Who are the people of Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes)? It’s a simple question. Yet, if you are candid with yourself, do you really know the answer?
ABCHomes serves children and families who are often the very last: The last to be loved. The last to be protected from abuse. The last to be afforded an opportunity for a proper education. And, sometimes, even the last to be given food in their own homes.
A sibling group at the Children’s Home in Monticello knows this all too well. Their mom and dad were more interested in drugs than they are in being good parents. Prior to coming to the Children’s Home, these children lived in tents or hotels. They have been locked out without food.
Because of faithful donors and churches, ABCHomes was able to place these siblings together at the Baptist Home. They have their own bedroom, toys and nice clothes. They are doing well in school and love church.
The people of ABCHomes also includes Travis. Travis arrived at our Boys Ranch with little self-esteem and without Christ. He now participates in our Independent Living program. He had a summer job, has a savings account and has Christ in his heart. This month Travis turned 16, and you rarely see him without a friendly smile on his face.
Houseparents and foster parents are also the people of ABCHomes. They cared for 234 children this past year, while our residential staff ministered to 14 moms and 33 children in our family care homes. Six counselors provided almost 2,200 counseling sessions.
So, “who are the people of ABCHomes?” I am! You, our great partners in ministry, are! WE ALL ARE!
Together, we can continue to provide hope to hurting children and families. This is the goal of ABCHomes, which raises essential support through an annual Thanksgiving Offering. The theme of the 2016 offering is “You are.”
This year, an anonymous donor will match individual gifts to the Thanksgiving Offering. Don’t miss your chance to help double every dollar, up to $100,000, to ABCHomes. Your gift of $10 becomes $20 to our children. A gift of $1,000 now is worth $2,000. Even the smallest gift becomes twice as valuable!
Donate today at http://www.abchomes.org/donate.html