Prayer Service for the Unborn Victims of Abortion

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Prayer Service for the Unborn Victims of Abortion

This Saturday, September 9th, we’re joining together for a very important pro-life prayer service that’s part of something much bigger.

On Saturday, other pro-life people all across our great nation will honor the memory of the more than 50 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Solemn prayer services will be held simultaneously at grave sites around the country where abortion victims have been buried, as well as at many other memorial sites dedicated in their honor.

I hope that you will be able to join in for the memorial service taking place in the Tulsa community as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children:

Event: Memorial Service for Victims of Abortion
When: Saturday, September 9 at 1:00 pm
Location: Christian Chapel
Address: 7807 E. 76th Street Tulsa, OK 74133

This solemn memorial service will last approximately one hour and is an outdoor event. There is no “Child Care” but children you are supervising are welcome. You may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Please, come out for this important pro-life event. We will prayerfully witness to the humanity of our unborn brothers and sisters, together with our fellow pro-lifers throughout the country. You are welcome to leave a flower or baby toy at the aborted baby’s gravesite.

In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord promised us: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

On September 9, we seek that divine comfort as we mourn for the victims of abortion. Let us never forget their precious lives as we continue to work and pray for an end to abortion.

In His Service

Cheryl


Ziona’s Adoption Story

At CPO, we call birth mom’s Superheroes. I know there are people out there that don’t understand this, but they really are. Don’t take our word from it, read Liona’s story. Liona wrote this back in 2015 when she was only 9 years old and she tells her story.

 

I was 3 1/2 years old, and it was a beautiful day in Hawaii. The sun was shining in my eyes. My mom seemed a bit worried, but I wasn’t. I had a peace in my heart that I can’t explain. I knew I was going to meet my new Mommy and Grammy when they got off the plane in Hawaii. I was sad to leave my birth mom and the only family I had known, but I was certain that where I was going was going to be a good place. When I saw Natalie, my new mommy, asked her if she was going to be my mom and she said yes. It felt like the happiest moment in my life. I kissed my birth mom goodbye and told her not to cry because I would see her again soon. I snuggled close to my new mommy that night in the hotel, and she promised never to leave me and to keep me safe.

Then the plane took off, and I held my new Mommy and Grammy’s hands and prayed because they were crying. I prayed that this would be a good family and that we would always be happy. I also prayed for Miss Shawna too that God would help her not to be sad. When we got off the plane, I was a little nervous. My mommy held my hands even though I had trash in my hair. “How could they even love me or want me,” I thought. Then we walked over to a big group of people, and it was my new family! My brother Zach, my sister Kennedy, and best of all, my DAD!

You may ask why that would be my favorite part. The answer is because my birth father left me and Miss Shawna because he didn’t want to have me for some reason.

We went and got my suitcase that my mommy had brought my special things in. Then we went to the car. I was nervous because I hadn’t been in a car very often because Miss Shawna and I had to walk everywhere we went, even to get food from the shelter. Then the car stopped at a big house. It was magical. I had never even had my own bed before. I kept sneaking food from the pantry and hiding it because I was afraid that we would run out of food. Sometimes, it would be days before Miss Shawna could get us food so I was afraid it could happen again.

Now that I am 9, I know that Miss Shawna made an adoption plan for me because she loves me very much. I can’t imagine what a hard decision that was for her. She gave me the best of both worlds. I have a family that can take care of me and provides the life she wanted me to have, and I still get to know her. What Shawna did for me was like a superhero because she was unselfish and brave. She made a very loving decision for me because she believed I was worth so much. I would never be mad at Miss Shawna. I’m very proud of her and thankful she gave me an opportunity.


Loving People: The Most Meaningful Work in the World

Two years ago, in the summer of 2015, one of Cheryl’s assistants, Denise Dietz, shared from her heart the experience she had with CPO. These words could have been written by countless volunteers at CPO and tells how CPO has continued to grow and thrive as a 100% volunteer organization. 

Have you ever felt an itch in your heart to do something meaningful? Making a difference seems to be somewhere in the hierarchy of basic human needs. Amidst the ho-hum of my everyday life, I’ve stumbled upon a very satisfying component to living life more fully. I say “stumbled” because what initially brought me to the opportunity was an obligation to fulfill volunteer service hours for our adoption with Crisis Pregnancy Outreach (CPO).

Those initial steps lead me down the road of happiness. My service hours involved answering phones, giving rides to appointments, most often with people living in neighborhoods I would other wise avoid, or taking a meal/food to someone in need. These steps lead to bigger steps where I began helping women in crisis develop plans to work through difficult circumstances in their life. I quickly learned to assemble teams of support for them and identify resources that would empower their decisions. Something happened as I stepped away from my posh life and into this circle. A richness grew in my heart.

