JEFFERSON CITY – Within the early 90s,14-year-old Brandy Meeks sat on a church pew on a Sunday night and listened to a medical missionary share their experiences of serving Christ abroad.
Meeks says she immediately linked to the tales about assembly bodily and non secular wants that confirmed Christ’s love and mercy.
After the presentation she felt known as to serve in medical missions. Nevertheless, years later in a highschool biology class the sight of blood whereas dissecting frogs triggered her to just about faint.
“Absolutely, this can’t be what God supposed for me,” she thought. Nonetheless, her dream of serving to others in a medical capability by no means left. Right this moment, she saves lives in fairly a unique method than she’d imagined as a younger woman. Along with her faculty main in psychology and a minor in communications, Meeks started serving non-profits, together with pro-life organizations.
In September, Meeks was promoted to president of Vitae Basis, a number one nonprofit in offering analysis to pro-life organizations and in serving to cut back the variety of abortions worldwide.
The Vitae Basis’s mission is to “facilitate lifesaving analysis and apply the findings to create messaging methods to share with others,” Meeks says. “What a blessing it actually is to look after human souls sufficient to rescue them from perishing at midnight and main them to the sunshine of Christ!”
Vitae Basis has labored in pro-life analysis and message improvement for over 30 years to tell girls experiencing sudden pregnancies.
It supplies analysis and data on topical points, such because the abortion capsule process; helps pro-life teams with messaging and practices; helps coalitions in influencing coverage points; collaborates with the Group of American States in offering analysis to the United Nations for pro-life methods; and aids pro-life teams in bringing the hope of Christ to girls with undesirable pregnancies.
Its work helps world organizations on the entrance traces of the life situation, Meeks says. “Whereas that makes it arduous to quantify affect relating to the precise variety of lives saved, we all know that our messaging methods save lives on daily basis as a result of the pro-life organizations we work with are completely satisfied to share their victories with us recurrently.”
After the U.S. Supreme Courtroom overturned the nation’s abortion regulation, Roe v. Wade, final yr and gave states the power to enact their very own abortion restrictions, Meeks says Vitae’s work continues to concentrate on analysis, training and utility, so “we are able to construct a future the place abortion is unthinkable.”
Other than main Vitae, Meeks additionally serves as a commissioner on the Missouri Baptist Conference’s (MBC) Christian Life Fee (CLC), which does analysis and supplies info on a wide range of moral matters affecting Christians.
“As commissioners, we attempt to remain educated about present moral points and go that info on to our church buildings,” Meeks says. “We would like the pastors and church members to really feel supported and know they’ve a spot get details about robust points, together with strong and vetted biblically sound sources.”
Her CLC work enhances Vitae’s work, she says, as a result of the CLC may help join these impacted by abortion with native sources.
At each Vitae and the CLC, Meeks says, “now we have the chance to face for the Lord and our values, even when it’s uncomfortable, even when it’s arduous.” Each roles, plus her over 15 years of main nonprofits, originated in that missionary’s presentation that also conjures up her.
“One thing that I bear in mind vividly from the missions presentation was the bodily and emotional sacrifices the missionaries needed to make with a purpose to serve the Lord in the best way they had been known as,” Meeks says.
“It was that daring submission and sacrifice that they lived out that also conjures up me in the present day to stay a lifetime of objective and typically uncomfortable reality.”
She says that working within the pro-life motion and caring for others is stuffed with objective however typically results in tough conversations. “My religion and missionary mindset carry me by way of the nice days and in addition the arduous days, as a result of non secular warfare is fierce when working to finish abortion in our tradition.”
She says a missions emphasis in church buildings is essential to making sure Christ’s work continues.
“I might encourage church buildings to keep in mind that when you may have missionaries share about their service to the Lord, you aren’t solely gaining potential monetary supporters for his or her ministry however inspiring the following technology of servants for God.”
Missions, she says, contains native in addition to worldwide ministry. “Please think about including a line to your mission budgets to your closest being pregnant heart. They want you now, greater than ever on this Put up-Roe world.”
Meeks additionally serves as a board member for Abortion Survivors Community, and for Abby Johnson’s group, known as And Then There Have been None. She additionally helps set up the state’s annual Professional-Life Girls’s Convention.
Meeks and her husband Matt have 5 youngsters and are members of Jefferson Metropolis’s Freshwater Church, the place they train center faculty youth.