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National prayer event scheduled for Sunday

Participants will line Peachtree Parkway

POSTED: October 6, 2012 12:33 a.m.
 

Leaders of a ministry that helps women with unplanned pregnancies are holding a prayer event for the public Sunday.

Beginning at 2 p.m., representatives of Whispering Hope will join with members of various churches throughout the county in Life Chain, a national prayer event for mothers, babies and the unborn.

Vicky Clair, executive director of Whispering Hope, said the event is about supporting life.

“It’s not a protest, it’s not anything political,” she said. “It’s just people who are pro-life that are going to line up and we’re just going to stand there and pray for these babies.”

Clair said while many churches have invited their members to attend, the Life Chain is open to anyone.

“It’s for the whole community … for anyone who wants to stand and make a statement for pro-life,” she said.

Anyone wishing to take part should come to the parking lot of South Forsyth High School at 2 p.m.

“We’ll distribute signs and give instructions and then people will start lining up at 2:30 p.m.,” she said, noting that people will stand along Peachtree Parkway from the high school to Norman’s Landing restaurant.

Clair said the Life Chain event has been held in the county for the past “seven or eight years.”

“It always has a good turnout and we’re hoping this year will be even bigger,” she said.

Clair noted that volunteer support is also always needed for Whispering Hope. The resource center, which provides a range of services, has helped nearly 300 women and teens so far in 2012.

“We give free pregnancy tests, free STD testing and free ultrasounds,” Clair said. “We can also help them if money’s a problem, which it usually is, by having them join our Earn While You Learn program.”

Through that program, Clair said, the mothers and sometimes fathers can take child care classes to earn “Mommy Money and Daddy Dollars,” which can then be spent on various baby items at the Mommy Store inside Whispering Hope’s Bargain Boutique.

The thrift store is also open to the public and provides much needed funding for the ministry.

“All the money goes straight to Whispering Hope,” Clair said. “And we’re always in need of volunteers for the store.”

Anyone interested in helping or learning more about Whispering Hope, can call (770) 889-8302 or visit www.SupportWhisperingHope.org.

 

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