I went to church this Sunday with my husband and two-year-old son. As we walked in the red doors, I saw crates filled with empty baby bottles in them for your Baby Bottle Campaign. During our church service, Phil Holsinger came up to the front of the church and prayed with us. I sat in the back row, holding my sleeping child, not having realized that the man who was in charge of your whole organization was sitting just a few feet away from me.
My eyes filled with tears as I began to think back about my life two years ago, and how terrified I was. I was in an abusive relationship with a drug dealer, and I was completely unsure of myself as a soon-to-be mother. I came to your center with that drug dealer, and then I began coming by myself. Your advice and support, along with that of my family, led me to escape that awful life that I was headed toward. You helped give me the courage to not only do what was best for my child, but also what was best for myself.
I haven’t had anything to do with my son’s biological father since his birth, and he has had no interest in pursuing any obligations he might have. I don’t think that I would have made that decision without you all, though. I don’t think that I would have found God, gone to and graduated from nursing school, and found a man who loves me and my son as his own if I hadn’t walked in those doors of your center when I did.
Life is still hard sometimes, and although I don’t really have the courage to become a volunteer, and although I’m not in a financial situation to even fill a baby bottle with coins, I can tell you that your work is amazing and makes a difference. I am truly grateful for your support and blessed to have such a wonderful gift of a child out of such a bad situation.
As I walked out of the sanctuary holding my son’s hand, I once again saw the crates. They were empty. What a blessing.