Long-time committed participants and enthusiastic newcomers joined hands for Montgomery County Right to Life’s 2019 Dinner for Life. This truly beautiful community event honored and celebrated both the Giver of Life and Life itself! This year’s host church, Grace Woodlands, graciously opened their beautiful facility right on the heels of the busy Easter weekend and provided support for logistics and planning, audio/visual needs, set-up and clean-up. We are so grateful to Pastor Steve and Becky Riggle and the rest of the staff who served so selflessly.
It takes many hours and hands to plan and organize an event of this size. Grace Woodlands members, Jeff and Helen Lowery, stepped up as co-chairs for this year’s banquet, and somehow made the job look easy! Their team effort from the early planning stages to the end of the evening was remarkable. Helen kept an eye out for late-arriving guests and ensured each table was promptly served, not even sitting down to enjoy her own meal until she was satisfied. From the setting up of tables to clearing dishes off them, the two worked tirelessly! In preparation for the event, Jeff even personally ironed each and every tablecloth to save on the cost of dry cleaning! What a labor of love!
The Knights of Columbus Council 6456 once again prepared an exquisite meal. Every year, the gifts of food and service these men provide are like seeds sown that produce a bountiful harvest! Energetic team leaders, Zach and Adrienne Rogers, organized the student volunteers, who joyfully served the meal.
Sam Malone, veteran radio talk show host, again was our emcee. His lively personality keeps the program flowing smoothly each year. His commitment to the cause is evident year round, both on and off the air.
MCRTL President, Dr. Joe Morrison, welcomed guests and shared how the organization has grown since he responded to God’s still, small voice in 2005. He announced that with MCRTL’s strong growth beyond Montgomery County lines, a name change is underway – one which will reflect the same mission but not limit the reach! One avenue of growth has been through MCRTL’s outreach via the Dr. Joseph Graham Pro-Life Fellows program. Our first Pro-Life Fellow started the first sanctioned Pro-Life club on a Lone Star College campus in 2014. In 2017 MCRTL scholarship recipients started Pro-Life Timberwolves on the LSC-Tomball campus, which is in Harris County. This school term Christian Castro has been approved for the LSC- Cy-fair campus and is already working to lay the groundwork for a Pro-Life club on that campus. Five Pro-Life scholarship Fellows have been chosen for the 2019-20 school term with the hope to approve one more.
MCRTL has a strong emphasis on student outreach. Dinner for Life guests were treated to MCRTL’s Oratory Contest winner, Lily Cole’s inspiring and eloquent speech. She received a well deserved standing ovation. Dr. Joe also introduced Emily Callan, the winner of the Video Contest for the second year in a row! Her heartwarming video can be seen here. Whether through poster artwork from the youngest students, essays from junior high to high school students, orations from senior high students, or videos from 15 year-olds and beyond, the Pro-Life message is solidified in the student contest participants, their families, and others.
This year’s keynote speaker, Carmen Pate, speaks from such depths of understanding and experience, that an audience can’t help but be captivated by her. Her heart’s cry and what she considers key in the abortion debate, is compassion and understanding of post-abortive women and those considering abortion. To effect true change in the debate, a woman’s sense of self-preservation must be understood. She needs caring hands to reach out and meet her where she is and speak truth about what abortion is and how it affects women. Carmen stated that women need to be fully informed of care options and know that they have the necessary support to choose Life for her babies. Having been on both sides of the debate, Carmen’s stance is compelling and inspiring, and is right in line with MCRTL’s mission to care for all involved in Life decisions and to build respect for each human Life from conception until natural death.
Teresa Strack, whom Sam Malone amusingly described as a “non-stop machine” emphasized the many ways MCRTL strives to do this through outreach and education! She inspired us all with a poignant example of a young girl who decorated her bedroom door with Pro-Life messages and the MCRTL logo after having the opportunity to participate in a number of Pro-Life activities with her family. Teresa also shared some of the exciting new ways the organization will be growing in the coming year. This includes the When Does Life Begin social media campaign which is nearing launch and a new prayer campaign which will partner with prisoners in the Wynne, Estelle, Darrington units and possibly others.
Thank you to each of you who choose to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves. If you were unable to attend the Dinner for Life this year and would still like to support MCRTL’s life saving work you may do so by clicking the Donate button below. Online or mail-in giving is available. Your support through prayer, service, and financial support is critical! Thank you!