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With the Election approaching, the Raleigh-Apex NAACP has several volunteer opportunities that could increase voter turnout in Wake County. Volunteers are needed to make reminder calls, drive voters to their polling place, and to ensure voter rights as monitors (this requires a brief training with Democracy NC).
Because of all of you, rural communities are saving the lives of women and their babies!
Pregnant women in remote, rural communities of Nicaragua still face many challenges to make sure their babies are born safely, grow healthy and happy. Sometimes, lack of resources and accessibility to adequate care takes a toll on them. Fortunately, you are changing this! Thanks to Pullen Memorial Baptist Church’s prayers, love and generous gift of $3,864 on July 21, 2016 to AMOS Health and Hope, you help us continue training community health workers who lovingly accompany pregnant women, provide counseling, care and essential medicines, like Ada Luz Montenegro, who shared with us how the trainings she has received with AMOS helped her save two lives:
A 26-year-old woman had tried to keep her pregnancy secret after the father of her child abandoned them. I visited her to offer counseling and support. Feeling overwhelmed about being a single mom, she refused my counseling, but I kept visiting her. One day, she finally agreed to see me. She had her first prenatal check up, and together we created a plan for her delivery at the health center. When the time came, she was too afraid to leave her home. I called for an ambulance and staff at the health center, and we convinced her she needed to give birth in a safe place. Later that day, after the baby was born at the health center, she had a hemorrhage. She and her baby were transferred to the regional hospital and stayed there for 15 days until she was stable.
A week after mom and baby arrived home, I visited them to follow-up on their care, and was so hapy to find the house filled with joy and gratefulness for her new baby girl!
Pullen’s support is critical for thousands of mothers, babies and their families. Thank you for reaching out to people who otherwise would not have access to health care. Your support is changing communities by training local leaders on disease prevention and treatment, care for pregnant women and newborns, community organization, and coordination of emergency transportation.
Thank you for sharing God’s love, your time, and resources to help bring hope to the most vulnerable. We are so blessed to have you as partners in our ministry! And we look forward to continue working together to help communities improve their own health.
David & Laura Parajon, AMOS Health & Hope
guest post by Cathy Tyner, Pullen Co-Worker, Housing Stability Mission Group
When I first met Thomas in November of 2015, he had just recently turned 18 and had been living outside for almost a year, after losing his connections to his hometown and his adoptive family. His adoptive parents had kicked him out, severing ties completely, stranding him without money, transportation, a job or the means to finish the higher education work that he had begun. [Read more…]
As a community of faith built on the shoulders of witnesses who stood for equality in many historical moments, we are called to STAND in solidarity with people of color as we all call out the current sins of racism. [Read more…]
The Hope Center needs your help!
The Hope Center at Pullen hosts Life Goals Classes every Wednesday for young adults who have aged out of foster care. The young people benefit from lessons that focus on healthy relationships, financial skill building, mental and physical health, communication skills, and everyday life skills such as cooking and cleaning. We provide wholesome meals for the youth who come to these life skills classes. That’s where you come in! We hope you consider adopting a Wednesday by providing a meal, paper products, and beverages for the youth to enjoy.
By Jeff Cherry and Lloyd Jones
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
We have all seen homeless people on the street. It is so easy to step around them and to avoid their eyes, or give them a dollar or some change and go about our day feeling like we’ve met our social obligation. In August of 2015, Pullen was given an opportunity to enter into a ministry of relationship with a group of homeless, young adults who turned up literally on the doorstep of the church. Most of these young adults are young enough for us to think of them as children, and it is easy for us to see resemblances of our younger selves or of other kids we know in our family and our neighborhood. But these young adults do not meet the image we had of the face of homelessness when we began this work. Some have been on the street just a short time and each one has a story. Here is the story of one such young man. We’ll call him Christopher. [Read more…]
by: Ginny Going
I knew nothing of the realities of homelessness until getting to know Darryl and Jeanette. This is a couple who were sleeping in the doorway of the Hope Center last summer and fall. Regardless of how this came to be, what was clear to me from the beginning of our friendship was their love for each other and their strong determination to move out of homelessness and build a future off the streets. I saw their deeply rooted faith in God, the enormous amount of time and energy it took each day to navigate the necessities of life AND find and engage with organizations that might assist. Walking everywhere, carrying their belongings, trying to stay warm as the weather turned cold, encountering confusing, conflicting information about where and how to get help – this was their daily reality. One episode that sticks in my mind is going with them to a church-based food pantry whose long list of requirements to receive one bag of groceries seemed unnecessarily invasive and dehumanizing to me
There were wonderful moments of celebrating, too – both of them getting jobs as Salvation Army bell ringers at Christmas, their move into an efficiency apartment with help from government “rapid rehousing” funds (they are not rapid!), part-time jobs for Darryl and Jeanette through Jeanette’s church. (But to get to these jobs required several bus trips and walking long distances home late at night). And they both experienced serious health problems during this time. Then this summer a car from Wheels for Hope! I’ve been richly blessed by this friendship and grateful for what I’ve learned.