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Mother’s Love

It is so special when we are able to see our patients with their babies. They are full of stories about their new child, and their love for motherhood. It’s especially meaningful to us to get to meet someone that we have been praying for and taking care of in the womb for many months. We hope our patients stay in touch with us for years to come, so we can watch their children grow up!

One of our patients with her two month old son.

One of our patients with her two month old son.

We praise God for each and every life He allows us to help bring into the world, and we are so thankful for our friends and supporters who make our ministry possible!

 

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26.2 Miles To The Morning Center

A staff member of the Morning Center’s parent ministry, Samaritan Ministries International, is running his first marathon on October 19 and he is looking for sponsorship to benefit the Morning Center.

Meet Mike Miller

Hi there, I’m Mike Miller.

Join me in helping the Morning Center maintain its high quality, full-service, free maternity care for mothers in urban and under-served areas. The Morning Center’s Mobile Maternity Care Units have helped lots of moms with their pregnancies and births this year and I want to see them continue branching out to serve mothers in every urban and under-served area in the country.

By sponsoring me as I train for and run in the Springfield Illinois Marathon on October 19, 2014, you’ll be helping the Morning Center to continue helping moms and their babies.

Fundraising Page ImageMy goal is to raise $1,000 for the Morning Center’s Laboring in Love Fund. I’ve raised $667 so far (which is really cool if you’re a math geek).

The idea is that although my initial reason for running was to live a healthier life, ultimately it all needs to be for God’s glory in some way. Thus the fund-raiser. (You can read more at my running blog, Just Run, Son.)

So, if you’re able, I’d appreciate a donation, no matter how small, toward my $1,000 goal for the Morning Center.

You can go straight to my Morning Center donation page.

Even if you can only afford to help out with $5, that’d be great. Each penny counts.

The Morning Center is a project of Samaritan Ministries International, a 501(c)(3) Christian charity. It seeks to return charitable maternity care to a private, patient-centered model.

Thank you and please pray for the Morning Center and for an injury-free training season and marathon run for me.

– Mike Miller

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Babies, Babies, Babies!

We are entering a very busy season here in Memphis. We have 8 births scheduled in September, and 8 in October. It is such a joy to get to meet the little ones we have been caring for inside their mother’s wombs for months, and to see our moms fall in love with their babies all over again.

Yesterday our 21st baby was born, a beautiful little girl. Her mom, Tenesha, is 19 years old, and this is her second child. We praise God for a healthy delivery and baby, and pray He will continue to walk with Tenesha as she raises her children.

If you are interested in supporting us as we support moms like Tenesha, click here.

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Happy Birthday, Morning Center!

August, 2013 was a monumental month for the Morning Center. One year ago our Memphis Morning Center staff opened the doors of our mobile clinic and saw a local mom & baby for the first time.

Memphis Morning Center Executive Director, Camille Clark, and CNM Davin Johnson prepare a clinic room to receive the Memphis Morning Center's first patients!

Memphis Morning Center Executive Director, Camille Clark, and CNM Davin Johnson prepare a clinic room to receive the Memphis Morning Center’s first patients!

Months and years of preparation were coming to fruition. In a way, it was as if all who had contributed to the vision of the Morning Center were “giving birth” as we launched this little experiment. In some ways the Morning Center is a radical experiment. As far as we know, there is no other organization like us in the United States. Certainly, there are many non-profit, pregnancy-centered organizations. But, one that offers maternity care through licensed medical professionals who are completely supported by private, grassroots funding, and is founded on gospel-centered principles of caring for the poor is rare indeed!

Meet the Courtney & Tiphanie Gladney Family.  The little guy's hardworking mom, father, and Morning Center CNM Davin Johnson have beaming smiles! The first baby born in Memphis with the love and care of the Morning Center.

Meet the Courtney & Tiphanie Gladney Family.
The little guy’s hardworking mom, father, and Morning Center CNM Davin Johnson have beaming smiles! The first baby born in Memphis with the love and care of the Morning Center.

Since the moment that the Morning Center was an idea, our essential purpose has been to be the next step in the pro-life movement. God has provided many champions in the pro-life movement. From those who stand outside of abortion clinics praying every day, to volunteers who staff crisis pregnancy centers, to the staff manning mobile ultrasound units and offering pregnancy tests. But, a crucial link was missing. There weren’t enough nurses and OBs standing in the gap to provide prenatal through postpartum care, and those who were, had offices busting at the seams with people needing quality, charitable care. But not just any medical professional can stand in this gap. These people have to come alongside a woman, her baby, her family, and help be their support system for 9 months – oftentimes confronted with domestic problems that are not easily reconciled.

