2014 Raffa Run is HERE!!!

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It’s Time for the

4th Annual Raffa Run!!

Join us at the beautiful Geoffrey A Sweeney Environmental Education Center in Quinlan, Texas on Saturday, April 26th for the 4th annual Raffa Run Cross Country 5K & 1 K Fun Run.

The Run will start promptly at 8:00am. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 7:30am.

 

NEW THIS YEAR:

  • We have added a 1K FUN RUN that will be walked on the streets of Boles ISD! This is a great alternative to those who prefer a paved surface over the cross country terrain of the nature preserve. It is perfect for strollers, children and those of us that need sure footing while walking.
  • We now have pledge forms available for those that would like a paper form to register their sponsors! (Contact Raffa Clinic at 903.454.9711 to get your pledge form)

There is a $25 participant fee for each runner/walker.

This is a NON-TIMED race. Runners are responsible for their own time.

Participants can set a goal to raise money from their own sponsors or simply pay the registration fee.

To register, donate to, or get more info: 

www.RaffaRun.com

 Share the event with your friends and let’s work together to make this year’s Raffa Run the largest Run yet!

“Share Hope” Ballet in Greenville on March 1st to Benefit Raffa Clinic! Purchase Tickets HERE!

 

 

 

ShareHope-CoverPhoto-FB-2The professional modern dance company, Ad Deum, will perform Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 pm, at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, to raise money benefiting Greenville’s Raffa Clinic.

Ad Deum is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas, directed by founder Randall Flinn. Since being established in 2000, Ad Deum has toured across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, and received outstanding reviews of their performances worldwide. Dancers have come to Ad Deum from around the world seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope.

Since 2000, Raffa Clinic has been meeting the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of women, men and families who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Initial prenatal services are offered (pregnancy testing and ultrasound) and options counseling is provided. Raffa Clinic also offers an education program that teaches topics such as parenting, budgeting, nutrition, and pregnancy. Clients earn “credit” for each class that can be used towards material assistance (clothes, cribs, strollers, diapers, etc.) All services are free of charge.

Threesa Sadler, Executive Director of Raffa Clinic said, “Never has our world needed hope more than it does today. Raffa Clinic has the unique opportunity to help those around us in very practical ways. We have the ability to share a life-affirming, hope-giving message to the community. Your support enables us to help those facing difficult decisions during their pregnancy. We are very grateful to Ad Deum and Timbrel School of Dance for their support.”

The benefit performance is hosted in conjunction with Timbrel School of Dance in Greenville, which offers instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Theatre Dance and Irish Step for students ages 3 and up. Timbrel School of Dance exists to explore the relationship between artistic expression and faith by focusing on strong technical and artistic instruction in a personally enriching and uplifting environment.

Proceeds from tickets sales for this performance will go to Raffa Clinic, helping women and their families face unplanned pregnancies and challenging parenting circumstances. Tickets are $15.00 each for adult general admission and $10.00 each for seniors 65 and older and children 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, or in advance through Raffa Clinic here:purchase tickets button.

For more information or details about Raffa Clinic, Ad Deum, or Timbrel School of Dance:

http://www.friendsofraffa.org

http://www.danceaddeum.com

http://www.timbreldance.com

Love: An action verb worth using

Some will tell us that the motivation behind Raffa Clinic is “anti-abortion” or “pro-life,” and I suppose there is truth in this. There’s no question; we are a life-affirming entity.

But there is something deeper, stronger. The word I’m looking for is “Love.”

We are a life-affirming ministry not just because life is an excellent choice or because it is the right choice. We believe in life because we love.

With love as our motivation, we want more for our clients. We want– as Jesus offered us all– abundant life for those we see. We desire for each of them to love fully, and to be loved completely. We want every decision a client makes to be couched in love for themselves and for others, including the child she may be  carrying. We believe that if we love her first, and love her with actions, she is much more likely to project this love in her decision-making process.

