The Women’s Resource Center held its annual Celebration of Life Gala on Sept. 16. After a fully virtual Gala last year, the WRC wanted to bring it back to an in person event for 2021. That meant a few changes to the usual format to ensure everyone’s safety, but it turned into a very successful evening.
A good crowd came out to support this non profit organization that provides free and confidential services to women who are, or think they may be, pregnant. The WRC exists to provide information, education, emotional, material, and spiritual support to empower individuals to make life-affirming choices. They do this through in-depth visits that provide prenatal and parenting information, community referrals, free pregnancy tests, free limited obstetrical ultrasounds with trained nurses, parenting classes, breastfeeding classes, and numerous community partnerships.
Steve McAlister from Westside Baptist Church welcomed attendees to the event. Tommy Rush with FBC Natchitoches then led the invocation. A video shared several testimonial interviews from clients who had the opportunity to benefit from the services provided by the WRC.
Executive Director Jennifer Luna spoke on the impact the Center has on the Natchitoches community.
“I get to see babies saved every single day,” she shared. “I love this sacred work!”
This past year, the center helped change the lives of over 500 clients with 825 referrals to community resources and 138 children being born with their help.
The keynote speaker for the event, Mike Williams, is a 2017 DOVE Award winner; the founder of Cups Mission, an organization that has started two pregnancy centers in the Dominican Republic; and a well traveled author. He has written 14 books, five of which involve the work of local pregnancy centers like the WRC in Natchitoches.
Williams delighted the crowd with meaningful stories filled with humor and joy.
“All life belongs to God,” he said. “Don’t mess with God’s stuff.”
Williams then spoke to everyone about how they have an opportunity to save lives by supporting the WRC. A gift of $3,600 can provide a full year of supplying a car seat for every woman taking the class. A gift of $418.50 can provide a month of diaper bags for new moms. A gift of $300.15 can provide a full year of pregnancy testing supplies. A gift of $260 can provide a month of gas and utilities. For $1.38 a day someone can choose to cover the cost for one mother and child to go through the program ($41.25 monthly).
There’s plenty of ways to help, large and small, that are all tax deductible. If you’re interested in supporting the work the WRC does in the Natchitoches community call 318-357-8888 or text 318-527-0010.
Fr. Derek Ducote gave the benediction before guests visited over a delicious meal before the night ended.
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