Maternity Home

Today I took the first steps to being involved with a maternity home here in Brooklyn. I met with the director of the home and all I can say is that I know this is something God wants me to be involved in. It has been a burden on my heart for so many years to get involved in pro-life work of some kind and finally, finally I am at a point where I feel desperate to get involved. I don’t want to let another opportunity pass me by.

Amazingly, though I am a stay-at-home-mom, unable at this point to volunteer regularly outside of the home, there are many ways to help. The two I am most excited about are having young unwed mothers into our home and prayer intercession every Wednesday. Though the opportunity to have mothers over is posted on their website, I was shocked to learn that I am the first person since the home opened 15 years ago to open my home up to these women. The first! I am honestly not saying this pridefully but only with utter amazement and sadness! I am so thankful for my mother’s example of always being hospitable, no matter what the time and who the guest! It is simply ingrained in my siblings and I to love having people over.

Additional ways to help include giving them the opportunity to hang out with Rick and I together so that they can be introduced to what a godly marriage is all about…what a godly man looks like. They need computer skills, general housekeeping skills, basic child-care know how, sewing abilities (not my forte:), etc. But mostly, they need to be taught about God in any way possible. Without a changed heart, they will never truly rise above their difficult circumstances.

According to the director, these women have come from rough backgrounds with little to no real parenting. Then they go on to get involved in abusive relationships, ending up pregnant and with no where to go. They come to the home to find help but then when it is offered, usually do not want to submit to the rules in effect and they end up leaving after only a few weeks. This is obviously not enough time to bring real change into their lives but yet the gospel can be proclaimed to them and they can experience a Christian community, even if it is only for a few days or weeks.

I won’t lie. I feel totally inadequate for the “task” of having these women into our home. I look young. I seem more naive then I really am. I know they will think they can walk all over me. Yet God has put this on my heart. He has given me a strong desire and I just have to trust He can use me no matter the “green”exterior I present. I need to just look to Him and not to my own abilities because then I will fail. As I have bible study with them, cook with them and just interact with them, I need to simply remember not to fear man but to follow God!

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Thanks to Stephanie for sending me the link to Randy Alcorn’s list of 50 Ways To Help Unborn Babies and Their Mothers. They include:

1. Open your home to a pregnant girl. Help her financially, emotionally, and spiritually. (Note: After talking with Susan, I would disagree with Alcorn’s view that a pregnant woman should be helped financially. Many are hooked on drugs, etc. Give financially to a maternity home but do not give cash directly into the hands of these women as they will likely use it unwisely).

3. Volunteer time with organizations helping pregnant women, newborns, drug babies, orphans, the handicapped, elderly, street people, and others in need. Personal care is the most basic prolife activity

5. Donate materials, office equipment, furniture, baby clothes, professional services, and money to Pregnancy Resource Centers, Birthright, Bethany Christian Services, and other prolife groups.

50. Pray daily for prolife ministries and victimized mothers and babies. Organize your own prayer group, perhaps combining prolife concerns with other vital needs, such as missions. Go to prolife rallies or sidewalk counseling and focus on the ministry of prayer. If the darkness of child-killing is to be overcome with the light of truth and compassion, it will require spiritual warfare, fought with humble and consistent prayer (Ephesians 6:10-20).

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11 Responses to Maternity Home

  1. Grace says:

    Good for you sister! That is so awesome. I cannot wait to hear how the first bible study goes! What a great opportunity. I have often said to Justin that after I have this baby and understand what motherhood is…I want to volunteer at AAA in Chattanooga (pro life work) again.

  2. Johannah says:

    Taking action! I am so proud of you Sus. I hope you relay the lessons you learn to us all, so we are all spurred on to act ourselves.Love, Jo

  3. Steph says:

    Good for you. I’d love to hear updates on how this is going. I think you’re a great person for this job! A caring young woman who can show girls an example of unconditional love and also let them play with your babies! Hehe.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful way to contribute to a cause so dear to your heart! Mom

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m proud of you. The lack of hospitality make be the greatest sin of omission in the American church. It two years when no one has any money, perhaps hospitality and survival sharing will come back into vogue after a 300 hiatus. People will not have to watch reality shows they will be dumpster diving as a career.Dad

  6. Shannon says:

    Amazing work Susanna! It takes a very brave person to volunteer in such a way. I’m interested as well to know how the first session goes! Love you!

  7. Bethany says:

    Excellent! You’ll do well at this. You are gifted at hospitality and clearly have a heart for these women!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Sounds really, really interesting. Lots of opportunity in NYC, I would imagine.

  9. SYK says:

    that’s great susanna! yes, please so share how it goes:)

  10. Jason and Kim Vinson says:

    Wow, I am so excited for you. Thank you for sharing how God is actively working in your life. I can’t wait to hear more. And thank you for letting your readers know more of what they can do too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Susanna, what a wonderful way for you to be able to volunteer in the community. I often wonder too how I can volunteer but with three little ones at home I find it difficult. Lois

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