Proverbs 31: 10-31
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Based on this description, I am able to say with confidence that a “Proverbs 31 woman” would never support the taking of a child’s life. The verses that speak of a “wife of noble character” start at Proverbs 31:10. Ironically, or not so ironically, in verse 8 Scripture states, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
For this reason, you might be able to understand my concern when I discovered that the faith-based organization “Thirty-One Gifts” indirectly supported abortion. This organization prides itself on helping women develop into a “Proverbs 31 woman.”
Phone calls were made and emails were sent. I also wrote a blog about the information I discovered. Several days later, I received an informal response from the organization stating the accusations written in my blog were “untrue.”
Huh. That’s strange considering we were able to view the ins and outs of their giving program on their website. If their website was accurate, then the information I posted was true. After yet another call and email to them, they released a formal response.
“Thirty-One believes in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding women. Thirty-One Gives is our philanthropic initiative that ensures this mission is carried out through the celebration and empowerment of women and girls by strengthening their belief in themselves and strengthening their families … actions that lead to purposeful and thriving lives.
We support initiatives that align with this mission, which is why we focus our giving on organizations that support leadership and economic independence for women and girls such as Salvation Army, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Dress for Success Worldwide, Girls Scouts and YWCA of Central Ohio.
Thirty-One Gives has not provided any direct funding for Planned Parenthood or any other activities outside the scope of our mission.
Thirty-One Gives supports HER, no matter her circumstances, no matter where she’s been or where she’s going. We want to be there in her greatest time of need and in her greatest time of joy. We empower HER.”
Even after Thirty-One Gifts has been informed, it’s clear that they simply don’t care. This is strange for a supposed “Christian” organization. However, it’s honestly not surprising. We are living in a time where Christians are scared to stand up for what is right, pastors are scared to talk about the sanctity of human life from the pulpit, Biblical values are being tossed to the side, and justifications for our sins are being made because we don’t want to be inconvenienced.
It’s no wonder 33% of women choose abortion or that 72% of abortions are being performed on Christian women. It’s no wonder that we have the most pro-abortion president in history. We are not willing to fight! We are not willing to stand up for Godly principles and values! Just like Thirty-One Gifts, so many of us know the truth, but we do nothing to solve the problem.
Let us be part of the solution. Let us stand up for Christian values. Let us not cave to convenience. No one said being a Christian would be easy. No one said being a true pro-life advocate would be easy, but both are right and necessary.
Abby, thank you.I didn’t know about this organization, but I will write a letter of complaint.
I don’t know if you are familiar with Life Decisions International which is a pro-life organization that keeps tab of companies, organizations, etc. that donate money (through grants, matching gifts, etc) to Planned Parenthood. You can request a list of these companies at http://www.fightpp.org/.
My family and I boycott these companies (to name a few Nike, Adobe, Wells Fargo, Bayer, Whole Foods, Walt Disney, Levis, Chevron, Hilton, etc) and I write to one company every week according to a schedule LDI issues to complaint, tell them I am boycotting their products, and to urge them to stop giving money to PP.
Since it’s inception 20 years ago, 283 corporation have stop funding PP!
Yes it is very hard work and it’s hard to say “No. We are not buying this or going to eat there”, but it’s the right thing. Our kids understand perfectly and they always ask “if this company in the list”?
The more people are involved, the more these companies get the message (and less money), the more they stop funding PP.
Rev David Perry says
GOD Bless You Abby, You Are A True Child Of GOD THE FATHER And Sister To JESUS THE SON!!! The Way I Understand The Bible And What I Have Learned Of JESUS And HIS FATHER To Me There Is No Way A True Christian One That Says They Love GOD With All Their Heart And Soul, Mind And Strenght And Believe The Bible Is GOD’S True And Final Word About Every Life Situation That One Will Face While On The Earth Can EVER, EVER, EVER Say That Killing An Innocent Life Is OK!!! Only A Person That Is Controled By satan Can And Will Take An Innocent Life!!! JESUS Had A Very Special Love For Childern And To HIM I Don’t Think It Mattered If They Had Been Born Yet Or Still In The Womb!!! To JESUS They Were Very Special And Very Loved That Is Why He Said Woe Be Unto The One That Makes One Of These Little Ones To Sin!!! That It Would Be Better If That Person Had Never Lived!!! Thank You Abby For All The Great Work You Are Doing Now!!! GOD Bless You And Your Family Always!!!
Carmen Ropp says
Keep up the good work Abby! True, Christ following, Bible believing Christians stand with you! May the Lord bless you and your family greatly for standing against the flow!
How do you find the “ins and outs of their giving program”? I would like to see it for myself!
you go to their thirty one gives website.
Vickie Williamson says
Thank you, Richard, because I was just going to ask if there was a list of companies that support PP. And, thank you, Abby, for standing up for truth. Jesus said “Narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” so sadly I’m never surprised that the masses follow the wide road.
I went to the thirtyone gives web site but can’t find where they give to support abortions. Can someone point me in the right direction? I really want to know if this is true and accurate so I don’t support them.
Go to lifenews.com and search Thirty One. You will find articles about the connection.
Kim McGrothers says
I heard about the Thirty-One/PP link on catholic radio the other day. I sent an email to the company explaining that I would no longer be purchasing their product and would let my friends know as well. The original email response from them thanked me for inquiring into fundraising with them. I sent the email to another address and got the formal response that was mentioned above. I sent it again reiterating that I know they don’t directly fund PP but give to organizations that do such as the Girl Scouts and Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. The last response I received stated simply…..
Thirty-One Gives has not directly or indirectly funded planned parenthood.
It appears that they either don’t care or haven’t done their research. Until they change their giving practices, I will not be buying any more 31 products.
What is the email address to send them a message?
March of Dimes also (indirectly) funds Planned Parenhood. Satan is subtle…gotta be aware of his tactics.
Abby, I’ll look for it myself but do you happen to know off hand the site where it details that 31 is indirectly funding PP?
Perhaps, sharing with them the good news of organizations like American Heritage Girls which is a Christ center scouting organization for girls would be more in line with Thirty one gives mission. They chose YWCA of Central Ohio which leads me to believe that this company is based on Ohio??? American Heritage Girls is based in Ohio as well. Many peole turn to GSUSA because it is a well known 100 year old organization. Just a thought. It may be more effective!
I LOVE Thirty-One and I love what this company stands for, but I am also very much against abortion so I am doing lots of research on this and so far have been told by Girls Scouts and other organizations that they are NOT in ANY type of relationship with PP…directly OR indirectly. Can someone show me proof that this is correct or incorrect. Thanks!