Win McCullough

Rocky Mount native Win McCullough is hiking across the state to raise awareness about Christian Adoption Services’ new ministry, The Emmanuel Home.

A Rocky Mount native is hiking 600 miles across North Carolina to raise awareness about a new ministry.

Win McCullough began a 600-mile trek on Oct. 1 in Caswell and will finish on Nov. 6 in Thomasville. He is hiking the state to bring awareness to Christian Adoption Services’ new ministry The Emmanuel Home in Thomasville, which is a home for women in crisis pregnancy situations to find healing after choosing adoption for their child.

McCullough’s trek is stopping at various points in the state that have a relationship with Christian Adoption Services. He will be stopping Tuesday at the Rocky Mount office of Christian Adoption Services to greet supporters and begin the final leg of his journey.

“I walk for the brave — the adoptive families who choose to answer God’s call to adopt, the courageous birth mothers who chose their child above themselves,” McCullough said. “I walk for the more than 150 million orphans who don’t know the love of our Heavenly Father.”

For 42 years, Christian Adoption Services, a ministry of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, has been ministering to expectant mothers and bringing families together through adoption.

Christian Adoption Services works with birth mothers during and after their pregnancies. On average, roughly 200 women contact the organization for services each year and over the past 42 years, Christian Adoption Services has placed more than 2,000 children into loving homes.

“Our story is certainly a story of restoration for the children whose lives are touched by adoption — but what happens to the courageous birth mothers who place their children into the care of another?” Christian Adoption Services Director of Development Cynthia Truax said. “For years we have felt there is more we could be doing. Finally, that dream is becoming reality.”

The Emmanuel Home will open in 2022 as a fully staffed care house where birth mothers can live post-placement as they work through grief, learn coping mechanisms, explore basic life skills, grow spiritually, work at a job in the community, receive counseling from social workers and further their education, all in the context of a safe and nurturing home.

The home will house up to five women free of charge for about 10 months each as they work through the program.

“The Emmanuel Home is the first home of its kind for (Christian Adoption Services) and will broaden our ministry opportunities to birth mothers who have chosen to place their child for adoption,” Senior Director Kevin Qualls said. “It is a much-needed addition to the continuum of care in birth mother ministry.”