Thankfulness. It is a word that has deeper meaning every year that we have the privilege to serve children who come to us with nothing. And yet, when they leave us to be reunited with their families or find forever homes — they do so with everything. They leave with the hope of Christ, full bellies and a fantastic future. That is a good day for us — and one in which we are thankful!
At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Orphan’s Heart & The Porch Light, we are thankful for each of you who believe in what God can do through our ministry! We appreciate every diaper that was donated through our recent annual Diaper Drive! What a practical way to help with the ever-present needs of babies.
In recent weeks, we have been talking about a subject that was — and is — hard: domestic child sex trafficking. We know it affected you as much as it did us because we heard from you about it. The truth is, child sex trafficking continues to grow in Florida. When I think about the children who are being victimized right now, I fall to my knees and ask God to please allow us to be His hands and feet to rescue and restore these innocent and precious girls. We are thankful for those who have answered the call with us to help build safe homes and make sure more girls do not fall prey to this horrific crime. You can be the one who makes that difference by partnering with us through your gifts.
Just yesterday, I received a note from a young man named Collin who spent a year in our care. He said that we will always be a part of his life. Collin said he learned that family does not always have to be blood and that you can never be too broken to be whole again. Collin is an example of a real life that was changed. I am thankful for his life and your help that made it possible.
Thankfulness abounds because of you! You are the reason we can help one more child.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: Love Changes Lives. What a fantastic reason to be thankful!
Together for children,
Jerry Haag, Ph.D., CFP®
President of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Orphan’s Heart & The Porch Light