Women “Get in the Picture” to Help the Children’s Homes
LAKELAND, Fla. – More than 80 women from across the state joined together last month for the 4th annual Women of Compassion event to benefit the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. The theme for this year’s event was “Get in the Picture,” which focused on the many different ways people can get involved to help orphaned and disadvantaged children.
Julie Boyd, vice president of development for the Children’s Homes said that the Women of Compassion group focuses on raising needed funds, but also works to unite women leaders around key goals and objectives of the Children’s Homes.
Boyd also said that all of the money raised by Women of Compassion goes toward the direct care of children with half designated for daily needs and the other half restricted to special projects voted on by the group.
“This year’s event raised $55,000 with half of that amount going to completely overhaul bathrooms on the Miami campus, which were in great need of repair,” Boyd said. “The event not only raised critically important funds, but it was also a great time of worship, special music, and fellowship with house parents and children from our Lakeland campus.”
The event included tours of the Lakeland campus as well as speakers who discussed many different ways to minister to orphaned and disadvantaged children. These topics included adoption and foster care, volunteering at one of their campuses, and going on an international mission trip.
Angie Dennis, wife of Pastor Jay Dennis at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, presented a powerful message titled “10 Ways to Get in the Picture Every Day.” The message included topics to pray for and attitudes to live by.
Brandy Miller from McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers led worship and presented a beautiful concert along with her adopted daughter Mercy who used to be a resident at the Children’s Homes. They also shared their testimony of their journey to becoming a family. Other special music was provided by Jasper Walker, 16, a resident on the Fort Myers campus.
At the end of the event, many of the women echoed the sentiments of Kristi Wells who served as chairman of this year’s event. “We love what the Children’s Homes stands for, and it’s been such a privilege to serve with these wonderful ladies for the purpose of what God has called us to do,” Wells said.
The Women of Compassion group includes women who have pledged or contributed $1,000 or more to the Children’s Homes. To learn more about Women of Compassion or to join the group, contact Julie Boyd at the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes at 863-687-8811 or Julie.Boyd@FBCHomes.org.