Jesus was asked about the “Greatest Commandment.” His response was all about love: “You shall love the Lord God with all your heart, and with all of your soul and with all your mind,” Jesus said. Then, he added another thought; “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our highest calling here is to love God with everything within us. But to carry out that calling well, we must love our neighbors — each person who comes in our door (even those we cannot see) — as ourselves.

Love. It is not a feeling; not a warm, fuzzy moment when we feel tingly inside. No, love is an action.

Love takes time with those we see. Love listens. Love reaches out. Love offers hope. And love never gives up.

Love is why we do what we do, every day. If this is your calling, join us. Because love always has room to grow, too.

Our next volunteer orientation is Wednesday, February 26th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Raffa Clinic’s Greenville office. If you would like more information about you you can serve at Raffa Clinic, you can RSVP to info@raffaclinic.org.

~Threesa

2014: An “uncomplicated” vision

Our 2014 vision is like the AT&T commercial: “It’s not complicated.”

In fact, some may call it simplistic and others may say our vision is naive. Fine. We’re sticking to it anyway.

Our 2014 vision is this: We are taking the next step toward making abortion unthinkable and in time, obsolete in Hunt County.

That’s it. And to take this next step, we plan to spend this year reaching out to more and more women who are considering abortion or are in circumstances that make them more vulnerable to abortion. We are working to educate on pregnancy, parenting and abstinence. We are hoping to reach out to more women than ever with the hope and truth of Christ.

We are not here to slow the decline of our culture. Nor are we here to only hang on while the enemy of life takes more territory. No, our mission is to change the culture and to advance. And advance we will.

We plan to see more lives saved in 2014. A lot more. And we plan to move forward. And we will, make no mistake about it.

We will advance by the power instilled in us by the love of God. His love changes everything, and so will we.

And soon- sooner than even we might believe – we plan on becoming the absolute, unparalleled and undisputed first choice for every woman and man seeking answers to an unplanned pregnancy. First.

When these hurting young people go online, our mission is that they find us. First. And when they make a phone call for help, our mission is that call is to our clinic. First.

We will not – by any stretch – be satisfied until that happens. And in 2014 we plan on taking the next steps. If you haven’t already, join us in this powerful mission. Your financial investment, your prayers and your time will  make the difference. Email me at threesa@raffaclinic.org if you want to know more about where we are headed or if you would like to join in.  You can also give online at http://www.friendsofraffa.org.

Let’s get started. In 2014, we advance. And we will be taking new ground as we do so.

~Threesa

Doing the Math

This is a blog post from Kirk Walden. He is an advocate for pregnancy centers like Raffa Clinic all around the country. I loved his post today and wanted to share it with you. This is also my vision for Raffa; to become the FIRST choice for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Kirk does an amazing job of putting that vision into words. Please take a moment to read and if you would like to follow through on his “action step” our website is www.friendsofraffa.org.
~Threesa

Doing the math

December 4, 2013

If we want to create a new culture of life in this country, our effort starts with math. Really, it does.

The first part of the equation is this: When women and couples are facing an unplanned pregnancy, nearly 9 of 10 who enter a faith-based pregnancy help center choose life. Let’s let that sink in, because it is perhaps the most vital number in our equation. 9 of 10.

This portion of the equation leads to a question: “If 9 of 10 who enter a pregnancy help center choose life, why are so many choosing to end their pregnancies?”

It is a great question, because abortion figures are still above 1 million each year.

But this leads to the next phase of the equation: 1

“One,” we were told by The Three Dog Night in 1968, is a lonely number. But for pregnancy help centers, it is a powerful one. Because if pregnancy help centers become The Number One Choice for women and couples facing this situation, that 9 of 10 number grows exponentially across America.

Imagine what would happen if, for young women and men all over this country, pregnancy centers–instead of abortion centers–became the first choice? At pregnancy help centers, those in this situation find a place where there are no profit motives, no sales people pushing a product (abortion) and quite honestly, a safe haven where choice can be made.

Remember 9 of 10? This should tell all of us two things: First, not everyone who enters chooses life. For those who work in these centers, this reality brings sadness, certainly.

