Sacred Lives Foundation

 

  
HAPPY 2015!!

Sacred Lives Foundation has had the privilege of hand delivering gift bags with the "fearfully and wonderfully made" fleece baby blankets and Eden's Song CD's as well as "In His Hands" coffee table size books to these cities though the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in 2014. Several thousand miles of driving have been filled with experiences for which I am so very grateful. 
I am reminded of the scripture which says:

"Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." (1 Corinthians 12:14-18 NIV)

It seems our call at Sacred Lives Foundation is to support hospitals (neonatal intensive care units) pregnancy centers,maternity homes, and their clients and patients with gifts that offer hope and encouragement and enlightenment and comfort. As I walk through these hospitals, pregnancy resource centers, and maternity homes, I meet many wonderful people each doing the part which they feel called to do. And, I see every effort matters for those in the trenches as well as those helping to build up and encourage. I have never questioned why I have felt the compelling need to do "this" and in this way. I also know if I thought about it too long and hard and over- analyzed , I might feel so minute, I would not do anything. But, I remain filled with hope knowing that each life is sacred and holy. And, so we press on.  
The blanket and book inventory is about depleted now (as is always the plan) but we will continue to distribute them as I am able. Thank you to those who have helped along the way. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
Justin Holloway








Fall 2014 UPDATE :

In the next few weeks , Sacred Lives Foundation will begin offering gift sets designed especially for expectant parents and new parents. Ministry to those parents who have lovingly and unselfishly decided to place their precious child for adoption is also the intent of this endeavor. The gift set will include a song written by Justin Holloway entitled "Eden's Song" and an embroidered blanket as well. Photos will soon be up on the website. We look forward to this new area of ministry to those facing choices regarding the unborn.
 We will keep you posted. Your prayers are appreciated

 

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Justin Holloway: The creation story, or how an 18-ounce baby lived

Justin Holloway is a grandfather of six, praise and worship minister, former school board president, and founder of Sacred Lives Foundation. He lives in Abilene.

on Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:00 AM PDT


Walking down the corridor from my daughter’s hospital room to the neonatal intensive care unit to see my grandson Brady for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. I prepared as best I could to see this tiny creation delivered by C-section at 22½ weeks weighing a mere 18 ounces and measuring 11 inches long.

Knowing my daughter was now out of danger after severe blood loss brought me great comfort. My 200-mile emergency trip was emotion-filled as I prayed for my daughter and her unborn baby for I knew both of their lives were in danger. I felt helpless, but never hopeless.

Each Sunday, at the altar of my church for many weeks prior as the complications of her pregnancy first began, many tears were shed as I prayed with a sweet and loving couple who attend church with me. It is as if we were, through our prayers, doing all we knew to do to stave off any power that would thwart the birth of this precious, God-breathed creation. The battle felt spiritual in nature.

Strangely, when I received the call about the sudden c-section, I was attending a Bible study and prayer session at a local coffee shop. After I was off the phone, about 12 of us prayed aloud. After the last amen, I got in my car and headed out. I had been told the likelihood was that the baby would be delivered and then placed in my daughter’s arms as the child was not expected to survive.

I was awe-struck as I approached the bassinet and saw the tiniest of all human beings I had ever seen. Yet, every finger and every toe were there and this tiny body looked like a miniature model of a full-term baby. As I stood there with my arm around my brave son-in-law, this tiny little being breathing with the aid of a ventilator with tubes and monitors surrounding us, lay there on his back and peed. Pardon my inability to say this delicately, but that emptying of the bladder made me realize this was a human being; a real baby, albeit, a fragile, delicate one.

This precious gift of life spent more than four months in the NICU enduring stage IV brain bleeds on both sides of his brain, seizures, breathing difficulties, eye surgeries and other setbacks too numerous to mention. We learned to celebrate every single minute of the often “taken for granted” milestones. When he was able to ingest through a feeding tube, a mere 1 cc of breast milk, we rejoiced. When I was first able to gently place one finger against his hand and pray aloud with a precious angel in the NICU (a registered nurse), heaven agreed. The first time I held him a little over three months after his birth, the tears would not stop flowing.

Those months of visiting the NICU was a supernaturally holy and awe-evoking experience. My life was changed forever as was the lives of so many whom this precious little boy named Brady touched in a heavenly way. Holy and sacred is all I can use to describe the presence that was in that hospital unit.

This little determined trouper has defied all odds through the power of prayer and an ever able God. He lights up a room with his laughter and wit. He is also left-handed, just like his proud and forever grateful Poppy who pens these words. He runs rather than walks, although we were told severe cerebral palsy was a possibility. He speaks intently and deliberately although we were told he might never speak. He does not let his limited field of vision deter him as he takes intentional steps without the aid of another human being. His smile is contagious and heart warming.

