Pleasing Him, Bearing Fruit, and
Growing in Knowledge
A quick Google search of “defining success” provides some interesting insight into how the world defines success. Happiness is a commonly used word as is self-satisfaction and wealth. In business having goals and targets help measure a company’s productivity but what do we do if our business is people?
Teen Mother Choices (TMC) has been serving teen moms for nearly 30 years which in-and-of-itself is an accomplishment. Over that amount of time any number of ministries could have come and gone, but TMC remains. Is it because of our brilliant business strategy? No. Is it because we are passionate about what we do? It helps, but it is not the reason. Is it because we have served hundreds and hundreds of teen moms? No. Jesus is the only reason TMC is still serving teen moms after all these years. He gave Christa a vision of what the church could and should be doing for teen moms and helped her build the foundation on God’s word. And as Jesus did with his disciples, TMC is committed to pouring into the lives of a smaller group of individuals to support, encourage, and point them to Jesus. Being in a relationship with one another is God’s heart for us. He modeled that throughout scripture and sent Jesus to provide a means of restoring our relationship to him. God does not call us to save every teen mom; that is his job. Our job is to share the truth about who he is, the life-saving work Jesus did on the cross, and bring glory to him through our words and actions.
To pour into someone the way we believe we should, TMC limits the number of participants to seven women at a time. From an outsider’s perspective only serving seven teen moms at a time is not enough. They see how big the need is and believe they are up to the challenge of helping more. Several have tried only to find themselves burnt out and the teen moms dissatisfied. The beautiful thing about having a smaller group of participants is we get to know these women well. They are loved. They are seen. They are valued. They receive the benefit of a mentor who walks alongside them through setting and achieving their goals and all of life’s ups and downs.
We celebrate every achievement our teen moms reach whether it be completing her education, obtaining full-time employment, or paying off her debts. But no celebration is more exciting than a woman who recognizes her need for Jesus, repents and believes in him, and chooses to live her life under his authority. Even the heavens celebrate these decisions. Luke 15:10 reminds us: “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” There is no promise to us that every teen mom who is involved with TMC will give her life to Jesus, but each one will have heard him proclaimed faithfully and unapologetically. Introducing teen moms to the truth about who God, the hope they can find in Jesus, and the certainty of an eternity with him is TMC’s definition of success.
Kristin served as Teen Mother Choices first Program Director in the 1990’s. In 2012, Kristin joined TMCI as our first Training Coach. In 2016, Kristin became TMCI’s Training Director.