As Teen Mother Choices approached its 25th year of ministry, it gave us the opportunity to look back at our history and celebrate God’s faithfulness. In prayerful strategic planning, we have been looking ahead to our future, and have some exciting news to share with you.
In order to better reflect the ministry’s present and future mission, Teen Mother Choices is becoming Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. We will continue the work we’ve been doing with teen mothers, and will enhance that work by providing additional support services to the teen mother’s family, namely her child’s biological father and their respective grandparents. While our primary focus will continue to be on the teen mother and her child, we will also seek to provide practical care and spiritual guidance to the teen mother’s family network. We believe the Lord is leading us to provide a more holistic approach to the teen mother that not only involves the church and the community but also pays special attention to the teen mother and child’s family support system enabling the entire family system to thrive.
The need for anew, expanded ministry focus has emerged out of our experience as we worked to better serve our teen mothers and their children over the last few years. While our former organizational structure allowed us to grow, we also realized that we’d be able to prepare teen mothers and their children for independence to a greater extent by restructuring our ministry at this time. Furthermore, by positioning ourselves in the community as a ministry that reaches out to the teen mother’s extended family, we can more closely partner and serve those in Northern Illinois that seek services from us including pregnancy centers, adoption agencies and churches.
Teen Mother Choices International, our sister ministry, will continue its work sharing the basics of the Teen Mother Choices program training churches and communities around the world. Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. expands on the TMC program adding services to the teen mother’s family of origin at our three existing branch offices. Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. sends our heartfelt thanks to TMC Founder, Christa March for her vision and passion for serving teen mothers and children.
Since our ministry’s mission and vision will expand, our name will change, however our commitment to sharing the love of Jesus will not.
The vision of Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. is to see teen parents and their families thrive.
Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
The mission of Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. is to educate, mentor, counsel and encourage teen parents and their families to live the abundant life Christ promises.
John 10:10b – “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
God’s clear direction led the Teen Mother Choices Board to form Kindred Life Ministries Inc. You have played a part in the life-changing work over the last twenty-five years through your prayers, volunteer time and financial gifts. You are an integral part of our ministry family, and we look forward to moving ahead into the next chapter of ministry with you. We will keep you up-to-date over the next few months on Kindred Life Ministry plans and service opportunities including a fresh new promotional video. With God’s direction and your help, we can share the abundant life Christ promises to teen parents and their families.
The Teen Mother Choices Board of Directors
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