Within Cities4Life we are blessed to have volunteers who function in different roles. While most of our volunteers serve as sidewalk counselors there are seasons of life that some aren’t able to be on the sidewalks. Tarah and her family have been a great blessing to us and to the moms who chose LIFE that she serves. She helps the women we encounter at the abortion centers finds jobs. She also looks for other much needed resources to meet their pressing needs. It’s always a blessing to hear how God uses different things to call his people into this ministry. We hope you are blessed as you read Tarah’s story below:
“January 11, 2001, changed me forever. I still remember it like it was yesterday. We were expecting our first baby and learned the day before that she was making an early arrival at 23 weeks. The doctors and nurses took every measure to prevent her from being born so early. All night long, her strong heartbeat sounded in the hospital room. She fought to live as we fought for her right to life. However, despite our best efforts, our sweet Grace was born sleeping in Jesus at 9:46 AM. I have always been adamantly pro-life, but in those moments my convictions became reality. As I held her tiny body, I memorized her perfectly formed features. 10 fingers that looked just like Daddy’s. 10 toes that looked just like Mommy’s.
After many years of grief, I knew that our Grace’s story needed to be shared. I became involved with our local Right to Life chapter. I traveled to Raleigh and shared her story with anyone who would listen. I participated in a 40 Days for Life vigil at the Hebron abortion clinic and was to meet other women there. I had made a sign that shared my Grace’s story. As I arrived, I realized that I was the first one there. My wise mother told me to go stand alone. So, I did. The cars passed in front of the clinic and stopped for the light giving many time to read my sign. Standing there, I felt a healing take place. I knew in that moment that my sweet Grace’s short life was for a purpose, and I was able to fully embrace that knowledge.
In January of 2014, my husband and I became aware of Cities4Life through a Facebook friend. We finished training and began ministering on the sidewalks. For 13 years, the Lord had not blessed us with another child and now He was asking us to minister in this way to save babies just weeks younger than our Grace? We stepped out of our comfort zone and God blessed our obedience. In April of 2014, we found out that we were expecting—AFTER 13 YEARS OF WAITING! Our sweet Ava was born in November of 2014. She is the epitome of a rainbow baby and a daily reminder that God is faithful.
We live in Caldwell County, 1.5 hours from Charlotte and Asheville. We aren’t able to minister on the frontlines. Cities4Life is such an amazing ministry and I have such respect for those who battle at those gates. I am honored to be able to help in a very small way from all these counties over. I have the honor of assisting mothers and fathers who choose life in their search for employment. I have met some amazing people this way.
I also began to see needs right in our own county. After all, women from our county travel to Charlotte to seek abortions. With the help of a sweet friend, I took over the leadership of our local Right to Life chapter. God began directing and our group grew. We have such an amazing group of people from many different counties & different churches. Each of us have the same desire to speak for the voiceless. We have worked together in the community to educate on fetal development & pro-life laws, to raise awareness on abortion & its long-term risks, and to minister to those who have already been affected. After completing Care Net’s “Making Life Disciples” course, we prayed for direction. Three times, “Embrace Grace” was put into my hands. Finally, I took notice and we voted to pursue it. On April 22 of this year, our group joined with an amazing local church–Cornerstone Covenant Church–and launched our first semester of Embrace Grace – Hudson, NC. Embrace Grace is a nationwide ministry with the vision for every girl with an unplanned pregnancy to have a church to go to for spiritual, emotional, and physical support. The mission is to inspire and equip the church to love on single and pregnant young women and their families. I am honored to co-lead the group with a dear friend. We stepped out in faith and God went above and beyond. Each Embrace Grace semester has 12 weeks of group study, a Princess Day for the blooms, and a baby shower. This is all provided free of charge. We had two beautiful blooms (expectant mamas) at our first meeting in April. We now have SIX beautiful blooms expecting SEVEN precious babies. They are all such amazing & brave ladies and in the short weeks I have grown to love them all so much. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming—volunteers, donations, maternity clothes, baby clothes, weekly snacks. The list goes on and on. Cornerstone Covenant Church has provided a meeting place & continued support. My church, Highland Bible Tabernacle, is even supporting from Ashe County. Everyone is just excited to help.
When Vicky asked me to share my testimony, the Lord spoke to my heart. So, I share this along with a photo of my sweet Grace. I have kept it for all these years and the Lord spoke that it was time to share. She is what urges me forward every single day to find a way to use my voice. Even from counties away from abortion clinics, we can all find purpose. We may not all be called to speak from the sidewalks, but we are called to speak. It is when we step out of our comfort zones that God can fully use us. January 11th, 2001, changed me forever. I embraced my sweet Grace as we had to tell her goodbye in this world. Now God is allowing me to speak life to beautiful, expectant mamas in an Embrace Grace group.
How is He calling you? How will you use your voice?”
God has given us a voice and calls us to use that voice to speak for those who don’t have one. Can you serve on the sidewalks at the local abortion centers one day a week, every other week, or once a month? Maybe you, like Tarah, aren’t able to be on the sidewalk during this season of your life. Please consider some of the ways you can help us stand for LIFE in our city. Click one of the links below to get started.