I still cannot look at any photo of Brady without getting a lump in my throat as my eyes fill with tears. I keep hoping this will dissipate with time, but my sense of forever gratefulness for the miracle of this precious life may leave me sappy for a lifetime. I am fine with that.

When 4-year-old Brady called me on my birthday in January and sang “Happy Birthday” to me over the phone, my heart leapt and my spirit soared. On Oct. 8, this precious little boy turns 5. And I will return the favor and call and sing to Brady. Celebrating life is a wonderful thing. Happy birthday, Brady Nolan. You are one fearfully and wonderfully made creation!



July 5 , 2012

Today, I had the God-breathed blessing of meeting the Sean Grose family. I read part of their story in the Abilene, Texas Reporter News online this morning in a story about the opening of their coffee shop in the quaint Texas town of Cisco, Texas (about fifty miles east of Abilene). I was struck by how God had used the sacred life of their precious daughter, Waverly Virginia, when her precious being entered the world in 2010. Waverly never breathed an earthly breath but her life was God-breathed. Through the heartache and suffering, Sean and his wife Kasity endured through this incredible, "larger than life" event, God spoke to them in a new and different way. Waverly has changed their lives forever . As they held this "gift from God" in their hands, they saw the miracle of creation in this intricately formed human being weighing mere ounces.
I was so touched by this article in the paper, I was compelled to get in my car and drive fifty miles to meet them (unannounced of course) in Cisco, Texas at their newly opened coffee shop aptly called "Waverly's". So, I made the journey to meet this precious young couple and their daughter , Ilya . What a joy they all are! Our hours spent in conversation were sheer blessing and a testament to the power of the "unseen". The details of their story are found on their website mentioned at the end of this update.
Waverly's unexpected arrival and their surrender of her back into God's hands the moment she entered the world defies the ability to express in human words. Why some premature babies live full lives healthy and whole, why some live lives with special needs, and why some never breathe an earthly breath, remains a mystery not known this side of heaven. But, the truth remains: "ALL" life is sacred and purposed. And love transcends it all Just ask the Sean Grose family and you will hear an incredible story of God's faithfulness and His ability to give peace that passes all understanding. For, "Waverly Virginia Grose" was here and her life is , indeed, hallowed and sacred. Her impact is eternal. And, she is loved incredibly with no regrets.
Sacred Lives Foundation remains committed to sharing these stories as they are presented. I am reminded of James 1:17 which says: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows". I am also reminded of a mutually shared favorite scripture to which the Grose family and I ascribe: But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) For more of the Sean and Kasity Grose story, see www.waverlystexas.com.
To God Be ALL Glory!
Justin Holloway



May, 2012
Today I celebrate the life of my precious grandson, Brady, born at 22 1/2 weeks in October, 2008 weighing eighteen ounces  He is now over 3 1/2 years old and has changed my life in an eternal sense. He is walking, talking,  and is a bundle of laughter and smiles  and quite the little jokester. It is his unexpected early entrance which became my inspiration to form Sacred Lives Foundation a little over three years ago. I remain thankful for the way God continues to use us as we share the message of hope and comfort with various hospitals and organizations as we are able.  This journey continues as I celebrate the "fearfully and wonderfully made" creations formed by God's hands. 
June 7, 2011
TIME FLIES QUICKLY!! It has been a few months since our last update, but we continue to hear wonderful news from various indiviudals and organizations via email and telephone calls about God's moving through our endeavor to offer hope and encouragement to others. Several more books have been mailed and distributed to various organizations and there remains a large stack waiting to be addressed and mailed at this writing. Thanks again for the prayerful support as God does His work through our very "ordinary" effort.
Little, indeed, becomes much, when GOD is in it! I remain so very thankful for the opportunity to share and for the encouragement received as we strive to convey the message of the sacredness of all life.
Please check out www.handtohold.org to see another ministry helping to meet the needs of others who are dealing with a premature infant. Kelli Kelley and I have had opportunity to vist via email and telephone and I am so moved by her call to reach out to others as well. Keep them in your prayers as well as Sacred Lives Foundation.
Love and prayers to you all!

