Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Grand day at LGH!



I just came across a blog posted by The Grand Happiness Foundation  about the furniture donation made to the Home a few weeks ago.  It is such a blessing to have the support from local businesses in the Lynchburg community. 

Take moment to read it....

~  Janelle 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. It Pays!

Buffalo Wild Wings (Lynchburg, Va) hosted a fundraiser for the Liberty Godparent Foundation in February and it was the most successful fundraiser they had to date!  Because of the great success of the event, they are doing it again on Tuesday, May 3rd at BWW - Lynchburg.  All you have to do is print these vouchers and present them to your server anytime throughout the day (dine-in or take-out) and they will donate 15% of your bill to our organization. 

This is a tasty way to support our ministry!  Help us by spreading the word through email or sharing this post from the our Facebook page.  If you are not able to print off the voucher, let me know and I will email them to you!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Forever Grateful

We are so thankful for every young lady that comes through the Home.  Each circumstance is  different and  we have learned to trust God for guidance with each situation.  Below is the story of Amy ......

 "I will forever be grateful for the Liberty Godparent Home.  They will never know how they transformed, not only me but my family as well. When I was first asked to share what the Program did for me, I thought where do I begin? A few weeks after arriving, I had a miscarriage.  After completing the Liberty Godparent Home I was faced with a decision to move to a foster home or go stay with a local family. Being 16 I did not want to live in a foster home for 2 years.  My mother was in prison.  My Grandparents who I lived with before basically said that I couldn’t come back and live. 

I had already been at the Liberty Godparent Home for 6 months. I had dropped out of the ninth grade so at the Godparent Home prepared me to take my test to receive my GED and shortly thereafter I started Community College through Job Corporation Training.I starting working part time, going to school full time, and for the first time in my life I was excited for my future and what it held. I had support from people who cared and motivated and gave wise and Godly discernment to my life. 

Even at seventeen it was essential to have the structure that was given to me.  I want to stress that it did not at all feel like a program but a family.  Not only did they have impact on me but my boyfriend John who after 4 years of dating, became my husband. We now have 2 children and we are living out God’s plan for our marriage, raising up our children for him and experiencing firsthand how he can take our circumstances and use it for the Kingdom. We are so grateful for his love and mercy and for the mission that the program for ever imprinted on our lives as well as others.

 There is not a time where I don’t reflect back and my heart begins to feel with overwhelming love and gratitude to the staff and their dedication to this ministry. "


Friday, April 15, 2011

Even the smallest details...

Today was one of those days... the kind that after a long day at work, I sat down on the couch and had to reflect to soak in every little detail.  Today I saw God's hand on a ministry I love.

Let's rewind a few months to August 2010.  I had just moved into the position of Director of LGH and one of my tasks was to oversee the remodeling of the residents rooms.  So in the midst of settling into my new job, I had to find time to put on a decorators hat and try to get that job finished.... and do it with a limited budget.  We had already been blessed by a donor that had purchased colorful bedding and fun paint colors for the walls.  However, we were in desperate need of new dressers and decor for the walls.  And, if we could make it work in our tight budget, we needed new drapes for added privacy. 

A few months into my new position, I received a call from a Liberty University professor asking if I would come speak in her class.  It was after that class that I met two young ladies that wanted to help... and they were involved in the Interior Design Society.   Of course they could come help!

Before I knew it, they were at the Home painting walls, talking to a local interior designer who donated fabric for drapes, found someone to construct the drapes (for free!), and had paint donated to finish the walls. They were doing exactly what I didn't have time to do.  Their energy gave me the time to see the project get finished while being able to focus on my daily tasks.

In the midst of all of there work, I received a call from Grand Home Furnishings.  "What are your needs?"  Hearing that question made me laugh as I rattled off my list.  "Dressers for the bedrooms, a new queen bed for the houseparents, a few loveseats" and by that time I finished, I thought I had overwhelmed him with our list of needs.  However, within a few weeks I was told that my list was something that they were able to provide for us. 

Well, today the furniture was delivered.  As they carried the furniture in, I walked around with a huge smile on my face and just kept thinking "this is awesome".  It was one of those moments that I could imagine God  smiling down and saying "I got this".  He took care of all of the details and allowed our paths to cross with just the right people, at just the right time to get the job done. 

It was a great day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Passages...

