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The LIGHT House Shows Young Mothers There Is Hope for the Future

Sometimes all people need to hear is “you are capable of anything.” To this young mother, those words lit a fire in her that sparked a whole new future for her and her children.

Dear Friend,

I’ve mentioned to you before that I love Christmas. I love the story of how God loves us so much He sent His Son to live among us in the form of a baby. But, as you already know, Easter is an even greater expression of God’s love. That baby grew up into a man who taught us what God expects, demonstrated God’s power and love – and then voluntarily went to the cross to pay the penalty for all of our failures. The resurrection three days later said, “You can now have a fresh start. You are not bound to your past. Don’t live in your guilt and failure – live in My love and power.”

The LIGHT House has shared that message of forgiveness, hope and restoration for more than 30 years. In previous letters I have focused on our maternity home, our outreach program and even our adoption agency. I sometimes forget that our wonderful Christian staff often makes a difference in the lives of young mothers even when the mother doesn’t actually enter our program. I heard one such story earlier this month from one of our specialists:

A short time ago I received a referral for a young, single mother who was expecting her third child. An appointment was scheduled to meet with her to discuss our program. Upon arriving at the home, I found an intelligent young woman who did not have a large support system. She told me she had just lost her job and was worried about not having an income to support the two children she was currently raising. She was seven months pregnant and did not think anyone would hire her this late in her pregnancy.

You could tell this mother was scared and at a loss for where to turn. She made the statement, “I know I can do more. I want my children to see me do more.”

She explained that she had left school during her sophomore year and highly regretted this decision. I asked if she had ever thought about taking her High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) so she could have high school credentials. She said she hoped to, but there were no local resources in her area and she didn’t have her own transportation.

Through further discussion I asked what she wanted to do for a career. This young woman sat there for a moment and said, “No one has ever asked me that question. I have never thought about a real career.” After exploring her interests, she revealed she had always been interested in nursing. I told her to go for it.

She stared at me for a moment as if she was in shock. She said, “I had never thought about actually having a career. No one ever told me I could.” I told her she could do anything if she set her mind to it.

The young woman lit up, thinking about how proud her children would be if she was a career woman. She really wanted to be a good example so her children would have a good future.

She then told me she had no idea where to begin. We discussed where she could utilize community resources and discovered a nearby town that has a HiSET program, a college campus and a library where she could have free computer access. There were also child care facilities to look after her children while she works on her education. The young woman was so excited to put her new plan in place.

In December 2017, she took her first step to actualizing her dream. She moved her family to the nearby town where she can access the resources she needs. She gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl and is making plans to enroll in the HiSET program.

Sometimes all people need to hear is “you are capable of anything.” To this young mother, those words lit a fire in her that sparked a whole new future for her and her children.

It is critical that we continue to give these young mothers and their children hope and restoration through our ministries. Without the support of hundreds of faithful donors, we wouldn’t have the caring, thoughtful Christian staff who God uses to change the lives of mothers and their children.

That is why I’m asking for your support to help offset the expenses of providing hope where there seems to be no hope. Will you prayerfully consider making a financial investment in the lives of young mothers and babies?

Over the next few months, girls will come to us – desperate and hopeless. They will come full of fear and loneliness. Coming from worlds of darkness, they will be longing for someone to provide hope and love and the support they need to get through this difficult time. These girls need to know that hope is only possible because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to sacrifice to care for those whom He died to save. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus challenge us to love as He loves and give as He gave. Please help us make a difference in the lives of young mothers-to-be and their babies.

Blessings,

Russell L. Martin,

President

P.S. You can make your gift on-line by going to www.lighthousekc.org. Just click on the “Donate” button and select “LIGHT House Easter” as the gift designation. You can also send your gift payable to The LIGHT House,11300 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton,MO 63044. Please indicate that your gift is for “Easter.”

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