sometimes we miss the chance for generosity.
THE BIG GIVE exists to help remove all the hurdles keeping you from being able to help those in need.
Click a link below to see more information
These local nonprofits serve widows, single mothers, and survivors of sex trafficking by providing services that care not just for their physical needs, but also for their heart and mind.
We are excited to partner with these three nonprofits for The Big Give 2022.
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
Would you join with us for five days of devotionals?
We invite you to partner with us in volunteering with our local nonprofit partnerships:
Aggieland Pregnanacy Outreach
Single & Young Mothers
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
The Bible does not directly address single mothers, but there are many examples of God’s gentle interaction with women, mothers, widows and their children. These examples, and God’s gentleness, apply whether a mother is young, single, married, widowed, or divorced. God knows each person intimately and knows their specific situation completely.
God has compassion on the parent who is raising a child on his or her own. The first single parent identified as such in the Bible is an Egyptian slave named Hagar. Before the birth of Hagar’s child, God came to Hagar in her distress and let her know that He was with her (Genesis 16:10-12). Single parents can learn what Hagar learned – that when she cried out to God, He drew near to her. Hagar called the Lord “the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). Despite how lonely single parenting may be at times, those who know the Lord can take comfort in remembering that they are never alone. God promises to be a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows and orphans (Psalm 68:5). Jesus had a special tenderness for children (Matthew 19:14). Single parents can rest in the promise that God’s grace will fill in the gaps as He helps them raise their children (Psalm 27:10).
Remember, all of us were adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3–7). It is our joy and privilege to partner with God in loving, serving, and protecting the women and children in need in our community.
Often in Scripture, the term of widow appears to carry the idea of a woman whose husband has died who also has no one to provide for her. The Bible says widows are to be treated with honor, respect, and compassion.
In James 1:27, we are commanded to care for widows: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” God has deep compassion for those who are left alone, and we as believers are called to demonstrate that same compassion as a reflection of His love.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).
Human Trafficking Survivors
Every victim and survivor of trafficking is precious. In Luke 15:1-10, Jesus shares a story about how valuable each individual is to Him. He gave up everything “to seek and to save the lost” no matter where they are or how they got lost. Every single trafficking victim was made in the perfect image of God, and nothing that happens to them can change that.
God says that the care of trafficking victims is the responsibility of the church. Jesus is clear that caring for the hurting, the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned is the equivalent of caring for Him (Matthew 25:35-46). Even more than care for physical needs, it is our calling to show the love of Christ and to speak Christ’s love to trafficking survivors.
God so loved those caught in sex trafficking and labor trafficking that He sent His Son to die for their sins and reconcile them to a loving relationship with Him (John 3:16). There is nothing that needs to change in the life of a trafficking victim before she can accept that love (John 3:36, Romans 5:8). It doesn’t matter what has happened to her or what she has done – God is ready, willing, and able to accept her and start the healing process.
God sees human trafficking victims the same way He sees everyone else – lost people caught in a fallen world in need of love, hope, and forgiveness. In other ways, God hears their cries a little louder – He is near to the broken-hearted, and faithful to answer their prayers (Psalm 34:18).
Stories of Life Change
right here in the Bryan/College Station Area
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
“Aracely was 15. She says that when she found out she was pregnant, she would lay in bed at night thinking about suicide. But God had other plans. She was about 37 weeks pregnant when she first came to The Mama Club. At first she was leery of the APO staff, Mentor Moms, and Aggie Young Life leaders, but her caution faded over time as the team continually showered her with unconditional love.
We have had the joy of watching her blossom over the past two and a half years. She has graduated from Rudder High School. Her two year old son, Stevan, even had a mini-graduation cap and gown to wear on the big day. She plans to attend Blinn and continue nurturing and loving her son well. And the best news? She gave her life to Jesus.
She is one of 130 girls, 20 guys, and 91 babies currently in our outreach program to teen parents. Whether they choose adoption or parenting, they all need to experience the love of Christ.”
“I was not in the season of old age when I became a widow, I was 18 days shy of my 51st birthday. I found myself isolated. I didn’t fit into the circles of older widows. I also no longer fit with my friends who were still couples. I felt alone.
As I struggled with my new reality and the need I desperately had to connect with another woman who understood the pain of what I was walking through, I realized there was no structure in place to find those women.
I began to connect with a couple of other women similar in age who had lost their husbands; we were more of acquaintances at that point, but the bond of loss quickly put down deep relational roots. We saw the need around us to connect others who were traveling the same journey.
We have watched the Lord do something so miraculous over the past six years. Our desire is for women everywhere to experience this type of community.” -Tami Glasco
Within seven days Unbound Bryan College Station received 9 referrals of sex trafficking clients that needed assistance. These 9 individuals had an average age of only 16 years old. Two of the girls had run away from a group home to spend time with a man one met on the internet. Abusers often utilize social media to develop connections with their victims and convince them to meet in person. These minor girls were then taken advantage of by the adult male once they connected in person. One of Unbound’s staff Advocates met the girls on-scene to provide emotional support, victim response bags, and helped them navigate all the services they needed to report the abuse and return to a safe place. Our Advocate made sure that the girls felt safe once recovered and gave the girls tools to stay safe from exploitation in the future. The girls are now back in a safe placement and will continue to receive advocacy services to help them heal.
LET’S NOT MISS THE CHANCE FOR GENEROSITY!
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT REASONS WE MISS IT, BUT THE BIG GIVE EXISTS TO HELP REMOVE ALL THE HURDLES KEEPING YOU FROM BEING ABLE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED.