Pregnant Four Times before Age 19? Solution: Start a Single Mom’s Ministry

I heard the other day on the Today show about buying some gold piece of jewelry to support single mom ministries. I didn’t catch the full story, so I googled to learn more and did not find the exact story, but had other hits that are comment worthy.

See Five Reasons Your Church Should Have a Single Mom’s Ministry.

2. The single parent family is the modern-day widow and orphan. The Lord has a heart for the fatherless. Single Moms Ministries do NOT endorse divorce or unwed pregnancy. It merely provides support for the 15 million mothers who find themselves there.

Like that makes any sense. Women just magically find themselves there, I guess. I understand those in truly abusive situations, but have 15 millions moms really been truly abused?  Back in the day, did we have special set-aside ministries for widows (if one even wants to consider that analogy)? I don’t think so, the church cared for them as they should care for them as a person, not as a special interest group.

I went to the author’s website of that fine quote (google Jennifer Maggio) and  I found this in her bio:

At 19, Maggio found herself pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare.

For a Christian woman, she really out does the modern woman with those numbers. Granted, she could have led a wild lifestyle and then found Christ later on, but her bio say nothing specifically about being a Christian or how she came to Faith.  It is assumed she is though, because of the frequent use of the word “ministries” and “church” throughout the website.

I could just be terribly wrong about all this, but how do you not have pause when hearing the woman starting all these single mom ministries was pregnant four times by age 19.  Things that make you go hmmmmm…..

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16 comments

  1. “Found herself pregnant”–give me a break. Does the person who wrote that article not know how babies are made?

    And there’s a simple way to make sure your children aren’t “fatherless”: commit to their father and don’t run around.

  2. Back in the day, did we have special set-aside ministries for widows (if one even wants to consider that analogy)? I don’t think so, the church cared for them as they should care for them as a person, not as a special interest group.

    In the modern parlance of “Churchianity”, yes, but the widows were lotted in with the rest of those at-need. But for this topic, I need to refer to my comments regarding some of Mark Driscoll’s vocal fecal matter regarding this issue (I would have made it a regular post if I had the original video). Specifically the one of equating single-mothers with widows. To preach now, I refer to 1 Timothy 5:9-16 (NASB) which governs such things (broken up here by idea):

    9 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the [a]saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.

    11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous [b]pledge. 13 At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

    14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan. 16 If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

    My comments will speak to Driscoll’s errors (chief of which that concerns the OP here is that single mothers are not all widows), but I post this here simply to make clear that these women have no rightful expectation of support for their evil and wicked actions.

    This pattern of supporting women who have no right to be supported (to serve the feminist imperative) is a large part of the problem the governmental budget, AND the churches have. This “ministry” in and of itself is both unbiblical and wicked, since it rewards sin in those who have partaken in it.

  3. You can watch the whole story here: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=jennifer%20maggio&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDUQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbn.com%2F700club%2Ffeatures%2Famazing%2FAR90_Jennifer_Maggio.aspx&ei=xQ-4UMnACO-Q0QHSi4HQDw&usg=AFQjCNHKOBGOm1cXKqH6HZNDfvUEqWSqtA

    Given her choice of a boyfriend, I have to say that I am not surprised at all at how she ended up. Look at the statistics of pregnancies out of wedlock in that demographic. Sorry, but looks like a pattern to me. Should just stay clear of the types of people that are practically guaranteed to put you in this predicament….

  4. Oh yes, I too have noticed that women don’t sin, they merely find themselves in unpleasant situations. I used to participate in Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), which is an international Christian organization. When you go to the MOPS website, you can click on the Teen Mops link to find this quote (bolding is mine):

    MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers, including teenage girls who find themselves trying to fill the role of “mom” while they are still growing up themselves. There are just under 100 Teen MOPS groups in the United States and Canada that provide a faith-based, supportive, nonjudgmental environment where teen moms can come together for support and encouragement.

  5. @CndyNY: Thanks for the video, it’s a mine of information. Here’s a few things that I picked up:

    - Her mother died, her father has been through 6 marriages, a bunch of girlfriends, and she has been sexually molested by other people. The video tries to make it look like this was her father’s fault, but spin this around the gender axis, and you have a child whose father dies and whose mother is being “taken advantage of” by evil men. The fact that her father married 6 times hints at least at the idea that he wanted to rebuild his family, so why is he automatically the villan?

    - Jennifer was a devout Christian at 9, but started sleeping around at age 15, and was “going out” with the most popular boy (the alpha of the class). Wait, she’s simply a carousel rider who started early! Some may argue that her history of abuse precipitated that, but there’s a large body of study that seems to indicate that childhood abuse is not linked with promiscuity. What the child abuse most likely affected was a reckless behavior, so she wasn’t careful and got pregnant. I’m sorry, but I almost feel more sympathy for the guys she most likely rejected and who would have made good husbands and fathers.

    - The boyfriend moved to college, got another girl pregnant, and wanted to marry her. At that point, instead of thinking “maybe I should find a husband of my own, and work extra hard to make it happen”, Jennifer gets back together with this guy, trying to make him be with her instead. It’s strange that no one realizes that if she had succeeded, the other girl would have been in the same situation as her. This is a classic example of female competing for the most alpha. Again, since nobody seems to care about the fate of the other girl, why should I care about Jennifer? Do we care about two guys who fight for a girl? Of course not! We simply enjoy the show.

    - All is not lost: Jennifer finds God again, and after long prayers, He revealed to her that he won’t change her ex, he wants her to change. At this point I’m torn between thinking this has nothing to do with God and all to do with common sense, but for someone to stay this long in ignorance, maybe it did require divine intervention to make her realize the big picture. Ultimately, she finds a beta guy to accept her sorry ass and her two grown children in his family. She even admits she’s extremely lucky. It’s at this point that one should expect she would take this life experience to create a mission that would a) identify children who suffered abuse and are at risk of reckless behavior and b) teach teenagers the dangers of such behavior and prevent hooking up and pregnancies. But of course not, she instead focuses all her energy on the after-the-fact outcome of single mothers. Maybe the divine inspiration has its shortcomings after all.

  6. Wow, Mary! Thanks so much for this information. This has saved me any future involvement. You should post on that. Once again these teen girls FIND themselves there!

  7. I wonder if I break into someone’s house and get caught, if the courts would accept my excuse of simply ‘finding myself there’? I’m guessing not, but perhaps the church needs to set up a ministry for poor, helpless criminals who just happened to ‘find themselves’ at the scene of the crime…

  8. If this was begun by a woman who managed to “slip up” FOUR freaking times before she was even a full adult, the bogus aspect of it is revealed right off.

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