Have you ever felt like your life is one bad choice after another? That what you do best is mess up? Do you hear that voice that says, “You’re a loser and always will be.”? Absolutely, I think we all have at one time or another. I know I have. So what do we do about it, how do we break the” bad choice after bad choice” habit? How do we counteract the voice that says, “You’re a loser and always will be.”?
We need someone to tell us the good news of Jesus Christ. We need to know that because of His love and mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die upon the Christ for sinners like us. “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9) We need to know that God wants to come and live in our hearts and change our lives. We need to know that through Jesus, and only through Jesus, can we be forgiven.
But, “how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?” (Romans 10: 14b) That is where you come in. If you have experienced the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ in your life and desire to be obedient to His commandment to “go and tell”, I want to encourage you to consider becoming a Client Advocate at the Alpha Women’s Center. A client advocate is one who comes alongside others to “advocate” on their behalf, one who shares the good news of Jesus Christ. One who having experienced the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ personally, desires to see others know of His great mercy and forgiveness.
Give me a call at the Alpha Women’s Center, a place where mercy meets the need of forgiveness.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ… For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 4-5, 8-10
The months have flown by this year and through it all, God has steadily made His presence known at the Alpha Center. We’ve been excited to see more clients come in, new volunteers come on board, and have sadly said goodbye to board members who have rotated off or stepped down.
At the end of May, the Alpha Center invested in a one-day intensive board training. Under the direction of Mike Williams, a dynamic pregnancy center board consultant and pro-life speaker, the Alpha board has implemented new strategies in several areas of the ministry. We are now more intentional with advertising placement, and you will soon see a much larger sign in front of the Alpha Center, better defining what the ministry does. Our board members are now equipped with the tools they need to invite the community to catch the vision of the center. The center has also invested in a new donor website to better inform our supporters about the ministry and to encourage more online support.
Alpha staff members have been busy too. Each of them has a section in this newsletter and I encourage you to take the time to read and catch up on the work being done in the different areas of the ministry. Every person associated with the ministry seeks to make a positive impression on the lives they touch through the Alpha center.
The work being done here can be compared to the building of a brick wall. The wall is the Alpha Center, a ministry designed to save and protect the lives of those in need of help and hope. The bricks represent people like you who invest their talents, money, and spiritual gifts to help keep the wall strong and intact. Constant prayer and acts of service are the cement that keeps the bricks in place. Like Nehemiah, who was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, we too are charged with rebuilding a wall of hope. The world we live in calls us to serve self and abandon God. The world opposes us just as Nehemiah’s enemies opposed him, but remember the words of the prophet, “And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.”(Nehemiah 2:18 ESV)
For His Kingdom,
For the 2013-2014 school year, we presented to 15 schools in 3 counties. Modifications to the program include the 6th grade class being taught the Changes program instead of 5th grade, an update to the DCO program for 10th grade, and the use of a grant to teach Aspire and Quest on an 8 day cycle in select schools. We had 11 volunteer Abstinence Presenters dedicated to teaching these students that saving sex for marriage is the safest and healthiest choice for their future and I became the Abstinence Coordinator when Amanda Schell stepped down. We are very excited to have given the Abstinence Program to 2734 students this school year!
The Fatherhood Program is up and running! We have several clients who have participated in the program already. This program uses the Quest for Authentic Manhood© DVD series to teach young men how to be the best father and man of God they were designed to become. It addresses issues like defining fatherhood and manhood, dealing with wounds from the past, overcoming overly bonded mothers, and mentoring your child. If you know of a man who would like to become a Fatherhood Mentor, please contact the Alpha Center for details.
Run To The Light 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk
Our upcoming Run To The Light 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk is already off to a huge success! We have over 60 runners signed up and 20 sponsors! The event will be held on Aug 2nd at 7:00pm. If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time or you can sign up on the day of the event. We even have parent/child teams ans stroller teams! Come by the Alpha Center for a registration form or search for the event on active.com. We’re gonna have lots of fun celebrating life together with entertainment, food, and plenty of glowsticks! All ages are welcome to participate! We look forward to seeing you there!
As I look around our nation sometime it is really hard to watch the direction we have turned as a nation. It is easy to just sit and watch as people we know and love find themselves in situations that seem to have no hope. Truly, this is not what God would have us to do as His people. He tells us in His word to help those that are in need. I am thankful that God had placed such a call on the heart of people in this community to step up and to be His hands and His feet.
I have been truly blessed to be a part of the ministry here at the Alpha Women’s Resource Center. I am thankful to the staff, all the volunteers, and the Board of Directors that dedicate their time and finances to reach out as God has called us all to do. I am also thankful for those in this great community both churches, businesses, individuals, and our Lord Jesus by which makes the ministry even possible. Thank you all. You have helped touch and change many people’s lives through the years. The apostle Paul said to Timothy in 2 Thessalonians,” Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ”. This is the calling that God has given to us.
Please continue to pray for the ministry and ask God to continue to lie on our hearts each day what we need to do be doing that God would be glorified and that those that need help and encouragement would receive what they need.
Rev. Jeff Lohrstorfer
Good News! As an approved 2014-2015 partner agency of the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), the Alpha Women’s Resource Center was recently notified that it will receive a total of $10,500 in specific program funding.
UWSWA recently changed its funding requirements and the Alpha Center was awarded $8,000 for its Medical Service Program and $2,500 for its Abstinence Education program in Clarke County. A local volunteer Community Impact Committee selected these programs for funding. This is a very competitive process with many deserving programs submitted for consideration and compounded by having a 3 to 1 ratio of requests to dollars the United Way had to invest.
The Alpha Women’s Resource Center would like to thank all those who contributed to the UWSWA campaign. We appreciate your support!