Every child in our care has a story. Living on campus, we see and hear these stories play out before our very eyes. The children we encounter here have experienced brokenness, sadness and loss to an extent that most of us could never imagine.… Read More
We are asking all of our friends and partners to provide life-changing meals for children – ONE MILLION MEALS in fact through our One More Child Celebration Ball on September 16 – because we must meet the basic needs of children and families to be able to meet their most profound needs.
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
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
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
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