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ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project to Dedicate Three Ultrasound Machines in East Tennessee

Funding Provided By Tennessee Governor and Legislature

ERLC advocates in Washington D.C.

Nashville, Tenn., June 15, 2023 —The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has donated three ultrasound machines to aid in the work of the Pregnancy Resource Center in East Tennessee.

A dedication ceremony will be held June 20 at the Maryville location of the Pregnancy Resource Center at 103 Station Drive, Maryville, Tennessee, 37804. Representatives from the ERLC and local community leaders will be in attendance and the program will begin at 5:45 p.m. EST.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Pregnancy Resource Center as they expand their reach in East Tennessee, sharing the hope of the gospel, as well as communicating life-affirming truth with precious families,” said Rachel Wiles, director of the Psalm 139 Project.

These machine placements were made possible due to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and legislative leaders allocating $283,100 in the 2022-2023 budget for a partnership with the Psalm 139 Project to place life-saving ultrasound machines across the state.

The Pregnancy Resource Center has been serving families in the East Tennessee area for 37 years through their main office in Maryville, the recently opened facility in Sevierville, and their mobile health unit. They serve almost 1,800 families a year and offer an array of medical and support services through a holistic model as they “care deeply about the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of those they encounter.”  

“As our ministry is expanding in leaps and bounds it is critical that we can provide a window into the womb to families facing unexpected pregnancies,” said Valerie Millsaps, the executive director of the Pregnancy Resource Center. “The placement of the ultrasound machines is already at work helping brave families make life decisions for their preborn children.”

One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No ERLC Cooperative Program resources are used for these machines. Tax-deductible gifts may be made online to The Psalm 139 Project, or via check to ERLC, 901 Commerce Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. Learn more at psalm139project.org.

ERLC advocates in Washington D.C.


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