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Ministry Moments Blog
One day at the resource center, a man named Jose* came to us flustered, upset and barely speaking English. I asked him the usual set of questions about what resources he needed but he denied all of my offers for food, diapers and clothes. He was looking for something different. Jose then began to explain to me his unique situation and why he decided to come to us. He and his family are from El Paso, Texas. His daughter was in an accident and was flown into Tucson for surgery. The surgery was successful and she had to go back home that day because the hospital could not keep her there any longer. The problem was that she needed to be on an oxygen tank. The hospital wrote a check for Jose to get one but they did not give enough to cover the 27 dollar security deposit with it. He explained to me that he was a poor, hardworking man without much money and could not afford to get back to El Paso and pay the security deposit as well. He said that he would not normally ask for money but he was desperate. I told him that I would see what we could do and we would try to help him out as best we could. I went into the office, talked it over to the two other employees and compiled 23 dollars. I met back with Jose and told him that this is all we could gather between the three of us. I then asked if we could all pray together for his daughter and his family. He very graciously accepted and the two other employees and I gathered with Jose, held hands and prayed that Jesus would help his family during this time, give his daughter a smooth recovery and that he would find the remaining four dollars that day. He left with a thankful smile and handshakes to all of us with tears with his eyes.
(originally posted 7/20/16)
The following was written by a resource center staff member.
On Monday I helped a new client, Donna*. Donna came in for a food box with her granddaughter and sister in law. As I helped them to the car I asked Donna if I could help her with anything else. She nodded. Her sister in law said that Donna had recently been kicked out of her daughter’s home and did not have anything but a mattress. I led Donna back to the clothing room to see what else we could help her with. She looked through boxes of clothing and began opening up to me about her life. Donna pointed to a book on a shelf and asked if it was a bible. I told her it was and asked if she would like to take it home. Donna smiled and thanked me. She told me she has been trying to pray to God about her life. As she was looking through clothes told me in detail about her abusive ex-husband and how she tried to take her own life. Moments later she picked up the first shirt out of the bin, Donna said, “Oh, I like this. It will be great to sleep in.” I smiled and told her to turn the shirt around so she could see the front, which had a cross and said “Live Free”. I told her, “You can live free. That is the hope we have in Jesus.” Her eyes filled with tears as she hugged me and said, “Thank you for pointing that out.” We continued our conversation and I asked if I could pray for Donna before she left. She cried as we prayed before hugging and thanking me. I was able to offer her information about New Life Transitional Program in the hopes that she will continue to encounter Jesus on her journey toward healing and living free.
*Name has been changed.
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On Tuesdays, volunteer Faye meets with clients who come for pregnancy tests and material assistance at the Tucson New Life Pregnancy Center. She can be seen wearing a small gold pin with the words, “I VOLUNTEER FOR LIFE.”
During her time at the center, Faye has the opportunity to talk with clients, learn how the center can provide help, and many times has the opportunity to pray with clients. She recently met with Anne (name changed) who moved to the United States from Asia a few years ago.
Anne is a believer but has had a difficult time connecting with other Christians in Tucson. She and Faye began talking about God, and Anne asked if she could come back weekly to meet with Faye one-on-one for Bible study. Faye happily agreed! They recently finished their first Bible study together on the book of John. They have already planned to begin another study soon, and Anne hopes to bring a friend of hers who is not a Christian.
Many clients like Anne visit the New Life Pregnancy Centers simply to receive free diapers and clothing for their children. As they meet staff and volunteers who care to meet these physical needs, doors are opened for God’s love to also be shared to meet their deeper, spiritual needs. We are so thankful for volunteers like Faye who are committed to sharing God’s hope and care with clients!
(originally posted 7/11/16)
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)