Memphis CNM Davin Johnson and volunteer Olivia during the first week of Memphis Morning Center patient visits. So happy to be hitting the streets sharing God's love and care!

Memphis CNM Davin Johnson and volunteer Olivia during the first week of Memphis Morning Center patient visits. So happy to be hitting the streets sharing God’s love and care!

Memphis Morning Center Administrative Assistant Angela holding a precious new born baby.

Memphis Morning Center Administrative Assistant Angela holding a precious new born baby.

Patients Alexis and Makiva were extra special blessings sent our way. I think we were as blessed to know and serve them as they were in receiving private charitable maternity care!

Patients Alexis and Makiva were extra special blessings sent our way. I think we were as blessed to know and serve them as they were in receiving private charitable maternity care!

Why is this so essential? Because God calls us to be faithful in the little things. An entire culture who has been raised up thinking that abortion is normal is not going to be changed to a culture of life overnight. It will be a purposeful, gradual process. As we work arm in arm with other ministries such as churches, crisis pregnancy centers,mobile ultrasound units, and maternity homes, we are faithfully showing the love of Christ together and fulfilling the specific calling God has placed on the Church and Christians in our culture. We have been called to love and serve in all that we do.

Perhaps even more significant, God should receive the glory for every baby that is born. When a mom and baby have received maternity from the government, the state receives the glory when that baby is born, not God. What better way than to serve and love a woman, and her family, in the time of need than by being the hands and feet of Jesus and honoring God with the birth of the baby that He created and sustains?

Morning Center Memphis Patient Kaisha receives medical care for her and her precious unborn baby!

Morning Center Memphis Patient Kaisha receives medical care for her and her precious unborn baby!

Memphis Morning Center Medical Director and OBGYN, Dr. Laura Engbretson holds a Morning Center baby at her postpartum visit - a baby delivered through the love and care of the Morning Center's staff.

Memphis Morning Center Medical Director and OBGYN, Dr. Laura Engbretson holds a Morning Center baby at her postpartum visit – a baby delivered through the love and care of the Morning Center’s staff.

Memphis Morning Center Patient Rosa and her toddler son are all smiles even though Rosa's husband had been deported. It was hard for her to walk through her pregnancy without him, but our staff made sure she and her son were not alone!

Memphis Morning Center Patient Rosa and her toddler son are all smiles even though Rosa’s husband had been deported. It was hard for her to walk through her pregnancy without him, but our staff made sure she and her son were not alone!

We are thankful for a year’s worth of giving God the glory for the lives of each baby born in Memphis.

Back to the monumental day one year ago. For me, after the excitement of preparation wore off and the gravity of our inaugural day hit us, we posted this on our Facebook page:

“Please pray for the Memphis Morning Center team seeing our first patients this week! May God guide & work through us. May He be our provider and source. And, may His Love be made real and powerful in the lives of our patients!”

I believe God has answered our prayer many times over in this past year. He has blessed us in more ways than we could ever imagine. In just one short year at our first location in Memphis we have helped to bring 17 healthy, beautiful babies in to the world. We have served 156 Memphis women, through 547 prenatal/postpartum appointments.

We fondly remember the day that we talked to this beautiful patient about how her job as an MMA fighter (ouch!) was changing because of her pregnancy status.

We fondly remember the day that we talked to this beautiful patient about how her job as an MMA fighter (ouch!) was changing because of her pregnancy status.

Meet Morning Center Memphis Patient Lakeitha and Cornelius!

Meet Morning Center Memphis Patient Lakeitha and Cornelius!

Memphis Morning Center patient Tenesha is beautiful as always as she waits to welcome her baby girl. We are thankful to often see her family with her when she comes to appointments and especially enjoy her little one year old son. When she comes in she lights the room up with her glowing smile and sense of style!

Memphis Morning Center patient Tenesha is beautiful as always as she waits to welcome her baby girl. We are thankful to often see her family with her when she comes to appointments and especially enjoy her little one year old son. When she comes in she lights the room up with her glowing smile and sense of style!

We currently have 36 active patients (actually, 72 active patients when you count mom AND baby!)

So you might be wondering, “What’s next?”

Our favorite part of any day - when we get to see the precious babies that God gives us the opportunity to welcome in to the world! Our prayer is that this little one will grow up in the to love and know Jesus. Have you ever seen anything more precious?

Our favorite part of any day – when we get to see the precious babies that God gives us the opportunity to welcome in to the world! Our prayer is that this little one will grow up in the to love and know Jesus. Have you ever seen anything more precious?

As we grow and expand we want to make sure that we keep our focus steady.

We are planning for continued expansion and growth in Memphis. At a minimum we will need to double the number of staff as patient numbers continue to increase.

