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
Most Americans, from devout Christians to non-believers, know the ageless story about how the family of a baby destined to change the world couldn’t get even an “economy flat at the local Airbnb,” but instead was provided with the equivalent of a pack ‘n play that was purposed for animal feed.
It’s been more than 2,000 years since the magnificent birth of Jesus Christ.… Read More
1 in 6 children in America struggles with hunger. Every ten seconds, a child around the world dies from hunger-related diseases. From 2014- 2016, there were more than 795 million people around the world who suffered from chronic undernourishment. These staggering statistics can keep us awake at night, envisioning ways that we can make sure One More Child is fed.… Read More
Sam’s* mom and dad struggle with substance abuse problems. Earlier this year there were times Sam could be found in his neighborhood asking for food and seeking respite from deplorable living conditions.
Sam is 10 years old.
In April, he was placed with the Garrison* family, a foster family who became licensed through Florida Baptist Children’s Home in January.… Read More
By guest blogger and Women of Compassion member, Kristen Hitchcock
This May, I celebrated 10 years with my twins, Hannah and Hailey—10 years of life, 10 years of fulfilling God’s will, 10 years of Mother’s Day miracles!
I remember the day like it was yesterday, not their birthday, but the day their adventure began before I realized that they were going to be a part of my journey on this earth.… Read More
Jackson* is a young boy who struggled at times during his second go-round of 2nd grade, and he is being raised by his sweet grandmother as his father serves a prison sentence. But he has experienced a breakthrough and is ready to take on 3rd grade after making the honor roll.
Delonte*, Martin* and Irving* come from a Spanish-speaking family and extra English tutoring is helping prepare them for the rest of their lives.… Read More
Patrons visiting a Lakeland coffee shop, just up the road from our international headquarters, will have the opportunity throughout the month of June to make a positive impact on children by purchasing artwork and learning more about Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart as they enjoy their espresso drinks and fresh baked goods.… Read More
What are you doing this summer? Are you and your family headed to the beach for some rest and relaxation? Are you a youth minister or youth group gearing up for summer camp? Maybe you’re a college student with road trips, local coffee shops and cold brew on your mind.
Regardless of your plans, the summer is approaching fast, and we want to encourage and remind you to serve.… Read More