I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and thank you for your enthusiastic support for the Morning Center project and for your commitment to reforming private charity. I am Camille Clark, the new Memphis Morning Center Executive Director.
The city of Memphis is one of this nation’s neediest when it comes to offering impoverished pregnant women a better alternative to abortion through free, quality maternity care in Jesus’ name.
In 2010 a Kessner Index report showed that only half of Memphis/Shelby County area pregnant mothers were receiving adequate prenatal care. The other half? Twenty-two percent received intermediate care and the other eighteen percent received infrequent and low-quality prenatal care or no care at all before delivery.
Sadly, these kinds of statistics are often connected to our high infant mortality rate which is recognized as one of the highest in the nation. It is no wonder that the prospects of having a successful, fulfilling pregnancy and delivery seem dismal to these poor inner-city mothers in Memphis.
We have a sense of urgency to move forward with our mission in Memphis.
Our main prayer focus for current financial needs center around the need for an OB/GYN who can deliver babies, monitor the quality of the Morning Center’s maternity care, and provide the required supervision for our nurse midwives. Having an OB/GYN is critical for the Morning Center to be fully operational. Along with an OB/GYN serving as our medical director, we need to have medical malpractice insurance in order to see our first patient.
The Memphis Morning Center staff needs a well-stocked medical supply cabinet. There is a significant list of needed supplies ranging from basic items- like Kleenex, Band Aids, and paper towels – to important, one-time equipment purchases – such as fetal monitors, blood pressure cuffs, and computers. Some of these basic items will need to be replenished regularly.
Finally, please pray for the Memphis staff as we are faced with providing full-time ministry services on part-time hours. There are mothers and babies who need our help now, and the more our staff is available, the more we can help.
Let me conclude by saying, “Thank you” for your contribution to this project. In whatever form contributions have been given, your investment in bringing the life of the gospel not only to women in Memphis but with God’s blessing, to women all around this country, is beginning to bear fruit. Continue persevering with us and know that your labors are not in vain.
If you want to join the team or support the Memphis Morning Center, let’s talk!
I look forward to hearing from you.
For True Charity in Memphis,
Memphis Morning Center Executive Director
P.S. If you would like to give specifically to the Memphis Morning Center efforts, you can do that by going to https://morningcenter.org/give/