Let's say 12 average girls go to a slumber party. Statistics show that 4 of those girls will get pregnant before they are 20 years old. Of those 4 pregnancies, 3 will be unplanned. Of those, only 1 will graduate high school. Chances are, none will get a college degree before they are 30.
There are girls who go to the hospital every day to give birth with no one there to support them, and these are the courageous ones who chose not to have an abortion. Here is what one teen mom told me after finding out about our ministry:
Many teenagers who get pregnant have no support system and have no
experience with any of the skills you offer to teach them. It's amazing
that you can be there for them. [Jessica, teen mom]
Teen pregnancy is no respecter of race, creed, or economic status. Many teen moms face judgment, ridicule, rejection, fear, and not knowing how to move forward. How do they provide the care and financial support that their new baby needs? How do they deal with school, possibly needing a job, and taking care of their baby? These and other issues are daunting at best for a teen mom, especially if they are on their own.
(See our Stats page for more information)
Upon hearing of this need the seed was planted to develop an outreach in the Spokane area to provide support and education for teen moms to help them make positive choices for themselves and their newborns. We are now developing an outreach that changes lives with faith, hope, and love.
Faith - Nothing of value happens outside of relationship, whether it is with God or people. Faith is more than intellectual belief, but belief which results in action which honors God and those around us. The bakery will be a place to learn life principles which are taught throughout the Bible.
Hope - True hope is based on knowledge of success based on clear goals and well thought out plans to achieve those goals. Each mom in our
program will be given tools and instruction designed to help her work
toward a life style which is healthy and beneficial for herself and the family she is starting.
Love - Just as a little yeast fills a dough and causes it to grow, we will be putting God's love in the hearts of the
young women in our program which will spread to every area of their lives. This love will then grow and make them a
person better able to handle the difficulties that face a single mom in our culture.
(See our Program page for more details on what we are presently doing and what we plan to do in the future)
Presently, we are working out of our home to provide classes and baked goods. Our cupcakes are as creative and unique as they are delicious. Some are even sugar free and gluten free. They are available for special order only.
When funding provides, we hope to have a fully functioning bakery that provides daily baked goods to local businesses in addition to special orders. Teens that are a part of our program will work in the bakery to get job training and experience, and earn credits for our ministry store. Profits from the sale of the baked goods will go back into the outreach and help purchase a hope chest for the new moms.
(See our Product page for more information about the Bakery, including pricing)
Here is where you come in. I know in this culture most people don't have much. I've been unemployed for over a year and my own house is about to be foreclosed on if a miracle doesn't happen. So trust me I know how things are. These girls need our help, and not only the moms, but their newborns as well. Not everyone is out of work. Not everyone is about to lose their home. People still go to movie theaters, go on vacations, buy cars and big screen televisions. Life is about priorities. This is an issue that costs taxpayers over 9 billion dollars every year. That means it affects us all in one way or another. Giving to charities and non-profits like ours is not throwing away money. It is investing in human life. If a teen isn't able to get a job because she never graduated high school the state will have to take care of her. Ministries like ours help that teen get a job so she takes care of herself and her baby, not society. As we teach young moms how to make better decisions, we help break the cycle of her child making the same poor choices. We are about valuing human life, which is good for everyone. A little sacrifice goes a long way.
We cannot exist without financial contributions. Our involvement page will show you how you can contribute. That is not all we need though. There are many ways that you can get involved and help us change lives with faith, hope, and love.
(See our Involvement page for more information about how you can be a part of and contribute to this outreach)
If you are a business owner, helping this ministry is an investment in your future customers and perhaps your future employees.
The Faith Factor
I didn't save this for last because it is the least important. In fact, it is the most important. Bun in the Oven Bakery is an outreach of Kingdom Star Ministries. We are an Evangelical Messianic fellowship in Spokane. We are a Torah based fellowship. By that I mean that we gain principles from the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments to guide our relationship with God, worship of God, view of the world, and how we interact with those around us. We are not necessarily Jewish, though we practice some Jewish traditions as part of our faith as they become tools for us to have a stronger relationship with Him. We are not a cult and our beliefs fit well with most mainline evangelical churches. We are not affiliated with any other Messianic synagogue or organization.
(See the Statements of Belief page for Kingdom Star Ministries to see specifics on what we believe)
(See our Scriptures page for specific precedents from the Bible which relate to Bun in the Oven Bakery)
One last thing. I am available to come to churches and youth groups to talk about teen pregnancy and Bun in the Oven Bakery. Just let me know if you are interested.
Kevin & Mandy Phipps
Directors of Bun in the Oven Bakery