Walking the road of pregnancy and infant loss...together
The mission of Naomi's Circle is
to provide a regular supportive environment where those touched by the loss of a baby can share their honest emotions, listen to one another, gently point one another toward God's healing love, and rejoice with one another in His future blessings.
to raise awareness in the church and the community about the issues, needs, and resources available to parents who have lost babies.
to help create change by encouraging policies that help, rather than hurt, families who are grieving the loss of a baby, and by taking part in hands-on activities to show love to such families.
Spiritually We are a Christian organization devoted to sharing the comfort we have received in Jesus with those walking the road of pregnancy loss. We desire to minister to anyone on this road, regardless of where you are in your faith journey, but we do so from a Christian perspective. You may read our faith statement for more information. If you would like to know more about this right now, please contact us, or visit this page with a simple explanation of the message of Jesus in English or one of more than 100 languages.
Geographically We are currently focused on the Columbia, South Carolina, area and the surrounding counties (Lexington and Richland). We are open to growing beyond this area, but we had to start somewhere.
Audience We are focused on reaching out to couples who have suffered the tragic loss of a child during pregnancy or within a year of birth. Often, that overlaps with infertility issues as well.
Naomi's Circle was named for Naomi Faith, the second daughter of Eric and Kristi Bothur, who died in a "late miscarriage" at 18 weeks' gestation, on March 9, 2009. To their great sorrow, she was joined by a little sister, Kyria Hope, lost in a first trimester miscarriage in November, only six months later, and another sibling, Jordan Gabriel, who joined them when Kristi had another early miscarriage in May, 2010. Naomi's death in particular challenged and deepened their faith and introduced them to the community of pregnancy and infant loss.
It is also named for the Naomi of the Scriptures who suffered the loss of her husband and two sons. When she returned to her home in Bethlehem, the women of the city gathered around her, listened without condemnation as she poured out her grief, gently pointed her to God's faithfulness, and rejoiced with her as she moved on with life. It is our hope and prayer that we in this community can do the same for one another as we travel this road together.