Providence Baptist Church of Clinton recently hosted a baby shower for Robert & Nakia Williams on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Nakia first met the women of Providence Baptist outside the last abortion clinic in our state. The women were able to share the truth about abortion and the Gospel with her and Nakia chose life for her child. Nakia and Robert already have a daughter and are happy to be welcoming a boy into their family.
Representing PLM at the shower was board member Mary Trepanier. She gave this young family a gift bag filled with baby items provided by PLM volunteers as well as a Walmart gift card.
“Pro-Life Mississippi is so grateful for the churches that have been coming to the sidewalk to offer love, support, and encouragement as well as the Gospel to young women who are thinking about aborting their baby,” stated Dana Chisholm, PLM President. "One of the items we always put in each gift bag is a hand made baby blanket with a cross crocheted in it, so when you lay the baby down in the blanket you are laying them on the cross. We call these blankets ‘Love Covers’. My good friend Mary Crutchfield has been making these blankets for over six years, just for PLM to give to saved babies.”
There will be more baby showers coming up this Fall for other young women who chose Life for their child. “An event like this highlights the beauty of what can happen when the body of Christ works together for life,” said Trepanier. “But remember, it all started out on the sidewalk in front of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic.”
If your church group would like to answer the call of God to:
“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?" Proverbs 24:11-12
then please contact the PLM office and we can arrange for a sidewalk counseling training class for your group.
An inspiring Meet-n-Greet barbecue dinner honoring the Southern Team of Biking for Babies was held on Wednesday evening, July 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Canton in what is turning out to be an annual event for the pro-life community in central Mississippi. The bikers had pedaled 157 miles from New Orleans before arriving at the church around 6:00 p.m. After getting their showers they attended a special 6:30 p.m. mass celebrated by Sacred Heart pastor Fr. Mike O’Brien and Biking for Babies chaplain - and biker - Fr. Patrick Hirtz.
According to their official website, Biking for Babies envisions having teams of young people in America cycling for mothers and their babies, representing every pregnancy support center in the United States, every year, on their summer bicycle ride. By collecting pledges and donations, the bikers raise money for the various pro-life groups and pregnancy help centers along their route. Each rider represents a different pro-life organization and before the ride, contacts their organization and gets to know more about them and their specific mission. Jonathan Simpson, from Wisconsin, was the biker representing PLM. Since he was biking during the hottest part of the summer, this Wisconsin boy really appreciated our prayer support!
The Southern Team of bikers this year, including Fr. Hirtz and Jonathan Simpson, consisted of 9 persons - 5 riders and 4 support members: Sisters Christina and Celeste Woodman, Kathryn Peterson, Griffin Wacker, Andrew Luetkenhaus, and Andrew Jones. Rider Julia Chahine suffered a fall early on the bike ride out of New Orleans and plans to finish the trip as part of the support team.
The men and women of Sacred Heart Catholic church did a beautiful job setting up the fellowship hall for the meal. This was their first time to host the riders who, for the past 6 years, rode “only” 117 miles from New Orleans on their first day, stopping overnight in Jackson to meet and greet at St. Richard Catholic church. However, this year the riders had only four days to get to Chicago to rendezvous with the other biking teams, so they needed to knock off an additional 40 miles to make it to Chicago on time!
While Sacred Heart provided the main meal, PLM provided a beautiful cake for dessert. Sacred Heart pastor Fr. Mike prayed the blessing over the food, and Fr. Patrick did us the honor of cutting the first piece of the cake.
After everyone ate, the bikers shared briefly about how each of them got involved with Biking for Babies. Most of them learned about the ride either while attending a Catholic summer conference or reading about it on social media. Each of them already had a heart for unborn babies and their mothers and were excited to discover an athletic opportunity to support pro-life groups and CPCs. PLM Vice President, Beverly McMillan thanked everyone for coming to show their support for these inspiring pro-life riders, and expressed her deep appreciation to Biking for Babies for their help in underwriting the mission of PLM over the past 6 years.
PLM had once again signed up to lead the local 40 Days for Life Fall campaign. We are looking for a volunteer to help with this event by organizing the kickoff and closing event and getting volunteers to come and pray on the sidewalk. Staff and board member of PLM will work with you. If interested, please contact our office.