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KAJ Brothers Band Commit to Giving iTunes Proceeds to The Porch Light

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

KAJ Brothers Band Commit to Giving iTunes Proceeds to Help Children Victimized by Sex Trafficking Through Support of Organizations like The Porch LightKAJ Brothers

The Porch Light, an organization of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to bring hope to innocent children victimized of sex trafficking, will benefit from the up-and-coming KAJ Brothers band.  That is, Kyle Craichy, Austin Craichy and Johnny Atys from Orlando Florida.

The KAJ Brothers have proclaimed that their music has a specific purpose: to leave audiences uplifted and to sing about what real love is all about. When asked about this, the group agreed that they want to “make chivalry cool again and help raise standards for girls and women while also influencing humanity as a whole.”

The band members are passionate about ending sex trafficking and supporting organizations like The Porch Light, which is making a real and tangible impact on society regarding this issue. The Porch Light recently opened its first safe home at an undisclosed location in Central Florida where innocent child victims of sex trafficking are learning to begin a new life.

“To all girls trapped in this or who were trapped in this, including those living in The Porch Light home this very minute, I personally want to apologize from the deepest part of my heart for what you’ve been through. Not all men are like that, and the ones who are not are done staying silent, said Kyle Kraichy.”

One hundred percent of the KAJ Brothers first-year profits from iTunes downloads of their first single “Hello” will be given to charities that are taking a stand against sex trafficking, including The Porch Light. To support The Porch Light today as well as the KAJ Brothers, download their single here.

The KAJ Brothers are also challenging fellow artists, celebrities and others to join them in the fight against sex trafficking!  To learn more about The Porch Light, visit ThePorchLight.org.  To learn more about the KAJ Brothers, visit www.kajbrothers.com.

 

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Orphan’s Heart Relocates to Lakeland

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Orphan’s Heart Relocates to Central Florida’s Lakeland to Impact the Lives of More Children in Developing Countries

(Lakeland, FL) – The headquarters for Orphan’s Heart, an international organization meeting the needs of children throughout the developing world, has relocated from Miami to Lakeland.  Orphan’s Heart meets the needs of children in these developing countries: Guatemala, Columbia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras, Uganda and Tanzania. In 2013, Orphan’s Heart mobilized volunteers from throughout Florida and the United States to impact more than 44,000 children and families.  Orphan’s Heart was founded five years ago by its parent organization, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, which is also headquartered in Lakeland.

“Our vision through Orphan’s Heart is to meet the pressing needs of hurting children throughout the world.  Whether it is feeding a hungry child, digging water wells for families to have clean water, caring for orphaned children, building homes, making medical care possible and providing for the poorest of poor, we are committed to making a tangible difference in these lives,” said Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP®, President of Orphan’s Heart and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.  “To have the headquarters based in Lakeland will allow us to meet these needs even more effectively.”

Among the major projects for Orphan’s Heart in 2014 is a community transformation in the Dominican Republic. The project was made possible because of a partnership that Haag and Orphan’s Heart Chief Operating Officer Ron Gunter developed with Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic.  The project consists of 100 homes, a church plant and a community transformation center for the poorest of the poor.  This project is slated to be completed in 2015, and Orphan’s Heart is looking for more individuals and churches to come alongside them to make this work possible.

Gunter agrees that the work of Orphan’s Heart will be even greater because of the transition of its headquarters to Lakeland. 

“We have been based in Miami for the last five years and have grown tremendously during that time.  Coming to Lakeland will allow us to work even more closely with a huge volunteer base in the Central Florida area, as well as our support services such as finance, marketing and development,” said Gunter.

Last year, nearly 1,000 volunteers mobilized to locations served through Orphan’s Heart.  Among them was Jeanette Lethers, a Lakeland resident who traveled to Guatemala 12 times during the past two years with Orphan’s Heart to its Malnutrition Center in San Juan.  Lethers, along with the Orphan’s Heart staff and volunteers, cared for up to 100 children daily.

“I am thrilled that Orphan’s Heart is right here in Lakeland.  It gives our family the chance to give even more time and resources to an organization that has literally changed our lives,” said Lethers.

Orphan’s Heart was founded in 2008 to help meet the rising needs of children in developing nations.  Since that time, the international organization has proudly worked to meet the physical needs of children and families, and in doing so, showing them the transforming love of Jesus Christ.  For more information about how Orphan’s Heart is meeting the needs of children, visit www.OrphansHeart.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OrphansHeart.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The 8th Annual, Yerman Friends of Children, 5K Run & WalkYerman 5k

March 29, 2014
7 a.m. – Registration
8 a.m. – Start
10000 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL  32606

Proceeds will go toward building the second Foster Family Home in Gainesville.  With the support of race participants for the past seven years, Friends of Children of North Central Florida has completed the $2 million endowment and construction of the first unit of the Cellon-Thomas Gainesville campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.  The first unit of the campus opened in December and welcomed its first sibling group of foster children just days before Christmas! Please join us in Gainesville for the 8th run/walk so Friends of Children can impact more children with the second unit of the campus!

Register for the run today!  www.moovingforkids.com

 

Become a Foster Family: Gainesville Open House Event

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes has an opportunity for one special set of parents who have the desire to make a forever impact in the life of a child through foster care — but do not necessarily have the means.Web banner_Gainesville2

In December, the Cellon-Thomas Foster Family Home Campus opened in Gainesville to serve children. The home was built in partnership with Friends of Children of North Central Florida to keep sibling groups together when they needed it the most. We are excited to announce there is an opening for one married couple who have a heart for children and would like to become foster parents.  This is a unique opportunity for foster parents to impact the lives of children while living rent-free in a home designed to serve up to five children at one time.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please join us at the Cellon-Thomas Campus open house on Saturday, March 15 at 17218 N. State Road 121 in Gainesville from 10 a.m. until noon.  To speak to someone at FBCH about how you can apply today to fulfill this critical role, call (904) 721-2711 or email Children@FBCHomes.org.