Orphan's Heart Relocates to Lakeland

By April 3, 2014 No Comments

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

(Lakeland, FL) – The headquarters for One More Child, an international organization meeting the needs of children throughout the developing world, has relocated from Miami to Lakeland.  One More Child 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, One More Child mobilized volunteers from throughout Florida and the United States to impact more than 44,000 children and families.  One More Child was founded five years ago by its parent organization, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, which is also headquartered in Lakeland.

“Our vision through One More Child 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 One More Child 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 One More Child in 2014 is a community transformation in the Dominican Republic. The project was made possible because of a partnership that Haag and One More Child 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 One More Child is looking for more individuals and churches to come alongside them to make this work possible.

Gunter agrees that the work of One More Child 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 One More Child.  Among them was Jeanette Lethers, a Lakeland resident who traveled to Guatemala 12 times during the past two years with One More Child to its Malnutrition Center in San Juan.  Lethers, along with the One More Child staff and volunteers, cared for up to 100 children daily.

“I am thrilled that One More Child 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.

One More Child 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 One More Child is meeting the needs of children, visit or follow us on Facebook at