You guys hear from me all the time, so I wanted to switch things up a little this month. My friend, Mary Fainn was a disc jockey on a local radio station in Guntersville, AL when I first met her. The tables were turned then and she was interviewing me for the station. I traveled to Guntersville for the interview, not knowing I was about to meet a lifelong friend and SaveOne advocate. We have seen each other through incredible transitions in both our lives. We’ve cried together, laughed uncontrollably together, and celebrated great victories together. I cherish this woman. As a chapter leader of SaveOne you are never just left out on your own to fend for yourself and figure things out. We pour into you and forge a relationship that is strong.
That’s the thing about SaveOne. We become family, not just business relationships. When we get down in the mud of life with each other we can’t help but bond and become brothers and sisters. So…see what my disc jockey friend is up to now!
Sheila: Tell us about the pregnancy center where you hold SaveOne.
Mary: (Gate Pregnancy Resource Center) We help women who are pregnant until that child is one year old. We offer everything a new mom will need including maternity clothes and classes. We offer SaveOne to our clients as well as the community. I have been in Harrisburg NC for 2 years and before that Albertville AL for 12 years.
Sheila: How long have you been a chapter leader with SaveOne?
Mary: 14 years I think?
Sheila: Why have you stayed with SaveOne all these years?
Mary: I believe in SaveOne and have had the privilege of watching God heal and restore women and men through this Bible Study. The support of the SaveOne team is top notch and professional. I know they pray for all the chapters and are willing to go the extra mile to help leaders. I know the scriptures used in SO are the healing balm God uses to restore people.
Sheila: What has been the greatest challenge in abortion recovery that God has helped you overcome?
Mary: Sharing my story. I was so terrified to tell my secret sin but once I received healing and God called me to help others, I realized it was not my story to keep secret but that it was God’s story of redemption and love to share.
Sheila: What did you learn in that process?
Mary: I learned that the best way to fight for life is to share my story. The best way to allow God to use me is to share my story. The best way to show love and compassion to hurting people is sharing my story. The best way to honor God is to tell HIS story of healing. Pray and keep “pounding” (sorry I live in NC). Don’t give up, don’t be afraid to tell your story and share about healing even when people look at you weird. It’s ok to have just one or two in class, God brought them there. Remember it is HIS ministry and HE will provide all you need and the words to say. Keep yourself rested and renewed so that God can pour into you. Trust that lil voice that says I know I’m suppose to do this and ignore the but…. Utilize others who have been doing the ministry they are full of encouragement and information. Pray.
I just have to take a break right here and say BRAVO MARY!!!!! She gets it. She understands the power behind her story and she has dedicated her life to making sure others find their story, their voice, that will save babies, save heartaches to moms and dads, and end abortion in its tracks!6. What is one piece of advice you would give to new chapter leaders that you wish you had when you started?
Sheila: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in a SaveOne class, or while you were working with SaveOne?
Mary: I was going to speak at a church in the pouring rain and my sun roof popped the seal and I was drenched. They were great and I got some participants. Another time, same car, my horn just went off and got stuck. I pulled into the parking lot of the church with my horn blaring. They had a mechanic there and he fixed it for me. OYE
Sheila: What is the greatest moment that has happened to you in a SaveOne class?
Mary: I love it when someone has the break through and you can see it and hear it. The best one was a couple who were going to get divorced, I ask him to wait until she finished the class, he agreed. She had done every bible study, counseling etc… he did not give it much hope. That was 8 years ago and they now do prison ministry together and she co-leads SaveOne. God is so good!
Sheila: Will you write a prayer for the other SaveOne chapter leaders?
Mary: Dear Lord, I ask that you cover each leader with your feathers, keep each one of us under your wing. Whisper in our ears the words to say to those we encounter. Bring us the hurting and broken and use us to minister your love and restoration to broken families. Give us ideas and wisdom to reach out in our communities, state and country. Guide each class and night of honor. Use us to end abortion. Give us boldness to proclaim life and love through Jesus Christ, the truth. In Christ Name, Amen.
See now why I cherish this woman? She is a Godsend and making an incredible impact on the men, women, and families in and around the Charlotte, NC area.
Please don’t ever feel as though you are alone. You are NOT alone. SaveOne is here to help you, train you, and pour into you so you can teach this Bible study in your church or pregnancy center.
Love you guys all the way up to the moon and back! 🙂