Join us & Walk for Life!

At 10am on Saturday, April 29th, supporters throughout the community will gather at 2 different locations (Fallon Park – Roanoke & Franklin Co. Recreation Park – Rocky Mount), and walk to support moms and babies. Will you join us?

  1. Register online now to walk – choose your walk location when signing up.
  2. Ask family, friends and co-workers to sponsor you through a donation to the Center via your online fundraising page.
  3. The walking path is wheelchair & stroller friendly, so bring the whole family on Saturday, April 29th at 10am (registration begins at 9am).
  4. And the most important step – HAVE FUN!!

Everyone who raises $200 or more will get a free t-shirt. And we’ll have door prizes and giveaways!

Got a question about the Walk? Need to register by phone? Email us at [email protected], or call 540-362-3007 ext. 220.

Roanoke Valley Gives

Join us for one day of giving on Wednesday, March 15th – you can pre-schedule your gift now. (Don’t change the give date when donating)

Charities that raise the most funds, and those who have the most donors will win $5,000 and $10,000, respectively. Help us win!!

 

 

You shop. Amazon gives.

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest days for online savings and shopping – and we’d love to be a part of your day! The best part? It won’t cost you any extra money to support us – just a few seconds of your time.

Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases year round, if you start each Amazon shopping trip using the url below (using their Amazon Smile program):

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1314461

Portrait of happy loving mother and her baby outdoors

 

 

 

Making New Friends at the Heartbeat International Conference

ServantLeaderAwardAs always, Heartbeat International did a great job hosting its annual conference last week in Atlanta. This year, it provided a great opportunity for me to introduce Mission Partners, and talk about the growth of Lydia in Macedonia.

I was also surprised (and humbled) with the 2016 Servant Leader Award. I am so honored to be added to the list of previous Heartbeat International Servant Leader award recipients. Thank you to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center and the Lydia Teams — who kept it a secret from me. I’m totally blessed to be your coach.  [Read more…]

What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

WomenBibleFor years I have been questioned about what the Bible actually says regarding abortion; does it condemn or condone the practice? Generally, the motivation for the question is rooted in the desire to promote or permit the practice since no prohibition seems to be identified. My simple answer has been to refer to the context of one of the most misquoted scripture passages used these days. How often have you heard the statement, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”?  [Read more…]

Early Christians and Abortion

By Dr. David W. T. Brattston
(Reprinted from an article published in Lifewatch March 2016)

This article presents the Christian attitude toward abortion before the first ecumenical council, that is, until AD 325. Because the New Testament does not comment on the morality of abortion, this article considers the writings of the first generations of Christians after the apostles, for they indicate that opposition to abortion (1) was shared at a time when the writers — or Christians not many generations earlier — personally knew the apostles or their first disciples and thus benefited from their unwritten teachings and interpretations of Scripture, (2) comes from a date so early that there was no likelihood for the original gospel to have been altered, and (3) is not based on only one interpretation of the Bible among many but was the interpretation of Christians who were personally familiar with the New Testament writers or their early followers. [Read more…]

Pastor Calls Conditions a Catastrophe

20151031_103300Located in Macedonia, where the abortion rate per capita is 2½ times that of the United States, Lydia – A Beating Heart Women’s Center is the first of many international pregnancy centers supported by Mission Partners (PRO). In addition to offering support to moms and babies, the Lydia team also provides invaluable support to the refugees who were recently stopped in Macedonia because of the European Union’s decision to close its borders. “We were able to distribute diapers, wet wipes, baby cosmetics, and clothes,” said Lydia’s director, Svetlana Jovanova. “But we still need your prayers and support!” To understand how great the need is, read below letter excerpt from Mirce Andreev, a pastor in Macedonia and president of the humanitarian organization AGAPE.

Dear Prayer Partners:

…As many as 15,000 to 20,000 refugees are stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia and they [are living] in conditions below every level. From a humanitarian point of view, it is catastrophe.  [Read more…]

Mission Partner Stories

Mission Partners exists because a small group of already established pregnancy resource organizations joined together. Read these stories of how some began their partnership.

HandsA church in Colorado had been supporting their local pregnancy center for a number of years.  One of the leaders heard about Mission Partnering with Lydia in Macedonia.  Although they had conducted a Baby Bottle fundraiser annually for the local center during the month of January, they decided to have another Baby Bottle campaign in the summer to support Lydia.  We sent them the bottles, inserts, and posters to promote the campaign.  After the first campaign we asked them to keep the bottles, and told them we would supply more as well as new materials for the event the next year.  They raised over $8,000 in two years with a simple and easy event.  And by the way, the January campaign for the local center grew as well.
[Read more…]

Do you have any extra puzzle pieces?

puzzle-piecesOne of the leaders of the church I pastored spent 15 years in prison.  He told of a time when a number of the inmates were ushered into the cafeteria and seated at tables of 10.  In front of each man was a manila envelope that contained the pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.  The inmates were instructed not to talk or communicate with anyone at their table or anyone else in the room. The object was to find out which table could properly assemble all 10 of their individual puzzles the fastest.  They were instructed to empty their envelopes and quickly put their puzzle together and they were warned that if they communicated with anyone in the process they would be disqualified.  As he emptied his envelope, he noticed that there were pieces that belonged to his puzzle, and pieces that didn’t belong.  As he looked around the table he could see that the pieces he needed to complete his puzzle were scattered in front of other inmates.  How could he get the pieces he needed without being able to ask for them or reach across the table and take them?  It then dawned on him to look at the extra pieces he had and who needed them.  He slowly moved those extra pieces to the inmates who needed them.  It didn’t take long for the entire table to catch the process.  Each man simply moved their extra pieces to whoever needed them and before they knew it, all of their puzzles were properly assembled; they had been the first table to complete the task.  [Read more…]

Events

DSCN2633Our benefit events bring in a significant amount of the support that we need to continue serving our community—and it’s people like you who make these events a success! Each of our annual events relies on friends of the Center introducing others to our work in order to broaden our base of support. Would you consider taking an active role in one of this year’s events: Walk for LifeFundraising Banquet, or Get To Know? It’s a great way to make a real difference in the lives of women and children…to spread the word about the Center to people who may not know about us…and to enjoy the company of other friends of the Center. Hope to see you there!