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Ministry Moments Blog
There are currently over 19,000 children in the Arizona foster care system. The Children’s Heart Gallery features children in the system currently available for adoption. Pictured is Aolanis, who is waiting for her forever family.Aolanis is a girly girl who loves to paint her nails and get her hair done. She just finished cheer and absolutely loved it. Aolanis hopes to continue cheerleading for years to come. She does great in school and works hard to receive good grades.
Aolanis has a sweet personality. She likes to laugh and be goofy. Aolanis also enjoys listening to music, dancing, and dressing up in pretty clothes.
Aolanis hopes her forever family will have a pet as she would like a cat or dog to sleep with at night. Aolanis also has a brother named Jonathan.
For more information about Anaya, or to learn more about Arizona children in need of forever families, visit The Children’s Heart Gallery.
(originally posted 6/14/16)
The week before Easter Sunday, the South Phoenix New Life Pregnancy Center hosted a special parenting class. The teacher intended to teach parents how to tell the Easter story to their children and how to lead their children to accept Jesus as Savior through the “ABC’s of Salvation” if they were ready. As the class began, it became clear to the teacher that many of the moms did not know the Easter story and certainly were not ready to teach their children. The teacher decided to explain the full story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, including an explanation of the importance of Jesus’ birth, highlighting scriptures to explain the gospel along the way. When the teacher reached the point in the story when the women visited Jesus’ tomb and found it empty, one of the moms exclaimed, “I had never heard this part before!”
At the end the teacher invited the moms to acknowledge their faith through a prayer if they believed all they had just heard about their sin, God’s love, and Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. The teacher then led the moms through a simple prayer. At the end she asked any of the moms to let her know if they had prayed the prayer and truly meant it, believing everything she said about Jesus. Immediately one of the moms said, “I prayed it!” and two other moms said they did as well. Everyone rejoiced in these decisions for Christ! These moms received Bibles and were encouraged to read it and return for Bible study at the center.
(originally posted 5/4/16)
There are currently over 17,000 children in the Arizona foster care system. The Children’s Heart Gallery features children in the system currently available for adoption. Pictured is Anaya, who is waiting for her forever family.Anaya is a leader and proud member of her school’s National Junior Honors Society.She is a great student who enjoys all subjects, but math is her favorite. When Anaya isn’t busy with National Junior Honors Society or choir, she likes to swim, make bracelets, draw, read and listen to music. Her favorite artists are Maroon 5 and Evanessence.
Anaya has a warm personality, so it is no surprise that she hopes to be a teacher when she grows up. Anaya has expressed interest in specifically teaching deaf students.
Anaya dreams of going to Paris or Hong Kong one day when she gets older. She also would like to visit Disney World or Universal Studios.
Anaya was born in 2002.
(originally posted 3/17/16)
The director of the Bullhead City New Life Pregnancy Center had the opportunity to speak at a recent gathering for Southern Baptist Churches in Fort Mohave. About 100 ladies were in attendance and at the end of the presentation a young lady approached the director carrying the cutest little blonde headed girl.The young lady began crying and said, “I knew that was you when you started speaking. Do you remember when I came into your center and wasn’t sure what to do about being pregnant? I want you to know this is the little girl I decided to keep and raise.
“What you told me on that day made a huge difference in my life. Everything about me has changed. I’m a Christian now and go to church. I even help with the Set Free Ministries in Needles, CA.
“Please don’t ever stop telling others what you told me that day. It’s so important for people to know they don’t have to get an abortion.”
Who knows what might have happened if she hadn’t walked into the NLPC on that day? We praise the Lord for the opportunities he provides through NLPC to share with individuals the truth about life in the womb and the value that God has placed on each man, woman and child. It truly is making a difference between life and death in this world we live in.
(originally posted 3/8/16)
Lori Palmer, a newly retired New Life Pregnancy Center Director, shares her reflections on her time working with the pregnancy centers. Lori helped open four of the six New Life Pregnancy Center locations in Phoenix and provided training to countless volunteers throughout her time with NLPC.The years have flown by! I guess this is what happens when you are in the midst of trying to do ministry. Yes, I said, “trying” because sometimes it was easy, however other times it was very difficult – but always worth it! I can’t believe how much the New Life Pregnancy Centers have grown. It sort of reminds me of what happens to a woman’s belly during pregnancy – ha!
I clearly remember October 27, 2010, the opening day of the Central Phoenix NLPC, which was the second of the Phoenix-area centers. Heather Tidball and I, as co-directors, were just praying we would have a few people show up needing diapers or a pregnancy test. We served six women that first day, representing three different countries. I realized right away this was going to be an international mission field. The first three months, a total of 67 people came for diapers, and a few additional women came for pregnancy tests. Once January of 2011 rolled around, we served as many people in 1 month, as we did in the previous 3 months, and we really felt the need of this ministry in our community. Now, this center often sees more than 67 people in one day, and we think nothing of it.
I had no idea how much this pregnancy center ride would change, grow and stretch me – as a Christian, as a woman, as a wife/mother/grandmother, as a missionary. Only God knew! I have had the opportunity over these last five and a half years to tell many about the love of God and his son, Jesus. I’ve had the privilege of praying with hundreds of people; serving thousands of folks from many different nations with basic baby needs, like diapers, clothing and formula, and experiencing the highs of happily letting a woman know she is expecting a baby or the test was negative and that was exactly what she needed to hear. But, I’ve also experienced the lows of hearing a woman who just heard me say, “Yes, the test is positive,” and she feels her only option is to not continue with her pregnancy.
I have been humbled by the men and women that walked through our doors and the stories they shared with me. They have blessed me by allowing me, for a fraction of a time, to glimpse their daily lives, the good and the bad. I’ve seen an increasing trend of grandparents raising their grandchildren. I’ve heard from a lot of men they didn’t have an example of what a “good” father should look like, but they know they want to be one. I’ve seen drug addicts and alcoholics who are doing everything they can just to say no so they can get their children back. Homeless women and men have come into our centers, not needing the services we offer, but just asking for prayer. I have heard some of our clients say they don’t feel they are deserving of prayer, and I’ve seen others express how they now know God really does exist because they have seen Him work in their lives through prayer. I’ve seen a few people just expect our help, while many others wished they didn’t have to ask for help but are grateful it is there for them. I’ve had the honor of attending the actual births of a few babies, and I’ve seen some babies I thought would never have the opportunity to be born.
There are so many more memories and reflections that I could go on for days, but this is enough for now. I have been blessed, in more ways than I can count, by being a director in this ministry. I’ve had the opportunity to live out a time in my life as a “Titus Woman” to help train up the younger women. Finally, as this chapter ends, I look forward to the next one which, for me, will start with the words “I was wondering if I could volunteer here!” I hope and pray you will join me in this journey!
(originally posted 2/16/16)