Would you consider this?

Posted September 26th, 2006 under Journey towards wholeness, Life by MicheleP.

Flashback to February 2003. I was in the hospital trying desperately to hold onto a pregnancy and fighting for the lives of Gideon and Grace. During our time in the hospital, our troubled spirits were poorly attended to by the hospital. They have phenomenal medical care, and a caring nursing staff, but no one is equipped to guide you through the intense fear and pain you experience along the way. No one – except for someone who has been there.

On the second or third day there, we received an email from a woman named Jenni Saake. Jenni was the director for an organization called Hannah’s Prayer – an online ministry offering Christian support to families experiencing infertility, miscarriage and early infant death. I had never heard of Hannah’s Prayer and little did I know how that one email from Jenni would have such a lasting impact on my life. Soon after that email from Jenni, we began to receive a second and then a third and then so many that we lost count. Hundreds of women – emailing us their support and encouragement and telling us that they were praying for us. Us. Complete strangers to them and yet they were taking time to pray for us.After Gideon and Grace died, I needed to be able to talk to friends who understood what I was going through. I needed to know that I wasn’t the only one on this journey of grief. I needed someone to tell me that I would survive and I found that from the women at HP.  I’ve spent the last 3+ years developing some of the deepest friendships I’ve ever had. I’ve poured my heart out to these ladies and they have in turn poured out theirs to me.

 A year ago, I was approached with an invitation to join the Board of Directors for HP. I was humbled to be asked to serve and I gladly accepted. The women of Hannah’s Prayer have been a lifeline for me through some of the best and worst days of my life. I am grateful to be able to serve in such an amazing and life impacting ministry.

We are currently in the midst of our annual pledge drive. As with any ministry, there is a financial burden. Up until now, God has blessed Hannah’s Prayer Ministries through the gifts of various generous givers and a few occasional fundraisers. With the rapid growth of this ministry, we are reaching the limits of our financial budget. That is why I am writing this now – we need your help. Would you be willing to share the blessings you have received with this incredible ministry?

I would be personally honored if you would consider a donation to Hannah’s Prayer in memory of Gideon and Grace. Hannah’s Prayer Ministries is a California based, non-profit 501©(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible and you will recieve a receipt for your donation. You can mail checks to:
Hannah’s Prayer Ministries
P.O. Box 3321
Borger, TX 79008
Or you may donate funds online through http://www.paypal.com,
1. Go to http://www.paypal.com and log into your account (or sign up for an account, if you do not have one)
2. Choose “Send Money”
3. Use paypal@hannah.org as the recipient’s e-mail address
4. You can use goods (other), if asked for category of purchase
5. Please simply put pledge donation in the e-mail subject
6. Then, hit continue and you will be asked to verify the transaction and hit send money.
 

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  • 1

    I was crying all over again just reading this email. I hope the donations come pouring in.

    Comment by Misty — September 26, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

  • 2

    [...] Kelly is one of my “beauty from ashes” relationships. I “met” Kelly in 2003 – right after Gideon and Gracie died – through Hannah’s Prayer. She was going aslo struggling with infertility and had just had an unsuccessful IVF. In our grief, we instantly connected. Later that year we were able to meet in person at a little retreat for a bunch of infertile girls in NW Arkansas. It was one of those weekends where I think we cried as much as we laughed – and created friendships that will last forever. It’s bitter sweet to think that I would have never met Kelly (and so many other amazing women) had I not gone through such a horrible time. [...]

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