A 2022 Walk for Life was held at First Baptist Church in Tiptonville, TN, on Saturday, June 25. Participants walked to show their support for unborn babies and their right to life. The event was sponsored by LifeBeat Family Resource Center, a ministry that runs Crossroads Women's Clinic in Tiptonville. The clinic currently offers free pregnancy care but, through fundraising, plans to expand its services to include a mobile pregnancy unit that will travel between Lake and Obion Counties to bring free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Registrations for the event totaled 136, and the proceeds helped the ministry draw near to its goal of purchasing the unit. Participants ranged in age from a newborn to a nearly 92-year-old. T-shirts and swag bags were distributed, and LifeBeat Director, Dee Keeling, opened the event by thanking participants, event organizers, and the ministry's Marketing team. First Baptist Church Pastor, Brother John Troutman, led the walkers in prayer before directing them to the start line.

The course was closed to vehicles, and participants walked 1.5 miles from the church to Margaret Newton Elementary School and then to LifeBeat Center and back. Several water stations were set up along the way.

Janice Wheatley, a Registered Nurse at Crossroads, says the Center's focus is not just on the baby but also on the mother, which is why the ministry recently partnered with Save the Storks and is planning to purchase the mobile unit. "When we… think of the stork, that's the one carrying the baby, so our concern is for that mother."

Keeling believes the ministry's next fundraiser, a concert with renowned Christian music artist, Mark Schultz, will help them meet their goal of purchasing the mobile pregnancy unit. She also believes that the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade will affect the number of women who visit the clinic. She expects that number to increase and says, "These girls are going to need somebody to help…walk them through these decisions, so I think [the opportunity to serve them] is an open door."

The Mark Schultz event, A Night of Worship and Testimony, will take place on Thursday, August 18, at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, click below:
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