Lutherans For Life (LFL) was recently blessed to receive a $10,000 grant for its Word of Hope post-abortion healing ministry from The Roy D. and Ingaborg G. Randolph Memorial Endowment Fund located in Texas.
Word of Hope is the only national post-abortion crisis line that shares the Gospel from the standpoint of Lutheran doctrine, thereby emphasizing Scripture alone, faith alone, and grace alone. Many local and regional hotlines operated by other groups often share that both faith and works are necessary to receive soul-saving grace.
Professionally staffed since 1991, the current hotline director is deaconess intern Christina (Chrissie) Gillet, PsyD, who is an experienced diaconal counselor and expects to graduate from the deaconess program at Concordia Theological Seminary in 2018. She replaced the longtime volunteer director Grace Kern, MSW, who recently retired. Currently, Chrissie works an average of 10 hours per week.
With the help of the Randolph Fund and other donors, LFL hopes to achieve its vision and goal which are to increase staffing hours and eventually institute a full-time program to better serve all who call in crisis.
“Hearts broken by the guilt and grief of abortion are receiving Gospel relief and healing through Chrissie and Word of Hope. Lives, marriages, families, and souls are being saved as Word of Hope declares and demonstrates our Lord’s grace and forgiveness,” says LFL Executive Director Rev. Michael Salemink. “We cannot overestimate how the message that God treasures every life—regardless of age, appearance, ability, or history—will positively impact relationships, communities, and nations! And we can’t thank the Randolph Fund enough for their support and partnership in this ministry of miracles,” he added.