We are thrilled that you are sharing how your faith is at work in the community. Was it a spiritual calling that led you to dedicate your time and service to the Gift of Life foundation?
Mona: For me, it was more so akin to stepping out in faith. I’d worked in communications and community outreach for Montgomery Public Schools for almost 13 years. While I was there, I developed a deeper understanding of the needs of children and families. But, in the last two years of being there, I felt a strong urging from God that it was time to do something new. Naturally, I resisted. But more and more, circumstances, random conversations, and chance meetings began happening that made it clear to me that Gift of Life Foundation is where He wanted me to be.
What you do is a ministry. What are some things in your daily occupation that reassure you that you are where God wants you to be?
Mona: The purpose that I feel being in an environment with other people who passionately want to help pregnant women have a healthy pregnancy and see them become self-sufficient, set life goals, and achieve them. It’s seeing a mom or dad leave our program more resilient and achieving goals. It’s also awe-inspiring to hold a sweet baby and to consider all their God-given potential.
For most of us, we find solace in our faith journey. How does your faith sustain you in continuing to dedicate yourself to your career, even when there are challenges ahead?
Mona: I remind myself often that no challenge is bigger than God and that there is purpose beneath every problem that we face. I’ve learned through experience that sometimes God allows us to stay in an uncomfortable place because he is birthing something in us that will prepare us for what He has in store. Like the apostle Paul, sometimes he doesn’t remove a problem, but he gives us the grace we need to trust Him more.
For Christians who struggle to live their faith beyond the church walls, what encouragement would you give them?
Some of the most admired people in the Bible struggled with sin: Abraham, King David, Peter, Paul, the list goes on and on, yet God still used them to accomplish mighty things. We will never be perfect or get it right all the time—and that’s okay. We can be perfected through the only one who ever was perfect, Jesus Christ.
At the brink of 2020, the world was drastically and unexpectedly affected by the coronavirus crisis. And still, in 2021, we are trying to navigate and co-exist with COVID-19. For people who are having difficulty dealing with it, what are some tips of encouragement within the Christian faith?
Mona: Anytime we find ourselves faced with widespread suffering, be it a pandemic, social unrest, or economic crisis, the tendency is to ask God “why.” But as followers of Christ, we can be comforted by the fact that He is always in control.
Being a believer of Christ, there are values that you live by in your personal life. What are values that you carry into your professional life?
Mona: In the workplace, I’ve always been guided by Colossians 3:23-24. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” That has been my through-line in every kind of workplace situation that’s possible.
Your faith is a vital part of who you are, and it adds an exciting dimension to your personality. How would your colleagues describe you?
Mona: My co-workers would describe me as a go-getter who never gives up and enjoys a challenge.
Rightfully so, there are several things that you are proud of when it comes to your occupation. What is something that sticks out most?
Mona: I’m most proud of communicating the important work that Gift of Life does throughout the community. Investing in mothers, babies and supporting fathers to be actively involved is one of the best things we can do.
Mona and her husband, Walter, are the proud parents of Corbin (27). They have been married for 15 years and attend the Church of God in Christ and Resurrection Catholic Church, where Mona serves in the Church Media Ministry. She volunteers with All Kids ROCK (supporting autism research), Women of Refined Gold (a local domestic violence organization), Alabama Dept. of Public Health’s River Region Community Action Team, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.