This ministry was “officially” launched last Sunday, February 8. I pretty much sum up what this ministry does in the video posted above.
When I felt God pushing me to start EMM I expected two things out of the first year: 1) on average 5 babies are born a year at Grace Crossing, that seems manageable and 2) we may experience a miscarriage or two, but most likely, based on history, we will have “typical” pregnancies.
I’m sure you’ve heard that saying,”If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans.” Well, I’m pretty sure He was watching me plan out this ministry and was just smiling, shaking his head and saying, “You sweet, sweet girl. Just wait til you see what I’ve got in store,” and then He laughed and laughed.
So as I said above, this ministry official launched last Sunday…four days ago. We currently have 7, SEVEN, babies already due in 2015. It’s only the middle of February, so I’m pretty sure we’ll have a few more before the year is done. PRAISE GOD!! Woo hoo! Thank you Jesus for babies!
So God, being the merciful Creator that He is, gave me three days to ease into the ministry before He said this: “So, you’re all in, huh? Good. Don’t get comfortable. Go. Do. Be what I’ve created you to be. It’s about to get real.”
Yesterday I received a call from one of our members who had seen the video and shared it with her son and daughter-in-law. Through tears she told me how great God’s timing is because this ministry is so needed in her family right now. As I listened to her, I started thinking they must be struggling to get pregnant and I need to contact someone to help them through this struggle because that isn’t one I can relate to. Then she told me the reason she called. Her son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first baby this summer and the child is not expected to live long after delivery.
Oh my goodnesss. That’s me. I need to contact ME. That’s my area. I CAN relate to that.
And then I cried. A lot. I hung up the phone and cried. It was a strange feeling. I’m not crying for myself. I have extreme empathy for this couple. I know exactly how they feel and I hate that they are experiencing this. And at the same time, I’m so thankful that I am here for them. Thank you God for my Pippy! Thank you for giving us that horrible experience that resulted in the most beautiful child whose legacy goes on and on.
I had the honor of speaking with this sweet mama last night for quite a while. They are experiencing a lot of the same things we did with Pippy. I even told her she reminds me a lot of me in how she speaks about the situation and even some of the details in this pregnancy. What a privilege to be used by God in a club that no one wants to be part of. We’re so thankful we’re not alone in this club, but we really don’t want any new members.
Please keep this family in prayer. Pray for complete healing for this baby. Please also keep the six other babies in prayer too. We pray for healthy pregnancies, healthy mommies, and healthy babies. Please pray for this ministry to be exactly what God intends it to be and that I am exactly what God intends me to be for these mamas.
Thank you all for the amazing support you’ve shown to Tim and I over the past couple years. I know that you will do the same, even if just in prayer, for these families as well.