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We Have A Life Threatening Emergency On Our Hands


The Board of Directors for The Sparrow’s Nest decided last week that our top goals for 2012 are to:

1. Build The Nest


2. Build The Board

In my role I spend a LOT of time thinking and dreaming about the what, where, and how we are going to Build The Nest. I’m constantly asking myself, at what point to we decide we have enough money, when is the wise time to just take the leap, do we take a mortgage, do we pay rent, do we wait until we have all the money and what exactly is all the money? What’s the wisest, most efficient, most effective decision?

I had also been spending more time praying for a miracle. I read about other organizations receiving donations of actual houses and I find myself growing jealous of other people’s generosity. I pray that we could receive a miracle like that. I think how much easier this job would be if someone would just hand us the house and the money we need to get started. And then I started feeling lazy and guilty for praying for such a miracle. I believe very strongly that you won’t get half of what you want without working really, really hard. However, I would still very much like that miracle. How wonderful and easy would it be for God just to hand over the keys to The Nest! On the other hand, I was feeling guilty about praying for a miracle. It’s not like we have a life threatening emergency on our hands. 

And then it hit me.

We do have a life-threatening emergency on our hands.

We have the life of a precious, innocent, living, breathing baby on our hands.

We have the life of a scared, confused pregnant young girl on our hands.

One life could be lost to abortion. One life could be lost to suicide. One life could be lost to pre-mature birth. One life could be lost to sex-trafficking. One life could be lost to child abuse. One life could be lost to homelessness. 

Now, I am convicted more than ever to praying for a miracle. Praying for The Nest to become a reality in the next 90 days. Praying for a young girl to hold on just a little bit longer until we get up and running. Praying for the miracle of life within her. 

After reading this, will let us know that you are also praying for a miracle? Leave a comment here. 



Second Round of Grow St. Louis! We made it!



Monsanto has a long history of providing generous support to the St. Louis region, donating approximately $9 million last year and more than $97 million since 2000. Now is your chance to vote for the St. Louis area non-profit projects you think Monsanto should support.


Almost 160 St. Louis area non-profits, including The Sparrow’s Nest, have submitted entries into Monsanto’s Grow St. Louis contest. Public voting will determine the top three winners of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 grants from Monsanto.


You are invited to http://www.stlgrown.com to vote for The Sparrow’s Nest: Build The Nest Project. You can vote 1 time per day from Jan. 9 through Jan. 29. 

So vote daily!


Our project entry is called Build The Nest. This goal of this project is to raise funds to build the future home of The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home. The mission of Sparrow is to provide a Christ-centered shelter and to educate homeless, pregnant, and parenting young women by providing me a wide range of services that empower to make positive, and healthy life decisions for themselves and their babies. 


This is an opportunity for all St. Louisans to have a voice in choosing projects they think will most help Grow St. Louis. We hope you’ll support us by voting for our entry – and spread the word to all your friends and family members to vote for us, too!


Don’t forget the solution

Wednesdays are brutal for me. For some reason I’ve set that day as my back to back meeting day. I guess I feel if I don’t have it done by Wednesday it’s not going to get done. But Wednesdays are also the days I volunteer as a crisis pregnancy counselor. I try to help parents (who hadn’t really planned to be parents), become the best parents they can be with the skills and resources they possess. Sounds difficult, but my spiritual gift is convincing people to do things they didn’t think they could do.

No matter how much I prepare myself each week through prayer and meditation I usually walk away from Thrive drained. There are ALWAYS young people walking through those doors. There are ALWAYS young parents in the counseling rooms. There are ALWAYS young kids trying to figure out tomorrow. Unplanned pregnancies seem like they will ALWAYS be around no matter how hard we try to educate, encourage, threaten, scare, etc.

I’ve had a few people and more than a few churches say they don’t see the problem of teen pregnancy going away so they don’t want to get involved in something that doesn’t seem to have a solution. I have to mask my first response of “REALLY??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???” and respond with there is a solution. An obvious solution.

This week is Holy Week. People around the world are giving pause to Christianity and to what Christ did on the cross for everyone. Many are considering the love of God this week. For those of us in a community of faith we are preparing for a wonderful Sunday of remembrance and celebration of the Resurrection.

But let’s not lose the chance to share the solution of Christ. Yes, we live in a fallen world. Yes we all fall short of the glory of God. Yes, we are all sinners. However, the solution has been and will always be the love of Christ.

Our problems in this world are only temporary. We have to keep our eyes on the Cross. And more importantly, to those who don’t yet know His sacrifice and His grace and His mercy,  we have to be the ones to share that solution with them.