Monday, December 14, 2015

The gift of LIFE!


Oh wow... we are days away from the end of the year.  I am not going to lie-- this is a super exciting time in the non-profit world as we know supporters are considering end of year donations.  A simple trip to the mailbox may just be the answer to prayer that we are waiting for God to fill.  As an organization that thrives off of the generosity of others, in advance I want to say THANK YOU.

Are you considering an end-of-year gift to the Liberty Godparent Maternity Home?  

Maybe I can share a few thoughts as you decide if or how much you are wanting to give this year.

First, we do not accept any government funding.  We strive to be good stewards of every penny that comes through the door of this Home.  That means: turning off the lights, juggling our errands in a manner that saves gas, freezing food for later, etc.  This also means that we are accountable to our donors and open to answering questions about how we use the gifts given to us.

Second, it costs about $83 a day to house a young lady.  However, your gift isn't just going into her care and future.  It is also invested into the care of the child she is carrying, providing support to her family, etc. Your gift is going to make a huge impact and go along way!

Third, we accept gifts in many different ways... and all are tax-deductible.  You can simple mail a check, make a donation online, or purchase items.  (We do have an Amazon list for those that aren't in driving distance) In whatever way you give, we are thankful!

If you do plan on giving a financial gift, check to see if your company will double or even triple your contribution by taking advantage of your employer's matching gift program.

Maybe you can't give a financial gift the year.  That's ok.  We need prayer warriors!  We need people to pray for our residents-- that they will have clarity of mind, good health, and feel the unconditional love within these walls.  Pray for our team-- that we are equipped for every situation, that we have the energy needed for each day, and that our feet will be exactly where God wants them at all times.  Pray for our donors-- that God lays it on their hearts to give so that lives can continue to be saved and changed.  Pray for our Board-- that God will bless them with incredible vision and wisdom for our ministry.  Pray for those moms that have been impacted by our Home, the children that are growing, and that the Holy Spirit stays close to them through the good and bad days.

Merry Christmas!

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124 Liberty Mountain Dr.
Lynchburg Va 24502

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Life Well Lived... Gary Sumner

We started the week with a celebration of a life well lived…  the life of Gary Sumner.

Our paths crossed in 2002 when I was working for Family Life Services and completed a homestudy that permitted the Sumner family to provide care for the babies that were transitioning into their “forever family”.  I remember sitting at the table hearing this couple speak with such respect for birth families, how they themselves were blessed by adoption three times, and how they desired to be able to be a part of the process for other families on the adoption journey.  

Within a few months, my own family moved in the neighborhood just a few doors down from the Sumner’s front door.   I didn’t go see them often, by I was always greeted with a wave as I drove by their home… even when Gary was on the lawnmower.  I knew he was looking to see who was driving by, who he could smile at, and bless them with a wave as his face would light up.  One thing was evident… Gary truly cared about people.

 While sitting in the service, one story spoke volumes to me.  His son spoke with great appreciation for a conversation that they had while walking around the neighborhood.  Gary asked his son, “did you cherish her?”  It is safe to assume that he had experienced a breakup, and Dad was stepping-in to help him process and grow from the loss of the relationship.

I sat in that pew and held back tears as I soaked in the power of that simple question… do I cherish those that I connect with? Gary cherished his wife which was evident every time I saw them.  Gary cherished his family—oh how he adored those kids!  Gary cherished each of the 19 foster babies that they welcomed into their home… even if it was just for a short amount of time.

 No doubt, Gary will be missed.  But, he left an incredible legacy.  I consider it an honor to have called him friend.

Please keep the Sumner family in prayer as they navigate the weeks ahead.



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

An Easy Way to Make an Impact!

Making an impact is easy to do this Christmas!  As you shop for your family and friends this month, keep in mind that their is an easy way to donate a percentage of your Amazon purchase to the Liberty Godparent Home and Family Life Services. 
  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support Liberty Godparent Foundation by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com
If you are interested in giving a gift to our ministry this year, browse our Amazon Wish List.  This list is kept up to date weekly and will directly impact the young ladies, babies, and families we serve daily.  All gifts are tax-deductible so please remember to include your address in your receipt so we can thank you!

Your donation will save lives, change lives, and impact generations to come.

Three generations impacted by this ministry... 
grandmother holding granddaughter, whose mother went through our program.