At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart we are blessed to be able to see life-long and eternal impacts made through our services and programs, thanks to our compassion, expert staff and generous donors, volunteers and supporters. We get to see single mothers restored and learn how to be the parents God made them to be; we get to see children open their hearts to Christ as we fill their bellies with life-changing food; and we exist to provide hope, healing and often times justice to those who cannot speak for themselves.… Read More
Employees from Keller Williams (KW) fashioned a sea of RED on the Joe K. Blanton Campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes on Thursday, May 11 and provided food to more than 2,500 people around Polk County as part of RED Day, the company’s annual day of service.
Every day in Florida more than 190 women find out they are unexpectedly pregnant. Many of us adore the prospect of motherhood or cherish memories of our children being born, but not all women are overjoyed about the journey that lies ahead.
One of those women was abortion minded and she felt scared and alone.… Read More
Ashley*, a young girl living at The Porch Light safe home, left school truly concerned.
Ashley discovered that her best friend resorted to cutting herself to deal with being bullied at school and family issues at home. Ashley’s friend lacked the needed support and encouragement to help sustain her during hard times.
Where encouragement lacks, hopelessness blooms.… Read More
Do you have a scar? Scars are proof that trauma once inflicted a wound on you.
Maybe a bone was broken at the playground, you injured yourself playing sports, or, maybe the scar runs deeper, and you were a victim of abuse. Big or little, scars ultimately tell a story. We think of scars being physical, but we also wear emotional scars that seemingly have an amplifier attached to them.… Read More
In 2016, nearly 16,000 children in Florida were removed from their home because of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Many of those children are like Frank*, who came into the care of one of our foster families several years ago, arriving with 32 broken bones. His biological family initially claimed that Frank had a genetic bone disease but it was soon determined that his injuries were a result of extreme child abuse.… Read More
Her heart must have been thudding in her chest as she sat squeezed between two older women in the backseat of a vehicle that was driven by an Uber driver. They began to yell at her, “You need to get your priorities straight….We need to make this money!” I imagine the pit in Angela’s* stomach began to grow as they neared the motel.… Read More
By MaryLou Hendry
Director of Sanctity of Human Life
I vividly remember the first ultrasound I experienced. My son and his wife were in the midst of a high-risk pregnancy. I had the honor to join my “daughter in love” for a 3D ultrasound exam. It was a holy moment! It was a Psalms 139 experience seeing my granddaughter in her mother’s womb.… Read More
Mike Stubbs and Edith Webb could have reveled in the spotlight for a moment at the close of successful careers. Instead they decided to deflect the attention to children in need.
When a friend at the church they attend, San Antonio Community Church, offered to throw a retirement party to celebrate both of them completing 40+ years as public servants, Mike and Edith agreed the party itself was an incredibly generous gift.… Read More
IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!
Are you ready for that at your house? We are also very near to entering a whole new year! Are you ready to welcome in 2017? If you are like me, you are already putting dates on the new calendar and considering all that the new year holds for your heart and home.… Read More