President of Daughters of Destiny Prison Ministry Meets Son for First Time in 38 Years


As many families gathered during the Thanksgiving season, one woman who heads a major prison ministry got to meet the son she put up for adoption decades ago for the first time.

Daughters of Destiny President and co-founder Annie Goebel with her son Kendrick Walton. In 1973, at age 16 Goebel made the tough decision to put her newborn son up for adoption. They would meet for the first time since then earlier this month.

Annie Goebel, president and co-founder of the women’s prison ministry Daughters of Destiny, met the son she gave birth to as a teen in 1973 earlier this month.
“It was an incredibly blessed meeting. He is a beautiful man with a sensitive spirit,” said Goebel in an interview with The Christian Post.
According to Goebel, the day she met her adult son began when she was sharing her testimony before a group of women. Like the women she ministers to, Goebel had come from a broken home and had served time behind bars.
“I told them of how records had been sealed and I would probably never get to see him. One of them stated that she had worked in the Department of Social Services in San Antonio where he was born. She offered to do some research for me,” said Goebel.
“A couple weeks later she called me with a name and number of a lady who had worked with the unwed mothers home I was in. I called her and she happened to be the person who carried my son from the hospital to his new parents.”
Goebel was told her son’s first name and that he had been adopted by a loving Christian family.
Even after giving his adoptive mother’s contact information and receiving a handwritten letter from him, no further contact took place.
Source: Christian Post | Michael Gryboski