Women of Compassion Running Team

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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New in 2014, members of Women of Compassion and prospective members are invited to be part of a fun, dynamic and non-competitive running/walking team!  If you are a member of the Women of Compassion giving society or you would like to raise support to be a member, you can be a part of this team!   To sign up as an official team member, email  In your email, please include which races you will be a part of in 2014.  Please note: For each race, you will need to visit the actual event page (see below) to register for the event!

For each race, you can wear your official Women of Compassion dri-fit t-shirt, meet up with other members of the team on race day, and run/walk to bring awareness to the vast needs of the children served through Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart!  Please note, the shirt sizes run very true to size, actually a little large, so no need to size up!  

Shirts can be purchased for $15 by clicking here.  Once your payment is received, your shirt will be mailed to you!

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2014 Women of Compassion Running Team Schedule



Sanctity of Human Life Celebration

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Sat., Jan. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., individuals from across the state will gather in Central Florida for one common purpose: to celebrate life.  The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH), in conjunction with Moody Radio, will host the Polk County Sanctity of Life Celebration at First Baptist Church at the Mall, located at 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland.

Partners to make this event possible are Mark Alford of Winter Haven, A Woman’s Choice, Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic, Catholic Charities, Plans For You, Bound for Life, and Life Choice Pregnancy Center.

Those who attend will hear from dynamic speakers Arnold Culbreath, John Stemberger and Michael Spencer.

“We are excited about these speakers and know that those who attend will walk away inspired and encouraged.  They will be equipped with knowledge on how they can be involved to preserve the sanctity of human life,” said Mary Lou Hendry, director of the Sanctity of Human Life Program at FBCH.

More on the speakers at the Polk County Sanctity of Human Life Celebration:

  • Arnold Culbreath is the Urban Outreach Director of Life Issues Institute, Inc., an organization established to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement. Holding degrees in architectural engineering and theology, Culbreath has worked simultaneously in both fields for many years.
  • John Stemberger is an AV-rated Orlando attorney who has been a pro-life advocate for more than 30 years.  He is president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council.
  • Michael Spencer is a director at the Training for Life Training Institute. He and his wife have four biological children and one adopted child. Spencer has 23 years of pastoral experience and is passionate about educating others on pro-life topics.

For more information about the Polk County Sanctity of Life Program, call (863) 683.2341 or visit


Make Your Gift Count this Year!

Monday, December 30th, 2013


For those wishing to deliver a year-end charitable donation to support either Florida Baptist Children’s Homes or Orphan’s Heart, our offices will be open during regular working hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) on Monday, December 30.  On New Year’s Eve — Tuesday, December 31 — a member of our development staff will be in each of the Lakeland, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee offices until 4:30 p.m.  After 4:30 p.m. at all of our offices, instructions how and where to drop off financial contributions will be posted on the door at the main entrance of the campus office.

Contributions mailed to our offices must be postmarked on or before December 31 to be eligible to receive a tax deduction for 2013.

An alternative to visiting one of our campuses is to make your year-end gift online at  Once you have arrived at this online page, go to “click here to donate online” to make your gift.

All gifts, regardless of amount, are important and are appreciated.  Thank you.

The Thanksgiving Table

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

For many, Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey, dressing, casseroles, aunts, uncles and cousins. It is a time when families travel afar to enjoy each other, feast together and say thank you for their many blessings.

gildaAt each of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ cottages on Thanksgiving Day, there will certainly be more cranberry sauce and homemade Southern delights on the table than on the average day. However, in other ways, the children will say it is much like the family meals they experience every evening together at the Children’s Homes — talking, laughing, asking for seconds and just being kids.

While each cottage has up to eight children at any given time, along with two house parents, daily family meals are a priority. “The reasons go deeper than just getting the third square meal of the day,” said Pam Whitaker, M.A., LMHC, Vice President of Programs at FBCH.

“Many of these children come to us from broken homes and haven’t experienced what it’s like to sit down together for a family meal,” said Whitaker. “With busy school schedules, sharing a meal most nights is difficult for any family. However, we know it is worth it.”

As a licensed mental health counselor for FBCH since 1999, Whitaker has seen the psychological impact family meals have had on thousands of children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected.

“It is a guaranteed time together when they can talk about their days at school, their hurts, and their frustrations,” said Whitaker. “It is also a time when they can feel as though they are part of a real family — with parents and other siblings who care about them.”

For Paul and Lanieve Imig, who became the primary house parents of Denham

Tate Cottage nine months ago, this will be the first Thanksgiving spent with their new FBCH family. Having four children of their own, three now grown and one who lives with them in the cottage on the Lakeland campus, they believe family meals bring about the best in everyone.

“I think it’s true for most people that good food can turn your mood around. The smell alone of tacos, one of the kids’ favorites, sets the tone for positive time together without the television, computers, and homework,” said Lanieve. “It has bonded us to the point that while we are not a biological family, we know we are a family nonetheless.”

A game the Imigs play every night is “High, Low.” Each parent and child says what their best (high) and worst (low) moments were for that day. Paul also leads a devotion during dinner and the topic depends upon what is happening within their family.

“For a time, we had an ongoing issue with one of the children lying. Our devotions focused on how God feels about that and how we can make other choices that delight God’s heart,” said Paul.

On most nights, after dinner, the Imigs participate in some type of activity — whether it is basketball, kickball or volleyball.

“I have to admit that some nights our meals are a bit faster than others because we have something fun planned afterward,” said Paul.

However, research has shown that it is not the duration of the family meals that has the greatest impact — it is just the fact that they happen.

As for Thanksgiving, Paul and Lanieve said their goal is to make it special for the kids at Denham Tate Cottage.

Family dinners are important for every child!

Tell us what makes your dinners special and send us a photograph of your family together at the table. Send to with the subject line “Family Dinners Are Important.” We will select two photos to appear in our next Sharing magazine!

Governor Scott Signs “Infants Born Alive” Legislation

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Gov Scott Bill Signing

Cantonment, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 1139 to grant infants who survive abortion procedures the same rights as infants born naturally.  Governor Scott was joined by First Lady Ann Scott and pro-life supporters from across the state to sign this bill at Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Cantonment.


Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, there is nothing more precious or special than welcoming a new child into this world and by signing this bill, we are protecting the most vulnerable among us and affirming their rights as individuals. This legislation ensures common-sense measures are taken to help care for the babies who survive abortion procedures and grants those infants the same rights as infants who are born naturally.


“I also want to applaud bill sponsors Senator Anitere Flores and Representative Cary Pigman for their commitment to ensuring this bill became law. Representative Pigman is a U.S. Army reserve lieutenant colonel who is currently deployed in Kuwait and proudly serving our nation.  I was pleased he was able to join our event today via Skype so we could recognize his hard work on this legislation and for his selfless service to our nation.”


Read the full press release here.