A single mom with no support system and faced with a second pregnancy. As I walked through the doors of a place that I thought would help me find the solution to my “problem,” I found a much different answer, but one that brought joy to more than just me.

I had a very difficult and unloving childhood.  I was the victim of sexual assault and I did not finish high school.  I was unemployed and struggled with mental health issues.  I had a child I was determined to raise, but parenting was challenging for me.  I was a loving and attentive parent to my son, but I was a single mother with no support from anyone.

IMG_0082When my son was only five months old, I became pregnant again.  My first thought was to have an abortion.  I didn’t see any possible way I could parent another child.  I went to a local Care Net crisis pregnancy center thinking about getting an abortion.  At Care Net I was reassured that terminating the pregnancy was not my only option.  I did not fully realize what happened during an abortion.  Once I was educated on what it meant to have an abortion, I knew I couldn’t go through with it.  I decided that adoption was the best option for both me and my baby and I was referred to Bethany Christian Services.

I decided that adoption was the best option for both me and my baby 

I looked through profiles of prospective adoptive families and one stood out to me.  I prayed and asked God to guide me and He kept directing me to one particular family.  When we met for the first time, I shared with the family that I wanted my daughter’s middle name to be “Faith.”  I told them, “I need to have faith to give her up and trust you.”  The couple then shared that if they had a daughter someday, they were already planning to give her the middle name of “Faith.”  That was the sign to me that God was bonding us together.

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I received on-going support during the adoption process.  My Bethany caseworker took me to all of my prenatal appointments and watched my young son while I saw the doctor.  I joined a women’s Bible study and my faith grew.  When my daughter was born, I spent time early on caring for her and invited the adoptive parents to stay at the hospital and spend time with her as well.  While it was not an easy process, I followed through with the adoption plan.  A month after the baby was born, I got a job.  A few months later, I moved to an apartment in a safer neighborhood.  As a result, I was better able to care for my son.

Today, I have a positive, open relationship with the adoptive family and it brings me joy to see how well my birth daughter is doing.   I believe adoption is the best of both worlds.  I gave my daughter a better life than I could give her and I gave this gift to two people who can’t have children.  I still see her and she’s always going to know me.  She has a mom and dad who love her to death.  She’s always smiling and I can tell she’s very happy.  I have peace with my decision and I consider her a blessing.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”



We offer these questions as an opportunity to reflect on your own faith journey and what God has placed on your heart as you consider the courageous decisions you make, the support and encouragement you offer to others, and your daily walk as an example of Christ’s love and mercy.

“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.”



NOTE: The following resources are offered with the intent to foster additional thought, discussion, and prayer. In some cases, specific organizations are listed as examples of available support; however, this is by no means intended as a comprehensive list, nor is it an indication of formal endorsement by Matthew West’s ministry.

We celebrate all the ministries, churches, and organizations who courageously offer love, compassion, and support to ALL of God’s children.

MATTHEW WEST’S SONG – Safe and Sound

While written and composed years ago, this beautiful song captures the sentiment that Marcy felt having chosen this unexpected path for her daughter – that she will now be “safe and sound.” It also reflects the role of the adoptive parents in committing to love and care for their new daughter. With so many hopeful couples waiting to adopt, this is a song and a prayer that they will have the opportunity to share these words with their future adopted children.



Bringing Families Together through Adoption

When you choose to adopt, you give a child the gift of love. Whether you are seeking adoption because infertility has prevented you from growing your family, or you feel it is God’s calling to provide a loving home for a child, adoption is a very rewarding way to start or grow your family.

Our goal at Bethany Christian Services is to find loving and nurturing homes for children. Adoptive families give children the opportunity to become all God intends for them to be.




The Sanctity of Human Life Free Bible Study Sessions by Philip Nation

Christians have the opportunity to play a significant part in the cultural conversation about life. As people of the gospel, we should be experts on speaking about a person’s value with conviction and grace. But it requires both characteristics. Truth spoken without grace degenerates into yelling from an arrogant position. Grace communicated without truth tells everyone to just feel good about whatever choices are made. When it comes to the unborn, we need to deliver God’s truth to the culture in a way that wins minds and hearts to His truth.

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And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”


Prayer for Life

Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness.

Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Amen.

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When initially sharing UNTOLD, we got tremendous feedback and requests from ministries, centers, and leaders for stories and resources that would allow for thoughtful discussions around the very real and courageous decisions people face.

We hope you’ll take a moment to read these real-life stories, pray over the scripture, reflect on the questions, and explore the resources. Take this opportunity to go beyond the music and into the meaning. May all of us look through a new lens as we support and pray for all those who need love, compassion, and hope, knowing that in all things God works for the good.


Sixteen and pregnant. Two words that, put together, will shake anyone’s world.  Such was the case for Veronica. With every voice you trust telling you that your only option is an abortion, where do find the strength to make a different choice?




It started with a long awaited positive pregnancy test – JOY!  But that joy quickly faded at the very first ultrasound that revealed my baby’s life and my own were in serious danger. How do you choose between your baby’s life and your own, when everyone is telling you that you have to make that choice?




After two abortions and a miscarriage, I wasn’t sure a family of my own would ever be in my future.  Sometimes finding forgiveness within yourself can be the hardest place to look.