The first 5K Rise and Run is under our belts and we think it was a success! Even though it was a hot, muggy day, runners and walkers alike seemed to have a great time and we're already making plans for changes to create an even more fun experience next year!
Our top three winners were:
1st place: Ravi Kaufman 2nd place: Charlotte Murphy & 3rd place: Allie Gratton
We had a fun group of walkers and a VT celebrity: Mr. Guy Page, editor/publisher of Vermont Daily! We were so impressed that Nathan Plourde (#24) went out and got sponsors on his own, which was a big blessing. Floral arrangement gifts were made by our Development Director Alethea and we had many wonderful sponsors (listed below). Please be sure to make a note of them and patronize their businesses!
Our fantastic sponsors:
SeaComm Credit Union, Chittenden Dental, Burlington Bagel Bakery, Brilliant Massage & Skin, The Scale, The Links at Lang Farm, Archie's Grill, Whimsical, Floral, & Watermelon, A Little Something, Atomic's Custom Creations, Starbucks at Maple Tree Place and Morning Light Bakery
The funding for the mobile clinic is coming in and we are getting closer to our goal, thanks to all of you. If you haven't had a chance to donate toward this great cause, please consider doing so? We are at the point where we have the funds for the chassis, which will be built in September. Then the remaining funding will help us send the chassis to Colorado Springs, where the interior will be outfitted as a clinic and the exterior wrap will be installed. Then our Executive Director Deb Couture and our Nurse Lynne Caulfield will be driving it back to VT to begin to save lives!
Additionally, we will need to come up with $65,000 per year to fund the clinic being on the road. (This amount includes the staff accompanying the clinic, the upkeep such as gas, registration, mechanical needs, etc.) So as you can see, your donation can come in at anytime and be put to good use! If you can donate, please make sure you mark your donation for the mobile clinic, so we know where to apply it. Thank you, please keep this endeavor in prayer; we really appreciate it!
It's been quite awhile since our last post and so much has happened:
The Mobile Clinic chassis will be ready sometime in September. After the build, it gets shipped out to Colorado Springs for the interior outfitting and body wrap by Save the Storks. We are getting close to being able to drive the Clinic to the places where women are making life or death decisions - to be there as the option for life.
This is going to be the culmination of a dream.
Don't we all serve a wonderful God?
We asked our Executive Director Deb and a very special guest to tell you
more about it: https://youtu.be/kOzs5ciP4tk
We are also hosting a 5K Rise and Run on June 5th at the Orchard School in South Burlington. The Rise and Run (or walk!) funds will go towards the Mobile Clinic. Follow the link to learn more and register:
The Baby Bottle Campaign is now in full swing, but if your church couldn't participate this year, you can certainly donate individually. The BBC is our second-biggest fundraiser and provides the funds needed to tide us over the summer months. Donate here or mail in a check made out to Aspire Together and send to our 56 Colchester Avenue, Burlington address. Or, Text-to-give (802) 277-7027. Donors giving $25.00 and over will get a receipt.
And we need volunteers! If you are a prayer warrior and would like to dedicate part of your day to praying for the center while we are open, please let us know that you will be doing so. Choose a day or part of a day: we are open Monday - Thursday from 8:30-3:30.
Mission Pre-born has found that having dedicated prayer warriors for their centers and for each member of the staff has made a dramatic change in the number of clients and the effectiveness of the centers! There are currently 6 staff and one regular volunteer here and each one of us needs our very own prayer warrior while we are here.
On top of dedicated prayer needed for the center and workers, we need volunteers to man the phone lines overnight during the week and weekend to take calls. We need folks to answer for shifts and we have scripts for how to take those calls. If you feel the Lord's leading, please get hold of us. Again, Mission Pre-born has demonstrated that instead of a call center, having local people taking those off-hours calls makes a real difference in the number of appointments made!
More updates to come, have a wonderful Spring!
