Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Prayer Focus

WALK FOR LIFE   The need to lift up LIFE in South Hampton Roads is critical. As we approach the Walk for Life events, please pray for every individual to rise up for the lives of pre-born babies and their mothers, joining us to reach the goal of 1,000 fund-raising walkers.

SHARED TESTIMONIES   As clients bravely share their stories in different publications and at events, please continue to pray for these women and their children. We ask our Heavenly Father to shield them from spiritual attack and pull their hearts close to Him.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS PARENTING CLASSES   Our Great Expectations prenatal care and parenting classes are a wonderful opportunity to educate and encourage families while also modeling Jesus Christ. Please lift up our volunteers who pour themselves out in sharing the gospel and equipping new mothers and families to care for their children.

PRAY FOR CPC’S EXPECTANT MOTHERS AND THEIR LITTLE ONES.   Their names* and due dates are listed below.
*Some of the names have been changed to protect the identities of our clients.

Latishia 1
Maria 1
Donna 1
Sara 2
Chelsea 2
Keira 2
Terri 2
Carly 3
Krista 3
Joey 3
Katerina 5
Erica 6
Rachel 6
Amanda 7
Keisha 8
Lisha 8
Latisha 9
Christian 10
Tiffani 10
Laura 10
Christina 11
Larissa 12
Elizabeth 12
Amy 12
Diane 13
Ashley 13
Karleena 13
Morgan 14
Elisa 14
Evette 14
Kristina 15
Latoya 15
Kelley 16
Katherine 16
Roxann 16
Elle 17
Samantha 18
Alyssa 18
Kelly 18
Elisa 18
Monica 19
Jamie 20
Michelle 20
Kelly 20
Lynn 21
Keyonda 21
Monica 21
Netta 21
Jennifer 21
Shondra 21
Mila 21
Victoria 22
Lily 22
Melody 22
Diana 22
Brittany 23
Jessica 23
Marina 23
Delia 23
Joann 23
Erika 24
Hailey 24
Nadia 24
Jacquelin 24
Nadia 25
Tiffany 25
Alisha 25
Tanisha 26
Jamey 26
Crystal 26
Candice 26
Melissa 26
Titiana 27
Patsy 27
Diamond 28
Shanice 28
Jasmine 28
Natalie 28
Shemika 28
Cierra 28
Jennifer 28
Cassie 29
Vanessa 30

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Forgiven and Set Free

“At first glance, my life looked perfect,” shared Chandra Mennefee, CPC’s Special Projects Manager. “I was a successful engineer. I was the proud mother of a son who was excelling in school. I was actively involved in my church, leading worship, teaching Sunday School and volunteering in the community.”

“On the inside I was far from perfect. I was physically ill which caused me to frequently miss work. I was depressed and sometimes had suicidal thoughts. Doctors were unable to diagnose my sickness because it seemed so random.”

“Fast forward fifteen years. As I was sitting in an abortion recovery class, the Holy Spirit revealed that my sickness, depression and crying were all associated with my abortion. At the end of class, the facilitator asked if the Lord had spoken to me and I shared. I repented. We prayed. I had been ill for 25 years, however since that day, I have been free – physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

“I am excited to be part of the CPC team as the Abortion Recovery Ministry Coordinator because I believe every post-abortive woman or man’s life will be changed through the class.”

If you or someone you know is searching for restoration and hope after an abortion, please email

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Why Get Involved?

Pastor Edwin L. Goodwin Jr.
Why does your church commit to financially supporting the ministry of Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater?

I was invited to my first banquet years ago by a colleague and I’ll never forget the passion displayed by CPC’s president, Toby DeBause, in his defense of the unborn child.

It’s really great that a ministry exists totally in support of the rights of unborn children, to whom God has graciously entrusted to our care! As the bride and body of Christ, we are Heaven’s representatives of values and principles – we are said to be “the pillar and ground of truth” (I Timothy 3:15) in His absence. It is our responsibility and deepest desire to champion the cause of rescuing our children from the modern day Pharaohs and Herods.

As a Pastor, it’s great to have Christian resources available to assist with caring for God’s people in their times of crisis. CPC is a welcomed resource to assist with the growing number of women faced with unwanted or untimely pregnancies.

