CLICK HERE to enjoy our summer 2017 edition of One More Child! In this issue read about a “divine prescription” God used to save a child’s life in Guatemala, hear from foster parents about how their lives have been changed by the calling, and see how anxious women dealing with unexpected pregnancies are finding hope and life through our Sanctity of Human Life ministry.… Read More
By Dr. Jerry Haag, President of Florida Baptist Children’s Home, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart
We all long for adventure! Each of us has a different appetite for it. I have a friend whose sense of adventure can be summed up by substituting baked potatoes for hash brown casserole. Not me!
Christi and I share a spirit of adventure that has summoned us to whitewater rafting, skydiving, spearfishing and crazy long races, such as the 50-miler I ran in Utah last year.… Read More
By: Toni Azinger, Women of Compassion Council Member
Dear Women of Compassion,
I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support of Women of Compassion (WOC) and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH)! Together we have accomplished so much for God’s kingdom over the last decade. It is exciting to think of what we can continue to do for God’s purpose and His children.… Read More
Here is the problem: 1 in 4 children struggle with hunger in the state of Florida according to Feeding America.
Hunger leads to misery, vulnerability and a lack of energy. That’s no way for a child to live.
Consider Jenny*, a single mom, who recently moved to Lakeland and didn’t know how she was going to provide for her four daughters, all under the age of 10 years old.… Read More
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
Proverbs 2:10-11 (NLT)
As the first day of school approaches, I am mindful that some of our children are anxious about returning to the classroom. Many of the children who live at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) are several grade levels behind because of difficult past circumstances.… Read More
On September 16, we are hosting the One More Child Celebration Ball with a goal of raising ONE MILLION MEALS to meet the basic needs of children and families in Florida and around the world.
It is an opportunity for you or your business or the church you attend to change the world that has so many lasting effects on all generations.… Read More
Whether in her car, behind a desk, on a stage or even in her free time, Melissa Poole is focused on faces she does not yet know, but can somehow clearly see everywhere she goes – the faces of children in foster care and ones who be placed in the child welfare system in days to come.… Read More
I miss the smell of mom’s baked spaghetti, a weekly family favorite. I miss the sound of children laughing as dad chases them down the hallway. I miss seeing mom tuck her children in during bedtime and pray gently. I miss the scribble of crayons as foster children whimsically find the closest surface to draw their doodles and daydreams.… Read More
By guest blogger and Women of Compassion council member, Christina Boyce
Recently, we held our first Women of Compassion Day of Service at the Joe K. Blanton Campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in Lakeland. I brought my husband and five children along for a morning of stocking grocery items and packing backpacks with life-changing food at the Harold Clark Simmons Compassion Center.… Read More
At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, our desire is not simply to house children but give them a place to call home.
15-year-old Rosy* lives in residential care on one of our campuses. Rosy was elated when a FBCH volunteer shared with her that she, too, had been born in Cuba. The volunteer learned that Rosy’s 15th birthday was nearing and no plans had been made.… Read More