Next year will mark the thirtieth year of pro-life ministry for our Liberty Godparent Home for Unwed Mothers. Started in 1982 by my father, the ministry was largely begun following a series of conversations Dad had with pro-life theologian Francis Schaeffer. Over thirty years, we have ministered to countless girls in need and seen innumerable babies be adopted into Christian homes.
The Godparent Home operates under the auspices of Thomas Road Baptist Church. This residential program for young, single girls facing unplanned pregnancies is a safe haven for girls who often have nowhere else to turn. Our team of experts provides medical, educational and spiritual support as well as supplying much love and encouragement throughout the girls’ pregnancies. We operate a beautiful facility here in Lynchburg that is comfortable and convenient for the girls.
In addition, we operate an adoption agency wherein we help to place babies in the loving arms of Christian parents who are unable to have children. I have personally witnessed young couples receiving the gift of a new baby and I can attest that it is a truly touching experience. The gift of new life in a Christian home is a wonderful thing.
I remember one Sunday morning at Thomas Road Baptist Church when Dad literally offered a little baby to a Christian couple who were awaiting adoption and were unaware that they would be receiving a baby that day. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Our Godparent Home ministry is a continuing testament to my father’s impassioned commitment to protecting innocent life. I see this ministry as being essential to the cause of Christ and to the pro-life movement. We have actually seen babies who have been adopted in our program grow up and study at Liberty University and get married and start their own families. It is wonderful to see this ministry having such a long-lasting impact on society and the cause of Christ.
In fact, in 2012, we will be expanding the outreach of this wonderful ministry to assist even more young ladies in our nation who are facing unplanned pregnancies. The original vision of the Liberty Godparent Home was to “light a candle” of hope for these girls. My prayer is that we will be able to do even more in the days to come.
We recently heard from some of the girls who went through our program. Listen to their words:
- “The staff taught me not only to accept the decisions I made, but to seek forgiveness and restoration in the midst of my brokenness. My heart is full of gratitude for the second chance the Godparent Home gave me.” — Dee
- “I am so glad that I chose to come to the Liberty Godparent Home. I am very grateful for all they have poured into my life. ” — Sarah
- “There is not a time where I don’t reflect back and my heart begins to fill with overwhelming love and gratitude to the staff and their dedication to this ministry.” — Amy
Our ultimate goal is for each girl to understand God’s unconditional love, and to see herself as having value in our Savior’s eyes. This Godparent Home is a ministry of the Liberty Godparent Foundation and is completely funded by churches, businesses and individual friends of the ministry.
For more information on our Godparent Home, I encourage you to call 1-800-54-CHILD. Further, if you know of a young girl in need of our assistance, please have her call today. We are here to help any girl who needs us, just as we have been for the last three decades.
NOTE: Dr. Schaeffer, in his book A Christian Manifesto, reminded us that “every Christian ought to be praying and working to nullify the abominable abortion law.” But he also encouraged believers to not see abortion as a stand-alone issue. Rather, he said we should work and pray to turn back the “total entity” of a godless worldview, “with all its results across all of life.” Those are wise words and I believe Christians should still be embracing the culture of life in everything we do as well as representing Jesus Christ in the culture which denies Him in so many ways. Thank God for the influence of Dr. Schaeffer that is still alive today.