Monday, March 31, 2014

April Prayer Focus

Please pray for CPC's Walk for Life and the fundraising walkers!
PLEASE PRAY   CPC humbly requests your intentional prayer for:

FUNDRAISING WALKERS   Pray for every individual who is raising funds for CPC’s Walk for Life – we are praying boldly for 1,000 fundraising walkers to join us this year! Pray for their courage and assurance as they interact with others. Also pray for their protection and encouragement as they fellowship with others.

NEW CLIENT OUTREACH   Please pray for a special new client outreach we hope to be able to share with you soon. Pray for this ministry to reach more women and families who are at risk for abortion with a message of truth and hope.

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.

Angela 1
Patrice 1
Janet 2
Kayla 2
Imani 2
Colleen 2
Sheena 3
Mallory 3
Ana 3
Sherill 4
Robin 4
Shay 4
Rose 4
Ciara 4
Tatiana 5
Dorothy 5
Jessica 5
Karly 6
LaRhonda 6
Meredith 7
Breanna 7
Christina 7
Zha 8
Dominique 8
Sierra 8
Jackie 8
Sonia 8
Shaunda 9
Nita 9
Becky 9
Kayla 9
Angela 9
Mary 10
Iris 10
Tracy 12
Alexis 12
Sade 12
Janelle 12
Rene 12
Rita 13
Vanessa 13
Beth 13
Misty 14
Ashley 14
Jaclyn 14
Amber 14
Tatiana 14
Mariah 15
Sylvia 15
Kadesha 15
Briana 15
Breanna 15
Christine 16
Liz 16
Alexis 16
Leah 16
Stephanie 17
Monique 17
Cassandra 17
Marsha 18
Jessica 18
Laquita 18
Kathryn 20
Amy 20
Jenna 20
Trina 20
Aleah 20
Kelsey 21
Emily 23
Courtney 23
Jacqueline 23
Brooke 23
Jennifer 23
Latonia 24
Kayla 24
Latoya 25
Latoya 25
Katherine 26
Janice 26
Monica 26
Audrianna 26
Miranda 26
Devitta 27
Brooke 27
Anna 27
Shanna 28
Tyra 28
Vanessa 28

Shar 30

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves Proverbs 31:8a

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Showered In Love

Great Expectations parenting classes are a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with our clients. Thank you for the thoughtful baby showers hosted between September 2013 and March 2014!
Abundant Hope Baptist Church
Atlantic Shores Baptist Church
Believers Church (twice!)
Central Baptist Church
Community Church at Western Branch
Forefront Christian Church
Gateway Free Will Baptist Church
Harvest Assembly of God
Hope Presbyterian Church
London Bridge Baptist Church
Parkway Christian Center
West Park Church of Christ
Westminister Reformed Presbyterian Church

If you are interested in hosting a baby shower, connect with us today!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Letter from the President

Toby DeBause, President of Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater
Dear friends,

Every picture of a mother and child in the spring/summer newsletter (and all of our materials) are actual clients and babies served by this ministry. These pictures, as cute and happy as they typically look, do not tell all of their stories. What some of these women and families suffer through will break your heart … to say the least.

One woman we served recently (not pictured) shared that her father had threatened to torture her and harm her to the point of killing her unborn child if she did not have an abortion. Such an outrageous statement is hard to believe, but it’s true.

This young woman has since taken the precautions to protect herself from her father and she boldly continues to prepare for the birth of her little one. We are grateful to be a part of her life and help her navigate through this tumultuous situation.

Last year we served 1,746 women, and so far this year we’ve served hundreds more. Although not every woman faces extreme abuse like the one I mention here, every woman we serve is facing her own unique challenges. Jesus loves these women as much as He does their children. Instead of judging them for considering abortion, it’s vital that we take the time to hear their stories and help them navigate toward life-affirming solutions.

I am thankful for the staff, volunteers, churches, LIFEkeepers, fundraising walkers and everyone who supports this ministry. Because of God’s work through you, these women have someone to tell their stories to and get the critical support they need.

With you for LIFE,

Toby DeBause signature

Toby DeBause, President

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Real Life: Mecca's Story

Mecca and her son, Emmanuel, are actual clients.
Mecca had just attended the wedding and college graduation of her daughter. When she learned she was pregnant again, she was shocked. Here is her story, in her own words.

