Lisa's Story

So often the focus for teen pregnancies is on the choice of whether or not to choose life for that unborn child. Thankfully, most choose life. Then what?

Many of these young women — and I mean young, since most are between the ages of 15-19 — have few resources and no one to turn to.

Who is there to help them work through their emotional, physical, and mental transitions as they become teen parents with adult responsibilities? Who is there to share their triumphs and bear their pain?

At the age of 17 I became pregnant. For many young women, having a child means their own life is put on hold. It means a daily struggle for survival – wondering where their next meal will come from, where they will safely sleep, how to provide for themselves and their child – and a longing for support, empathy and acceptance, while each day fighting loneliness and alienation.

In Isaiah 1:17 we are told, "Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow." These mothers are today's widows with no husbands or men stepping up to the plate, these infants are the fatherless that we are called to defend.

As I was raising my son, I prayed for a way to support other teen mothers. I prayed that God would break her heart for what broke His, and that is exactly what He did. I began putting together the framework for what would one day become Grace's Table.

Grace’s Table is a hedge of protection around these fragile families. Our partners are defenders, shielding them as they grow, and linking arms with them as they navigate the road to a fulfilling life and future for their family.

Please explore our website. There is a place for you to at Grace’s table.

Lisa E. Anderson