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ILLINOIS EXPANSION PROJECT

Redeeming the lives of women and babies with a new maternity home in Chicagoland in 2021

EXPANDING OUR REACH FOR CHRIST!

God is leading Redeeming Life to expand to Illinois.

In order to help more at-risk women and babies, Redeeming Life has expanded its vision to have a maternity home in every district of the LCMS.  In early 2020, the Life Task Force and Maternity Home Steering Committee of the Northern Illinois District (NID) along with LCEF agreed to partner with Redeeming Life about opening a maternity home in the Chicagoland area.  The enthusiasm and vision of our brothers and sisters in the NID make this an ideal location for our first expansion home.

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Early in the initial plans, the NID team received word that a home was being donated to use for this project.  With the solid infrastructure of Redeeming Life's maternity home program and time-tested policies and procedures, we would be open quickly.  The donated property did not materialize, but the partnership between the two ministries did not waiver.  Redeeming Life and the NID are actively working on expansion plans to open a second maternity home in the Chicagoland area, creating partnership opportunities for congregations in the NID to preserve life through a much-needed maternity home program.

In 2017, an analysis showed that Illinois had 90 abortion-providing facilities.  Additionally, Illinois has some of the most aggressive abortion laws in the country!  The need for a Lutheran maternity home program has never been greater.  Our goal is to redeem the lives of single mothers and their unborn children by providing hope, love and a future as we share the Gospel of Christ.

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To make a gift to this expansion project, donate here or mail a gift to:

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries

P.O. Box 1496

Sanford, FL 32772-1496

THANK YOU, PARTNERS!

This expansion project is fueled by the talents, energy and commitment of the NID Life Task Force, the Maternity Home Expansion Committee, LCEF, and the entire staff of Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries.

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THIS PROJECT MATTERS.

Important Facts About Abortion in Illinois

  • In 2018, 42,441 babies were aborted

  • There is no requirement for counseling prior to the abortion to discuss the abortion-breast cancer link, the pain to the fetus and the negative psychological effects of abortion

  • There is no waiting period required for a women to consider other options

  • Parents of minors are given notice prior to an abortion, but consent is not required

Our goal is to protect the lives of women and unborn children in Illinois.

Single pregnant women who lack safe, stable housing feel that abortion is their only option.  Redeeming Life is a positive, pro-life maternity home that provides just-in-time resources to redeem the lives of women and babies.

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE THIS NEW MATERNITY HOME A REALITY!

Every individual and congregation in Illinois has the opportunity to preserve life in their community and beyond!  Please consider one of the many ways you can be part of this important project to share Jesus as we support the lives of vulnerable women and their unborn children.

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To support this expansion project,
donate here or mail a gift to:

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries

P.O. Box 1496

Sanford, FL 32772-1496

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Want to help with our most pressing needs?
  • Prayer:  please pray for this project

  • Promotion:  spread the news about the expansion in your church, organization and neighborhood

  • Provision:  fundraising and foundational gifts to buy and renovate a property that will become the new maternity home

  • Advocates:  individuals who will champion the project in their church, community and with pro-life supporters

Fundraising Ideas

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WHERE ARE WE TODAY?

As of December 2020, we have heard from 10 NID church families who "raised their hands" as potential partners for a new maternity home in Illinois!

Praise God!  Redeeming Life has been in contact with 10 potential church families who expressed their interest to become the host church for the new maternity home in the NID.  As of now, the RLOM Expansion Committee is working through the decision-making process.  In reality, each of the congregations has its own unique attributes and would make a great host church family.  We are overwhelmed and humbled by the all of the wonderful Pastors and congregations that have come forward and expressed their desire to become part of this expansion project.

Once the host church family is identified, we will locate a home to purchase very nearby, hopefully within a block of two of the church.  The host church family is not responsible for the financial obligations or operation of the maternity home; the home is a mission of the entire district and will need support from all congregations and its members.  We encourage and invite every congregation to invest in this positive, pro-life ministry. 

WANT TO HELP REDEEM LIVES IN ILLINOIS?

BECOME AN ADVOCATE!

In order to redeem the lives of vulnerable pregnant women in Chicagoland, we need local advocates all over Illinois.  The local advocates help spread the word about the new maternity home in their churches, organizations and neighborhoods to reach pro-life supporters and ask for support. We have videos and materials to help local advocates build awareness, generate excitement, and share updates about this expansion project.

You're invited to watch a 15-min presentation on Redeeming Life's Advocate Program to learn more.  If you're ready to become an Advocate or have questions about the program, complete the form here.

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Advocate Resources
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PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL CONGREGATIONS

PRAYER

Join us in prayer for the success of this project.  Together, we will lift this project to the Lord and seek His blessing and guidance.

PARTNER

Will you help us open a new maternity home in the NID by considering fundraising opportunities?

PROMOTE

Help the ministry expand its reach to serve and gather more resources.

SPREAD THE WORD AND CELEBRATE PROGRESS.

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  • Share news and updates about Redeeming Life's maternity home expansion in Illinois and the NID

  • Like and share our stories on Facebook

  • Connect us to a local pregnancy center for client referrals

  • Promote us within your church, pastoral team, small groups and LWML society

  • Invite us to participate in your life affirming events

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS EXPANSION PROJECT!

Please join us in prayer for the Northern Illinois expansion project, the ministry, staff and volunteers, and the moms and babies who will be served there!

Dear Lord Jesus, you gave everything, even your life that I might live.  I Pray that you might use me to touch the lives of the most vulnerable, especially the unborn and their mothers.  I ask you to bless those who minister to them.  Bless the efforts of Redeeming Life and the Northern Illinois District, its staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers as they prepare to open a maternity home in the Chicago area.  Send your Spirit to build up and strengthen them, that their efforts are not in vain.  Guide and direct them to the home that you have already chosen and provide all that is needed to serve those who will live there.  AMEN

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If you'd like to make a gift to support the new maternity home in Illinois, donate here.

 

GIVE WITH CONFIDENCE.

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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