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Christopher Bell, Author at Good Counsel

Chris & Baby Georgie Say “Thank You” via Video

Posted by | Nov 21, 2018 | No Comments

Saint Paul says, “I give thanks to God every time I think of you. “(Philippians 1:3)

At this time there is no greater way to give thanks than to ask our God and Father to bless you and protect you in all your days unto eternity.

Baby Georgie and I wanted to thank you via video for your helpful and faithful partnership in Good Counsel’s mission helping mothers and babies. Read More

Homeless for the Holidays

Posted by | Nov 13, 2018 | No Comments

For mothers and babies in need, you are their family this Thanksgiving!

For many of the young mothers I meet, Thanksgiving is a painful reminder of family who aren’t there for them and friends who’ve turned their backs.  Ashley knows this pain all too well. Family, friends, even her baby’s father, abandoned her when they learned she was pregnant. With nowhere else to turn, she gave birth to her daughter Maddie while living in a homeless shelter. Read More

The Story of Baby Izzabella

Posted by | Oct 4, 2018 | No Comments

I almost can’t believe what happened to Farrah.

She was happy and thought she was in love until she announced she was pregnant to her boyfriend. He beat her so savagely she barely escaped with her life and the life of the baby inside her.

In fear, Farrah fled 500 miles before she found a safe shelter. However, her stay there was cut short—because she was pregnant. She was at a dead end, scared, alone . . . and hopeless.

By God’s grace, she wound up at Good Counsel’s doorstep. Your love welcomed her! Your support for Good Counsel gave her a safe haven and everything she needed to bring her baby—a beautiful and healthy little girl, Izzabella—into this world.

But another test was coming. Farrah was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer. Read More

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In desperate need, she’s asking, “How can I keep my baby alive?”

Posted by | Aug 6, 2018 | No Comments

Will you help to prepare a home for Abigail and her baby!

Can you even imagine it? Your baby is born. The hospital prepares to discharge you and your precious little child, but you have nowhere to go.

It happened to Abigail. When she learned she was having a baby; her world came crashing down. Her husband didn’t want a baby. He turned on her, violently. She had to escape. She fled to a shelter for abuse victims. She was safe, but her baby wasn’t. The shelter couldn’t keep her-it wasn’t licensed to care for newborn babies. Read More

Living proof of what your compassion can do…

Posted by | Jul 9, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Amelia’s birth mother had been murdered. Her adoptive mother died. Her boyfriend left. She was pregnant and scared—

By God’s grace, she found Good Counsel. And thanks to your generosity, Good Counsel was able to open its doors, lift her spirits, and assure her, “You‘re not alone!”

A few days ago, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces! She named him Zion, a biblical name that means “Rise up!” How fitting! Her little guy is a wonderful picture of how Amelia has risen up from the ashes of her former life. She is working very hard to make a new life for herself and for her son. Read More

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Urgent Summer Need!

Posted by | Jun 4, 2018 | No Comments

Our Need is Still Great in the Summer

Dear Friend,

Melissa awakened to the painful realization—she was repeating her own mother’s story: alone and pregnant with no support system, nowhere to turn…

Raised by a teenage mother in a filthy apartment in a bad area, she’d grown up witnessing things no child should see.  Ashamed… terrified… here she was, barely scraping by, with the clock winding down to the birth of her own child. Read More

Please Share Mother’s Day with a Good Counsel Mom

Posted by | May 11, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

For moms in our care like Carina, this Mother’s Day is full of firsts… It’s the first time she’ll celebrate as a mom, lovingly holding her precious baby boy. It’s the first time in her entire life she’ll find herself in a safe, secure place to live. And it’s the very first time she can see a healthy, happy future for her and her new son.

You see, Carina spent most of her life in and out of foster care – moving from home to home with no stable family. She came to us scared and alone after finding herself to be pregnant with no one to turn to. Read More

Will you help Amanda?

Posted by | Apr 26, 2018 | No Comments

A Mother’s Day gift for every mom God brings to Good Counsel

No young girl should ever have to live through what Amanda experienced . . . Pregnant and living on the street at 18—scared, shivering, starving, struggling to survive the winter, living in a storage container.

Amanda tried all the shelters in the area. At each she was told, “Sorry. No room.” Read More

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Posted by | Apr 1, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Real Love is sacrifice.

How sad this started off.

A rousing welcome of Hosannas, with the whole city laying branches before He entered; then, a few short days later, He was arrested. Have you ever felt on top of the world one moment and at the bottom the next? How many pregnant mothers, at one moment believing they are loved and protected suddenly, instantly find rejection?

Tried, convicted, sentenced condemned. Condemned for your belief, action, circumstances or thought. All of a sudden, He had not a friend in the world. Abandoned, quickly, has that happened to you? Certainly this has happened to many Good Counsel moms.

Beaten, beyond recognition. Pummeled, spat on, ridiculed, just for sport. Could you ever imagine how much worse? Imagine a young, pregnant woman told to get out, in the middle of the night, with nothing more than the clothes on her back, in the middle of a snowstorm.

All your wounds and bruises completely exposed.

How excruciating! How dark! How lonely! Your entire life utterly shattered.

Is life worth living? Is my baby’s life worth living?

Death.

From beyond the hissing, condemning curses comes this piercing, loud silence. Silence. Silence.

Cold, lonely inert dead silence.

. . . . . . . . .

Then comes the flash.

The Light.

A pulse of energy under the shroud.

The covering forever to hold the image of the split-second changing of everything.

Instant New Life. Birth!

A voice of hope. A warm welcome. A new door.

The joining of time and Eternity, of earth and Heaven, of now and forever. The moment of your new life. Opening the gates long shut. Taking off the locks of your soul.

Utterly shattered all that binds you to dust.

Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! You are Risen! Alleluia!

Your soul is risen. You believe.

Nothing can stop New Life. Love is Life Forever!

Good Counsel is God’s Love which is New Life Forever!

May you live the Resurrection every day of your life.

Thank you for helping to offer a Resurrection and new life for our mothers and babies.

Have a Blessed Easter,

Christopher Bell
President

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Father Benedict’s Good Friday Video for Good Counsel

Posted by | Mar 30, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Several years ago, Good Counsel had the opportunity to chat with Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, about several things including one of his favorite days of the year, Good Friday.

Father Benedict spent many years preaching at Good Friday Services but, as his health began to fade he was no longer able to do so.

Here in the last Good Friday reflection Father Benedict would make before his death in 2014, Good Counsel’s co-founder speaks about the importance of this day and how appreciative he is of all who support the work of Good Counsel. Read More

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