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Liberty Godparent Home is that all of our residents have to place their babies for adoption.  This is far from the truth!   In fact, we have more residents that make parenting plans rather than adoption plans. 
The words below are from a young lady that was a resident of the Liberty Godparent Home and decided to make a parenting plan.  It has been a pleasure to watch her grow into a mom and see the unconditional love that she has for her daughter.
Have a great day~  Janelle  

Passages

I have often been told that there will be a moment in your life where you will be faced with a choice unlike any you have made before. Little did I know that the choice I would face was one that I had often said I would never let happen.

You see, I grew up in a Christian home. Raised as a Baptist Pastor’s Kid, I have always known what the Bible says when it comes to immorality; sadly, I never took to heart any of the things I was taught.
I didn’t come to know the Lord as my personal Savior until I was 22 years old, and nothing has ever come close to the joy and peace of that day. The years passed and I lost the joy of having a relationship with Christ because I allowed myself to be distracted by the things around me, much like Peter did in the Bible, and I began to sink deeper into a patter of living that makes me ashamed to remember.

One day I started dating a guy I KNEW was wrong, but by this point I was so far from God that I didn’t care anymore. I was going to do what I wanted to do.
I broke it off with him a few weeks into the relationship, and not three days after I did, I found out I was pregnant. I can remember how afraid I was to tell my parents, but they were so supportive of me. They immediately began praying that God would help them to find a place where I could go to get some spiritual help. God answered in a way only HE could.

The Liberty Godparent Home became my new home for the rest of my pregnancy. At first I didn’t want to be there, but slowly God began to chip away at the barrier that I had put up between him and me through all of the loving ladies that work there. The staff really showed their heart and soul and in doing so, they helped me to come to terms with my past choices, and with the fact that I was still a LOVED child of God. I met and made a few good friends, and learned that God had a purpose for every situation I was going through. Though he wasn’t happy with the choices I had made that took me down the road to being an unwed mother, he did show me that I was NOT alone in my situation.

I decided to parent early on, and God solidified that choice every day I spent at the Godparent Home. I saw girls make such sacrifices in their lives, and it really opened my eyes to the sacrifices that GOD made for me every day. The first time I laid eyes on my daughter, I remembered that God had brought me through all the rough times and NEVER left my side. He gave me friends to help me through the difficulties of being away from home, and he gave me staff to help me see the things I couldn’t otherwise see. Looking into my daughter’s eyes, I finally understood the love of a parent, and the love that God has for each and every person.

I walked away from the Godparent Home with, not just a deeper understanding of myself and my mistakes, but also a deeper understanding of God and his limitless love for us all.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another life forever changed...

For each young lady that comes to stay at the Liberty Godparent Home, she brings a story with her.  Our goal is for her to find a future and purpose--a reason to push forward with life.  Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  As each return home and leave our program, we ask that they write a testimony of where God has brought them.  I wanted to share her story with you... Enjoy!
~Janelle


I was raised in a Christian home all of my life. Every Sunday morning we went to Sunday School and church. My parents cared and loved for me in every way possible. When I started High School is when I drew away from them. I wanted to do it my way and no one else’s. My Junior year of High School I went off the edge, so to say. I was lying to my parents more than ever and getting my way with everything I could. When I met "Andy" though it became even worse than I could imagine. I always have had amazing friends who would do anything for me, but most of all we watched out for each other. When I told them about Andy they all told me he was bad new and they didn’t even know him!! So I just started hiding everything from them about Andy and my relationship. I would tell them we broke up just so they wouldn’t ask about him.


Andy though truly cared about me…. Or so I thought. He had me so convinced to leave my house when I was eighteen. The day I found out I was pregnant my world came crashing down on me. Andy told me I had two weeks to decide whether I wanted to keep the baby or have an abortion. If I didn’t have an abortion he would leave me. My heart hurt like never before. I felt so alone. My friends were there for me, yet I felt as if they knew nothing. A week later my heart broke even more. I found out the whole time Andy wasn’t who he said he was. He was a criminal and had been on the run for more than three years. I didn’t even know who he was anymore.

Meanwhile my parents had been looking at maternity homes that I could go too. When they first told me I did not want to go AT ALL. Once I found out about Andy though I wanted to be as far away from home as possible. That’s when we heard about the Liberty Godparent Home. When we went to visit I knew that was the home I would be spending the rest of my pregnancy.

My time at the Godparent Home totally turned my life around! My parents became my best friends and God has become more real to me more than anything! I really had to learn how to grow up. Not only for me, but for my daughter, "Adrianna". I would do anything in the world for her and that’s why I chose to do adoption. She will have an amazing life with amazing parents. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for the both us!


**Names have been changed