Banquet Bloopers and Blessings – Kirk Walden and David Bereit

It’s banquet season, so we have brought in Kirk Walden and David Bereit to talk with Jor-El Godsey about some of their tips and tricks to holding a successful fundraising event. From fires, falling onstage, and protesters to powerful client moments and overwhelming financial support, Kirk and David have experienced a lot in their travels!


  • Don’t assume that attendees know everything about your mission and who you serve.
  • Illustrate your mission by telling stories of the families who have been served by your organization
  • Don’t apologize for asking for money. Remember that you are giving people a chance to be a part of your amazing mission!
  • Speak the language of your audience (using terms and explanations that the audience can connect with).
  • Be flexible as unforeseen events may disrupt your banquet; be sensitive to what the distraction may be and remember that your audience is with you. They understand!
  • Remember those who wanted to make it to the banquet but were not able to, or those who were not ready to give that night. Maximize what happens after the banquet by connecting with people who want to give later.

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Potato Salad – Tracie Shellhouse

Each person in the pro-life movement has unique gifts, and each walks out their calling in a different way. In this episode, Tracie Shellhouse takes us through a message of unity based on 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 and potatoes.

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Same, But Different – Voice for Life (Bosnia)

Ellen Foell spoke with Anja Mirosavljev from Voice for Life in Bosnia at our Annual Conference about the way that her organization reaches women facing unexpected pregnancies. Many organizations are doing similar work, but different at the same time depending on their culture or the needs of the community. Abortion is easily accessible (and free) in Bosnia, and is often used as a form of contraception, so the need for pregnancy help is great. Voice for Life has been serving women since 2017.

An Uncompromising Defense of Life

Jor-El Godsey is joined by Dr. David Forbes, who talks about his pro-life convictions as a pastor and how to “fight” for the unborn as a Christian. He tackles some of the difficult issues that come up when debating abortion, while keeping in mind the compassion needed when talking to both women in difficult unplanned pregnancies and those who are post-abortive.

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God’s Infinite Mercy – An Abortion Recovery Story

Jeff Joaquin was a high school football star, eager to pursue a career in the NFL when his girlfriend told him the news that she was pregnant. Filled with fear, Jeff drove her to the abortion clinic in July of 1987. Thinking this event was behind him, Jeff continued on with his life, but spiraled into bad decisions, addiction, and distanced himself from God. It wasn’t until decades later that Jeff realized the true impact of his decision and began the journey towards healing. Now, Jeff shares his story in hopes of helping others understand the infinite love and mercy of God, no matter what their past may hold.

Staying Authentic in Digital Spaces: How to Show Empathy through Text and Chat

Listen in as a few of our consultants from Option Line, a 24/7 pregnancy helpline, share their approach to demonstrating compassion and care through digital channels such as online chat and texting. In today’s world, where texting has become a preferred mode of communication, Option Line has adapted to these new trends while maintaining the same level of empathy and support. Through their innovative use of digital communication while following the steps of the Love Approach, they have made it easier for people to access the help they need, when they need it most.

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Babies Go to Congress and March for Life Recap

Heartbeat staff members, Andrea Trudden, Tracie Shellhouse, Terri Fox, Lora Current, and Jessica Warner share about their experiences at the first Babies Go to Congress and March for Life since the Dobbs decision. Get a behind the scenes look at their meetings in Washington D.C. that gave three moms the opportunity to proclaim the life-saving, life-changing work of pregnancy help organizations to their legislators.

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World Perspectives – Judaism

International Program Specialist, Ellen Foell, speaks with Sandy Shoshani from Be’ad Chaim (Pro-Life Israel) about Jewish culture and how it relates to life issues (including abortion).

Join us as we explore how different cultures view life issues in this “World Perspectives” series of episodes so that we can better understand how to serve women facing unplanned pregnancies and help them to choose life.

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Welcome Tracie Shellhouse!

Get to know Heartbeat’s new Vice President of Ministry Services, Tracie Shellhouse! Learn more about her background in ministry, and find out what books she is currently reading. Former VP, Betty McDowell, shares a few stories as well as she passes the baton off to Tracie.
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Catching Up with Kirk

Kirk Walden is a longtime member of the Heartbeat family, so Betty McDowell caught up with him during Pregnancy Help Institute to see what he’s been working on lately! Find out what Kirk has witnessed in the post-Roe pregnancy help movement, and how the power of compassion can ignite the church to serve more families than ever. Click below to check out Kirk’s book, The Wall and stay tuned to for upcoming projects!

Kirk’s book: The Wall

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