2021–2023 LWML Mission Grant #11

Redeeming Life Maternity Home, Illinois Expansion

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries — $100,000


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About This Mission Grant

Redeeming Life currently operates maternity and transitional homes in Central Florida for single pregnant women who are homeless, abused, and/or at-risk of abortion. It is a proven model. This grant will help Redeeming Life support a called deaconess to serve in a new location in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, the funds will help offset the costs, during the first two years, of operating a safe and stable home (rent, utilities, food) and provide program services for the women to be served. Redeeming Life’s goal is for their residents to learn to live independently and offers many opportunities for the women to understand that, in Christ, there is forgiveness, peace, and unconditional love.


Joy with her newborn twins. They were born 10 weeks early and remain in the hospital at the time of this grant submission. They are doing well — just small.


Tori preparing dinner for the maternity home family. Each women cooks at least one night a week for the home.

Approved Resolution at the LWML Convention

WHEREAS, since 2013, Redeeming Life Maternity Home in Sanford, Florida, has been successfully proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to single expectant women at risk of abortion, homelessness, or abuse, resulting in babies and mothers being baptized and confirmed in the faith while also meeting their needs for food, shelter, education, and basic life skills; and

WHEREAS, Redeeming Life Maternity Home's vision has been, from its inception, to expand this life saving and life affirming maternity home ministry into every district of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; and

WHEREAS, because of Redeeming Life Maternity Home's reputation and successful model of ministering to single pregnant women in crisis, it has been invited by members of the LCMS Northern Illinois District to open a maternity home in the greater Chicago area, an area with some of the most liberal abortion laws in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the number of lives saved will be multiplied by Redeeming Life Maternity Home expanding into other districts of the LCMS; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the delegates of the 2021 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention scheduled for Lexington, Kentucky, vote the sum of $100,000 to help fund Redeeming Life Maternity Home, Illinois Expansion.

More Mission Grant Photos

Our Deaconess, Elizabeth Borth and Executive Director, Sheryl DeWitt at
the installation service of Deaconess Borth.

Two residents enjoying dying Easter eggs together.

Maternity Home located in Sanford, FL


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