Our Friends at Council for Life

Monday, October 26, 2009

What a morning ! This past Saturday was one of those cool, crisp late October mornings you dream about. An ideal morning for a 5K run / walk. And in fact, Dallas-based Council for Life hosted the Second Annual Take Steps for Life 5K benefitting the Gladney Center. More specifically, proceeds from the two runs have provided a significant portion of the funding for Next Steps, a program designed to help our birthmothers get back on their feet after they deliver and empower them for their futures.

Birthmothers arrive at Gladney in various stages of life with wide-ranging backgrounds and very different approaches for making plans – from essentially none to meticulous. Next Steps exists to help them all, but especially those who are not that clear on even what their next steps should or could be.

Council for Life is motivated by Christ’s love for each of us and the view that He wants us to choose life at every opportunity. Not only choose life over death, but embrace the abundant life He offers. We at Gladney heartily applaud all birthmothers for choosing life when they are confronted with an unplanned pregnancy. Our prayer though goes further – that these courageous decisions result in the abundant life for everyone involved – birthparents, their babies, adoptive parents, and even extended families.

For our birthmothers, the abundant life is rooted in dignity. And whether it’s housing, schooling, jobs or other skills, providing dignity is really at the heart of our Next Steps program.

So, thanks to everyone involved with Council for Life for your role in creating an environment where dignity thrives and the true abundant life is apparent and available to our birthmothers.

1 comment:

Jennifer Lanter said...

It was a beautful day made even more beautiful by the Council for Life Take Steps for Life 5k. Thanks to their support, Gladney can help our birthmothers transition their lives into a future filled with hope and possabilities. It was a great day indeed.