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Erika Schanzenbach & Steven Smith Mendota, VA

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What's this all about?

Many of you have been following updates to Lori's story since she made a decision for life for her daughter back in Georgia last Fall. Since then, Lori's daughter arrived VERY early (just under 25 weeks) and spent several months in NICU. This little one is a fighter and is now home with her mama and 1 year old big sister. They are doing well.

The next big step for this family will be to get Lori her work permit and permanent residence (green card). She desires to work and provide for her girls, and she needs a work permit to do so. The cost of attorney and immigration fees are a substantial burden to her at this time. Please read Lori's story below and consider helping us bless her by helping with these costs.
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LORI'S STORY (in her own words)

Good afternoon!

My name is Loril Cato. We have not met, but many of you spoke to me through your gifts from my baby registry and the notes you sent along with them. That being said, I want to take this opportunity to say thanks again for all the gifts, thoughts and prayers for me and my children. We will forever be grateful. It still amazes me how people who I do not know and who do not know me went all out like that for me. I share my testimony almost every day. My children are striving and doing great.

I know you learned of me through Erika and Steven, but I also wanted to tell you a little more about myself and my present situation. I came to the US from Jamaica back in 2016 to work as an international student, so I could pay for my tuition. I got married in Augusta, Georgia and had my first daughter with my husband. Not long after that I got pregnant again and my husband demanded that I abort immediately, because he did not want another child. Abortion goes against my beliefs, but I was very scared to go against my husband's wishes.

I went to the abortion clinic with no idea of what to do. I felt worst about what I was there for when I saw the signs Steven’s group had posted up outside. I was convinced that God had heard my prayers the night before, when I asked him to show me a "sign". I knew I had only one choice after that, and that was to keep my baby. I knew my impromptu plan was not going to be easy, but I told myself it was better to upset my husband than to upset God. I spoke with Steven and his group that day and I knew right then and there that I had made the right decision (See Steven's preaching right before I went to talk to him here). They prayed with me, encouraged me and told me I did the right thing. I thanked him for being there with his signs that day.

My husband ended our relationship and abandoned my daughter, my pregnancy, and our marriage. We now reside in Florida with my husband’s mother who does everything in her power to help us out and I could never be more grateful for that lady. My husband cancelled my application for permanent residency, therefore I am not able to go back to school to continue my education and I am not able to work in the US without a work permit. Hence, I need to submit my self petition. I recently obtained a lawyer who is guiding me through the process.

My daughter was born 4 months before her time, spent 103 days in the hospital NICU (see video of me singing to my girl in the NICU here). She weighed only 1lb 9oz at birth. Today, she is home with me and her big sister. She’s 5 months old, weighs 9lbs, and is doing great!

God has been good. I solicit all the prayers.
Thank you,
Loril
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MESSAGE FROM ERIKA AND STEVEN (in their own words :)

Friends,
Ever since the day the Lord put Steven and his ministry group in Lori's path last Fall at the abortion center in Augusta Georgia, we have been grateful to know her. She has been in regular contact with Erika via text/phone over the months. She has had many significant obstacles in her path during these months, but she has never wavered in her choice to guard and protect the life and health of her daughters and freely gives thanks to God for His work in turning her away from the path she was on and for providing for her needs ever since.

The donations we are asking for on behalf of Lori (and her girls) will cover the cost of attorneys fees and immigration fees needed to get her work permit and permanent residence (green card) application filed. Lori desires to work but is unable to do so until she has a work permit. We have verified these fees and will be paying any donations we receive directly to the attorney or government office as needed.

We ask that you please consider donating to help Lori surmount what is to her a considerable obstacle. With the help of God's people, it need not be so. We would very much like to see Lori blessed by having these costs completely covered.

Thank You Friends!
Erika Schanzenbach* & Steven Smith**

*Erika is a member in good standing at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Kingsport TN

**Steven is a member in good standing at Cliffwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Augusta GA and is an evangelistic missionary with Reformed Evangelistic Fellowship.

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Anonymous

2020-07-26 19:06:00

Praise the Lord for a life saved...

Susan Burklund

2020-07-26 19:57:00

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Cheryl S

2020-07-27 01:11:53

PRAISE GOD for this precious baby rescued from abortion! πŸ˜€πŸ€±πŸΏ I pray the LORD blesses this Mom & children and provides all of their needs. πŸ™βœοΈπŸ“–β€ www.needGod.com

Hubbard Family

2020-07-27 13:35:07

"My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory."

