BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Georgia Baptists in the southwestern part of the state have shown their love for babies in a recently completed baby bottle campaign.
They raised $10,000 to provide bottles and other needed items to help young mothers who choose to give birth rather than seek abortions.
“It gives us an opportunity and an inroad to counsel those ladies to save lives and not to follow the path of abortion,” said Tim Vanlandingham, the associational missionary in the Bowen Baptist Association.
Churches in the Bowen association have been supporting the work of the Alpha Pregnancy Center in Donalsonville – one of the five branches of the pregnancy center ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church – since 2015. The centers also minister to victims of abuse and human trafficking.
In years past, the association has purchased an ultrasound machine and other equipment for the Donalsonville center through a grant from the Georgia Baptist Health Foundation. The churches’ gifts also purchase diapers, formula, blankets, toys and other items for mothers and babies.
Vanlandingham said church members in the Bowen association realize the ministry is of crucial importance in protecting unborn babies and meeting their needs after they’re born.
“The Alpha Pregnancy Center saves lives,” he said. “And, in counseling with these young ladies, they’re encouraged to get into a church as soon as possible, if they’re not already in church.
“Our churches are very excited about this ministry. You can tell that by the amount given through the Baby Bottle Campaign. It’s a real application of God’s Word in our daily lives.”
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