Stirling Worship Centre is East London held a ‘stork party’ on Saturday (June 7, 2014) for Breath of Life Pregnancy Centre which provides much-needed counseling and caring services to women dealing with unwanted pregnancies.
Nearly R6 000 was raised through cash donations and a raffle for a R500 Tupperware hamper, and a bakkie load of baby gifts were collected, said Judy van Aardt, who organised the innovative event together with her husband Frans, and Lester and Megan Ballard. The money will assist the centre to purchase a bar fridge and microwave oven that they desperately need.
“We hope that other churches will be encouraged to hold similar events to meet the centre’s ongoing needs,” said Judy.
Heather Muller who runs the centre which has reached out to more than 8 000 women since its launch in 2008, addressed ‘guests’ at the church ‘stork party’. She said that her many duties include counseling at the centre in Southernwood and in the termination wards at the Frere and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals, and giving talks at schools. She said the two East London state hospitals are the only ones in South Africa which admit a pro-life counselor.
Muller showed a video of her own testimony and of how God had subsequently led her into her vital ministry. She left her audience in no doubt that adoption is a preferable option to abortion with its lifelong physical, mental and emotional consequences. She said that even very young mothers who have chosen to parent their babies are doing an excellent job. The centre continues to care for them as much as is required after their babies are born. Each mother is given a hamper for her new baby that includes the basic needs to assist her on her way. She said the centre needs volunteers to help with various needs.
“We had a time of fellowship afterwards where refreshments were served. We are very grateful to all the ladies who assisted us,” said Judy