After battling infertility, Angela and Kyonn Genes were looking for support -- and a miracle.
"I was looking for a support group for women dealing with infertility," Angela explained." I wanted to become a member of a group that was Christian based and its members were majority African-American."
Angela knew that infertility presented unique issues in the black community.
"African-American women have different challenges when it comes to dealing with infertility," she said. "We are raised that we don't discuss those types of issues with strangers and that information should only stay with immediate family."
Angela found Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG) NFP during her research. In August 2014, she and Kyonn made the trip from Mississippi to attend the 2nd Annual Hats, Heels and Hankies Fundraiser.
Not only did they attend the tea, but they entered in a raffle for a free IVF.
And they won.
"I couldn't believe it at first, when Rev. Stacey announced our name all I could do was cry," Angela recalled. "It felt like God whispered in my ear 'Trust me.' All of the tears, doubt, and worry were gone. God had answered my prayers and the verse I recited daily came into existence: Mark 11:24 'Believe therefore whatever you ask for in prayer, Believe that you have received it and it will be yours.'"
The Genes returned to Chicago to receive their IVF treatment from the Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) clinic.
On Dec. 22, on the way back to Mississippi from Chicago after having her blood drawn for a pregnancy test at FCI, the family got the good news: they were pregnant. They would later find out they were having twins.
"I was believing and trusting God for a baby and I received double blessings," Angela said. "We had just received the best Christmas present ever."
The babies are due in August. Angela and Kyonn remain grateful that their prayers were answered through FFCG. Angela said guidance from Rev. Stacey taught her to be patient with God's timing, rather than relying on her own.
"I cannot thank Rev. Stacey enough," Angela said. "She is truly a gem and a godsend. She has went over and beyond to help me and my desire to become a mother. She helped me to understand that even though I didn't choose this journey, it was chosen for me, and God was going to help me to get through it -- and I would have the victory."