As we wind down this year at SaveOne I can’t help but reflect over 2016 and think about the things, people, and moments I am thankful for. Personally, this has been the hardest year our family has ever faced with the loss of my precious nephew in March. Our whole family is still reeling and grieving from this moment that changed all our lives forever. The only thing that keeps our momentum is knowing he is safe from harm, is happy, is with his beautiful daughter Addison, and we will see him again someday. I thank God for His assurance that He has my sweet Micheal in His arms. Sometimes the only thing that gets a person through a loss is to be thankful for all he does have in the moment and allow God to heal the wound.
As we have traveled this year with SaveOne to places like Lewisburg, TN; Elkin, NC; Yerevan, Armenia; Vienna, Austria; Saginaw, MI; Oklahoma City, OK, and many more, we have seen and witnessed God completing the grieving process in so many lives. The loss through abortion is a weight hung around men, women, and families’ necks until a Divine interruption occurs and God is allowed to change people’s focus. Once the focus is shifted, those who suffer, stop looking at the pain of the loss and start thanking God for the freedom He offers after abortion.
Seeing people transformed around the world through SaveOne is absolutely overwhelming sometimes. The gratitude I feel for His hand being so heavy upon this ministry is more than I can put in to words. For that, I am thankful.
I am also thankful for the balloon release photos I received yesterday that took place at a SaveOne Night of Honor. I am thankful that I got to meet a doctor who used to be an abortionist, but after meeting Jesus, has dedicated her life to giving free medical care to pregnant moms. I am thankful for the first SaveOne Europe Summit happening this year that was a smashing success. I am thankful for the man who has donated our office space free of charge for over 10 years. I am thankful for a lady whom I have grown to love and respect so much who has donated her time as our accountant for over 10 years. I am thankful for the numerous churches who have invited us in this year who are helping us stop abortion around the world. I am thankful for every single person who has partnered with us as a monthly donor. I am thankful for the happiness I feel when I see someone wearing our SaveOne t-shirts. I am thankful for the people who have signed up for Kroger Community Rewards and named SaveOne as their charity of choice. I am thankful we started 30 new chapters of SaveOne this year. I am thankful for every encouraging email and phone call we get because each one really makes a difference. I am thankful for my friend who edits these newsletters free of charge and has for many years.
I could continue on for another page. Yes, there is much warfare surrounding this subject. Yes, we fight off all kinds of attacks that you cannot even imagine. And, yes, we get weary. But seeing this list of things for which to be thankful reminds us that our mission is always greater than any battle or pain we might experience.
As we enter in to this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, let us not focus on the pain of the year, but rather focus on what there is to be thankful for.
Thank you for your financial giving, your prayers, and your encouragement for us. We are grateful beyond words for your involvement! You are all heroes to us!
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