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We became parents in 1981, serving Frederick County Children and Youth.  After moving to Pennsylvania we continued to do so for many years thereafter.  We focused on taking care of infants, later opening the door which led us to Bethany Christian Services, the agency In which we provided care for their pre-adopt infants.  This in turn was the beginning of our ministry for babies that needed substitute parents and lots of love.  In 1988, I began volunteering with our local pregnancy center, little did I realize the calling that God had placed upon our lives and we saw the need and tried to do our part in filling it.  This ministry began to teach me the power of prayer, how to minister to the young women who found themselves in a crisis pregnancy, and how to educate these young moms in caring for their infants or how to make better decisions for themselves and their child.

After giving many years to the pregnancy center, Donald and I began to seek God more intensely, learning that His calling was all so real to both of us; we believed that He was preparing us for “Buds of Purpose”, a residential family type atmosphere for pregnant women and their infants.  A place in which we can provide a safe place, a loving family, support in making a plan after childbirth, making available biblically-based counseling, adoption and parenting education, insight into how to build healthy relationships, correct medical care for them and their child, and a family that seeks to show these young women the love of “Jesus Christ” through our love for them, in a Christian living environment.

Our goal is to “create an environment where every human heart is cherished and protected --- within the womb and within strong families.”  Our intentions are to continue in providing a home for these women and their babies in our home where we live today until God provides a larger and more suitable home. We have room for 2 women and their infants, now.  In the future after building proper funds, our goal is to stop working with “our agency” and begin to service independently, in this ministry.

Upon reading these words that are nuggets from our hearts, and creating a Board of Directors, thus founding “Buds of Purpose Maternity Home” we will be accepting young pregnant women from Gettysburg or wherever the need arises.  We will need funding one time giving or monthly support would be sufficient.  Donations and or your prayers would be greatly appreciated.  We would gladly do speaking engagements for your ladies group, Sunday School Class, a school event, a pregnancy center, or children’s church.  All checks are to be written to Freedom Valley Worship Center, our home church which will be deposited into a special account for “Buds of Purpose Maternity Home.”   Please make sure that you write on the bottom of your check, for: Buds of Purpose.  We thank you and are looking forward to keeping you posted on our progress.

Alice Ritter
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Phone: 717-420-5755  E-Mail: f8th4me@gmail.com
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