A Heart Overflowing With Gratitude
Updated: Jan 17, 2019
This morning I have been doing some reminiscing over the years leading up to today! When I moved to Austin, TX in 1997 my first question was, "where is the pregnancy resource center near the UT campus?" The answers I received were not what I wanted to hear: "you will never get by UT!, go somewhere else where there is more need!, it is too expensive to be near UT!" and on and on it went! So, I stopped sharing my dream with people and took it to prayer and praying over UT for 7 years! However, God is faithful and He heard our prayer and on January 16, 2005 we held our grand opening with 500 people coming to celebrate the opening of the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center in west campus at UT! The dream became reality!
Much has happened in these 14 years since opening our doors! So many amazing people from board members, advisory council, volunteers, donors, community partners and most importantly our clients. When I get the awesome privilege to see some of our clients we have been able to help through the years my heart overflows with such amazing gratitude and tears of joy to God and to you for not only listening to the dream but seeing it through to reality and beyond. 2019 is our year of Position - Esther 4:14 and I am SO very excited to share in it with you. I just looked up the Hebrew meaning for the number 14 and am excited at what it means: "hand" - fourteen is also the number of joints in the human hand! How does one show friendship? They clasp hands and a hand shake. The number 14 symbolize the "strong hand". In 2019 we plan to enlarge our territory in strategic ways in offering our hand of friendship to those in need! I just wanted to send a great big THANK YOU to you today as we celebrate the birthday of the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center - recently named (a dba: doing business as) Trotter House after the amazing Lilias Trotter! Lilias love for Jesus and for life and women and children was beyond exceptional. I will be sharing in several emails coming up all of the meaning behind it. Thank you, thank you, thank you and Happy Birthday to the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center (APRC)! With the deepest heartfelt love and thanks,