Sponsor Family for Life
Thirty years ago Bethany House introduced us to a disheveled, pregnant, 17-year-old "throw away" child, Jo. Shortly after she finished her program with Bethany House and started college, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter, and we became one of Bethany House's first Sponsor Families.
For almost 3 years they lived and grew with our family. Jo went on to college at Multnomah and her daughter became the envy of the neighborhood as we would take our late afternoon walks. I was her 'Papa' and she was my little Summer. Soft and gentle, trusting and attentive, her beautiful red curls had grown down to her chubby round shoulders; she was the spitting image of Shirley Temple, only better. All too soon, a good man came into Jo's life. It was hard to let go, but I gave Jo to Dennis and with her my title of 'Papa'. They have since brought two more beautiful girls into the world and moved to another city.
Our girl went on to graduate from Texas State University and became a teacher. She also continues her annual mission projects in Africa. She grew to be an inspirational, godly, beautiful and productive young woman. We are very proud to have held her in our life. She is a gift to a better world.
I have supported Bethany House since 1986. It was just a dream in the heart of Beth Rhinehart. We have watched it grow from a vision into what it is today; a God given success being modeled around the world. We have watched it grow from a handful of girls and a few supporters into an army of godly young ladies and an armada of dedicated and involved backers. We have watched as a few precious seeds were snatched from the frigid grasp of "Choice" and have become a thousand points of light sown against the darkness. And when I am confronted with those silly, philosophical arguments about the 'value' of life, I pull the edge worn picture from my wallet and explain to them that I could never imagine a year without sunshine nor a life without Summer. That was our baby's name; Summer, and she will forever be a ray of Sunshine to warm our memories. We will always support Bethany House and their wonderful crew as they battle on the front lines! Would you become a Sponsor Family?
We have so many stories like the ones you just read, and we must continue helping women escape the clutches of poverty, homelessness, violence, lack if education, additions, and so much more. With your help we can provide lifetime support to women and children. We hope you will join us or continue to partner with us on this special journey.
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PO Box 3278
Gresham, OR 97030
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