But this number should also tell critics that these centers actually share every option available. While most–9 of 10–take this information (including in many cases, an accurate photograph of their children inside the womb) and choose life, some still do not. So for those who claim these centers “force” women into a decision, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, for those who favor “choice,” the best place to find it is actually these pregnancy help centers.

So let’s add another component to our equation: 2500. There are 2500 pregnancy help centers in the United States. Focusing on this, what if these 2500 had:

* All of the resources to properly market their services to a public desperately needing them? The truth is, many of these centers are the best-kept secret in town not because they want to be, but because marketing costs money–a lot of it. They don’t have $500 million of our tax dollars as Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry does. Let’s even the playing field, and move these centers closer to being #1.

* The ability to offer services that those who often face unplanned pregnancies need. With the people and the resources to reach out with practical, faith-based assistance, it won’t be long before more and more facing a crisis choose pregnancy help centers, where hope is found.

* The facilities needed to offer all of these services. I recently visited a pregnancy help center that has both a medical clinic and a separate facility dedicated to mentoring dads, supporting moms, Christian counseling and so much more. They are not only interested in children waiting to be born, but also vitally invested in creating families of faith and purpose.

This two-pronged approach is empowering, and life-changing. Multiply that by 2500 and we’ve shifted the dynamic not only toward life, but toward abundant life.

The final equation looks like this: 9/10 x 1 x 2500= LIFE. As in, a new culture of life not bound by political or Supreme Court decisions.

The truth is, if the Christian family of faith pulls together and supports these pregnancy help centers, we can do the impossible. We can end abortion as we know it, ushering in a new culture where life is celebrated, honored, supported and valued.

All we must do is make these centers the first choice.

Today, let’s continue this process. Each of us can play a role. Here is our action step for today:

Find the pregnancy help center closest to us here. Then locate the center’s online web site and drop in a donation of any amount. If every person who reads this little post sent in something, hundreds of thousands of dollars could be pouring into these centers in just days.

Here’s a quick fact: If ten million families (this represents just 1/5 of those who claim to be “pro life”) sent $100 in new funds to a pregnancy help ministry in 2014, $1 Billion in new funding would pour into these centers; an average of $400,000 for each of the 2500. Friends, these centers would become the first choice overnight.

So today, let’s take one step. Whether it is $10, $100, or $10,000–let’s start this process. It’s simple math–and a world can be turned upside down.

Kirk Walden is author of The Wall and is committed to creating a new culture of life in the United States and around the world.

We’re Listening…

If you are reading this, you are part of the family at Raffa Clinic. And at Raffa, we love to hear from family.

Today we are beginning to shift our focus toward 2014; setting goals and considering new initiatives. As a result, we need the thoughts and ideas that only family can provide.

So, let me ask you, “What would you like to see Raffa Clinic accomplish in 2014?” What are your ideas, your dreams for the future and your vision for the impact we can have on our community? The truth is, perhaps it is you who has an idea that could strengthen this clinic in ways we cannot imagine. Just this week a gentleman who attend our recent fundraising banquet called and shared his prospective as a first-time attendee. His insight was invaluable and will make our future fundraisers even better!

Over the next several weeks, I want to hear from you. Email me at threesa@raffaclinic.org and send your thoughts along. Or call me at 903.454.9711 and voice your ideas.

Brainstorming together can be fun. We can’t use every idea; we all know that. But we never know when a thought might catch old and open the door to others that can create an even brighter future for Raffa Clinic.

The truth is, we want to be everything God has called us to be. And while our board and staff work together to seek His calling for this clinic, we also believe that He may use any of us in the family to bring new and powerful thinking to the table.

So feel free to give the future of Raffa Clinic your thoughts. We would love to hear from you. Perhaps the idea in the back of your mind is ready for implementation — and our clients (and their children) will be smiling as a result!

~Threesa

 

 

It’s Banquet Day!

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We are all ready for the
2013 LIFE: Handmade banquet!
This is our largest fundraising event of the year. Please pray with us that the evening may go smoothly and that those in attendance would be led to give generously to support the ministry of Raffa Clinic.

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