The challenges faced, victories won, and pure messiness drew me to love, charish, and admire them. By being there, they validated my existence in ways I’d never considered worthy of being. Each year as I facilitate a Christmas Giving Opportunity for others to join the mission of brightening spirits during Christmas, I hear countless reports of this phenomenon in action. As miraculous provisions flood the lives of those in need, the givers and those serving are experiencing an even great joy in being a part of what’s happening thereby, making their Christmas the most meaningful. It’s richness, packed with the substance of pure love!!!

Love. The power that motivates us to reach beyond limitations and step into dark places and cross great human divides. Love in action radically puts change in motion. Its impact is felt on every dimension; those giving it, those receiving it, and those standing by.

It’s no wonder that in all the profound truths God entrusts to us in the Bible, He puts exceptional emphasis on one being greater than all others. When asked by the Pharisees which is the greatest commandment in the Law of Moses, Jesus replied, “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40 ESV.

That scratch, I suspect is from God to move us closer to an abundant life. May was intended to be a Valentine’s Day message become a morsel of life you devour each and every day. Your sweet spot will be satisfied continually. Much love to you beloved friends.


A Christmas in July TBT

It’s great to look back at what Cheryl said and, in this Christmas in July throwback Thursday, Cheryl shared her vision of what is today a reality at CPO back in December of 2010, but the needs are still real. Click here to make a Christmas in July gift to CPO to help us continue to minister to these young women.

Dear Friends,

Please remember CPO in your end-of-year giving!

We are serving so many hurting young women. Our beautiful new offices and meeting area at Christian Chapel have brought in so many new girls. We believe that we will be a certified “Medical Clinic” in 2011 and have an ultrasound machine and volunteer staff of Registered Nurses who will be trained to use this additional way of saving even more babies, as their birth moms see their beating hearts and forming bodies at a very early stage of their development.

We need $10,000 to make all of these plans a reality. Please help us as we impact the lives of these little ones and their mothers for Jesus Christ.

May God bless you richly as you reach out to help these precious young women.

In His Service,
Cheryl J. Bauman

We’re happy to say that today we do have that medical clinic and do numerous ultrasounds each and every year. The need is still very real, and we can always use your help. Please consider a donation to CPO or volunteering with us.


TBT: Full Circle

We’re traveling back to 2010 today to read Jenn Shupp’s story about how God brings things full circle.

It’s funny how things come full circle. During our second day of adoption training, we listened to a testimonial from Steve and Kelly Katsis. The Katsis’s family has adopted three transracial children and have two biological children. Their family was beautiful! They shared their amazing stories of three interrupted adoptions, two that failed and three that stuck. It was a tearjerker, to say the least. But beyond their remarkable story, there was something else that was even more astounding.

About five minutes into their presentation, Brandon leaned over and whispered to me, “Does Steve look familiar to you?” I nonchalantly replied he seems faintly familiar but couldn’t place the name or face. The next comment I heard from Brandon was, “He was your doctor.” Sure enough, Brandon Googled it and right there on his iPhone (big surprise) and confirmed that Steve Katsis was, in fact, Dr. Steve Katsis, trauma surgeon at St. Francis Hospital. Brandon reminded me that Dr. Katsis performed surgery on my neck during my medical trauma in November 2003. The bottom line was that this guy, sitting across the room, sharing his adoption testimony, had saved my life that day back in 2003. I really had to make myself focus on Steve and Kelly’s story because my mind and my heart wanted to wander back to the amazing thoughts and feelings of appreciation for the surgery he performed. So, I pushed through those emotions and intently followed the rest of the story. By the way, their testimony was heart-wrenching and very challenging but full of hope and joy.

After they had concluded their story and they were dismissed, Brandon and I snuck out of the room to talk to them. We shared how we knew him and what a vital part he was in saving my life. We all started crying. I kept thinking about how awesome our God is! This story really has come full circle. The day my life almost ended, God used this doctor to save my life. And now, at this training, we are seeking to adopt a new life into our family, and God reunites us with the doctor who made this possible. This is a beautiful picture of God’s restoration and how He brings things full circle.


TBT: Cheryl Said

This week’s blog takes us back over 7 years to the “Cheryl Said” part of the Summer 2010 newsletter:

I was thinking today about how many people in today’s world really don’t want to be INCONVENIENCED. It is not always convenient to take a CPO girl to the doctor, or just listen on the phone to the dark valley she’s going through. It is often inconvenient to bring a fruit tray up to the church or sit with a girl during Support Group. It is never convenient to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the hospital and support a girl during her labor and birth. And yet, the volunteers at CPO do these things over and over with a loving heart. Why is that? I believe it is because they have Jesus in their hearts.

