Annual Report - 2014
We believe every child is loved by God and that God created families for the nurture and care of children. By God’s grace, we strive every day to be the hands and feet of Jesus—working toward a world where every child, everywhere, has a loving family.
Bill Blacquiere, President & CEO
I have a friend who is a child development researcher. She speaks about her calling as creating a welcoming, loving, and accepting world for children in “hard places.” That’s her term, but I love how descriptive it is, and how accurate, for the children we serve.
In China, for example, that hard place could be an empty lot where a frightened mother abandons her baby because she cannot care for her child. In Africa, it could be the village where an older child fends for himself, both parents taken by HIV/AIDS. Across the United States, it could be the foster care system where more than 23,000 teens age out every year—alone and without a family to provide any kind of support, vision, or guidance for their futures. And it could be the abortion clinic, perhaps the hardest place of all for a child.
Bethany’s heart is for children, and every child deserves a loving family—that’s where they thrive best. Across the United States and around the world, we are shining God’s love into the hard places and striving to give these children a family and a future. You are an important partner in this ministry, and your giving equips families to be the answer for children in need—as God intended. Thank you.
Tom Despard, Board Chair
My wife, Gayle, and I have been connected with Bethany for 28 years. We became involved in a local Bethany branch through our church in Pennsylvania. We wanted to help women facing unplanned pregnancies consider adoption as a beautiful option for their children. After nearly three decades, we are still excited to see what God does through Bethany and its caring, committed staff and volunteers.
Not only has our local branch grown, but Bethany has seen tremendous growth across the organization. At our board meeting in January, I circulated a 1990 copy of the Bethany magazine, now called LifeLines. It listed our annual national budget then at $14 million. In 25 years, the scale of our impact has increased by more than 600 percent. Today, we have more than 120 offices in the U.S. serving more than 109,185 children. We are also working in more than 15 countries and pursuing broader global opportunities. Our organization is blessed to be able to have that kind of real impact on people's lives!