The following is a story of life change from ROP’s Associate Executive Director, Tom Adams.
We have been praying with and for Tonisha for nearly a year now. She struggled with drug addiction and prostitution during that time, but has also demonstrated a genuine desire to walk in freedom. At a recent Wednesday Lunch Outreach, Tonisha approached me and excitedly told me that she had delivered a healthy twelve pound baby boy. Her relief and joy were great because she had been very worried for this baby since she was struggling with addiction throughout her pregnancy. We had responded by asking the Lord to allow the baby not to experience any health challenges. In his abounding mercy, God honored those prayers and also made a way for Tonisha to retain custody of her child. She is living in a stable environment and has people around her who are supporting her as she raises her child.
I rejoiced with Tonisha as she wept and thanked me for walking through this experience with her. I felt tremendous love and the pleasure of God over her life and the life of her baby. God is the restorer of all things, and I truly believe he has a beautiful plan for the lives of this daughter and her new son. Please join me in continuing to lift them up in prayer so they will experience the freedom that all who put their hope and trust in the Lord have available.
Tonisha seems to being doing well right now, but it’s important to note that she is still in the midst of struggling with addiction and other life challenges. Continue to pray with us that she experiences freedom from these hindrances by seeking the help she needs and trusting Jesus in every area of her life. We are thankful for the grace and mercy the Lord has extended to her and believe this kindness will lead to repentance and complete deliverance from the sin that entangles Tonisha’s life. Together, we can make a difference in her life, the life of her child and potentially many lives of those struggling with similar issues. Lord, lead us in praying for Tonisha and supporting her in the ways that foster redemption and restoration in the life of your precious daughter.
Shameless plug from the Executive Director:
As we approach year-end and you consider your year-end giving, I hope you will consider a generous donation to Restoration Outreach Programs. It is only through the financial partnership of people like you that we are able to come alongside people like Tonisha and prayefully seek to give them the love and help they need and invite God to transform their lives.
As you may already know, next Tuesday, 12/4, is Colorado Gives Day (CGD). We encourage our supporters to consider a CGD donation because it is supported by (1) a $25k matching challenge grant (just for ROP) and (2) the $1 million CGD Incentive Fund (shared by all CGD non-profits). If that works for you, just click on the “Donate Now” button below which will take you to ROP’s page on the CGD website. On that page you can enter the amount you wish to donate – AND, if it is before Tuesday, December 4th, be sure to check the CO Gives Day button, so that your donation is scheduled for Colorado Gives Day (12/4). If the whole CGD thing does not work for you or you are donating after December 4th, no problem, we are still very happy to receive checks payable to ROP and mailed to PO Box 632, Aurora, CO 80040 :-).
Thanks for your consideration and support.
P.S. This Wednesday (aka tomorrow), we will be mailing our year-end fund-raising letter. I hope you will read it even if you are not feeling led to make a year-end donation because I think it carries with it a God led message the hope ROP seeks to provide to all those we serve. We will be following up this letter with phone calls to many of our supporters this weekend. If you would like to help us lessen the number of calls we make (and not receive another voicemail message in your inbox), you can do that by scheduling your CGD donation before this upcoming weekend :-).