Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will soon be here. At Refuge, we want to honor both. Every year we have our baby bottle campaign, and it begins on Mother’s Day and ends on Father’s Day. This fundraiser is the one that keeps our doors open so that we can continue to minister to our community. We desire to share the love of Christ to every man, woman, and child who enters our doors.
Over the years, pregnancy centers have changed with the needs of our communities. The initial thought behind pregnancy centers was to save the child. It did not take long for those ministering to these women to realize that to help the child you must first help the mother. We already offered encouragement and prayer throughout the entire pregnancy. Soon centers began to provide free clothing, food, diapers, car seats, and more.
Educational classes were soon added to support and help the mothers. Centers continued to see some of the same clients over and over. We then noticed a lack of education. So many centers opened their doors to all for GED programs, which was done with the hopes that this would move them to complete independence. But the problem remains.
After 18 years with Refuge, I have realized that things will not change until we get to the root of the problem. We have a family problem. Our families are no longer structured the way God intended. Over 47% of the children in Rockdale are in single-parent homes. I am passionate about turning those numbers around, but this is 50 years in the making in America! There is no reason to pass blame, all have fallen short, but if God calls us and if He places something in our hearts, we must stand up and do what we can. Refuge may be tiny, but so was David when he fought Goliath.
Refuge is starting a men’s mentoring program called Practical Fatherhood. The program will encourage, educate and minister to new fathers. They need to be taught how to be a good father. We are in need of male volunteers to mentor to these young men, so please pray and ask God if he wants you to be part of this exciting ministry. These men need us to care about them too because they have been forgotten and overlooked.
To kick off this new program Refuge is doing something that we have never done before. We are holding a men’s conference on June 9th where we will have several speakers discussing the importance of fatherhood and how to be fathers in our community. We are encouraging men’s groups, church leaders and community leaders to attend. We may not be able to make a difference for the entire country, but together we can make a difference in the lives of the families in our community. I am inviting all of you men to attend. This event is not a fundraiser as your ticket fee pays for your lunch and our cost for the program. Our only desire is for “a few good men” to stand up for the love of family.
Refuge Pregnancy Center