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Monday, September 7, 2009

Missional Monday

This week's Missional Monday is an organization I hope to be involved with in the future. A good friend of mine, Baloney, is very involved with them and currently volunteers for them helping in fundraising, etc.

The organization is: Crisis Pregnancy Outreach

The primary mission of Crisis Pregnancy Outreach is to provide love and assistance, free of charge, to young women who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy, and to their children as well.

History & Information

Members of Christian Chapel used to peacefully walk and pray outside of a Tulsa Abortion Clinic. As time went on, they began to feel the need to provide a meaningful alternative to abortion for girls and women in the Tulsa area and beyond.

Board member, Marilyn Guthmann, and her brother-in-law, Dr. Howard Guthmann, approached Cheryl Bauman. Together, they drafted a proposal to present to the Board and Pastor Richard Exley. The proposal was unanimously approved. Crisis Pregnancy Outreach was birthed in March 1983, as an outreach ministry of Christian Chapel. Within two weeks, the first girl was ministered to.

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach's comprehensive list of services developed as new seeds arose amidst the young women. For example, when a girl needed a place to live during her pregnancy, "host homes" began as the members of Christian Chapel opened their homes to provide a loving, family environment. When a girl needed items for setting up an apartment, the warehouse was formed.

Initially, adoption referrals were made when young women chose to place their children for adoption. It soon became evident that Crisis Pregnancy Outreach should become a Licensed Adoption Agency in order to facilitate open adoptions.

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach accomplishes everything with a team of dedicated volunteers. No one has ever received a salary. (Emphasis mine)

What can you do to help?

Your financial support helps to provide such things as prescriptions, clothing, childbirth classes, counseling, and dental care for our girls. Your support enables us to operate our transitional and maternity homes where our girls are cared for in a loving, home environment.

We accept donations of maternity clothing, baby clothing and equipment, household items, furniture, and appliances. These are to help our girls set up their own apartments or to assist with what they already may have.

Please take some time and check out this wonderful organization on their website! See if their mission can help you match your passion with your purpose.

1 comment:

Baloney said...

CPO is amazing. Thanks for spotlighting them Swizz!!