After inquiries and interest expressed from individuals in cities around the nation and as a result of CFL’s most recent strategic planning process, CFL has a goal to build a network of affiliates.
In November 2019, more than 100 Waco residents braved the rainy weather to learn about Council for Life at the home of Betsy and Clifton Robinson. Forty-three event host couples, as well as others, generously contributed seed money to launch the Waco affiliate, all of which will aid Waco area efforts and agencies as they relate to unplanned pregnancies.
The Waco gathering ended beautifully when Chairwomen Lisa Chenot and Sally Bledsoe and TFNB Your Bank for Life CEO and President, David Littlewood, presented checks to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas and Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
Attendees were inspired by Council for Life Founder Emeritus Ann Carruth’s introductory remarks about Council for Life’s founding 18 years ago in Dallas by a small group of Christian women who were deeply disturbed and grieved by the devastation of abortion.
Attendees were further inspired by two poignant stories from Claudia Jones and her husband, Philip, an attorney turned minister, and Le’yandria Ratomski.
CFL Waco Luncheon: June 2021
Not even a global pandemic could diminish the enthusiasm for the Council for Life Central Texas Luncheon, which was postponed more than a year due to COVID-19. On June 24, 2021, nearly 300 Central Texans attended the lunch to learn more about the life-affirming organization that expanded to Waco in 2019.
The goal of securing 25 table hosts to fill tables of eight was exceeded before invitations were mailed. Perhaps that’s a testament to the demand for standing up for Life in the Heart ‘O Texas. Keynote speaker Lisa Luby Ryan shared her personal testimony, taking us on a powerful journey of trust and forgiveness. Rebecca Key Lutz, who grew up in Waco, provided a heartfelt description of Council for Life’s mission. Many attendees were not familiar with Council for Life, so an understanding of the organization was a goal of the luncheon. Both Ryan and Lutz have served many years holding key Board positions for Council for Life Dallas.
Luncheon Co-Chairs, Liz Anderson and Lisa Chenot, felt updates from the two Council for Life Central Texas beneficiaries, Care Net Pregnancy of Central Texas and Nighlight Christian Adoptions, were important. Nancy Rothe, Executive Director of Nightlight, and Care Net CEO Deborah McGregor reported how the Council for Life Central Texas funds were used to help women and families facing the complex issues of an unplanned pregnancy.
Following Ryan’s testimony, several attendees asked about the next Council for Life Waco event. Although unknown at this time, more Council for Life Waco events are in the works.
It was Care Net CEO Deborah McGregor’s suggestion that Council for Life expand to Waco. In a 2017 email to the Council for Life Board, McGregor said having CFL in Waco would support her efforts and the efforts of all pro-life agencies there.
Council for Life’s connection to Waco includes Board member Rebecca (Key) Lutz and Margaret (Brown) Lewis, who both grew up in Waco.
Listen to Founder Emeritus Ann Carruth’s introductory remarks about Council for Life’s start, and two poignant stories that brought to life our mission and why our presence in Waco is so very needed.