Life Choices in Ruston offers a great opportunity for ministering to new mothers.
Temple’s Women’s Ministry Committee encourages women to volunteer for Life Choices’ Mentoring of Mothers program. An announcement from the committee summarized the program as follows: “Through this program, you will be matched with a new mother who is in need of a role model in a healthy environment. The program is designed to work around your schedule. For instance, they suggest that one of the visits could be taking the new mother to the grocery store when you do your weekly/monthly grocery shopping.”
If you are interested, you can learn more by attending an informational orientation session Monday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 30, at noon. They will be held at Life Choices, 211 West Texas Ave. in Ruston. More information is also available from Tara Stone, coordinator of the mentoring program, at 255-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Volunteer’s Viewpoint
Here is how Temple member Amanda Barham feels about the impact that participation in the mentoring program had on her:
I was challenged to participate in the MOM’s program after reading David Platt’s book Radical. I felt God was asking me to invest my life in people. I happened to see a Life Choices newsletter at church one Sunday. After reading about the MOM’s program, I felt like it was exactly where God wanted to use me. I had times of self doubt before being paired with my “young mom.” I wondered if I had the time to invest my life in someone else. I knew I worked full time and had a family. I doubted myself as a mom. I’m not the world’s best mom and wondered if I could really be an example to someone else. Through prayer and encouragement from others, I realized that I didn’t have to be a perfect mom. I needed to be real, and I needed to be there for my “young mom.” I was also nervous about bringing someone that I did not know into my family. I knew in order to truly invest myself in my “young mom” that I would eventually have to make her a part of my family in order for her to see a healthy family environment. I really struggled with opening my family up to a stranger, but after prayer, I finally had a peace and realized that I ultimately had to follow God’s will and couldn’t worry about the “what ifs.” I had to trust that He would take care of me and my family. God paired me with a wonderful young woman, and I am thankful that she is letting me walk through this journey with her. It has also been a special journey for my daughter. It’s a great lesson for her to see us as a family investing in other people. It’s very scary being a first time mom and it’s even scarier when you don’t have support. I’m thankful that I can be there for her and look forward to seeing a true friendship develop.