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Meet Beckie Pérez of 29:Eleven Maternity Home in Lemon Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beckie Pérez.

Beckie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When my husband, Mike, and I met and started dating, we were both super active in different ministries and groups at our church in La Mesa (Journey Community Church). In fact, we had an unplanned wedding on a missions trip to Haiti!

I believe it was that experience of spending time in a third world country orphanage that God really started to work in our hearts to plant the seed that would become the 29:Eleven Maternity Home. I always wanted to be a mother and had such a huge heart for children that I naturally gravitated towards opportunities in those areas. Then, God blessed me with a husband whose heart was equally tender as a result of his Catholic faith which had nurtured a commitment to help the most vulnerable in our society.

As we had more and more children, we started praying about and looking for ways we could make an impact in our own community without having to travel thousands of miles. We owned a beautiful, historic home in the heart of Lemon Grove that we wanted to use for some sort of charitable cause, and it wasn’t long before God dropped the idea of a maternity home in my lap as I was reading “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” by Philip Yancey. I had never heard of a maternity home before, but Mike was immediately on board with the idea and we both sensed this was the new direction we were being called to.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
NO! Definitely NOT a smooth road! Haha. We’ve experienced frustration in funding; severe, lengthy roadblocks in the permitting process; and dozens of other setbacks along the way. But we know that we haven’t been called to “easy.” Honestly, when your mission is to save and transform lives and impact generations to come, that should be hard!

Through all the trials, we have felt loved and supported by our family, Board of Directors, church and a dedicated group of volunteers and donors. So even the worst days haven’t been that bad.

29:Eleven Maternity Home – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The 29:Eleven Maternity Home exists to save the life of the unborn child while transforming the life of the mother. We are an intimately designed, family-style housing program that serves and loves on pregnant women for the duration of their pregnancy as well as for an extended period of time after they have given birth. Each mom develops a plan with goals that are tailored to her life, situation, and interests, and we work closely with her to map out and encourage her progress in reaching those goals.

The women in the home share all the responsibilities of chores, cooking and shopping, and they participate in a variety of activities like art classes, Bible studies, life skills, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities.

Nothing brings us more joy than when a mom takes full advantage of the unique opportunity provided to her at 29:Eleven and she is able to move on from the home to live the flourishing life God had planned for her from the beginning.

I’d have to say we are most known for our commitment to the belief that all human beings at all stages of development are made Imago Dei, in the image of God. Each of the children and mothers we are privileged to serve are unrepeatable, irreplaceable and indispensable gifts from God.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I suppose my definition of success is more closely tied to love than “results”, especially in regard to 29:Eleven. Sometimes we don’t have as much contact with the moms who have left our home as we would like. “What are they doing? Where are they now? Are they okay? Are the babies thriving? Did we help them?” are all questions that swirl in my head. But maybe the more important questions are actually, “Did we show them the love of Christ? Do they know God loves them eternally and unconditionally? Do they know they are not alone and part of a community that will stand with them?” If I can answer “yes” to those questions, the time they spent at 29:Eleven was successful.

We will never know the full story this side of heaven of how this ministry impacts their lives or our world, but we’re okay with that and we leave everything (results included) in the hands of the One who planned all this out before the beginning of time.

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Lori Moore Photography

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