Baptist Children’s Homes offer rest to weary children

November 2, 2018

One of the unique ministries in our state that I am proud of is the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH). This is a great example of specific ministries that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) depends on state conventions to operate with Cooperative Program (CP) funds because the SBC does not operate children’s homes. The amount that BCH receives from CP is only a small portion of funds required to operate this ministry.

For more than 130 years, the Baptist Children’s Homes has served families and communities across our state and beyond through 21 different locations in North Carolina and an orphanage in Guatemala.

Please consider praying and supporting the BCH annual offering later this month. Thanks to your prayers and gifts, the BCH is able to provide children who have endured untold difficulties and hardships with a place of peace and hope. Additionally, the Baptist Children’s Homes is a place where the gospel is shared. Last year alone, more than 32,500 lives were touched through the ministry of BCH, and over 200 decisions for Christ were recorded.

Through the BCH, you and your church can play a part in reaching the next generation for Christ. Of those individuals who come to BCH, 80 percent are unchurched. What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has provided to house parents and others who love and care for these boys and girls to introduce them to Jesus.

“Come to Me, I Will Give You Rest,” is the theme for this year’s BCH annual offering, based on Matthew 11:28. Randy Stewart, pastor of the Mills Home Baptist Church, located at the center of the BCH’s Mills Home campus in Thomasville, says that’s exactly what happens through this ministry.

“Jesus says, ‘Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,’” Stewart says. “This verse speaks to the heart of what we give to the girls and boys who come to us at Baptist Children’s Homes.”

During his 26 years as the Mills Home pastor, Stewart has preached, counseled and befriended many children through the years. He’s seen many trust Christ as Savior.

“These pews — where so many children have sat over the years — they have stories to tell,” Stewart says. “They are stories of children who have come to us out of chaos.”

Stewart shares some of those stories and his heart for BCH in a series of videos that are available to promote this year’s offering. The videos and other information, materials and resources about this year’s offering is available online at bchoffering.org.

The goal for this year’s offering is $1.5 million, and Nov. 11-18 has been designated as a week of prayer for the offering and the ministries and families it supports and serves. Daily prayer prompts are also available online.

Thank you N.C. Baptists for your partnership, prayers and support of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.

by Milton A. Hollifield Jr.  /  Executive Director-Treasurer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

When the opioid crisis hits home

Eight months before he died Parker Stephenson shared this on Facebook: "Lately, God has taught me a lot about myself and about life, how fragile life can be. It reminds me that every day is a gift to be treasured. Life itself is a gift. My grandfather’s recent cancer diagnosis has...

Sisters, lift up your eyes

Let’s face it, if you claim to be an authentic biblical woman you will no doubt be in a constant fight to live counter to our culture. It’s a good fight, but it is an exhausting fight. What’s right is wrong, and what’s wrong is right. It’s confusing, it’s discouraging and it’s...

12 traits of a disciple-maker

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to “go and make disciples.” So to be obedient to the Great Commission, we need to ask ourselves a question — “During the disciple-making process, what traits should a disciple have?” Here are 12 traits of a growing disciple with accompanying...

How to equip teens and young adults for evangelism

The generation of teenagers and young adults we are trying to reach today is the most rapidly changing generation yet. It’s also the most tech-savvy generation to date, presenting to us a population that has never known a world without cell phones or digital media. Ministry...

5 simple steps to healthy family ministry

I once met with a struggling pastor who, for years, had been trying to encourage parents in his church to be more intentional with disciple-making in their homes. He had modeled disciple-making in his own home, preached on discipleship in the home and made various resources...

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering helps ‘send hope’

I’m thankful for the long and rich history that Southern Baptists have enjoyed in working together to fulfill the Great Commission through local, national and global missions and ministry efforts. One of those partnerships that we enjoy is with the North American Mission Board...

Impacting lostness through opioid awareness

The Christian Life and Public Affairs Special (CLPA) Committee is focusing on the opioid epidemic.The committee desires to raise awareness of opioid poisoning and addiction among N.C. Baptists. The tragedies associated with opioid poisoning and addiction impact churches within...

Committee extends deadline to make nominations

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) Committee on Nominations has voted to extended the deadline to submit recommendations for individuals to serve in various leadership roles with the state convention.Recommendations will now be accepted until Monday, March...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!