Posted On: March 4, 2014
From our certified nurse midwives to administrative assistants, from directors to board members and all of our ministry partners, the exemplary maternity care we provide for under-served women and their babies is a measure of the people who’ve dedicated themselves to the pro-life, pro-woman cause.
One of those individuals is Reverend Walter B. Hoye II, a Morning Center board member and dedicated pro-life voice in the black community. Formerly a pastor in California, Hoye now labors full-time as a pro-life speaker and consultant with the organization he started, the Issues4Life Foundation.
As a member and respected voice within the black community, Hoye knows how important it is to reach the people in his neighborhood. He also knows it’s about much more than a political agenda or a stump speech—it’s about Christian messengers reaching the hurting and needy with the message of Jesus Christ in real, tangible ways.
“Listen, abortion is big business—a billion-dollar, well-funded business. Like any business, it will survive as long as it has customers. Who are the customers? No. 1 and No. 2 is black America and Latino America, the communities of color,” Hoye said. “Until there is a strategy that impacts those communities, that customer base, you’re wasting your time. You’re not going to have the impact you’re looking for.”
That’s what got Hoye interested in the Morning Center.
“[The Morning Center] came to me…they could clearly see that reaching the black community, my community, was vitally important, and they wanted to be a part of that,” Hoye said. “The Morning Center is one of the strategies I can get behind, that will work in our community…I love the mobile units, the strategy of going to the people. That’s just Christianity 101, man. If you don’t feed the hungry, they ain’t gonna listen.
We can come to your church, wherever you are, and say, ‘We’re here for your women and your children, your man, here we are, we just want to help you. It’s real help.’ She needs prenatal care, resources, care for the well being of her pregnancy. We understand. We’re here to help. That’s what’s going to make a difference in my neighborhood.”
A Story of His Own
When it comes to front-line support for the pro-life movement, Hoye has quite the story of his own to tell. Not only has he spoken to leaders across the nation, he’s also stood on the sidewalks in front of abortion clinics to bring Jesus’ love to women and infants in need. He also did it, he said, to model for his congregation what loving, peaceful, front-line ministry looks like.
He’s even gone to jail because he refused to stop holding a sign in front of an Oakland clinic that read “Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help.” Why is Hoye so passionate about bringing the Gospel to women and babies in need?
“Listen man, Jesus Christ was a living, breathing, walking Morning Center. The woman with an issue of blood, she touched his garment and was healed. He came to the people who were sick and in need,” Hoye said. “The Morning Center is part of the long-term strategy, part of the answer. The need is not going to go away. Let’s say you repeal Roe [vs. Wade]. Let’s say abortion is made illegal tomorrow. You’re still gonna have a need to meet, always. That’s why the Morning Center.”
Hoye also knows firsthand how vital it is that Christians reach the black community.
“At the rate [the black community] is aborting our children, we don’t have 40 more years. We’re talking about genocide. Black Americans have fallen below the replacement level. There’s a real possibility of us not being here. In New York, for example, for every 1,000 live births in the black community there are 2,600 abortions. Our people are dying. The inn is full. We gotta go to the manger, meet the babies in the manger and care for them.”
Ultimately, Hoye said, the Morning Center is about one simple message: “Jesus Christ loves you and your baby. We’re here to help.”