Where We’ve Come from and Where We’re Going

Our very first display was in March of 2012. We were attending the Pro-Life Action Day in Jefferson City and had 69,823 pins in these three containers.

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With each showing, the collection grows. By October of 2012 it had grown by nearly 100,000 pins. This was our display at Missouri Right to Life Western Region’s fundraising banquet that year.

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Three months later, we had over 250,000 pins.

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A couple of weeks ago, we set up the display once again for Missouri Right to Life Western Region’s Stand Up for Life Banquet. There were exactly 403,841 pins on these tables. The collection had grown by over 245,000 pins since its display at MRL’s fundraising banquet in 2012.

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Now, with additional pins received and another 91,200 pins on the way, we have achieved 80% of our goal! The end is in sight! But, of course, we will not leave these pins in cheese ball containers. The collection of 625,000 diaper/safety pins is only Phase 1. In Phase 2, we will begin construction of the memorial itself.

The pins will be displayed in clear, infant-sized caskets which will be set off in cross-shaped frames. While illustrating the tragedy of innocent lives lost, this memorial will also beam with the hope and forgiveness found only in and through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Please Note: The overall design of this memorial may be subject to change.

Help Us Hit 500,000 Pins—Donate Today!

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Show Me 4 Life has been blessed with the resources to purchase over 80,000 pins! An additional $55.26 is all we need to raise the total count over 500,000 pins! Will you consider making an online donation TODAY?

If you cannot spare a full $55 right now, that is okay. Every little bit helps!

As always, donations of pins or money may be mailed to our P.O. Box:

Show Me 4 Life
P.O. Box 881
Oak Grove, MO 64075

(Please make checks payable to Show Me 4 Life.)

Thank you for your support!

Two Upcoming Displays and a Thank You

Upcoming Displays:

Show Me 4 Life’s current collection will be on display twice this week.

The first of these events is Missouri Right to Life Western Region’s Stand Up for Life Banquet in Independence on Thursday, September 12.

Two days later, the collection will be displayed in Kansas City at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference’s Show Me Life Breakfast on Saturday, September 14.

Pins or monetary donations will be gratefully accepted at both locations.

Thank You:

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to my church family. At a recent congregational retreat, they ate FIVE tubs of cheese balls . . . .

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. . . and gave me the empty containers. 🙂

Now all we need to do is fill them so they look like this . . . .
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Only One More Week!

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Next Saturday is Run for Their Lives—KC’s 5k fundraiser at Shawnee Mission Park. There are 89 people registered to run/walk next week, but it is not too late to join them! Click here to register today!

As you know, Show Me 4 Life has been blessed with the request to display our current collection at the race. Although we will receive a portion of the moneys raised, Show Me 4 Life is not the only beneficiary. The other recipient is Advice and Aid Pregnancy Centers.

During my preparations for this fundraiser, I had the privilege to speak with one of Advice and Aid’s Directors of Client Services. This Christ-centered, life-affirming group is doing much to help mothers facing unplanned pregnancies. Here are some of the services they provide:

Pregnancy Testing
Sonograms
Adoption Referrals
Parental Counseling
Parental Support Group
Emergency Food Pantry
Post-abortive Counseling and Support

While speaking with the representative from Advice and Aid, I was impressed to hear how they not only assist pregnant mothers but also provide parental training and support for two years after the child’s birth! In addition, they have classes expecting mothers can attend to earn items they will need for their baby (i.e., diapers, clothing, and car seats). If the mothers have needs the pregnancy center cannot meet, Advice and Aid networks with local churches to see that the needs are met.

To learn more about Advice and Aid Pregnancy Centers, visit their website and Facebook page or speak with their representative at the 5k next Saturday!

A Special Gift

I was recently approached by a sister in the faith who wanted to make an additional contribution to Missouri’s Abortion Memorial. As she handed me diaper pins and safety pins (with color!), she stopped to point out something she and her husband had made. I thought I understood the symbolism, but as I read the descriptive note, it became apparent that these pins and ribbons represent something far more beautiful than I had previously assumed.

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“Pink and blue ribbons represent unborn baby girls and boys. Black safety pin resents that we grieve their death in abortion. White safety pin represents that the babies are in Jesus’ arms.”

Fundraiser Announcement and God’s Provision

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I am pleased to announce that Cornerstone Community Church in Overland Park, Kansas is hosting Run for Their Lives—KC at Shawnee Mission Park on July 20. This 5k fundraiser is for the benefit of Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center and Show Me 4 Life. Will you help me by sharing this flier with your family, friends, churches, and pro-life groups?

Earlier this week, I was getting ready to place a bulk order for 28,800 safety pins. Before placing that order, Mom and I added up the reported number of abortions in Kansas since 1973. The total is 403,841. I did a little more math and realized that if we increased our order slightly, we could represent the Kansas numbers! Once I calculated the additional pins and increased shipping rate, I discovered that current donations would cover the order with $0.15 to spare! Therefore, when we display the collection in July we will have ALL of the reported abortions in Kansas represented. God is good!

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As additional information and updated statistics have become available, we have worked with Missouri Right to Life and determined to raise our overall goal of 600,000 pins to 625,000 pins so that out-of-state abortions on Missouri women will still be represented. (Please note: All numbers are estimates. God only knows the exact the number.)

Praise God!

I had a wonderful surprise this morning. PayPal notified me that a sizeable donation had been made to Show Me 4 Life! This donation will provide for over 34,000 additional pins! This puts us over the 2/3 mark.  We only need 198,562 pins to finish this collection!