How did you feel when you first understood the assignment?
I had mixed emotions. I was inspired by the sermon to show more compassion but I did not like being given an “assignment” I did not volunteer for and having to report back about how the money was spent. I prefer showing acts of kindness when led by the Spirit. I did, however, match the $100 I was assigned which made the assignment a little more enjoyable.
How did you decide how/where you’d use the money?
I actually did not get the orange envelope myself but was handed the envelop by a newfound friend I had brought to church with me that Sunday. I had met this young women through an old friend who lives in Texas. This old friend, with whom I have had no contact for many years, called me out of the blue and asked if I would host a young women in her church who was seeking to adopt a newborn baby. The adoptive baby was to be delivered at a nearby hospital in the Troy area. The day after I received my old friend’s phone call, my newfound friend was at my doorstep with bags in tow. She was both anxious and excited about her mission to become a mom and I was given the opportunity to walk beside her in this exciting and sometimes scary journey. About two weeks after my newfound friend’s arrival she received a phone call from her social worker requesting she come to the hospital immediately. The biological mom apparently had an emergency admission and the fate of both the baby and the biological mom were at stake. As we raced to the hospital I was certain I was going to meet my maker but God was merciful and we made it to the hospital our lives in tact. As we awaited the fate of both the mom and baby my newfound friend and I prayed together and requested God to spare both the mom and baby. God heard our prayers and about an hour later my new friend held her beautiful newborn baby boy in her arms. During this awesome journey with my newfound friend I learned a little more about the biological mom whom I have never met. I learned the biological mom was struggling financially and this was one of the reasons she gave her baby up for adoption. I learned she loved her baby and thought long and hard about which adoptive family she wanted to raise her baby. I was told during the emergency C-section delivery, the biological mom, who’s own life was in the balance, cried out “please don’t let my baby die”. I learned once the biological mom, had made her decision about giving up her child for adoption she resolved to cary out her plan and not back down on her decision. She showed strength, thoughtfulness and was determined not to disappoint the adoptive parents.
How did you use the money?
I included the $200 in a note and asked the charge nurse to deliver the note with the money to the biological mother. Note: Dear __S_name__________ Grace Fellowship church is committed to serving our community and showing compassion and grace to all. Jesus showed compassion and grace to all He met while here on earth and continues to do so even to this day. Please accept this gift from God to be used as you choose. Always remember you were created in God’s image and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. May God bless you and guide you in your journey through life. God Bless, Jesus Psalms: “I Praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”