A Few Words From Our President
As we come to the end of 2013 I have good news to report to you! I hope I will see all of you at “LifeWalk” on November 23 and our exciting “Once Upon a Time…” Benefit Dinner with Cal Thomas on February 27. Please be sure to read Jenna Steffel’s article about these two great events!
You may remember that last October I wrote you a desperate letter. We were dangerously close to closing one of our two homes due to the decrease in monthly giving. I called the appeal “Giving Birth Is Painful.” You responded with great generosity, and we were able to keep both homes open. At that time the Lord had spoken to my heart saying He would provide “manna” for Lifeline Family Center. Indeed He has! What we experienced is nothing less than a miracle. Let There Be Life LifeWalk that we held in December 2012, and The Goal is Life…Get in the Game Benefit Dinner in April 2013 were met with tremendous support. But the best blessing was seeing so many of our supporters increase their monthly gifts, and folks who had not previously supported us, did in fact, “Get in the Game!” Together, and by God’s grace, we were able to keep both homes open. Young girls and babies fill our hallways with the sound of laughter…the sound of choosing life, because we are there to give them a home, education, and the love of Jesus.
I praise God that this year we are not desperate! That is the good news! But we do have some big challenges. As we end 2013 and approach 2014, our “new home” is now seven years old! If you have come by to visit you know that we have been diligent in maintaining this wonderful gift God has given us. Never the less, to our disappointment, construction grade equipment seems to have a life expectancy of six and a half years! Air conditioners need to be replaced. Fifteen passenger vans are breaking down. We will never take money away from direct care of the girls and babies to make repairs, but a nursery without air conditioning in a southwest Florida summer is borderline abuse. Transporting moms and babies will never happen in a van that is no longer safe. Quality care for our moms and babies has a big price tag. They are worth it! For some of our girls we are the first adults who have believed they are worth it!
So our theme this year is COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS! If a young girl is willing to face the challenges of being a single parent, will her courage be contagious to those of us who told her to “Choose Life?” Challenges give us the opportunity to see the hand of God at work in the body of Christ! I invite you to once again become part of the joy of giving to the work God is doing at Lifeline Family Center. Enter into the courage is contagious zone!
For life and Truth,