How It All Began…
Back in 1981, John Carr, a retired social worker approached Wales Goebel, founder of Sav-a-life (a crisis pregnancy ministry), with a desire to begin an adoption agency that would be a viable extension of the crisis pregnancy ministry. Mr. Carr felt the need to provide young girls with an avenue to carry their child to term, and if they so desired, be able to place the child through adoption. The vision was to provide an outreach ministry to mothers in crisis, children needing loving care, and families craving the blessings of a child. Lifeline Children’s Services was founded to find loving, Christian homes for children who were being given the gift of life from their birthmothers.
Lifeline Village maternity home was founded in 1984 to meet the needs of women in unplanned pregnancies by providing a stable and nurturing home environment during and after pregnancy. The Village is a ministry arm of Lifeline Children’s Services. Women can receive housing and physical care while also receiving resources, professional counseling, and information to assist them in making an informed decision regarding their plan for parenting or adoption. The staff of Lifeline Village focuses on the needs and decisions of each woman, without pressure and with support before, during, and after the birth of her child.
In 2000, Lifeline expanded its outreach to international adoption, developing an International Adoption Program to China, in 2003 Ukraine was added, and later in 2004 Guatemala. Each year additional countries have been added and now Lifeline is presently involved in 15 countries.
Through our agency hundreds of orphans from around the globe are being placed into loving Christian homes. Since the founding in 1981, Lifeline has placed almost 2,500 precious orphaned children into loving Christian homes, and ministered to over 3,000 women in crisis. Through all of the God-given resources and facets of our agency, Lifeline seeks to make an investment in the lives of children, mothers in the wake of crisis, families wanting the blessing of a child, and orphans around the globe needing a home in which they can see and hear the Gospel.