Plant a seed of hope for a child in need.
2016 Annual Offering
In 2015, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes provided 155,384 services to precious children and families in Florida and throughout the developing world. We were able to meet tangible, immediate and long-term needs and show hurting children the life-changing love of Christ. This was possible because you planted seeds that are sprouting with hope in places near and far and in ways more spectacular than you can imagine.Give Now
It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.Matthew 13:32 (ESV)
Mackenzie was a broken young girl when she came to our campus at the age of 16. She had so much hurt, the only way she could cope was through physically hurting herself. Through the counseling and patient loving care of staff, Mackenzie overcame her fears and embraced the love of her heavenly father. Today she is married to a loving Christian husband, has a little girl and serves on the staff of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes planting seeds of hope in other vulnerable children.
When María* arrived at the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala, she was just under two years old and weighed only 14 pounds. María had suffered several medical conditions, including anemia and heart problems. In addition, malnutrition made even walking a huge struggle for her. Thanks to mission team members of Orphan’s Heart, María received physical therapy, and at the age of four, she began using a pediatric walker. As her walking improved, María received a set of leg braces that gives her more freedom and an opportunity to experience life as a young enthusiastic girl.
Eleven-year-old Allie* arrived at one of our campuses suffering with congenital physical ailments and emotional injury stemming from her parents’ drug abuse. Due to the numerous surgeries she had to endure in her young life for the crippling lameness and arthritis caused by dysplasia, she missed most of elementary school and was behind in her education. Allie began to show progress after consistently receiving the care she so desperately needed from her FBCH house parents and volunteer tutors. Over the past year, she has made many friends and is now excelling in school.
*Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.
Plenty to Harvest
Nation and worldwide:
- In 2014, there were more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, 14,000 more than the year before. (The AFCARS Report, 2015)
- In 2015, an estimated 5.9 million children worldwide died before their 5th birthday. (UNICEF, 2015)
- There are nearly 10,000 children in foster care available to be adopted into loving homes. (Florida DCF, 2015)
- On average, there are more than 20,000 children per month in Florida who are part of investigations of abuse, abandonment or neglect. (Florida DCF, 2015)
- In Florida, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger. (Feeding America, 2015)
- Florida has the 3rd highest reported cases of sex trafficking in the U.S. (National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 2015)
FBCH, Orphan’s Heart and The Porch Light planted seeds in 2015:
- In 2015, we provided 155,384 services to children and families. Those include adoption, foster care, residential care, Sanctity of Human Life, Compassion Ministries, international childcare (Orphan’s Heart) and The Porch Light.
- Our Sanctity of Human Life ministry impacted more than 3,300 lives through education efforts, sharing life-saving messages to advocate for unborn children.
- Through The Porch Light, we had 27 placements in our safe home for victims of sex trafficking and impacted more than 21,000 people through education and advocacy efforts aimed at ending sex trafficking. Gov. Rick Scott invited The Porch Light to join in the signing event of several important legislative bills that will make a difference for innocent victims.
Together, let’s see more hope sprout than ever before!
- Start an Orphan Care Ministry in your church.
- Equip ambassadors at your church to spread awareness about The Porch Light and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.
- Raise money to help finish a 100-home planned community in the Dominican Republic. The cost of each home for a family in need is $12,500.
- Go on a mission trip with Orphan’s Heart and encourage church members to sponsor children around the world for just $35 a month.
- Share our videos and social media posts with your church members to keep them connected to the mission to help one more child!
Share through your church’s social media platforms (cut ‘n paste these sample posts or add your own flair)!
There are children who live in our community who feel alone, have been abandoned, are neglected or hungry. On Mother’s Day, our church will hold a special offering to plant seeds of hope in the lives of children through Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Orphan’s Heart & The Porch Light. Will you pray about how the Lord will lead you to give? Learn more about the organization here >>www.FBCHomes.org.
It’s hard to imagine that right where we live, children are being trafficked and treated like commodities. Last year, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes had 27 placements in their safe home (through The Porch Light) for victims of sex trafficking. They also impacted tens of thousands through advocacy and training efforts. They depend on the support of the Church Body to keep these programs thriving for children. Prayerfully consider how you might give for children this year through our offering on Mother’s Day, May 8.
Help us reach our goal to impact the lives of children who are hurting, are abandoned or alone. Be part of what God will do through our church this year to help restore innocent child victims of sex trafficking, feed those who are hungry and allow more foster children to know the love of a family. Please pray about how God will lead you to give toward this special offering on Mother’s Day, May 8!
*There are more photos available for your use in the resources download above!