Sunday, January 16, 2011

Staff Meeting...

I have the privilege of working with an amazing team of women at the Liberty Godparent Home.  Recently, I asked them to share on my blog any thoughts or stories they have about our ministry.   Read below a journal entry from 2009 and enjoy the words/thoughts of our houseparent Jen.

Staff sits in a semi-circle around the recreation room. We are all on couches or cushion chairs with our notes in our laps. We take turns discussing each girl and then we talk about our plan to assist her in whatever direction she wants to take. Then each girl is brought before the Lord in prayer-her special needs, concerns, obstacles, praises- for a plan for her and her baby. I am so honored to be a part of it-- a place where the hearts of our staff all work together, in love for each girl.


I picture the angels having their own staff meeting. I imagine them meeting together and Jesus Christ leading the discussions. He brings each of our names up, and the angels and the Lord talk with each other about how we have grown, what we need, what direction God wants us to take, and how they plan to help us in a divine way.

I feel the love Jesus has for us, and for those we have in our lives, and for those we minister to and with.
It's awesome. Our God is an awesome God.

God Bless,
Jen

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Great 8 Challenge...Karis Magazine

If you look at the top of my blog, you'll see a fancy new banner that has been added this weekend, proudly proclaiming our support for Karis Magazine (www.karismag.com)!  It is a faith-based publication that started in Southwest Virginia in October 2010 and is quickly expanding and growing.  The magazine's launch of their e-subscription this past weekend will quickly launch them toward their goal of becoming national.  If I had to make a prediction, I think this will become one of the leading Christian publications available.  This magazine is committed to giving back a portion of their income to other ministries impacting the Kingdom.  Here's the first challenge for those wanting to get in on the action...straight from Karis...believe me, you will be encouraged and challenged by every page.

The Great 8 Challenge.

8,000 dollars. 8 ministries. All you have to do is subscribe.

Literally, within an hour of our eKaris launch- God started tugging at our heart strings. (He's so very prompt like that.) We prayed and pondered, and because this company, magazine and ministry is for Him- we're going to start giving back the blessings that He is pouring in!!!

Here's the skinny- For every 100 subscriptions, (eKaris ONLY) Karis Magazine will donate 1,000 dollars to a non-profit organization/charity/ministry. We prayed and used God's super duper knowledge to determine which organizations we'd give to for this go-a-round. After literally picking them from a bowl, here's the order:

1. Straight Street Ministries

2. Liberty Godparent Foundation

3. The Rescue Mission

4. God's Pit Crew

5. Children's Miracle Network

6. Manna Ministries

7. Feeding America Southwest Virginia

8. Rick Via World Ministries

PLEASE subscribe to eKaris and make a difference in the lives of others! Make sure to pass it on; shout it from the roof tops if you have to- we won't judge. HELP US HELP OTHERS!!!! Log onto www.karismag.com to get your subscription today and follow them on Facebook (Karis Magazine) to follow this amazing journey of faith.

Blessings,
Deanne

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Journey Continues...

Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of where I came from, the road I have traveled… and wonder where God will lead me next.  As you can see, I have been MIA when it comes to blogging—and I have missed it!  This blog was created as a means of sharing the thoughts/heart of a birth mother, someone who survived placing her first born and offering support for those just starting on the road that I have been traveling for many years.
My road took a new twist this last summer.  Five months ago, I made a very hard decision to leave Family Life Services where I considered it a privilege to work/volunteer for the last 10 years and enter a new phase of ministry as the Director of the Liberty Godparent Home.  It has been exciting, scary, and a true picture of God’s grace to use me for such a job as this.
One thing that hasn’t changed--- my passion for young ladies facing unplanned pregnancies and my desire to see their life transformed into something amazing.  I will continue to blog as time allows and will broaden my topics as my life/vision broadens.  I feel so blessed to hold this position…and it is one that I don’t take lightly.  Please pray for me as I continue to follow God’s will for my life. 
Pray that God will do miraculous things within our ministry—thing that we could never imagine!
~Janelle
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.