Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sharing Christ's Love

A few weeks ago we had a wonderful opportunity to work with the 11th grade girls from First Baptist Church of Prattville. As a part of their DiscipleNow weekend they came and made Footprints bags and Valentines crafts and cards for the NICU families. The girls did an amazing job! One of the girls made a card and here's what it said:

"Dear my dearest Mommy
I love you so much. I think about your scent, voice and personality everyday. I dream of the day when I can be in your arms forever. The way you rock me and sing to me warms my heart. I long for that day. I give thanks to God for putting me in your life. Thank you for loving me. You are molded in my heart forever.
Love, Your Baby"
Isn't that the most precious card you've ever seen? This card is going to make a mommy's Valentines Day very special! The sweet girl that wrote this captured everything I know those babies are feeling!

We also had Kadra Parkman come and speak about Raley's NICU experience. It was a very powerful testimony! The FBC girls made 60 Footprints bags! They did an awesome job! After the bags and crafts we headed to Baptist South for a NICU tour. The girls were able to look in the windows to each of the 4 rooms and see the lives that they were touching. It was a great experience!
It was very apparent that the Lord is at work in the lives of these 11th grade girls! It was an absolute joy to spend the afternoon working on Footprints with them.
To each of you, thank you so much for your willingness to serve with Footprints in sharing the love of Christ to families in the NICU! We are so grateful for all you've done!
Thank you also to Larry Jenkins, Pam Carroll, Kadra Parkman and Robyn Bernier for helping facilitate this event!
"Love your neighbor as yourself" Mark 12:31

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Birmingham's 1st Bag Stuffing!

This past weekend Birmingham Footprints had our first opportunity to make bags in Birmingham . It was a wonderful testament to how Footprints is a community ministry as we had people from all over the tri-county area. Most, if not all, had children in the NICU and felt the Lord call them to this ministry. It was a great, yet sobering feeling to realize most everyone in the room had struggled with the NICU at one point in time. That struggle had manifested itself into a celebration of the Lord through serving him through making the bags in hope that just one family would feel Christ’s love and comfort.

After starting to deliver bags to St. Vincent’s in September of last year, I would sometimes get discouraged for not having the resources to do this appropriately here in Birmingham . However, the Lord always knows what he is doing. He waited until we had the right people in place for our first bag making. He continued telling me, wait. I continued saying, I don’t want to wait. However, it was completely worth the wait. I want to thank all of those who were on hand. Without them and their wonderful spirit of giving, we would not have been able to pull this off.
Alison Bagget
Lurenda Avery
Sally Crumpton and Rachel Crumpton
Janatha Thompson and Anna Thompson
Heidi Gobbel
Katie Wagner
Matt Collier
Amanda Westbrook

We were able to put together 28 bags to be delivered to St. Vincent ’s Hospital. We had a wonderful time together as we had fellowship with each other and can not wait until the next time we are able to get together to make the bags.
Nicole Collier

"Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God."
1 Corinthians 9:11

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Leavin Footprints at a Marathon!

On December 13th, Will Hickman ran in the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Alabama. He raised over $1300.00 for the Footprints Ministry!Will decided to run in this race last year when he was surprised with the news of his wife expecting twins. Their twins were born on September 19th, 2008 and stayed a month in the NICU. The girls are doing great now! The Hickman family has been wonderful supporters of Footprints!

Thank you to the following sponsors:
Amanda Bailey
Brown Chambless Architects, Inc.
Frank and Carol Anne Dagostin
Will and Tabitha Hickman
Gabe Martin
Carey Moseley
Josh and Rachel Myers
Renal Associates of Montgomery
Dr. Marla Wool
Michael and Susan Willis

Up next for Will is planning our Footprints Run on March 21st. We'll be posting on the details soon! Thank you Will for all you are doing for Footprints!

"Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
Hebrews 12:1