I am always on the lookout for new ministries to partner with. The world is so wide and big to just partner with one or two groups. I don’t want to miss all the amazingness out there. My eyes are peeled for passionate people letting God use their stories and their hands to bring Him glory. Makes me all kinds of teary eyed.
I recently was introduced to a ministry called Three Strands. As I read about this ministry I big giant lady baby cried. Completely sobbing. As an adoptive Mom I know the immeasurable value of birth mommas…they chose life for their children. They made hard decisions no one ever wants to make and they chose life when they could have chosen another route.
As an adoptive family we hear a lot of words which are intended to be nice and kind and encouraging, but often make us feel uncomfortable. A lot of times we are praised for our choice to adopt, when really, those amazing and incredible birth moms are the deserving ones for those words. Without them our family would be missing two incredibly precious boys whom our family needed. Most the time birth moms & birth dads walk away forgotten, left behind and lacking a support system to help them move forward and process what just happened in their lives.
Three Strands is moving to change this. Their vision:
No BirthMom leaves the hospital without a community of support that will honor her choice, help her heal and equip her with resources that will launch her forward with great promise for the future.
A BirthMom is a brave, unsung hero who has made the courageous, selfless choice of choosing life for her child and making an adoption plan to give that child the best possible life at that point on her journey. Three Strands is making a difference by focusing solely on serving BirthMoms in the critical post-placement state.
They also meet and deliver bags to these precious mommas while they are in the hospital. They fill a large Land’s End tote with things like a Ralph Lauren sweatshirt, frame with footprint paper, disposable camera & gift card for developing, an “I am beautiful” necklace, Vera Bradley toiletries bag, Mary Kay shower kit, fuzzy socks, Bath & Body works 3 wick candle and a John Maxwell book “The Choice Is Yours.” All of these items we’re chosen by other birth moms. What an uniquely curated gift for a birth mom on such a hard day.
I was given a list of the things they needed right now…cameras, gift cards, fuzzy socks and candles. And thanks to all the January Bible journaling classes we set to work. I love telling our kids about these kinds of ministries and why they exist. I love fielding their questions and seeing their minds turn and process. I always want to encourage them to think from a different perspective than their own. Harper was, as always, more into picking items than the boys. She hand picked every single candle and smelled every single one as well…if they didn’t pass her smell approval they did not make it to the counter
I am crazy excited to meet their director this weekend. I may have already sent her a gushing email proclaiming A) my craziness and B) my love for this ministry already. I made it very clear I am indeed completely crazy, but that we wanted to help.
You can find Three Strands on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Please check them out, like their pages, tell your friends and join in on this amazing movement of supporting a brave community of birth moms who are so often forgotten.