Brothers and Sisters,
I’ve been spending time thinking and praying about possible new ministry partners for Harbins Church. In particular I’ve had an interest in expanding our pro life / gospel efforts. Of course one of our members is already involved in leading a weekly ministry at Planned Parenthood in Suwanee and I want you to prayerfully consider occasionally or regularly setting aside an hour or two on Tuesdays to join Peter and other believers from other churches to lovingly serve women, men, and the unborn, all the while sharing the gospel of hope with those who desperately need it.
In addition, I’ve been praying about partnering with a pregnancy resource center to find additional ways to serve more people. My wife recently brought to my attention a ministry called The Atlanta Morning Center, that is actually more comprehensive and multi-faceted in its ministry than a resource center.
I reached out to Daphne Nicely, who is the center’s Executive Director for more information, and here is a description of the ministry in her own words:
The Atlanta Morning Center (ATLMC) is not a pregnancy center/clinic, but rather the next step in the “Pro-Life Ecosystem.” Our mission statement is “The Morning Center exists to partner with the local Church to provide prenatal through postpartum care to moms in need, in the name of Jesus.” Our model is to place our clinics on church campuses to utilize the body of Christ in ministry (e.g. evangelism, discipleship, mentoring, parenting classes, premarital counseling, fatherhood support…) We desire to intentionally collaborate with pregnancy centers for them to send their most abortion vulnerable women to us and we in turn direct our patients to pregnancy centers for educational support and material assistance.
Morning Center has been operating in Memphis for 6 years and over that time has delivered 700 babies. ATLMC is now on the front end of getting established in our city and has already secured partnerships with a number of other churches and are aiming to launch their first community prenatal clinic by the beginning of the year. There is a desperate need for medical services as Georgia ranks last in the nation for maternal mortality and close to last for neonatal and infant mortality. Daphne’s vision is that:
“The Church lovingly serves those created in the image of God to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are neither a death sentence nor detrimental to the health of babies and mothers so that they can experience abundant life. This is an opportunity for the church to rise up and be the Church by tending to both the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of pregnant women and in so doing we will impact maternal, pregnancy, infant, and fetal health as well as influence positive birth outcomes for mothers and their babies.”
What I also appreciate is that an important part of what they seek to provide is biblical/pastoral counseling.
Patient-Centered Perinatal Services to be provided by the ATLMC include:
• Full-service Prenatal and Maternity Care (including, but not limited to provider visits, routine lab work, and ultrasounds)
• Abortion Pill Reversal
• Screening for IPV, Abuse, and Trafficking
• Drug Testing and Referral
• Miscarriage Management
• Partnering with Local Hospitals and Likeminded Private Practice as Delivery Partners for Childbirth
• Partnering with Doulas and Midwives for Childbirth
• Education, Birthing Plans, and Birth Support
And much more!
Daphne left corporate America in 2007 for full time ministry. Before becoming the Executive Director of the Atlanta Morning Center she served with the Atlanta Pregnancy Resource Center, and she has served internationally in Romania in orphanages, women’s ministry, evangelism, discipleship, and more. She received the designation of Life Affirming Specialist through Heartbeat International in 2012 and became certified as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (focusing on abstinence education) through the National Abstinence Education Association in March 2014. In Jan. 2019 she received The Warrior for Life Medal presented by the Restoration Project.
Todd Friel, host of Wretched Radio, gave this enthusiastic endorsement:
“Daphne is the perfect person to lead a pro-life ministry. She is compassionate, patient, and passionately pro-life. Her unwavering focus is to see babies saved, mommies saved, and God glorified. Your investment in Atlanta Morning Center will pay dividends for eternity.”
With what I have learned so far, I am very excited and enthusiastic about the vision of the ATLMC and I am interested in learning more and prayerfully exploring how Harbins Church may partner with them in the future.
I will be meeting with Daphne on Tuesday, September 10th, at 1pm, at the church. You are invited to join us and learn more about this ministry and ways we might get involved in what they are doing. If you are coming, please let me know so I can know how many to expect. Come to learn, ask questions, and join me in praying about a potential partnership.
Grace and Peace,