Apr 06, 2016
We are writing to let you know about an important change to one of our Bethany ministries.
For many years, Bethany has offered an infertility and pregnancy loss ministry with a newsletter called Stepping Stones. Our purpose was to provide distinctively Christian information and support around infertility and pregnancy loss.
The director of this ministry retired several years ago, and since then we have maintained a blog, discussion forums, and an eNewsletter on this important topic. In recent years, more resources about infertility and pregnancy loss have become available in print and online. Several other Christian and national organizations that focus exclusively on infertility and pregnancy loss offer more developed programs—including online and in-person community groups (See list and links below).
For these reasons, we have made the difficult decision to formally end Bethany’s infertility and pregnancy loss ministry. As we continue to serve families who may be walking these personal and painful roads, we will refer them to existing organizations we trust can better meet their needs in this area.
Bethany’s vision, as always, has been that every child would have a loving family. To that end, we educate, train, equip, and strengthen families to be the answer for vulnerable children across the U.S. and in more than 15 countries. We value the Bethany families who open their hearts and homes to children—we could not do this work without them. And we honor the many roads that lead them to Bethany.
It has been a privilege to serve you. We invite you to explore the sites listed below for additional resources, and we trust you will find even greater community, support, and understanding for your infertility or pregnancy loss journey.
Thank you for understanding.
Bill Blacquiere, President & CEO
Kris Faasse, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations
M.E.N.D. Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death
M.E.N.D. is a Christian nonprofit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.
Sarah’s Laughter exists to provide support for those struggling with infertility or the death of a baby. Sarah’s Laughter provides Christian support through a variety of venues, affirming that: “We care about your heart. We care about your hurt. It would be an honor to join you on your journey.”
Dancing Upon Barren Land
Dancing Upon Barren Land is an online, Christian support ministry addressing the needs of those suffering through infertility. They minister by: inspiring belief in Jesus Christ, which brings joy and peace along the journey; offering tools to family members, friends, and ministry leaders; and ultimately building faith that there is an expected end to the road of barrenness.
Hannah’s Prayer Ministries
Hannah’s Prayer Ministries provides Christian-based support and encouragement to women who are struggling with the pain of fertility challenges including primary and secondary infertility, pregnancy loss, early infant death, and adoption loss. Their outreach extends to those who become mothers of living children through pregnancy, adoption, and/or foster care.
RESOLVE The National Infertility Association
The National Infertility Association is a nonprofit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.