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A Note From Home

 

‘Somebody Loves Me’

The theme for our annual Thanksgiving Offering, and continuing throughout the next year, is “Somebody Loves Me.” It is based on a comment Jonesboro Area Director James Barham made during a recent video interview.    

I posted on Facebook that I had introduced this theme at the North Pulaski Baptist Association’s annual meeting, and two veteran, retired houseparents responded with affirmation.  

Cal Elkins wrote, “I have seen it at the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch, Texas Baptist Children’s Home, a children’s home in Fayetteville and at the Benton County sunshine school - love goes a long way with abused children.”

Echoing such sentiment was Will Unger, noting, “100 percent true.”

In 1 John 3:18, it tell us that, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” I don’t think John was encouraging us to not voice, “I love you,” but that just saying the words will ring hollow unless reinforced by loving action and honest compassion.

By the way, the dictionary on my smart phone defines compassion as: “a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” At Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes, we have many opportunities to provide loving action for those stricken by misfortunes - ones of abuse, neglect, emotional trauma and family crisis . The list could go on and on.   

In preparation for the North Pulaski meeting, I requested that our staff provide me with examples of how they had been that “somebody” who loved a child or family in misfortune or need. I also asked the staff to explain how they had been able to help alleviate suffering.  

Most of the responses involved showing direct and loving action, along with honest compassion of those working in the trenches of our ministry.  We are grateful that God gives us workers and servants that are ready and willing to respond. We also recognize those who support this ministry financially, prayerfully and through hands-on opportunities as they provide love in action and in truth.  You are also “somebody” that demonstrates love for those we serve. We are grateful for your partnership in ministry.

As I reflect on those we serve, I am reminded of Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” This verse reveals a love far greater than we can, a love that will calm the storms of life for those who trust in God. 

 

David Perry,

Executive Director