We also continue to explore expansion in to other cities, and covet your prayers as we work towards that expansion.

How can you help? First, you can pray for us. Pray that we would be faithful in the task that the Lord has given us to do, and that He would continue to pave the way for us. Second, you can support us as we support mothers and babies in need. A gift of just $20 a month from 28 people for 9 months would completely underwrite maternity care for a mom and her baby.

Memphis Morning Center staff from L - R. Camille Clark, Executive Director; Burt Stouffer, Communications; Angela Walker, Administrative Assistant; Davin Johnson, CNM; Dr. Laura Engbretson, OBGYN and Medical Director.

Memphis Morning Center staff from L – R. Camille Clark, Executive Director; Burt Stouffer, Communications; Angela Walker, Administrative Assistant; Davin Johnson, CNM; Dr. Laura Engbretson, OBGYN and Medical Director.

Feel free to explore our website to learn more, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in the loop in regards to our day to day happenings and needs.

Thanks for celebrating our birthday with us!

The @MorningCenter is the #NextStep in the LIFE and @PPact is the #LastStep in DEATH. ~ Walter Hoye II, Morning Center Board Member

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How Amazon Helps Us

We love how easy Amazon makes it for us to share our needs with our supporters and friends!

We have certain medical and administrative supplies we need to purchase on a regular basis for our Memphis location.  Amazon allows us to make a list of those needs, and share them with you, our friends, so that if you are interested in helping us in this way, it’s as easy as pie.

Amazon Wish List

 

If you are interested in participating, click here!

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A Day In The Life…

When you are in a position of ministry, every day provides new experiences and new challenges! We have learned to “expect the unexpected” in the day-to-day workings of our Memphis location.

Life In Ministry

The above picture is just a small example of this truth. Our Executive Director Camille needed a place to work on site during clinic day, and the only thing available was a toddler table! Definitely not the most comfortable office space! But again, you have to expect the unexpected, and make the most of every situation with joy.

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Why I Believe in the Morning Center

“Pro-life people don’t care about the life of the mother at all, just the fetus inside her. If they cared about the mother, they’d make sure she was taken care of before and after her pregnancy.”  

While I believe neither of these accusations are true at their core, it is certainly possible that the pro-life community can narrow our focus excessively. Far too often pro-abortion and pro-life folks view government as the default welfare option for mother and baby. But this is hardly the duty of an institution whose primary purpose is to enforce civil order. 

How will the same government that is expected to bring hardened criminals to justice, lovingly provide care for the poor and create an atmosphere of nurturing? I mean seriously, this is backwards.

The Morning Center, however, seeks to change the way that we look at caring for the needy amongst us. Rather than let the government provide health care to mothers and babies who can’t afford it (and often do so within facilities that are also happy to provide abortions!), the Morning Center seeks to bring the responsibility of care for those in need back into the hands of the Church and Christian individuals.

I believe in the Morning Center because they understand the Biblical nature of the Church helping those who need it the most. Because they seek to not just care for the baby’s physical needs, but the mother and baby’s physical and spiritual needs. Because they want to take the pro life movement to the next step, of not just encouraging a culture that celebrates life, but actively participating in the practical outworking of this.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work alongside the wonderful staff members of the Morning Center, and am eager to spread the word so that the Church can help pick up the pieces that they surrendered to the government many years ago. It’s time for the Church to begin putting their money where their mouth is, by supporting private, pro-life charities like the Morning Center.

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Darby Stouffer joins Morning Center team!

Darby Stouffer is thrilled to join the Morning Center team as a project specialist. 1511701_344811012327942_1475861134_oDarby has had an interest in furthering the cause of the Morning Center as a friend of the ministry from the beginning, and is grateful for the opportunity to be able to do so in an official capacity.

Darby has been actively involved in the pro-life movement as a sidewalk counselor since 2011, and as such has a unique perspective on the needs of expecting moms in inner cities. She is passionate about seeing the Gospel presented and practically carried out to these mothers, their children, and their families.

Darby graduated from Reformation Bible College in 2014, just a few months after marrying her husband Chris. They are expecting their first child in January.

We are grateful to have her on our team. Please join us in welcoming her!

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Safe Mom, Safe Baby!

I love it when supporters get involved in pro-woman, pro-life ministries as a family. Today we received this wonderful drawing from Bryce in the mail that portrays a beautiful mommy and her baby safely nestled in her tummy.

Safe Mom & Baby

 

Praise God for young men like Bryce who already understand that the safest thing for mother and baby is to choose life!

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Memphis Morning Center’s first postpartum visit!

Memphis Morning Center just provided its first postpartum visit:

Momma and baby are doing well…and we just can’t get enough of these baby pictures! What a cutie pie!

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