This past November, we got a call on a Friday night from a hospital social worker about a mom who just gave birth and wanted to make an adoption plan for her child. We felt God’s hand was directing this contact since the social worker’s previous good experience with the agency was the reason she reached out to us. With all the changes in the ministry, our goal is to re-establish these networking relationships and provide a support system for birth mothers who make this courageous decision. The first step in bringing families together & counseling birth mothers through their pregnancy is making contact with organizations and individuals. YOUR investment helps our counselor Beth make these connections, give materials, and visit clinics and hospitals to inform social workers of our services to birth parents.
On behalf of Christian Family Life Services, I would like to thank our many new partners (over 64%)who invested on Giving Hearts Day. There were also several gifts made anonymously (24%), and I hope you all know how much we appreciate your generosity. With your help, we raised over $5,660 on 2-12 and over $10,660 with the match gift to assist birth parents and make connections with reputable adoption/social work networks. Your gift is already at work making a difference in our community.
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Thanks again for supporting Christian Family Life Services!
This is the first year CFLS has had the opportunity to participate in this online non-profit fundraiser for North Dakota and western Minnesota. More than the money we raise, we are hoping to use both this event and the funds we receive to increase awareness of our organization and the ministries we offer. Birth moms need to know there is a place to turn to when they are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. If we can provide a listening ear, free pregnancy tests, wise counsel, and education to birth moms, we will also show Christ's love.
Just last week Pat reconnected with a birthmother she had worked with many years ago. Terri* (not real name) was glowing! She shared her wonderful relationship with her birth daughter as well as the adoptive parents. How she had attended her daughter's wedding and how she has 2 grandchildren!! Pat told her she needs to write her story. We need to hear from the adoptive family, the daughter and how the full circle has come about.
Pat told Terri* she remembered well their first conversation on the agency hotline. How Terri* stated she wanted to place her child for adoption. She had just given birth at home, cut the cord, bathed the baby and called for help. She & Pat developed a relationship through the following weeks, months and years. They both saw the hand of God in this major event in Terri's* life.
CFLS is about life changing decisions and events. We want God to use us to make a difference in birth parents lives, adoptive families lives and children's lives. Children that will be raised to know Christ! Birth parents will be introduced to Christ and have seeds of salvation planted in them. Adoptive families open their hearts and their homes to bring new life into their lives. We want God to use us to to continue to bring this beautiful circle of life together.
Working with these circumstances, it is often difficult to be limited by finances and what we can do. We need partners - whether they are personally touched by adoption or whether they just want to be part of what God is doing. We need partners to pray for us and the people we work with. We need partners to hold up our arms when we are exhausted and don't know how we can continue.
Even if you can only give $10, consider supporting CFLS on Thursday, Feb. 12 and YOU can impact the community for Christ. We can plant seeds that have lasting effects on birth families, the adopted children, and their adoptive families. Visit impactgiveback.org on 2-12-15 and select Christian Family Life Services to participate in Giving Hearts Day.
Thank you for supporting this very important life giving ministry!
P.S. Whether you invest on Giving Hearts Day, voting on our promo video is free and only takes a minute! CFLS can win an award from Vision Banks with this video:
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