|One by One Mentors Giving Hope and Help to Families|
|Written by Laurie Connell|
Many of our young people today are facing an unplanned pregnancy and the possibility of single motherhood. Have you ever wondered how you can be a source of encouragement? During these times of uncertainty and challenge, these women need to be encouraged and empowered to know that they can raise children and be shining examples of Christ's love.
One by One Ministries, a leading Christian family and early childhood ministry since 2003, strives through the impact of God's love and grace, to influence an entire generation by improving the quality of life for babies and their parents. Their trained mentors not only help families during pregnancy, but the first year of the baby's life and beyond. They believe that every child is worth our best!
Rev. Dr. Ronald Wesley Scates, recently retired Senior Pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, says:
"God is a God of life....not of death. No birth is merely an "accident".........not when you understand the Sovereignty of God. Jesus said that He came that we might have "abundant" life. I support One By One Ministries because they are the compassionate hands and feet of Jesus as they come alongside mothers and children and families who face the brokenness of life and perilous family relationships that threaten to make "abundant" life an impossibility........and they make it a possibility through men and women who come alongside pregnant moms, and who connect their lives to them for the long haul........resulting in mothers and fathers and children who see and experience the reality of Christ's love and redeeming grace fleshed out as the Body of Christ stands with them and by them."
One by One's North Texas Regional Ministry Director is Laurie Connell. Her passion for this mentoring ministry began when she volunteered at a local pregnancy center. Her heart's desire was to build a deeper relationship with women who chose life for their baby. Her vision is to disciple these young mothers and teach them essential parenting skills in order to build strong families. Laurie works with area churches who love families and who desire to make disciples of Jesus Christ. She matches their mentors with clients from local faith-based pregnancy centers. The mentoring program of One by One acts cooperatively with the pregnancy centers and provides ongoing resources and support to these families.
One by One mentors get to experience the joy of witnessing remarkable growth in the spiritual, emotional, and family-related health of their participant families! Training is simple yet helps volunteers to become confident and equipped. Each mentor receives a four-piece set of proven early childhood development curriculum. An additional evangelism training session imparts how to simply share the Gospel, in a natural, conversational way. Once a month our mentors commit to visit her participant in her home during her prenatal months through the first year of her baby's life.
Christy, a One by One mentor shared:
"One by One opens the door to being transparent in a time of life that can be so difficult and wonderful at the same time. I can share my heart and the blessings I have come to realize with a mother who needs to hear it! I think mentoring is the key to reaching many generations of parents and children. With One by One, we are taking mothers where they are, in a time of life where they are ready and far more willing to make changes as a baby enters their world. Parenting is a huge responsibility that requires a support network that teaches as it reaches. I find this ministry challenging and encouraging. It has helped me grow in my walk with the Lord."
Saying you believe in the sanctity of human life is one thing; actually doing something to support those who have chosen life is another. The need is great – will you join the One by One Ministries and help empower families in your community to raise healthy and successful children?
Many of our readers are aware of another organization called OneByOne.
OneByOne has worked closely with Presbyterians Pro-Life at General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church USA. We consider them a vital partner, sharing with us in upholding Biblical truth while extending compassion and grace.
OneByOne has recently called a new Executive Director, Alan Woods. You can learn more about Alan and the ministry of OneByOne at their website.