What do retired missionaries do when they return to the States after 33 years on the mission field? Well, my mom began volunteering at her local pregnancy center in Seguin, Texas.
Of the 1,100 Care Net Pregnancy Centers in the United States, my mom, Pat Muse, was one of only seven honorees to be nationally recognized!
Nominating Muse for the honor was Sandy Haverstick, executive director of the Seguin Pregnancy Center. Haverstick says Muse exemplified the giving nature and examples set by the biblical character of Ruth.Way to go, mom. We're proud of you!
"Pat Muse exemplifies Ruth for the Seguin Pregnancy Center. Pat has been a trained peer counselor for four years. Pat has personally counseled 92 clients in their first visit to the Seguin Pregnancy Center. Of those 92 clients, Pat led 23 women to the Lord," said Haverstick...
Probably the most impressive description of Muse according to Haverstick is her ability to promote the Christian based organization.
"Pat shared the gospel with one of our clients. The client accepted Christ that very day. The client was so impressed with the blessing that she received...she scheduled herself to come the very next week during Pat's shift so that her boyfriend could receive the blessing also. The boyfriend heard the gospel while visiting with his girlfriend from Pat and he too became a Christian. The client and her boyfriend are now the happy parents of a little boy." said Haverstick.
Muse, who remains humble in receiving the award and recognition, says lending a hand to others is two-fold in that she too benefits from the ministry.
"I started volunteering at the Seguin pregnancy center in June of 2005. I just felt that's where God was leading me...Women and girls who have a need in their life to find out if they're pregnant can come out for counseling and a free pregnancy test and we're just glad to be of help to them...For the ladies that are pregnant we just walk through that pregnancy with them and be of help wherever we can...We have a program called earn while you learn, where they can buy most anything their baby needs wiht the points that they earn while they do the studies with us," said Muse...
Muse is expected to be presented with the official award later on this year.