“I was looking for something that was familiar to me, like Planned Parenthood, but all roads led to The
Keim Centers. Every free pregnancy testing search I did online, The Keim Centers showed up, so I figured that would be the best solution for me.”

“Upon entering the center, the first thing I noticed was the serenity of the place. It was peace there. Not judgmental. No condemnation. I came to the conclusion that despite not having a sustainable income, no vehicle, just lost my home and had no idea how I was going to recover from a complete loss, I would keep the child.”

“[During the ultrasound, I] watched the baby’s heartbeat and could clearly see all his limbs were there. It was a very emotional time.”

“Once born, the doctor announced he was asphyxiated [and] they showed me a gray baby at the same time. My spirit audibly called out the name of Jesus. He had no heart beat, was not breathing and they did not know how long he had been like that. [When] I was able to see him in the NICU, he looked horrible. I had no idea what to do and asked God for direction. It was what I learned in [Great Expectations parenting] classes that I leaned on for guidance on what to do to help him transition from the hospital to home in 7 days. Surely he is a miracle child, but the God I serve knows all things.

“Initially, I was thinking abortion. I have had several abortions before, so I was very familiar with the process, but in my spirit, I knew it was wrong. In my head, I was screaming abortion ... yet there was another side that was not as loud, that said you can do it. It’s that voice that lead me to The Keim Centers. A place I never heard of and didn’t even know how to pronounce, but I knew this was a place I could go to and get help from someone who had nothing to gain nor lose by my decision.”

Mecca and Emmanuel will join CPC’s Walk for Life at the Oceanfront. Please keep them in prayer.

Mecca and her son, Emmanuel, are actual clients. Their names and likenesses have not been changed. Photography by Tracey Sanders •

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Walk for Life Fundraising Tips

• Set a personal fundraising goal – the higher the goal, the more you’ll raise! (Put yourself in the place of a friend or family member would you donate more to a friend if his goal was $200 or $2,000? People want to support you and the things you support, so setting a high goal shows ambition, commitment and determination to a cause you believe in!)

• Donate to yourself
– others will appreciate that you are devoting both your time and your own finances.

Contact everyone who donated to you last year – thank them for their gift and ask for their support again. Ask for a specific amount; if they can’t donate that much they will offer what they can.

Be enthusiastic when asking for pledges – let people know their money makes a difference in the lives of moms, dads and babies!

• Start early
– the sooner you start asking for donations, the more money you will raise. As soon as you register, get organized and start asking!

• Personalize
your fund-raising webpage by adding your own text, pictures or video – remember, your potential donors will be interested in the cause, but they are primarily interested in you. Make sure you tell them why you’re getting involved and how you’re connected to CPC. (It doesn’t have to be long.)
Let your donors know their donations are tax deductible.

How to Raise $1,500 in Three Weeks
(Your ticket to the President’s Club Tides Game Outing!)

Week 1:

Start by making a pledge to yourself for $50.
Send out a letter or email to at least 30 friends and acquaintances asking for a minimum pledge of $25. If just half of those contacts come through at $25, you will have raised $375. 
Send a few direct messages to some Facebook friends: 4 friends come through at $25 each. 
Post your fund-raising webpage link on Facebook asking for a $5 pledge: 5 friends come through at $5 each. 
Week 1 = $550
Week 2:  
Ask 5 relatives for a minimum pledge of $25.
Set up a matching challenge! Personally ask a generous donor if he’ll give $100 if you secure 4 friends who will pledge to you for a minimum donation of $25 each.
Ask 5 neighbors to pledge to you for a minimum donation of $20 each. (Last year, one of CPC’s top walkers raised most of her funds by going door to door asking for pledges!
Week 2 = $425
TOTAL = $975

 Week 3:

Ask 5 other relatives for a minimum pledge of $25. 
Ask 8 co-workers to pledge to you for a minimum donation of $25. 
Ask your boss to pledge to your for $50. 
Ask 3 local merchants (like your hair salon, favorite bakery or restaurant and gym you frequent) to pledge $50 each.

Week 3 = $525
TOTAL = $1,500

Don’t forget to follow up on your efforts - some people need a gentle reminder! Remember, the number one way to raise funds is by
personally asking for pledges from the people you know.
It’s easier to ask for a pledge than to ask for money!