Women of the Month… and All Days
THE month of March is National Women’s Month. And we celebrate by focusing on women not only of the month but all days being taken care of by Grace To Be Born, our Feast Family’s partner beneficiary devoted in taking care of unwed pregnant mothers in crisis.
From the Facebook page of Grace To Be Born, we gather glimpses of this Ministry which has saved not only the women in crisis but their babies as well.
Grace To Be Born is a non-profit and non-government shelter for abused and abandoned pregnant women. Aiming particularly to prevent abortion, Grace provides shelter for the women throughout the nine months of their pregnancy.
Just like most pregnant women, each Grace mother undergoes regular medical checkups, receiving the prescribed diet, including vitamins, to make sure she is healthy and strong enough to give birth to her baby.
As she waits for the time she would deliver her baby, she attends livelihood training, along with other mothers in Grace, so that she will have a means of earning income to be able to fend for her baby.
At the helm of Grace To Be Born is Sis. Ester Palacio, executive director, here speaking on the occasion of the visit of employees of the Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) who came to Grace in celebration of the National Women’s Month in March 2019.
To further help the women cope with their situation, Grace welcomes visitors who come with donations for the basic needs of the shelter, who cheer up the mothers, letting them know that they are not alone, that they are loved. Indeed, they need encouraging words…
Here, Dennis Wilfred Pabalan, RTVM executive director, tells the women, “Habang may buhay, may pag-asa.” As long as there is life, there is hope.
Or just someone to help them take care of their baby… Visitor Joseph Ong says:
“Had a chance to play with the toddlers. They really were cheerful and needed attention and wanted someone to play with them.”
And a comforting hug…
Here, instead of visiting tourist
destinations, Lourdes Lacuna Venegas,
balikbayan from Vancouver, Canada,
choses to spend a day in Grace.
She says, “I went to cheer up the mothers,
but it was I who was immensely blessed
with the joy of serving them.”
And a comforting hug… Here, instead of visiting tourist destinations, Lourdes Lacuna Venegas, balikbayan from Vancouver, Canada, choses to spend a day in Grace. She says, “I went to cheer up the mothers, but it was I who was immensely blessed with the joy of serving them.”
Most important, the mothers experience spiritual renewal as Grace holds Masses, regular prayer gathering, and counselling that they may be able to deal with their otherwise dire situation.
The Feast Family also visits Grace to chronicle the blessings the mothers and their visitors receive.
The young mothers reciprocate the kindness of their visitors usually with
Here’s a report from an earlier issue…
They sing songs, usually poignant ones that express their angst over their situation.
In the middle of their song, they break into tears…and you couldn’t help tears welling in your eyes too…
But once a girl gets hold of herself, she goes on to thank God that Grace To Be Born is saving her and her baby and now she has a future she is brave enough to face…
Kind of reminds you of a Virgin, hardly 15 years old, pregnant but not yet wed to her fiancé…Told by an Angel that the Baby in her womb has a big role in God’s plan for mankind’s salvation, she humbly says, “Thy will be done.”
Maybe the young moms in Grace To Be Born have a different story but yes, every Baby has a purpose and so, indeed, the Baby must be given the chance to be born.