The godly counsel and Christ-centered care provided to these often wounded and confused young mothers who are being bombarded by voices of the world is unmatched!

Alpha and Omega Baptist Fellowship in Portsmouth, VA is a JMZ 1:27 church. Learn more at

Friday, March 22, 2013

Real Life: Kristen's Story

Kristen was finishing her nursing degree, working and making her way on her own. And she was pregnant.

“I didn’t exactly know how I was going to do it,” Kristen shared. “I had no idea how I was going to bring in income or who I could turn to since my family wasn’t there. I definitely had my days and my doubts where I just wanted to end everything. I honestly felt alone.”

“When I walked in [The Keim Centers], I was scared and nervous and full of emotions,” Kristen said. “I had thought of abortion but I knew I could never go through with it; I knew God gave me this baby for a reason. When I left the center, I felt relieved – like I had a big weight lifted off my shoulders. It definitely calmed me down and made me figure out how to tell everybody in a calm manner.”

“I went to church that following Sunday,” Kristen recalled, “and the people encouraged me, the sermon was amazing ... and I knew from that moment I wasn’t going to get through this without having God right there beside me.”

After gaining the acceptance of her family and the father of the baby, Kristen welcomed a healthy little boy, Landon Ray, into the world last March. Despite her busy schedule (and lack of sleep!), Kristen has not forgotten the impact of The Keim Centers.

“My life is full of joy with him in it; he makes the stress worth living for,” Kristen said. “I can’t imagine my life without him. Thank you for everything – for your support and your prayers and just always being there for me and for him. It definitely helped me get through some really tough times. I really don’t know what I would have done without [The Keim Centers].”

Kristen and her son, Landon, are actual clients. Their names and likenesses have not been changed. Please keep them in prayer. She continues to work full time, press hard toward her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse, and grow in her relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Photography by Tracey Sanders •

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

WFL Spotlight: Joanna Pepper

Joanna Pepper (left) is hosting another
iPad raffle this year!
Joanna Pepper proclaims she’s not a natural fundraiser, so she found an innovative way to raise funds for CPC’s Walk for Life. And she’s at it again this year.

“What gave me the idea for a raffle? It just sort of popped into my head one day,” Joanna shared. “Inspiration? Maybe! There are people who are such natural fund raisers, but I am not one of them! I despise asking people for money! But, I was not satisfied with the few hundred dollars I raised in 2011. So, I had my wheels spinning on ways to raise funds without feeling like I was pestering people.”

After she received an iPad for a gift, she knew she had a winning idea. Instead of simply asking for donations, she’d sell tickets and raffle a great prize that appealed to a wide audience. So she sought out a donor to purchase an iPad, printed tickets and found a fundraising solution that worked for her.

“The look on the winner's face last year was priceless! He had bought a ticket at the last minute the day of the walk at the zoo,” Joanna recalled.

So why does she go to all this work to raise funds?

“I was asked in my college Biology course to pick a medical issue that has moral connotations and use Scripture to support my stance on that issue. I chose abortion,” Joanna remembered. “Aside from the overwhelming scientific evidence that a new being is formed at the moment of conception, when I researched what the Bible had to say, I had an 'ah ha' moment. How can I not be compelled to action in defense of the unborn?”

“Honestly, seeing women and their children that have been impacted by CPC is the thing that keeps me involved in the ministry,” Joanna said. “The tangible evidence of the fruit of the ministry encourages me to no end. Also, I have been encouraged in the fact that persistence in my personal fundraising efforts seems to yield results as well. More money is raised every year without that much more asking!”

If you’d like to help Joanna raise funds to save lives, you can email her at to participate in this year’s raffle for a black 16GB iPad 4 with an Ematic 10-in-1 accessory kit. (Total value for the iPad and accessory kit is $550, which was donated anonymously.) Raffle tickets are $10 each and a limit of 150 will be sold.

To start your own fund-raising efforts with a personal webpage, visit

Monday, March 18, 2013

Letter from the President

Toby DeBause and Jenny "The Jewel" JensonDear friends,

Jenny “The Jewel” Jenson is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. Not only has she been the top walker for the Walk for Life for the last four years, but she has a capacity for love and expressing kindness that is unparalleled by most. She is also a relentless intercessor who will never give up in praying you through any challenge. I am grateful she is my friend.