It always reminds me of Sister Haskell in Chadron, Nebraska. Her daughter, Sheryl Ann, invited me to “Kid’s Crusade” at the little white clapboard Assembly of God Church when I was 9. I know that wasn’t convenient. She must have picked up 6 of us, and the boys were just awful. They squirmed and wiggled and giggled at the people going down to pray at the altar. Sister Haskell gave them a few stern looks but went right on praying for people. I had been in church all of my life, but I went home and told my mom that this was “real church.” I asked Jesus to come into my heart, and my life has never been the same. I thank God daily that Sister Haskell was INCONVENIENCED.

Please remember that you are “God with skin on” for our girls. They will never forget your acts of kindness. Thank you so much to each one of you who are, over and over again, willing to set aside the schedule you had planned for your day to minister instead to a hurting girl.

In His Service,
Cheryl J Bauman.


Birth Mother’s Day 2017

Birth Mother’s Day is such a special day around here at CPO. We have some great pics of the families that God has brought together at CPO who came together to honor the special birth mother in their lives. 


2015 Crisis Pregnancy Gala “We Were All Changed”

1O9A0565The 11th Annual Crisis Pregnancy Outreach Fundraising Gala was a huge success. It felt like a scene from “FROZEN” with the huge windows revealing a winter wonderland as a backdrop for the silent auction. The theme was “Celebrate Life” and featured family photos in reclaimed wood frames to celebrate our rich family heritage. Hundreds arrived dressed to the nines with hearts eager to hear about the next chapter of CPO. The auction items were vast this year with everything from Glacier Chocolates, to a Thunder Basketball experience, car detailing from Nelson Mazda, jewelry from J.David, to a Grand Lake House. The silent auction is always a highlight of this gala!

The food was amazing, provided by Go West Catering and featured savory chicken, vegetable lasagna, and brisket with veggies and garlic mashed potatoes. The tables were adorned with some of our best flower arrangements yet, containing an usual mix of purple orchids, winter cabbage, white roses and artichokes. Each place setting was wrapped in a lilac napkin shrouding an oversized printed program, topped with a logo wrapped mason jar dessert of chocolate or red velvet cake.

However, the event design and food paled in comparison to the journey the entire house encountered in some of CPO’s best storytelling to date.

It began with founder Cheryl Bauman telling the WHY behind CPO. Honorary Emcee, Karen Larsen moved everyone with her compassionate retelling of CPO’s top ten 2014 accomplishments, which included:

  • Highest funds ever raised at the 2014 Gala
  • 30% increase in attendance of the Waiting Families Workshops
  • Fully funded new Honda Odyssey for ministry use
  • Well-attended SuperHero 5K run
  • 516 hours of counseling donated to women in need
  • 20 completed adoptions over 3 states.

Hearts melted over nine-year-old Ziona Webb’s retelling of her adoption story just before she sang a duet with a CPO birth mother, Dionne White. Together they performed “Opportunity” from the recent film “Annie.”

What came next, none could have prepared for: “Jackie’s Journey.” CPO’s corporate sponsor chair and mother of four adopted children opened the window of her heart in a 9 minute video chronicling her journey through loss of children through failed pregnancies and adoptions and an infant death. Her story had one of the most compelling endings — and one only God Himself could have written. Won’t spoil the ending: see it here.

Friend of CPO, Co-Event Chair and CEO of Hampton Creative, Johnie Hampton, closed out the formal program with a heart-felt challenge to use personal influence to spread the CPO story. He also asked for a monthly commitment to CPO so that the organization is not so financially dependent on large events like this gala (which can be threatened by weather).

Before moving into the live auction, a winner was drawn from the NEW “Best of the Best” tickets sold. Earlier in the evening CPO sold 100 tickets for $100, with the winner getting their pick of any live auction item. Congrats to that winner who picked the Chicago Bears Experience!

The event closed with the traditional live auction let by Tulsa’s renowned charity auctioneer, Jay Litchfield. Highest bids went to the Pagosa House in Colorado and orthodontic braces!

It was truly a magical experience and one that reminded us once again of how much the ministry of CPO is needed in our city!

Photography Courtesy of Alex Gelmers, Hampton Creative & Alaina Butler, Inspired Life Photos


2015 CPO Gala: Celebrating Life

The 11th Annual Crisis Pregnancy Outreach Fundraising Gala was our best yet. Threatened by snow and ice, the event went on without a hitch. Thanks to all of you who braved the weather and slippery roads and traveled all the way to Glenpool! For those of you who were not able to attend, for whatever reason, we wanted to share with you this amazing video of one of our adoptive families. (We warn you in advance, it’s a tear jerker, but a heart-warmer!).

And we hope you’ll do two things:
1) Share this video with a friend who needs to know about CPO. Our best advertising is YOUR recommendation!
2) Give to CPO. Your gift makes this ministry possible and increases our ability to plan our reach.

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If you’d like to see more highlights from this year’s gala, click here.