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Celebrating 140 years of hope and healing

 

Charles De Lint, in The Onion Girl said, “Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they’re not treating them as possessions or toys.”

The children and youth who are fortunate enough to be residents of our Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries or touched in some wonderful way by their ministries are never treated as inconveniences, nuisances or possessions. Those who come under the benevolent umbrella of this great Christian ministry come from backgrounds that are varied and sometimes tragic, but Dr. James Harper, president and CEO of GBCH&FM, and his staff treat all of them with love, dignity and respect.

Children are our greatest natural resource and we are wise to provide for them and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In 2011 our children’s home served 833 boys and girls in need of hope and healing. Through this ministry Georgia Baptists are able to offer physical, emotional and spiritual help those who need it most.

By providing the children and students with food, clothing, shelter and love the Children’s Home and Family Ministries ultimately saves them from the clutches of poverty, loneliness, crime and hopelessness. Surely, there is nothing as despairing and debilitating as hopelessness. To be rescued from such a wretched dilemma is indeed a precious deliverance.

To be engaged in this remarkable service to Georgia families and children for 140 years is most noteworthy. Each one of us has the opportunity to demonstrate our confidence and support of this ministry with a generous gift to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.