Justin Holloway
Merry Christmas 2010
Sacred Lives Foundation, with your help and prayerful  support, continues to minister to those in need. As God provides opportunities that land on our doorstep, or as we continue to distribute our publications to various organizations, we know we are fulfilling His plan.
Research has shown there are over 1500 NICU's in the United States alone. There is no national directory available so it is a step by step process finding the hospitals to send them to through internet searches, word of mouth, and other means. Step by step as God provides, we continue to share our words of hope and comfort.
This year I was given the opportunity to minister one on one to several parents who were in need of prayerful and loving support. My life continues to be forever changed as I look into the eyes of these hurting, and sometimes, very frightened parents as they see their little one struggling. Placing a book in their hands telling these incredible stories of others, sharing my personal experience with my precious grandson and miracle, Brady, and placing my hand in theirs as we pray over their precious little sacred life is what the call of this organization is all about. It is about being His hands and love in action through "our" hands.
 I have seen the joy in the eyes of those whose little one has been able to go home after days, weeks, or months in the NICU. I have also seen the tears and the grief in the eyes of the parents who have said goodbye to their precious little one. I have also seen in the eyes and hearts of those grieving, a peace that defies explanation, as they celebrate the little one and the validity of the life of that precious creation whom they know they will hold one day in their arms.
How I praise God for his "nudge" for allowing me to see and be a part of  this organization and how it could be another way to reach out to others. How I thank Him for allowing me to see His supernatural hand at work through my months of praying over my little grandson. And, how I marvel at what only God can do! My life remains forever changed from my personal experience. I cannot adequately convey what God did in me during those months and hours alone in the NICU with my precious grandson. It was all so God-breathed. It was all so holy.
We continue to distribute books through word of mouth and our personal research to hospitals, pregnancy centers, churches, and individuals. PLEASE let us know of any organization or family in need and we will continue to send them books directly. When possible, members of our organization are always happy to pay a personal visit to families in need, It is a JOY to pray with them and over their little one and give of ourselves . So, please let us know if you know of anyone in need of  a personal touch and prayer. If you have someone you would like to give a book to in person, please let us know as well. As supply permits, we are happy to do this.
Please keep us in your prayers. I am learning as God provides we will continue to do what He has called us to do. It is a comfort to know that the books that have been distributed are being used in ways we will never know this side of heaven. For, these NICU's see many come in an out day after day. Pray that God will place these publications in the hands of those who need to hear HIS words of comfort. If you feel led to donate to our organization, that is appreciated as well. But, the biggest power of our ministry lies in the POWER OF PRAYER! For, "little becomes MUCH" when God is in it.
Love and prayers to you this season.,
Justin Holloway
Founder and Servant

3/28/10
Isabella "Bella" went to be with Jesus March 27, 2010 after thirty days of gracing this earth. She now spends eternity with our Creator. Please pray fro Mommy and Daddy (Adriana & Rey). They are a sweet, loving couple who love the Lord and loved Bella with all their hearts while she was here. And, they rejoice in knowing their reunion one fine day will be sweet and holy! God is Sovereign. And, our God reigns!

3/11/10
Please keep precious baby girl, Bella, in your prayers. She was born Februaryy 27th at 27 weeks. Her due date is late May. Lift up her Mommy and Daddy (Adrianna and Ray) as well. We know God is able and above all, we know He is her Creator. She is beautiful!!



MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! As I reflect on the past year, I am amazed at all God has done with Sacred Lives Foundation in the months we have been in existence. I want to thank all of you who have had a part in this endeavor through financial as well as prayerful support. God is doing His work as He sees fit and in His time. I am so very thankful for each of you, your words of encouragment and support and for sharing in the vision.
I love you all!
Justin Holloway


Thank you Southwest Park Baptist Church, Abilene for opening your doors for our
kick-off. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!!

From the Abilene Reporter News:

Group seeks to aid families with children in ICU

Family and friends filled pews at Southwest Park Baptist Church for a kickoff service for the Sacred Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ministering to families of children in pediatric and neonatal intensive care.

"We didn't know what (neonatal) was," Rudy Fambrough said Saturday, as he shared his story with attendees. "We didn't have a clue what that meant about my granddaughter. She could just lay in my hand. She was so small."

Neonatal refers to the critical first month after birth. Infants placed in neonatal ICUs are usually premature.

Justin Holloway, who spearheaded the foundation, knows the meaning of the word well after two of his grandsons spent a collective total of nine months in the neonatal ICU.

In hopes of spreading awareness and giving comfort to other families in similar situations, Holloway penned two books detailing the experiences of moms, dads and grandparents who have spent time in neonatal ICUs.

"It is our prayer that these books are a source of encouragement for these families," said Lissa Wright, member of the Sacred Lives Foundation board of directors. "This is our mission to share the Lord with them."

During the service, church members read excerpts from Holloway's book "In His Hands" and shared their own testimonies. Holloway said his grandson Brady was born Nov. 3 weighing 1 pound 2 ounces. Almost seven months later, Brady weighs 11½ pounds.

"Isn't that amazing?" Holloway said, fighting tears through a smile.

And as for Fambrough's granddaughter? "She's 6 years old now, and just a ball of fire," he said.

Donations to the organization can be made online at www.sacredlivesfoundation.org.

Sacred Lives Foundation

Invites you to join us

Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 7 pm

Southwest Park Baptist Church

2901 S. 20th Street

Abilene, Texas
 
Kick Off Rally

Praise & Worship Service
with Justin Holloway
("Poppy" and Founder)
 
&
Sharing of Board of Director's Mission
325-673-2333