Women of Compassion

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Women of Compassion Giving Society Hosts Bestselling Author
Renee Swope for Women’s Event on Friday, February 6

RSwope_BannerPhotoCropped(Lakeland, FL) – Fri., Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Women of Compassion giving society will host Key to a Confident Heart – an inspiring and educational conference event especially for women. The event will feature best-selling author Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Swope will share inspiring key points from her best-selling and award-winning book, A Confident Heart.  The event will begin in the chapel of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Lakeland campus located at 1015 Sikes Blvd.

Also during the event, there will be a special tour, shopping, lunch by Sweet Magnolia’s Tea Bistro and a video presentation from the organization’s president, Jerry Haag, Ph.D., CFP®.  Women of Compassion members will also vote to decide how their dollars will be used in the coming year to help more children in Florida and in developing nations.

Women of Compassion members are invited to attend free-of-charge and guests are invited to attend for only $45.  Women of Compassion is passionate about changing the lives of innocent children who have been abandoned, neglected or abused. Last year, Women of Compassion gave more than $100,000 to help children through FBCH, Orphan’s Heart and The Porch Light. To join, members are asked to give $1,000 or more to the Women of Compassion fund for children in one calendar year.

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is proud to be celebrating more than 110 years of helping children! From the opening of our first orphanage in 1904 to our present day ministries that have expanded to provide safe, stable, Christian homes and services to children and families in need across the state and around the globe, we are honored to be helping children in tangible ways.

For more information about the Key to a Confident Heart event or Women of Compassion giving society, contact Kristen Hitchcock, director of major gifts, at or visit For media inquiries, contact Katy Martin, vice president of communications at (863) 687-8811 (office) (863) 608-1050 (mobile).

Women of Compassion’s Key to a Confident Heart

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Join us on Friday, Feb. 6

Renee Swope

Renee Swope

Fri., Feb. 7, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) will host Key to a Confident Heart – an inspiring and educational forum especially for women. The Women of Compassion giving society’s event will feature bestselling author Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Renee will share powerful truths from her best-selling and award winning book, A Confident Heart. She will also share her family’s amazing adoption story. The event will begin in the chapel of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Lakeland campus located at 1015 Sikes Blvd.

Also, learn how the Women of Compassion giving society has helped give hope to girls victimized by trafficking. This will be a unique opportunity for members of Women of Compassion to decide how their gifts will be invested to provide shelter, hope and restoration to more children in the coming year.

Register today!


By joining the Women of Compassion giving society and committing to give $1000 per year, you are able to impact the lives of children in need and given free admission to the Women of Compassion, “Key to a Confident Heart” event.  For your convenience, your commitment can be paid in ten monthly installments of $100 or quarterly installments of $250.

Guest/Prospective Member

If you are interested in familiarizing yourself with this inspiring group of women and learning more about the ways you can change the lives of the children, you can attend the event as our special guest for only $45.  If you decide to join us as a member, this portion of your gift will go toward your membership.

For more information, contact Sorrell Fields at 863.687.8811 or, or visit


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  To learn more about the KAJ Brothers, visit



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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 or follow us on Facebook at