Graceful Wait

gracefulwaitlogoGraceful Wait provides spiritual and practical support for women in Columbia who are struggling with infertility or grieving the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death—no matter how much time has passed since their loss.

Upcoming Graceful Wait Meetings @ Plume:

  • October 19th from 7-9pm
  • November 16th from 7-9pm
  • December 21st {HOLIDAY SOCIAL} 6-8pm

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Graceful Wait serves 2 populations: Infertility and Infant Loss.

Each meeting starts with large group discussion which is followed by small group breakouts. The small groups are specific to the needs of each type of struggle. Graceful Wait hopes women will grow more able to believe in God’s goodness in the midst of their pain, while also becoming more resilient and able to overcome the sins of the heart that try to creep in—bitterness, jealousy and anger.

During small group breakout time:

Women who are grieving an infant loss meet in a small group led by Social Worker, Suzanne Cary, a member of the Crossing and mother of Joshua who died from SIDS when he was 4 months old.

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Women who are dealing with infertility meet with Kelly Gilion who struggled through extensive fertility treatments before the birth of her twins and their younger sister. (See below for more of her story.)gatheringroom3

Project Hope:

In addition to supporting the needs of women struggling with infertility and those suffering grief from infant loss, Graceful Wait also participates in Project Hope, a service project which provides memory boxes to area hospitals. These memory boxes are given to parents who must leave the hospital without their babies following a loss.

Pray that:

  • God will bring the women who are most in need of support to Graceful Wait for each monthly meeting.
  • Women will find comfort and the grace to wait for their prayers of becoming mothers to be answered in God’s perfect timing.
  • Women who are grieving an infant loss will find the Grace to live life on this earth for God’s glory while they wait to be re-united with their babies in Heaven.
  • God will ultimately use Graceful Wait to draw more women closer to himself through their pain.
  • God will keep women from running away from him as is so often the case when they face such painful trials.
  • God will help Graceful Wait find new ways to spread the word about their meetings through out the Columbia community.
  • God will help Graceful Wait effectively support hurting women both during and between monthly meetings.
  • The Graceful Wait leaders will be able to focus on each individual woman and how to best support her in the moment.
  • The Graceful Wait leaders will resist the temptation to worry about how many women come to the monthly meetings.

psalm10-17Graceful Wait Ministry Team:

  • Kelly Gilion
  • Suzanne Cary, MSW
  • Allie Pennington
  • Bethany Haid
  • Kristy Reichard

Graceful Wait is a Crossing Care Ministry Team hosted in the community to allow greater access to women from all over Columbia. It is a ministry funded by both The Crossing and benefactor donations. For more information about supporting the work of Graceful Wait contact Kelly Gilion.

Graceful Wait Contact:
Kelly Gilion: 573-823-9654
email: gracefulwait@outlook.com

Graceful Wait History:
Kelly and Jeremy Gilion have been members of The Crossing since November 2005. She previously served in Women’s Ministry at The Crossing as a bible study facilitator and helping with social events.

Kelly officially started Graceful Wait in September of 2010. It grew out of a small group book study held in 2007 to address some of Kelly’s own needs for support during fertility treatments.

gilionfamilyKelly describes starting Graceful Wait this way,

gilionwithtwinsIn 2007, I was at the peak of my personal struggle with infertility and at a point where we needed to make some big decisions about treatment options and adoption. There was no support group in town that I could locate. So somewhat out of selfish motivation, I decided to start my own. I personally needed the support. But at the same time, I knew that based on the statistics there were many other women out there who needed support as well.

Jeremy and I had been married since 2002. After 6 years of trying to conceive, our twins Chance and Luci were born in October 2008. Our third child, Anni, was born in April 2011. All three children were conceived through extensive fertility treatments.

Source: Info and photos via email interview with Kelly Gilion.

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