That is the number of people that came to my house last week for our weekly moms group. It was larger than normal because it was our last big hoorah before school started up again.
Forty six of those present were children. Roughly we had 7 teenagers (13-16 years old), 16 middle kids (those between the ages of 6 through 12), and 22 littles (those ages 5 and under).
I live in a community that loves children. I go to one of the very few churches in our area that is family integrated...meaning we encourage fathers and mothers to keep their children with them during our service so that the family is worshipping together.
I live in a world where children matter. Where children are loved and considered a blessing.
But that world exists within a larger world where children aren't considered a blessing...where they aren't loved...where they don't matter because they are inconvenient and a burden or a mistake. Statistically, it's a world where one in three women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
I realize if you read my blog on any kind of regular basis that more then likely any information I share about the horror of abortion is like preaching to the choir. So, why am I bringing it up? I'm glad you asked!
I want your money.
Actually I want you to give your money to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton. The PRC opened it's doors in 1995 and since then have provided thousands of women with free pregnancy testing, prenatal and parenting classes, Biblical counseling, as well as meeting countless tangible material needs. They provide post abortion counseling for women that desperately need healing emotionally and spiritually and they currently reach over 2000 Santa Rosa county public school students with their Plan A abstinence program. I've watched this happen in person and I've seen how the staff and volunteers at PRC invest themselves wholeheartedly in the woman and men that come through their doors. They become friends and mentors and vital support for those who feel like they have no where else to turn.
But they need help. There is more they can do and do better if they have more resources. Do you know that it is estimated that 78% of women who are opting for an abortion will change their mind when they see an ultrasound of their baby? Imagine what that could mean for Santa Rosa county if PRC were able to have one with medical personnel on staff to give that option to their clients? And that's not the only way more funds could be used.
Walk For Life is a family friendly event designed to raise funds for and awareness of the work PRC does in our community. Here's how it works. Our kids are signed up to join other participants in walking two miles on Saturday, September 27th at the Santa Rosa Soccer Complex. We're looking for people willing to sponsor them either in by making a pledge (PRC will follow up with getting the money from you after the walk) or you can go here and make an online donation to team Hadding Five. Online donations are great because that means you don't have to be local to help us! We're also happy to accept donations in person. 100% of your donation will go directly to PRC. Our family has a very modest goal of $250 and I'd love to see that number go higher :-)
If you are local I strongly encourage you to sign up and become a walker and gather your own sponsors. The process is super easy. Sign up as a family or parents sign up your kids or create a team with friends. We all have grandparents, aunts & uncles, and friends that we can ask to give...even if it's just a few dollars. The good news is that you don't have to raise all the money. But when the money you do raise is added to the money we raise and it's added to the money that someone else has raised it becomes something bigger. Plus, the day of the walk is going to be lots of fun with bouncy houses, face painting and snacks.
I mentioned earlier earlier that I live in a community where children are considered a blessing. It's easy sometimes to think that while we do the hard labor of raising godly offspring that will declare His kingship over all the earth that we're doing enough. But if we really believe that children, all children, are a blessing from God, and if we really believe that children, all children, matter then we must realize that there is more we can do. This is the something more. This is a way to put feet to our faith.