praying for the moms and for the babies who would wear it. What a blessing you are!
Thank you EVERYONE for your financial and your prayerful support. In 2012 I showered 25 moms and babies! Try to visualize how many cribs, strollers, car seats, swings, exersaucers, blankets, bibs, bottles, toys, books, diaper bags, bottles of baby wash and powder, diapers, wipes and articles of clothing that amounts to (remember, most moms get TWO years’ worth of clothing)! Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity. The line-up of showers for 2013 is growing long already. Praise God for these saved children and for their moms, who have heard and will hear the greatest message of all – the glorious Gospel. Thank you for making it possible.
As always, you can donate by sending a check made out to Truth & Mercy and mailing it to 4803 Crownvista Drive, Charlotte NC 28269. Alternately, you can donate via PayPal through the website at www.TruthAndMercyProlife.org
Donations of new or gently-used, CLEAN baby items are always needed. Unfortunately, gifts are not tax-deductible.
Here are just a few photos from 2012. Every photo is of a mom and/or baby, saved from abortion, evangelized and provided for lavishly, in the name of Christ. These are a sampling of the 2012 victories, added to those above, to the glory of God!