We have been busily getting ready for this year's Baby Bottle Campaign and it will be available online as of March 1st! Due to all the restrictions still in place, we have asked if our church friends would like to help us by taking part in one of three ways: a Virtual campaign, an "Old-fashioned" campaign using bottles or a Hybrid of the two.
For churches that are meeting and prefer the familiarity of the bottles, we are happy to provide those! For the churches not meeting, or who feel the need for stricter protocols, virtual campaigns might be the way to go. The campaign can be easily managed by editing the simple webpage we offer each church. Each page features a virtual baby bottle; the church can set it's own goal and watch their baby bottle fill up as donations come in. Easy, touchless and fun! Or, churches can do both and have a hybrid campaign. Even the timing is flexible - the virtual links will be good until late October.
What's new at the center?
We just recently hosted a Zoom webinar on Natural Family Planning with Lily Bounds of St. John Vianney and RN Lindsey Gilmore of Texas. They are teaching the Marquette method, which is a highly effective way to avoid getting pregnant that doesn't involve using hormonal contraceptives. This method is 98.4% accuracy with perfect use and professional guidance, but even with typical use is 98% effective. Many natural methods for family planning have high accuracy with perfect use, but lower percentages with typical use. We are going to continue to offer this to area women and help them to see the drawbacks of using synthetic hormones. Astonishingly, the "pill" is also a level 1 carcinogenic!
Your donations will help us continue to change to meet the needs of the young people in the area. We're looking for "change" for Positive change!
. It's just 5 days away from Valentine's Day and a cultural war is raging. Christianity and the pro-life movement are under attack on every front (even from inside). People are being told that Christians are probably terrorists and racist bigots for sure, who don't care about anyone beyond them keeping their babies. Clients are coming in with lots of emotional baggage, exacerbated by too little positive interaction due in part to the Covid virus distancing rules. Many have no clue how to interact in a way that is socially acceptable! How do we share the love of Christ in order to save the unborn and their parents and help them in this more challenging time?
What is "love" in 2021, anyway?
"Love" according the the world can be many things: you can "love" your new car, your meal, your job and your friends, etc. If you are married or in a romantic relationship, you can "love" that person. (There are also many things in the world that are labeled "love" that our Lord calls "abomination" and that list is growing!)
What does God call "love"? Well, for one thing, He says "if you love me, keep my commandments". That may be the most important thing Jesus ever said
about love! To keep His commandments is to be actively loving by serving and pointing the way to Him. It means that when a client comes in who uses the F-bomb with the same frequency that some people use the word "um", we have to try not to react and be firm with our boundaries.
It means acting loving even if we're not feeling loving. It can be really difficult!
"Love" also means that as the press, educational system and politicians target pro-life Christians, we have to more intentionally pray for their salvation. They don't like to hear the name Jesus, they don't like the idea of the traditional family and they believe that there are too many babies being born. We see a system
set up to cause certain people to fail, then punish them for failing.
But we have been commanded to pray especially for these. It is hard!
Join us in praying for this fallen world and for the lost to be found.
Join us in praying for babies to be loved, parents to stay together and for family and life to be honored again.
That's what we're working toward.
Because that's what real love looks like in 2021!
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love." - Ephesians 4:2
After a tumultuous year, we pray that you are still able to thank the Lord for the many blessings we as Americans enjoy. Let's all pray that our great country turn back to God for guidance. We've gone down a dark road as far as abortion goes and we need His grace and forgiveness.
We would like to thank everyone who has donated toward the Medical Mobile Clinic. As of today, the donations total $13,945! It is exciting to see the number climb and we are eager to get out on the road to reach out to abortion-minded women. If you haven't been able to donate, we would be very grateful if you could help.
Our prayers are with you all and especially our friends who might find themselves observing Christmas without their families this season. Please remember these words from Psalm 139:
"If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Given the year we've all experienced so far, we weren't surprised to be told today about a national group called "Advocates for Youth." Their tagline? "Young. Powerful. Taking over." Sounds kind of good so far, right?
