Just a couple of weeks ago Mercy Hill had the amazing privilege to serve our community by painting, cleaning, building, beautifying, organizing and encouraging through an event called Serve Saturday. Serve Saturday was great, but in the wake of Serve Saturday some of you may be thinking, “What Now?” We are glad you asked! One of the main goals of events like Serve Saturday is that relationships would be forged in our community that would lead to further service opportunities and gospel conversations. The paragraphs that follow this introduction describe just such an opportunity. Please take time to read about the Titus 2 Initiative and how you can be a part of it!
“Older women…are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5
When I look back on some the most important moments in my life, the first would be having my heart awaken to what Jesus has done for me in the Gospel. Another would be being joined together with spiritually mature women who were able to walk me through the foundations of the faith. Women who not only taught me God’s word, but demonstrated His love by taking time to invest in my spiritual life. If I wouldn’t have had these mentor relationships early on in my walk with Christ, to be honest, I probably would have just given up.
Have you ever tried to follow written instructions for a project and found yourself struggling? It is so much easier to replicate something when we see it demonstrated. If we look at the life of Jesus we see that He invested his life into 12 men by spending time with them and imparting knowledge from the Father. Then He told them to go and do the same, creating a cycle of discipleship. Disciple-making cannot be done apart from community, which is why disciple-making is so intricately tied to commitment to a local church. Ephesians 4:15-16 says “…, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” The purpose of the church is to build up the body of believers through discipleship. We are called to make disciples, not “church goers”.
At Mercy Hill Church we believe that discipleship happens through community. Therefore, in order to continue in this mission we are partnering with the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center in the Titus 2 Initiative, which is “a partnership between the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center and local churches that serves the purpose of connecting clients with both discipleship relationships and opportunities to grow among a body of believers (a local church).” The Titus 2 Initiative works by connecting clients to women from a local church who have volunteered to be mentors, and have a desire to invest in and build relationships with clients from the Care Center.
The typical client that visits the Care Center is a young, unmarried woman, between the ages of 18-28 years old. In 2014, GPCC had a total of 929 on-site client visits. Out of 385 pregnancy tests administrated last year, 66% were positive, and out of the positive tests 72% of them were from unmarried women. Almost half (42%) of pregnancy test client had prior abortions in the past and/or were undecided about their intentions in their current pregnancy. In appointments with peer advocates 79% of clients heard the Gospel. In my time as a peer advocate at the Care Center I met with numerous clients who expressed the willingness to be connected to a church but lacked the resources or relationships to see it through. This excites me about the Titus 2 Initiative, because now there will be a person to connect them to who will enter into their lives and walk along side them.
My hope for the women at Mercy Hill is that we would prayerfully consider our role in the growth of the body through mentoring and sharing the hope found in the gospel. This is what we are called to do as followers of Christ. If you would like more information about the Titus 2 Initiative or are interested in becoming a mentor please email Anali Redmond at email@example.com.