Zandile Michell Sibanda

2020-07-27 23:08:36

God bless you Lori.

Anonymous

2020-07-28 03:45:25

God bless you!

Deena Flanigan

2020-07-28 14:18:46

Bless your sweet little family and the courage of your convictions!!!

Anonymous

2020-07-28 18:33:44

God bless Lori and her babies!

Simone Cato

2020-07-28 20:51:31

my beloved sister and friend, I Love you dearly. You are the most caring and giving person I know now, here is God blessing these wonderful people so they can bless you. We will get through this together, as we contine to push and pray. Your sister Simone Cato

Anonymous

2020-07-29 17:23:43

May this help in some way. May God rain down blessings on you and your girls today and always. <3

Anonymous

2020-08-01 19:37:21

Praying for Lori!

Anonymous

2020-08-03 17:09:41

May you feel the love and care of the Heavenly Father

Anonymous

2020-08-04 01:00:44

Dear Lori, Ava, and Lydia, We are praying for you and are filled with love in Christ for you all. The Parker family

Tom and Marilyn

2020-08-04 16:04:05

Praise God that Lori has saved her baby. May he abundantly bless you.

Susan M Drummond

2020-08-06 17:25:04

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face to shine upon you sister! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Double Your Donation! Limited Time Matching Gift Offer.
August 1, 2020, 7:03 pm
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WHERE WE ARE

Current status: Raised $916 of the $3500 goal with $2584 remaining.

>>>Matching Donation Offer through August 16: Anonymous donors have stepped up to offer a matching donation to bring this fundraiser up to fully funded. They are willing to match every donation made by other donors between now and August 16 up to our fundraising goal.

Remaining Need: This means we need $1292 in donations between now and August 16 to finish out this fundraiser.

This goal is completely attainable. We have had a very good start in raising $916 in the first week. Lori is astonished and grateful that so many people who have never met her would stand with her during this challenging time.

Where Will Extra Funds Go?: It is our intention to end this fundraiser as soon as we have reached our goal amount. As some donations are being made via offline sources and we will need to manually enter matching amounts as donations come in there may be some lag time in getting everything tallied. We desire donors to know that any additional funds (if any) raised over our goal amount will be directed either to additional needs Lori and her children have or to the ministries of Christians reaching out to women like her.
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I've Already Donated, How Can I Help?:
SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. Let people know about this fundraiser and the matching gift offer that is available until August 16 or until our goal is fully funded.

Most of us have to see things more than once before we take action, so even if you've shared the campaign already, this is a great opportunity to put it in front of people again when they can double the value of their gift.

THANK YOU for standing with Lori and showing her family the love of Christ!

Erika Schanzenbach

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We've Reached 25% Funded!
July 29, 2020, 9:16 pm
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Friends,
We have reached 25% funded for this campaign in just 3 days! Thank you so much for standing with Lori. What an encouragement to see so many people throwing their support to this family!

You can continue to help us reach our goal by SHARING the campaign page via email and social media with your friends. People see a LOT of things fly by every day and sometimes it takes seeing something a few times before we click on it. You know how it is...we all do.

You can help us put this in front of more eyeballs by sharing it.
Here's the link to the campaign page: https://www.givesendgo.com/helplori

Thank you for your support!
Erika Schanzenbach

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Campaign Created by:
Erika Schanzenbach & Steven Smith Mendota, VA

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May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face to shine upon you sister! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

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Praise God that Lori has saved her baby. May he abundantly bless you.

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Dear Lori, Ava, and Lydia, We are praying for you and are filled with love in Christ for you all. The Parker family

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May you feel the love and care of the Heavenly Father

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Praying for Lori!

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May this help in some way. May God rain down blessings on you and your girls today and always.

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Simone Cato

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my beloved sister and friend, I Love you dearly. You are the most caring and giving person I know now, here is God blessing these wonderful people so they can bless you. We will get through this together, as we contine to push and pray. Your sister Simone Cato

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God bless Lori and her babies!

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Bless your sweet little family and the courage of your convictions!!!

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God bless you!

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Hubbard Family

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"My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory."

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Cheryl S

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PRAISE GOD for this precious baby rescued from abortion! πŸ˜€πŸ€±πŸΏ I pray the LORD blesses this Mom & children and provides all of their needs. πŸ™βœοΈπŸ“–β€ www.needGod.com

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