When Debbie Hyrne agreed to lead a women’s Bible study group for the Tri-County Vineyard Community Church in Springdale, she chose to facilitate a study of Nehemiah. Nehemiah’s heart broke so deeply for the suffering Jews that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to restore their desolate community, Debbie explained. “God often uses a breaking heart to restore the broken. This study challenged us to rebuild and restore a wall that was broken down in our community.”
She discovered the women in her group nursed various passions for the broken. “The question was, how could we use these passions to restore a wall that might be broken down within a couple miles from the church? We prayed and asked the Lord to show us the way to this broken down wall.”
Through an internet search, Debbie noticed that Elizabeth’s New Life Center operates women’s center located just two miles from their church. She called Women’s Center-Sharonville and quickly learned the women’s center launched just a year and a half earlier as a response to a nearby abortion clinic. The women in Debbie’s study decided to host a baby shower to help Women’s Center-Sharonville “build up their wall” of supplies.
A Bible study participant who works at a pediatric doctor’s office discovered that her office had an over shipment of baby formula—an item at the top of Women Center-Sharonville’s wish list. She received permission to donate the formula to Elizabeth’s New Life Center.
The baby formula was packaged in small zipped coolers with six baby bottles per cooler. The little coolers were then packaged into cardboard wraps created to look like blocks. Debbie delivered the baby formula at Women’s Center-Sharonville and began to stack it on a table. “Suddenly, I realized I literally was building a wall—a wall of baby formula!”
When the other baby shower items poured in, the gift table could not hold all the donations. For example, one woman knit a box full of lap blankets and toboggan hats for the newborn boys and girls.
The experience was moving, both for the women who participated in the shower, Women’s Center-Sharonville staff, and clients who received the donations. Debbie pointed to a verse from Nehemiah to summarize: “The whole community…had not celebrated like this from the days of Joshua…And there was tremendous joy” (Nehemiah 8:17).