SERVING THROUGH COVID

As Care Net moves through this difficult time, with all the necessary restrictions we are finding  ways to stay true to our mission.  As a Christian I find myself often confusing weakness with fear.   Recognizing that the women we serve, the staff, and most of the volunteers are in the high risk group  I wanted  to conquer my weakness and ultimately my fear.  This is  one of the biggest challenges experienced at Care Net.   Feeling less able the more at peace I became.  Could it be God wants us to not only remember our weakness but feel it deeply?   To even rest in it?  Missionary and Pastor Andrew Murray wrote,  “The Christian thinks his weaknesses are his greatest hindrance in the life and service to God;  God tells us that it is the secret of strength and success.”

God provides clarity and discernment as He whispers, “this is the way…”    the people he sent to instruct and provide the correct information needed for re-opening, the governor’s easy to understand and clear guidelines, the PPE materials made available,  the  staff’s patience and positive attitude as procedures seemed to change daily, the faithful support of our donors, and the many prayers.     As I read 2 Corinthians 12 ,there is no room for fear…

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Cor. 12:9-10

Blessings,

Kate

 

 


 Dear Friends...   

  My husband, Joe and I have been blessed with our first grandchild, a granddaughter that as you can imagine we know to be the most beautiful and sweetest creature God put on earth!  And how lucky we were chosen to be her grandparents!!  It was a very difficult nine months for our daughter, Allie and her husband Josh.  She suffered with severe hyperemesis the entire pregnancy which affected every aspect of their lives.  Allie worked very hard to keep her faith from wavering as she knew her destiny was bringing this baby girl into the world.  There were many detours and hindrances but God never wavered from His plan and purpose.   Little Maddie was born July 14. 2019.  Likewise, the past year in the life of this ministry has been wrought with hindrances and detours.  I’m honest when I tell you there were many days I wavered between faith and fear wondering how God would frame our destiny using a mobile care unit!!!

 The first time I saw a mobile unit being used for pregnancy center ministry I thought “Oh Cool!  God can we have one!” I smiled to myself and thought what a childish prayer.   That was the first time God laid on my heart the benefits of a mobile unit.  I began to pray, research, talk to other Executive Directors, pray more,  and what I thought was a childish prayer was God speaking to His child, this will be a tool we’ll use for His purposes.  I kept thinking of Paul and Silas in 1 Thessalonians 3 when they sent Timothy to Thessalonica to strengthen and encourage the believers in their faith.  I pictured this mobile care unit as the Timothy of Care Net!  So, the process began.  I will admit I wrestle often with insecurity over my calling.  I panic and fret, believing God’s decision to use me had to be reluctant and against His better judgment!   After much prayer, deliberation, strategizing, more prayer, spirited discussion, research, more prayer and more spirited discussion we as a ministry decided to proceed with the mobile unit project.  Many decisions made felt like stabs in the dark but were so determined by God and I believe now were crucial to the process.   He guided my each insecure and fretful step as it often felt like detours and sometimes even derailment.  The unit itself, the people He brought into our lives as we began to transform this big RV into a mobile care unit to be our Timothy could only have been orchestrated by God as He moved us toward our destiny.    What seemed like detours and hindrances God dovetailed into His own plan and purpose, just like our precious, little Maddie.  To feel body and soul a part of something God so beautifully and lovingly made has me continually in awe of our Heavenly Father and burn with conviction that He is at the helm!

 No matter what we do for our Father’s glory He is always revealing His beautiful and good character as He teaches us to be more like Jesus.  Isn’t that what the journey is all about?

 Blessings,Kate Erickson, Executive Director

 

 

 

MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD…..

 

On January 22 New York passed the Reproductive Health Act that essentially allows abortion up until the time of birth, which Governor Andrew Cuomo then signed into law amidst thunderous applause and cheering in the legislature and directed various city landmarks including the One World Trade Center to be lit up in pink to celebrate the new legislation.

 As Christians when do we say enough is enough, as Christians when do we say we will not tolerate this barbaric status quo, as Christians when do we decide it is up to every single one of us to make a difference?  And how long will God withhold His wrath on the taking of innocent life made in His own image?

At Care Net we have known the tragic truth for some time, that in fact Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.  For those of us that know exactly what abortion is and its impact on families we are struck deeply that it is now something to be callously and heartlessly celebrated.   Americans, whether they are pro-life or indecisive have been astounded by New York’s legislative expansion of abortion.  

Just as the spire of the World Trade Center shone like a beacon of evil, Christians are coming together, speaking out, and asking how can I stop this holocaust and bring good out of evil.   There are a majority of people on either side that are blinded to the gravity of the abortion issue and its impact on our culture.  We CAN overturn Roe v. Wade in our hearts and we CAN and MUST work harder to expose abortion for what it is…the taking of innocent life made in the image of God. 

 Many of you have called or come in to ask how you can help!   You can help by praying for us that the work of this life affirming ministry will continue to share the gospel, offer positive options and resources to parents, helping them through pregnancy and parenting.  You can volunteer and be on the front lines making an impact for life every day.  You can support us financially to enable our ministry to keep saving and impacting lives by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.    You can attend our annual Fundraising Banquet on April 12th.  Just as the spire of the World Trade Center shines like a beacon of evil, Care Net shines the light of life to countless women, children, and their families.

 How is God calling you to be a beacon of light and hope to the most vulnerable among us?   To speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves?  

 Just imagine what all those birthday candles would look like!

 Yours for Life,

 Kate

 


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