As more women choose life in our clinics and resource centers, we are experiencing growth in our Great Expectations (GE) program. GE is a series of weekly pregnancy and parenting classes that help prepare both mothers and fathers for parenthood.
GE participants earn “baby bucks” which they can redeem for necessary tangible resources including diapers, baby wash, maternity clothes, strollers, etc. I’ve heard moms say everything they received for their newborns came from this ministry. It’s really not much by today’s standards, but it means everything to these new parents.
Each GE session also includes a biblically-based devotional introducing them to the author of LIFE, Jesus Christ. As felt needs are met and relationships are strengthened, the seed of the Gospel blossoms. Recently, nine fathers in our GE program made first-time commitments to Christ!
God is obviously at work in GE, and this is challenging us to invest more in this part of the ministry. Although no one likes to expand an already tight budget, we cannot walk away from the harvest. So, we stepped a little further out in faith this summer by adding a Programs Manager position to the CPC staff. In the past, GE was one of too many other duties under the supervision of another staff member. Now the Programs Manager can bring much-needed and long-awaited leadership and support to GE.
Chandra Mennefee, who was already on our development team, has transitioned into this new role of Programs Manager. In addition to the support Chandra will provide to GE, she will also lead CPC’s Abortion Recovery Ministry. Please be praying for Chandra as she settles into her new position.
It is easier to step out in faith when our faith rests in God. He is awesome and moving through this ministry! As you read the fall 2013 newsletter, you will see the many ways the Lord is working through people to be HIS hands and feet in the ministry. I hope you will be encouraged by these stories and motivated to partner with us in His work.
For LIFE with you,
Toby DeBause, President
P.S. - Join our prayer gathering for LIFE beginning on Friday, Sept. 20th at noon! www.cpcfriends.org/prayer