Jenny’s parents are remarkable, too. Ron and Cherry are in the group of less than ten percent of parents who chose life for their children after receiving a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. I am so grateful the Jenson’s chose life for Jenny or this world would have been robbed of a great blessing.
Jenny "The Jewel" Jenson

Although Jenny has a long-standing hold on the “Top Walker” title, she would gladly give up that title to see someone raise more money than she does. She knows how important the Walk for Life is to pre-born babies and their moms. Become a fund-raising walker and take a shot at Jenny’s title. She would love to see you at one of the Walk for Life events this year. Be warned! If you get too close to her, you will get hugged!

Toby DeBause, President

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why Walk for Life?

The funds raised through CPC’s Walk for Life directly support pre-born babies and their moms. Imagine the lives that could be saved! You can make a difference by raising funds and getting your friends and family involved this year.

Learn more and register online at

Friday, March 8, 2013

Join Us Tomorrow Morning!

Join us at CPC's Pre-Walk Rally!

We'll have a small breakfast and a BIG surprise waiting inside - we are so excited to join with you and your guests at the PRE-WALK RALLY!

We really do need you at this event. Not only will you receive an exclusive look inside the life-saving, heart-sparing ministry of CPC, you'll also see how YOU are critical to the success of this year's Walk for Life.

It all kicks off tomorrow morning - Saturday, March 9th at 9 a.m. - at New Life Providence Church's Kempsville location (1244 Thompkins Lane, Virginia Beach). Just look for volunteers with signs if you need help finding the right spot.

We are honored to lift up LIFE with you. Thank you for helping to make a huge impact in South Hampton Roads!

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Prayer Focus

PLEASE PRAY   CPC humbly requests your intentional prayer for:

PRE-WALK RALLY   CPC’s Pre-Walk Rally is pivotal to the success of the Walk for Life. As we eagerly anticipate these upcoming events, we pray for our community to truly rally together for LIFE. We pray for a renewed interest and excitement to lift up LIFE in South Hampton Roads.

CALL CENTER   As we continue to reach more women who are in the midst of making a pregnancy decision, our call center maintains the front line of this ministry – handling many high-intensity calls each day. We pray for God to guide each word, filling the lips of our staff and volunteers with what He wants to say. We also pray for God to fill the gap, encouraging each client to not only make an appointment, but walk through our doors to receive His support.

PRAY FOR CPC’S EXPECTANT MOTHERS AND THEIR LITTLE ONES.   Their names* and due dates are listed below.
*Some of the names have been changed to protect the identities of our clients.

Pray for CPC's expectant mothers and their little ones.
Vanessa 1
Sara 1
Sherry 1
Arnicia 1
Latoya 1
Antonia 1
Jessica 1
Katherine 1
Elle 1
Petra 2
Morreesa 2
Christa 2
Anna 2
Ebony 3
Shawnda 3
Faye 3
Christa 4
Jasmine 4
Charline 4
Rebecca 5
Nita 5
Shantel 5
Keishara 6
Ashley 7
Jenny 7
Alycia 7
Shenita 8
Kenya 8
Alaina 9
Shannon 9
Tempest 9
Kandice 10
Erica 11
Alecia 11
Kaylah 11
Vanessa 11
Wendi 12
Amanda 12
Lana 12
Niesha 13
Fatima 13
Dove 13
Cierra 13
Brandi 13
Ciara 14
Nicki 14
Brianna 14
Natalee 14
Camren 14
Shante 15
McKenzie 15
Brittney 15
Sarah 15
Nina 15
Debra 16
Tasha 16
Donna 16
Melvina 16
Amanda 16
Christina 16
Sara 16
Krystal 17
Katie 17
Katherine 18
Vonda 18
Adeana 18
Leighanna 19
Shenisha 19
Jennifer 19
Morgan 20
Marly 21
Kayla 22
Whittney 22
Loise 22
Courtney 22
Desiree 22
Dominique 23
Lisa 23
Paige 24
Gabrielle 24
Harmony 25
Naima 25
Ana 25
Jennifer 26
Dorothy 26
Keona 27
Laura 27
Kia 27
Amanda 27
Rayesha 27
Sarah 27
Tori 28
Sarah 28
Kristen 29
Maria 29
Simone 31
Elaine 31
Lindsay 31
Allison 31
Nicole 31