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…]

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.
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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…]

It’s Time to Take a Stand

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Lydia psychologist Alexandra is pictured offering assistance to a sweet baby refugee.

Located 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. Much like pregnancy centers in the United States, Lydia offers counseling, support, and assistance  to women facing an unplanned pregnancy – including women who are already scheduled to have an abortion.

The Lydia team is also helping many of the thousands of refugees passing through Macedonia weekly. Lydia goes to the refugee exit point into Serbia with diapers, clothing, baby cosmetics, and pregnancy tests. Pregnant women and moms with babies are helped daily!

It costs $2400 a month to sustain the operations of one Lydia Center. Twelve Mission Partners can easily support one center with a monthly commitment of just $200 each.  [Read more…]

What is Mission Partners PRO?

In 2015, 50 million babies were aborted outside the United States.

As a missional outreach, Blue Ridge Women’s Center launched Mission Partners PRO to serve some of the most impoverished locations throughout the world. Most of these communities simply do not have the resources necessary to sustain a full time pregnancy resource organization like those found in the United States.

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97% of all abortions worldwide happen outside the U.S.

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