The LIGHT House
Christ Centered Support For Young Mothers and Their Babies
It is often difficult for a teenager experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to find a place that will support her choice to give birth to her baby instead of getting an abortion. The LIGHT House provides Christ-centered maternity care, adoption services and on-going ministry to young mothers and their babies in the Kansas City area.
Throughout the last thirty years, The LIGHT House has helped save the lives of hundreds of babies, enable hundreds of young ladies to become loving mothers and help complete families through adoption.
Click Here to take a tour of The LIGHT House Maternity Home.
The LIGHT House: Christ Centered Maternity Care and Client Testimonials.
Thoughts from The LIGHT House President
By: Russ Martin
Mission Statement (posted June 27, 2017)
Today in its quarterly meeting, the Board of Trustees adopted the following as the mission statement for The LIGHT House:
"The LIGHT House is committed to serving God by responding to the needs of children, youth, and families to ensure all Life Is Given Hope for Tomorrow."
This is a simple statement, but there is a lot of meaning and impact in those few words. For those familiar with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist Children's Home, you will note that this statement conveys a very similar message while it also retains the reference to Life Is Given Hope for Tomorrow (LIGHT), which has been part of The LIGHT House since its founding.
Life is truly given hope each and every day as our dedicated staff provide services to our clients and as our many friends pray for us and support us with their gifts. Thank you for making this ministry a reality.
Volunteer Opportunities (posted 06/05/2017)
Would you like to have a "hands-on"involvement in ministering to the clients of The LIGHT House? Well, we have two volunteer opportunities just for you.
We currently have an urgent need for volunteers to help with our toddlers and children during the Outreach Program on Tuesday evenings. Outreach runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to one week per month to help care for the children. Individuals or small gruops are welcome.
We are also looking for two to three indivduals to assist in the Baby Boutique on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. while the Outreach participants shop. Weekly or biweekly commitments are preferred.
All volunteers will need to complete an application as well as a backgorund check form. Contact Julie Karanja for more information at email@example.com or at 816-868-5139.
Mothers all the same (posted 05/22/2017)
I wrote earlier that Erin Simpson, the first baby born and adopted through The LIGHT House, spoke at our recent gala and was also interviewed by Mr. Bott with the Bott Radio Network.
I recently became aware of an article titled "Mothers all the same" that was in the May 11 issue of the Courier Tribune that told the story of Regan Mills who was also adopted through The LIGHT House. It is a beautiful testimony of the birthmother as she chose the family to adopt her baby daughter and the reconciliation that took place later.
Meagan, the birthmother, stated the journey has been one of reconciliation. "I would say doing what I did and having the courage to make that choice I was able to experience things in my life tht I never would have had I decided to keep Regan and I think that Regan also has been able to experience things in her life that I would have never been able to give her. I think that becasue of all of that it's made me who I am. I grieved for a long time and felt shame, because what is she going to think of me when I get old enough and brave enough to go face her...is she going to be angry I made the choice that I did. Then I got to have Evelyn and I got to figure out I gave (the Mills Family) a beautiful, beautiful thing. Being a mom is the best thing I've ever experienced in my life."
Amanda, the adoptive mother, stated that through it she and Meagan have learned more about what it means to be a mother. "Being a mother is a blessing. My experiences throughout life, just that since the beginning, even with my oldest we had trouble getting pregnant. All three of my kids are a different story of becoming a mother, not just 'oh hey, look, I'm pregnant.' I never had that experience. It was always an effort and a journey to get pregnant. . . God has certainly given me some amazing opportunities and blessings as a mother. All of my children are amazing."
We rejoice and thank God that The LIGHT House was able to minister to Meagan, Regan, and Amanda. Thank you for your help in making this possible.
Erin Simpson Interview (posted 05/17/2017)
Erin Simpson, the first baby born at The LIGHT House and the first one to be adopted, spoke at our gala event this past Saturday evening. She was interviewed today, May 17, by Bott Radio and the interview will be aired on the Bott Radio Network at the following times:
Friday, May 19 - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 - 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 - 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
I would encourage you to tune in to your local Bott radio station and hear this interview.
Judge Rules for Abortion Clinics - May 9, 2017
A federal judge has issued an order to the state of Missouri to respond quickly in issuing licenses to Planned Parenthood organizations to open new abortion clinics in Missouri. U. S. District Judge Howard Sachs last week stated that "the Court expects current and future [abortion] licensing applications to be processed promptly...without effective influence from opponents of abortion." Planned Parenthood of St. Louis has announced they plan to begin providing abortions in Springfield and Joplin as soon as it receives operating licenses.
State laws requiring abortion clinics meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers have been nullifed by the court, resulting in Planned Parenthood being able to implement its business model of "fly-by, drive-by" abortions.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is planning to appeal the preliminary injunction action by Judge Sachs to the 8th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Please make this a matter of prayer that the appeal process will overturn the ruling of Judge Sachs. Also, continue to support the ministries of The LIGHT House as we continue to provide prolife ministries where Life Is Given Hope for Tomorrow.
Thankful for New Roof
With all the rains that have been occurring (and conitnue to occur) in Missouri, I am thankful for the new roof that has been installed on the materntiy group home. The roof has been in need of replacement for some time, but the funds just were not available until recently to make it happen.
Thank you to each one of you for your care and concern for The LIGHT House and for your prayers and financial support. Without the gifts from our many friends who care about pro-life issues, we still would not have a new roof and would be experiencing water damage to the interior of our group home wehre our clients live.
The grouip home has other needs that perhaps you can help us with--either through financial support or through some hands-on help. We need to paint the rear exterior of the house, do some interior repairs to take care of some water damage to a ceiling in one of the bedrooms, etc. Let us know if you or a group you are a part of might have an interest in helping to meet some of these needs.
We are grateful to you for providng a safe (and dry) home in which young mothers and their babies can be nurtured and experience the love of Christ.
Service Delivery Report
You will be pleased to know that during the first quarter of this year, The LIGHT House provided the following services:
Maternity Home: 8 clients and 3 infants and 1 todder for a total of 12.
Outreach Services: 23 clients and 9 infants plus 2 fathers for a total of 34.
Adoption Services: 2 expectant mothers, 22 waiting families, and 1 with aftercare services.
Thank you for helping us to make a difference in these lives and to provide hope and restoraton. Together we are having an impact.
The LIGHT House Gala
I hope you are making plans to attend the upcoming gala at the Armacost Museum. Not only will you be seeing some fantastic automobiles, but you will also be hearing testimonies from former clients of The LIGHT House and the impact you had on their lives. Please join us that evening for a wonderful time of celebration of life!
It is scheduled for Saturday, May 13. More information is available on the website.