It feels as though I have been pregnant at least eight times. I have two children, ages four and two, whom I care for deeply, and at least nine more that I support in some way or other. In truth, none of those pregnancies was my own, but I believe that when my neighbor is pregnant, I want to equally care for her as though it were my own. I have gone through heartache, offering comfort where I could to a mother or family who suffered through miscarriages. I have also gone through the joys of pregnancy, from birth, through breastfeeding, to watching young minds grow older. That is why I say I have children, although, I have not birthed nor adopted any. I believe that I have a responsibility to help care for every child.
If you also would like to know more about this mindset, join us this Friday, June 28 around a dinner table in Fayetteville. We will talk, enjoy each other, and learn how we have previously helped pregnancies, and what more we can do together.
Please be our guest for a delicious natural and trans-fat free dinner which will be available as you arrive between 5:00-5:30 p.m. The training portion will start shortly after.
Where: Jason’s Deli
419 Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville, NC
What: An orientation and training on how we can help support pregnant women and their families.
Why: Because Mary helped Elizabeth in the Bible. Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself. And because, without proper caring and rearing of our children, how are we fulfilling the instructions God has given us?
–Joy Williams, PHW Regional Consultant
Partners in Health and Wholeness is an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. PHW aims to connect health as a faith issue. Please visit our website to sign your personal pledge to be healthier, and to find out about grant opportunities for places of worship in NC.