WRONG. SO VERY WRONG.
Like the labeling of so many things in today's culture, the actual thing is the polar opposite of the title tacked onto it. Advocates for Youth is all about free sex and abortion and celebrating them. Not only that, they've taken it upon themselves to launch a campaign to have people leave fake reviews on pregnancy resource center Yelp Review pages. All in the name of their perceived victimhood. It's kind of like beating someone up because they aren't celebrating the same things you do. NO tolerance for difference of opinion, scientific fact or deeply-held spiritual beliefs. And yet somehow, we're the intolerant ones! This world has absolutely become upside-down.
Today, Heartbeat International sent out an email to their member pregnancy resource centers warning us all about a targeted attack of fake reviews to happen this Friday the 13th. Advocates for Youth are urging people to leave negative reviews about how "fake" we are - regardless of whether or not they had ever set foot in the center!
If you, or someone you know has ever benefitted from the services of this ministry, please consider leaving a positive review on Yelp. Yelp is a review site and doesn't require validation for people leaving reviews, so anyone can leave one. Our executive director, Deb, has to regularly monitor Yelp to see if fake reviews have been left, so she can answer them. Please pray for us and all pregnancy centers in this crazy time where the hate and intolerance is rising and coming from the very people calling for peace and unity!
We are very excited that God is moving ahead of His ministry here at Aspire Together by pulling people from all over to make a dream of ours become reality! Watch Deb announce our big news and if you feel the Spirit's nudge, won't you please donate generously and become a part of this outreach development? You can text-to-give or visit our donation page here on our webpage. The amount we need is big, but we are trusting in God's provision!
Aspire Together's Annual Fundraising Banquet is right around the corner!
This year, along with our speaker Kathy Farley, we have some exciting news to share with all of you!
We will also have a drawing for a gift certificate to Dattilio's Guns and Tackle shop for those who donate $250.00 or more at either the live or the virtual event. (This won't include pledges, sorry!)
Check your calendars; its just a short time until the Annual Fundraising Banquet. This year, we'll be at Ignite Church in Williston and meeting in the sanctuary, with social distancing in place. If you are planning on attending, be sure to get your registration request in right away, as we now have filled over half of the 100 available registrations.
We are so grateful to the Lord for His provision and care for this ministry. Deb will be sharing some exciting new developments that you won't want to miss. Also, we have some fantastic new volunteers who are already shadowing with Holly and Jenna to learn the ropes. So many blessings are showering down on us as we enter this harvest season!
And who doesn't like BBQ? We will be giving out boxed hot meals from Mark BBQ in Essex Jct. Darrell Langworthy of Mark BBQ is a veteran and a certified chef who has a big heart for others. When Covid hit, he began giving out free meals to those in need. Your meal will be BBQ rubbed, smoked chicken with sides. Darrell's rubs and sauces are also gluten-free. Bonus!
Our guest speaker this year is a lovely lady who knew this ministry in it's infancy: Kathy Farley. Kathy will be coming all the way from Nevada to speak for us, and it will be interesting to hear how things have changed from when she volunteered here while we were still called Burlington Crisis Pregnancy Services!
For those of you who won't be able to attend in person, we will be sending out a mailing after the live event. More information on this to come...
With all the negativity going on around us, we hope you'll agree that we could all use some uplifting news and more fellowship. The annual Fundraising Banquet this year will look different due to the virus protocols, so please pay close attention to our Facebook page or this blog to keep abreast of any changes that may occur.
Fundraising Banquet 2020
Our theme: Romans 15:13
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope..."
Our Keynote Speaker: Kathy Farley
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: Doors open for check-in at 5:30 pm, Event runs 6:00pm – 7:00pm
1037 South Brownell Road
Williston, VT 05495
There is plenty of parking right in front of the building.
More important information coming soon!