Teacher’s Legacy Honors Students

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In the 1940s, Dorothy Horne embarked on a career as an elementary teacher that would span 38 years and even included a short stint as a teacher in Japan.

She made an annual salary of $1,000 her first year. More than 70 years later, after a life well lived, her legacy continues to make a difference in the lives of children through the Dorothy Horne Endowment at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.… Read More

Sisters’ Legacy of Love Lives On

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Some of the most joyful and painful moments of their lives have led Lonn and Gloria Skiles to being generous givers to Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

Their daughter Kerrie adored children. At age 3, while living on a military base, Kerrie wandered off to the playground, and within a few minutes, she returned hand-in-hand with a child they had not met before.… Read More

Trusting God in All Things

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At our Women of Compassion event during the summer of 2014, Monica Guynn heard God asking her to trust Him with a major financial decision. She decided to follow His lead.

Monica and her husband, Gary, made a significant monetary gift toward Orphan’s Heart’s community transformation project in the Dominican Republic, where homes continue to be built for families who are often without running water and/or electricity.… Read More

Magnificent transformation!

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Twins, Gracie* and Jacob*, arrived in the middle of the night to our campus. The twins were visibly thin and wearing soiled clothing. They were welcomed into a warm cottage home with two beds that were made up with cozy blankets and pillows. Gracie and Jacob took a bath, brushed out their knotted hair and climbed into clean pajamas.… Read More

Inspiring Brave Moms

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As Emma waited for the bus at 6:30 a.m. with her 1-year-old daughter, Isabella, on her lap, she was determined to make up for lost time. She was ready for another day of classes at a local technical school, always believing that each day is another opportunity to better herself. She jotted down a goal, and below it, she penned her inspiration:

My goal: To get my high school diploma

My why: My daughter

In June, Emma turned that goal into a milestone, earning her diploma!… Read More

Wrap Around Love

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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy and an uncertain future, Cameron’s mother made the courageous decision to choose life for her son.

Cameron’s adoptive family saw the strength it takes to make that decision when they met the mother at the hospital.

They also experienced first hand the importance of continued support as they welcomed him into their home.… Read More

On mission with Women of Compassion

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Come with us to Guatemala!

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart are once again partnering to create a special Women of Compassion mission trip.

The trip is scheduled for November 5-11 and will be a wonderful opportunity for our Women of Compassion to build relationships with each other, see the beautiful country of Guatemala and make a difference in the lives of children being cared for at the Malnutrition Center in San Juan, Guatemala.… Read More

A fresh start this school year

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PSALM 119:66 (NIV)


Jessa*, a 5-year-old girl, arrived on one of our campuses with a tear-stained face and all her possessions in a small paper sack. As you can expect, she was nervous to be in a new place.

Since it was late when Jessa arrived, a house mom gave her clean pajamas, read her a story and tucked her into bed.… Read More

President’s Profile Hits Newsstands

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Below is an excerpt from an article that was published in The Ledger newspaper on July 17, featuring Dr. Jerry Haag, President of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. 

(LAKELAND) — Decorations and mementos fill Jerry Haag’s office: a giraffe carving from Uganda, a bowl from Tanzania, a warthog sculpture from South Africa.

On even more prominent display, though, is a less artistic object: a small sign with the number “1” in white against a black background.… Read More

International Headquarters Named to Honor Former Publix President

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On July 25 we celebrated the official naming of our organization’s international headquarters the Joe K. Blanton Campus, in honor of Blanton and his late wife, Alberta.

The legacy of Mr. Blanton, the one-time president of Publix, is one of abundantly loving others and one that will now live on forever thanks to a remarkable $5 million gift the Blanton family has made to Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to transform the lives of children for generations.… Read More