Happenings at Alpha Women's Resource Center

Enlarging Your Tent

When summer arrives in the South, it affects everyone and everything. Blistering hot days, pesky mosquitoes, and afternoon thunderstorms become the norm. I have a new regard for those who work outside and count it a huge blessing that I don’t! Typically, this time of year means we slow down, maybe take a few days off, and relax a little bit. But at the Alpha Center, with the move to a new location just behind us, new opportunities have come to light. The ministry has three new client advocates in training, a new post abortion recovery leader has come to Alpha from Florida, labor and delivery group classes will start in July and an expanded abstinence curriculum will be offered in five area schools this fall. As if that weren’t enough, a 5K Run benefiting the Alpha Women’s Resource Center is scheduled in Jackson on August 3rd (See below for more information). In every instance, much prayer has preceded each of these opportunities. God is truly enlarging His territory and brothers and sisters in Christ are responding to the needs of this ministry. As God’s Word and His amazing gift of salvation is planted deep in the lives of Alpha’s clients, there is no limit to what the future holds. The prophet Isaiah’s words to the Israelites, applies to this ministry as well: “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2 (NIV) As supporters of the Alpha Women’s Resource Center, please continue to pray with us that God’s will be done. Your prayers, financial...

Essential God

I was reading a devotional recently that described God as “Essential” and it prompted further reflection about what this word means. An online dictionary described it best: “vitally important; absolutely necessary; basic; fundamental; completely realized; absolute; perfect.” Yes, that’s God! So often, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what we perceive to be absolutely necessary, only to find out later that we have succumbed to the “tyranny of the urgent”. As we seek God’s point of view as to what He considers essential, skewed perceptions are righted and our paths are straightened. Earthly desires pale in comparison to God’s plan which yields eternal riches. One example of this is the Alpha Center’s recent Walk 4 Life. All the weeks of planning, coordinating, and preparation quickly came to a head on the day of the walk and in a few short hours it was over. Without a kingdom focus, we could easily argue that there must be simpler ways to raise money! But that’s the world’s view and not our Lord’s. He knew that it was essential to have walkers and sponsors, liaisons and pastors, adults and children, all come together to celebrate LIFE. We needed to be reminded that HE is the Author and Sustainer of all LIFE and out of His abundance He blessed this ministry and His people! As we prepare to move into the center’s new facility, again we are reminded to keep our focus on the essentials. No matter how spacious and beautiful the rooms are, or how wonderfully equipped the ministry is with...

40 Years and Counting

Forty years ago the Supreme Court made decisions concerning two cases that would ultimately mean death to tens of millions of unborn babies. The results of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have led to the deaths of as many as one in three children born in subsequent generations and legalized abortion up to the day of birth in all 50 states. The count now stands at 55,808, 387 babies who have lost their lives to abortion. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “State and Country Quick Facts”, January 2012, that number represents more than the combined populations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky ,Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee in 2011 (53,702, 267). During the past 40 years, it has become evident that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and abortion is a mainstay of Planned Parenthood’s business. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) on February 18, 2011 but the bill later failed to pass the Senate, by a margin of 42-58. Despite its demise, this legislative act reflected a monumental shift in America’s attitude – a shift against the nation’s largest abortion provider who receives roughly 46 percent of its budget from federal and state grants and contracts. On January 20, 2013, across our land hundreds of pastors in the United States will speak about the sanctity of human life. We will hear what God’s plan is for life, how He is the Author and Sustainer of life and how it grieves Him to see a people bent on destroying what He has created just...