Our organization is very education and relationship driven. We believe through the power of education and God’s Word, good things are bound to come. One of the ways we are continually educating and forming relationships with the pregnant women in the community is through our 2-day Expectant Mothers Class. The two day class is taught every 3-4 months. In July we taught to 15 expectant mothers. In January 2015 we will have a class of 25 expectant mothers.
We believe that through education, mothers will be more prepared and equipped. All mothers are pre-registered by Nurse Timay several months before the classes. Some of the class lessons include baby development in the womb, hygiene, nutrition, a woman’s body during pregnancy, preparing for labor, nursing, family planning and goal setting. Breath of Life focuses on the miracle of life and that man was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). During the baby development lesson the mothers are able to pass around 9, 10, 11 and 12 week fetal models to understand how the baby grows in the womb.
The mothers also have the opportunity to hear her baby’s heartbeat. This is a very intimate, bonding moment for the mother and her baby. At the end of the two-day class, we celebrate the beginning of new life and have a celebration (baby shower) with decorations, desserts and games. The mothers also receive gifts for their baby such as baby shampoo, lotion, sleeper, blankets, etc. The classes and celebration are possible by individuals who sponsor the expectant mothers for the class.
Sponsorship is a one time amount of $80 and covers the costs of teaching the class and supplies including food and items that are given to the women. As a sponsor, we also ask that you faithfully commit to lifting the woman up in prayer. Even though you may not know who you are sponsoring until the class has been completed, we do ask that you pray for her and the baby now. When we return from teaching the lessons, you will be given a picture of the woman you sponsored as well as more information on her.
Along with your commitment to prayer we ask that you provide a photo (individual or family) of yourself as well as a handwritten note on a blank card. Please write on the left side of the card and leave the right side blank so we can translate it into creole. Many of the women do not know how to read but they can easily find someone to help them. Good things to write in the cards are words of encouragement, prayers, scripture or even about your family if you choose. The photo and card are incredibly important because the women take great joy in knowing that someone genuinely cares for them and is praying from them in the United States.
Currently we have 13 mothers sponsored out of the 25 that will be in the class. Therefore we need 12 more mothers to be sponsored. Would you please prayerfully consider sponsoring a mother? Sponsoring an expectant mother truly is a way to impact not only a mother and child but a family and essentially a community.