Council for Life is blessed and proud to have an affiliate in Central Texas.
CFL Central Texas is based in Waco and includes Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Limestone, and McLennan Counties. CFL Central Texas has formed an outstanding Board of Directors consisting of well-respected Waco community leaders and hosted several events.
Email CFL Central Texas at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail: 208 Hewitt Drive, Suite 103, No. 147, Waco, Texas 76712.
We continue to grieve the loss of our beloved CFL Central Texas Board member Liz Holley Anderson who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 1. Liz faithfully served for the past three years as Communications Chair on the CFL Central Texas Board, sharing her exceptional gifts as a beautiful writer and communicator. Liz drew from her vast prior experience as a broadcast journalist and as founder of Waco-based full-service communications firm E.H. Anderson Public Relations.
The lovely recap below of the CFL Central Texas Celebrating Life Luncheon in May was her last piece of work that Liz lovingly and expertly put together for us. We thank God for guiding Liz to CFL and for her kind and faithful service for His glory.
Our prayers continue to be with Liz’s precious children, Holley and Jackson, who she loved more than anyone in the world.
God bless our Liz and the Anderson and Holley Families.
CFL Central Texas Board
CFL North Texas Board
Blessings continue to flow from the Council for Life Central Texas 2023 Celebrating Life Luncheon held on May 17th at the Baylor Club. A crowd of more than 520 filled the club to hear Council for Life’s powerful life-affirming message.
Waco’s own Holly Tucker opened with an angelic rendition of the National Anthem. First Woodway Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Dr. Paul Sands, provided a moving opening prayer.
Luncheon speaker and “factivist” Ryan Bomberger captivated the audience with his personal story and multimedia presentation. Ryan shared his young birth mother’s courageous decision to choose life for him after he had been conceived in rape. As a tribute to her, he wrote a beautiful song entitled Meant to Be noting, “We often don’t think about the power of one decision, yet her single decision will have reverberations for generations.” Watch Ryan’s speech here.
“When we have conversations about abortion, inevitably the question gets asked: what about rape?” Ryan continued: “I am that 1% that’s used 100% of the time to justify abortion. But thankfully the circumstances of our conception never change the condition of our worth.”
Ryan’s life defies the myth of the “unwanted” child. He was adopted by loving Christian parents who raised 10 adopted and three biological children, each with varying ethnicities and abilities. “I personally believe there’s no such thing as unwanted. Some of us may have been unwanted by a biological parent, but we’re all wanted by someone,” he said.
Ryan and his wife founded the Radiance Foundation in 2009 to illuminate the truth that every human life has purpose, educate about abortion, racism and fatherlessness, and motivate faith into action.
Ryan emphasized, “Texas is leading the nation on what it means to be pro-life. What CFL is doing today for the Beneficiaries demonstrates how to lead in a post-Roe America.” In closing, he tasked the audience with I Corinthians 16: 13-14, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”
CFL Central Texas joyfully announced our six 2023 Beneficiaries receiving funding: Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas, Hope Pregnancy Centers, Community Doulas of Waco, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, 40 Days for Life Waco, and Youth Equipped to Succeed (YES).
We are filled with gratitude for our Luncheon Co-Chairs Gretchen McCormick and Alice Ogden. We also thank our other CFL Central Texas Board members and volunteers who helped make this outstanding event possible.
We appreciate the generous financial support of all our donors and the many newcomers who attended the Luncheon. We are excited and honored that the Waco community is embracing Council for Life’s mission.
Please join Council for Life Central Texas by supporting our heroic 2023 Beneficiaries.
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.