Thursday, May 23, 2013
send me to Texas
You know me. You know how pro-life I am (if you don't, read a few posts in that link). I know without a doubt that the Lord has placed a very specific calling upon my life: to save the unborn, to minister to their mothers and to work toward making abortion unthinkable in this city, this state and this country.
I would say that it all began some time in high school. I attended a youth evangelism conference in 2001 and visited the Rock for Life booth. It was there that my eyes were, for the first time, truly opened to what abortion is. I bought a pro-life shirt and a patch for my backpack and proudly sported both at school. And they triggered discussions with other kids. It was then that I began to defend the unborn.
During my junior and senior years of high school I decided to earn my Girl Scout Gold Award (yes, I was still in Girl Scouts. don't judge. I'm awesome). For my project I wanted to do something to help one of the local crisis pregnancy centers here in Las Vegas. My project had to be something that would continue on even after I was done with it. What I didn't realize was that God was going to hold me to that. In fact, it wouldn't just be that my project would continue on without me, but that He was going to continue to use me in the same ministry.
When I was 19, I became a peer counselor for that same crisis pregnancy center. I went through my training and was only able to counsel for less than a year before Ben and I moved from Las Vegas to Oceanside, CA in 2007. But I immediately began volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center in Vista, CA. I counseled there for several years, both in the center and on their mobile RV unit. I also had the opportunity to work on the planning committee for 2 of their fundraising banquets, train other volunteers and in 2010 I joined the Board of Directors. I sat on the board for about a year before Isaac was born and our family of 3 moved to Texas.
While in Texas, I took a bit of a hiatus from pro-life ministry. We still supported the local crisis pregnancy center and I continued to write about the tragedy of abortion on my blog, but I wasn't physically involved in ministry for over a year.
Last summer, we moved back to Las Vegas. I was pregnant with Elijah and not sure how I would ever have time to get involved again. But I wanted to. Ben and I had been dreaming up an idea to open a combination Pregnancy Center, Birth Center, Maternity Home somewhere. I still believe that is the end goal and we are still believing God to bring it to fruition. But in the mean time, God has led me to a new opportunity. Something that I had never even considered. But I know the calling was from Him and in March of this year, I accepted the position as director of Nevadans for Life; a small, fledgling, pro-life organization in Nevada.
This organization is in the beginning stages. I have a million ideas of where I want it to go and how I want it to make a difference in Las Vegas, Southern Nevada and really the entire state. But baby steps people, baby steps.
One of the steps I would like to take this summer is to attend the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas. The conference is June 27-29. And to be completely honest, we can't afford for me to go. But at the same time, I feel like we can't afford for me not to go. I know it would be an incredible opportunity to help get Nevadans for Life off the ground so that we can get to work, helping to make abortion unthinkable in this state and this country.
So now I've finally gotten to my point: I need your help in sending me to this convention. I've done the math and I need roughly $920 to attend the 3 day conference. If you would like to sponsor me, with any amount, please contact me by way of email: thisjessibridges[at]yahoo[dot]com. Seriously, any amount will help.
Update: You can donate directly to Nevadans for Life and all donations are tax deductible. Make checks out to Nevadans for Life and send to: Nevadans for Life P.O. Box 60416 Las Vegas, NV 89160
And if you can't support me financially, consider praying for me and for Nevadans for Life and for the end of abortion. I am convinced that prayer is the most important tool we have to abolish such a horrific thing. Actually, nothing we do in this fight will matter unless we bathe it in prayer.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 1 Chronicles 7:14
Thank you for your support in this. Every little bit will help. And I hope that you know, you aren't just helping me get to Texas, you are helping save the lives of babies and helping minister to their mothers. Your money, your prayers will work to end abortion.