Love Them Both

shutterstock_135759827It’s that time of year again!

Twice a year, Gateway Church gears up for our Embrace Grace baby shower. This is our 12th semester and we are looking at around 65 young women that have an unplanned pregnancy to be blessed and honored for choosing life. We use this opportunity to reach out to girls that are desperate for a change in their lives, hungry for something more, something deeper and real. They crave the grace, love and LIFE that God freely gives each one of us. They desire a connection with a God they may have only heard stories about, but are ready for a real and intimate relationship with Him.

In order to make a baby shower of this magnitude happen, we need YOU. Around 1,300 gifts will be given that will show a tangible picture of the goodness of God. There will be tissue, tulle, baby gifts galore, and an abundance of smiles and tears. It will be a day you will never forget. When you hear the stories of some of these girls, it makes you want to help them even more, and in the process it changes you.  Some of you may ask,

But isn’t this rewarding a sin? No, it’s just loving people.

Well what if it’s her fifth kid? There is grace for that.

So what about if it’s her tenth? There is grace for that too.

Did any of these girls PLAN to get pregnant. What about that?    Probably not. Does the grace lessen if they did?  They are craving love. Can you help show them some?

Each young woman has a name. Each woman has a story.  Each mother and child has a destiny and purpose for their life. If you knew their story, maybe you wouldn’t ask those questions. There is not a limit to God’s grace. (thank you JESUS!) Sometimes we veer off the path God has for us by making choices that we think is best, only because it’s the life we’ve become accustomed to. Some of these girls have no one in their life to speak positive and encouraging words and even to talk about dreams with. Maybe you can help me love them into dreaming again. Love can do that, you know. It has a way of transforming people. If we can love these brave women no matter what, maybe they will start to love themselves.

A few weeks ago, a young mom at one of our campuses joined the Embrace Grace program for the first time. She came in at 38 weeks and was due any day. She had just moved here from another state with her mom and literally had nothing for the baby, not even a carseat to bring the baby home from the hospital. We were putting a few feelers out for some gently used donations to at least get the carseat and crib to her so she can have the basic necessities til the shower came around. We were not getting any responses until the day she gave birth, a group of women came forward to meet the need. Two hours after this beautiful girl gave birth, our team texted her to let her know that her needs had been met and that a crib and carseat were on their way. She immediately began thanking Jesus and decided right then to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior from her hospital bed. The same day she received the gift of a child in her arms, she received the gift of eternal life from her heavenly Father.

His kindness leads us to repentance.

The difference between prolife and prolove is loving them both. We commit to not only loving and saving the babies but the mommies too.

Will you join us in changing generations by loving them both and helping bring God’s light to women that are searching for it? If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we would love for you to join us and honor the Embrace Grace Gateway girls on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. If you would like to adopt a girl and get your group of friends to purchase baby items, you can adopt a list here: http://gatewaypeople.com/ministries/bless/embrace-grace

The difference between mercy and grace? Mercy gave the Prodigal Son a second chance. Grace gave him a feast. –Max Lucado

Written by Amy Ford

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