Inspirational piece about our program, our facilitator
My name is Jennifer Smith. I am the new prayer program “facilitator,” and this letter is simply to do three things. First, I want to share with you how I arrived at this role. The second is to share with you a little about who I am. Most importantly, I hope this letter is the starting point for you and me to build a lasting friendship through this important work.
About 2 years ago I was introduced to the work of Marriage Material by invitation to the annual fundraising banquet. Immediately I felt drawn to support the work. As I prayed along with many other people involved with this mission, I was humbled by God’s love at work through Marriage Material.
Marriage Material is going head-on with our culture through their pro-life outreach. To pick up the phone and respond “abortion advice”, to meeting a stranger for lunch in hopes of changing their hearts/minds, to countless hours of sacrifice, giving and relationship building…all this takes a total reliance on God. And it takes faith that He will provide! God not only blesses those who call, but he also blesses those who answer the call and those who go out to respond to the face of Jesus in the needy.
Through my own prayer and financial support of Marriage Material my heart has been opened to love others more dearly, to appreciate my own children and see God in those who are different from me. This ministry is truly making a difference!
In the hopes of further supporting this ministry, a few months ago I offered to help Nancy build the prayer program. As you know, prayer is at the heart of the pro-life movement. In the coming weeks and months, you will see communications from me requesting prayers or providing updates. As the prayer group grows, we will be united in prayer for:
- God to open the hearts of individuals who call the Abortion Advice phone line
- guidance as Marriage Material volunteers respond to the needs of individuals who call
- the resources to meet the needs of those who call
- an end to abortion
Now a little about me. Below you will find a photo of my family. This is my husband Dave and our four children Chloe (7), George (6), Alice (4) and Robert (10 months). About two years ago, after a successful 16-year career in healthcare, God called me to be home to support my husband and family. He also clearly called us to the Stillwater community through Ark of Angels Preschool, St. Croix Catholic School and St. Michael’s Catholic Church. We have been blessed immensely by the opportunity to belong to this vibrant community.
I thank you for your attention in reading this letter, and I look forward to getting to know you more. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Prayer Program (or to receive a prayer candle – one of my personal favorite prayer accompaniments) you can email me at [email protected] or call/text my cell phone at 651-271-1030.
Yours in Christ,