Baptists for Life, Inc. was established in 1984 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in response to the horrors of abortion and the needs of women facing its temptation. In 2012, we changed our name to Life Matters Worldwide to reflect the broadening scope of our attention—concerning the sanctity of human life throughout its entire span, throughout the entire world.
Our first goal was the establishment of a pregnancy care center in Grand Rapids, now known as the Alpha Grand Rapids. The Lord has enabled us to duplicate and multiply this ministry many times over in other cities, and now in other parts of the world.
In the 1990s, we broadened our scope to include ministry to the elderly, handicapped and terminally ill who are threatened by euthanasia—another attack on the sanctity of human life. The Lord led us to develop a program called LIFT, which stands for Living in Faith Together. This respite care ministry is used by churches to minister to the needs of terminally and chronically ill patients and their loved ones.
We also work with missionaries around the world to help them apply biblical pro-life principles to pressing needs on their fields of service, using both the pregnancy care center model and LIFT. God has greatly blessed these efforts in Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.