You help bring the light of Jesus into the dark places
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
Scripture tells us to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. At BCH, we are privileged to witness others obtain their freedom, not just on the Fourth of July, but all year. We watch children who come to us afraid and filled with uncertainty gain a vision of freedom from the cycle of violence and anger they have suffered. We watch children become free from fear as they lay down painful experiences and gain self-confidence. Children and families who were once fearful, hopeless, and without vision take courageous risks and fight the battles against the circumstances which ..read more
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Making the rounds is more than meeting and greeting
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
My seven-year-old self chafed and twitched as I followed my mom around the circle of seated relatives and older church members. I returned hugs and smiled tightly to exclamations of "How big you've grown since last year!" and "This can't be Jimmy—why, I remember when he was in diapers, seems like just yesterday!" Much as I wanted to break away and join the other children, I knew the routine: first we made the rounds, greeted both familiar and unfamiliar people, made polite "Yes, ma'am" and "Thank you, sir" remarks, and generally represented my family well to the crowd of homecoming guests ..read more
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Four professions made, ride crosses $1 million mark
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
Nine years ago, a new volunteer-led charity ride began modestly but triumphantly. The 50-plus motorcyclists that participated in the inaugural "Ride to Clyde" in 2016 raised more than $19,000 for those served by Baptist Children's Homes (BCH)—almost triple the event's goal. At the conclusion of this year's ride on May 11, 2024, event co-founders Brian Davis and Rit Varriale unveiled an oversized check for $235,064—the total raised for the ninth-annual ride by its 147 participants. The amount is the highest total raised in a single year. In addition, it put Ride to Clyde's lifetime fundrai ..read more
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GRADUATES 2024: Celebrating Achievements
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
BCH RESIDENTS Erica Dajui, a resident at Mills Home in Thomasville, graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro on May 3. She will work at American Children’s Home in Lexington, NC as a foster care case manager and hopes to eventually work with children in residential/cottage care. Mills Home resident Saundra Rosebur graduated from Thomasville High School on June 8. She continues working at The Mill: Coffee and Community on the Mills Home campus and plans to begin college courses in 2025. STAFF CHILDREN Rebekah Brinkley graduated from FGH Christian Academy in ..read more
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Lila goes from anger toward God to trusting in Him
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
The abuse Lila suffered lingered in her thoughts, keeping her trapped in a place of mistakes and bad choices. She felt that she was sliding into her mother’s dangerous lifestyle. The hostility between her divorced parents burdened her as she tried to mediate, taking “on more responsibility than I should have as a kid.” Her frustration became anger. She was becoming someone she didn’t recognize. She needed help. Going to live with her dad was a start, but Lila’s hurt didn’t go away. “I felt I had to hide the pain. As much as I tried to keep it buried, my dad saw it. That’s when he got in to ..read more
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Camp gives Jonathan a needed new perspective
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
Jonathan: The chaos was part of living in a household with four younger siblings and one on the way. There were days when 13-year-old Jonathan felt as if the walls were closing in around him. Frustrated, he butt heads with his dad. He was mean to his mom, treating her badly in front of the other children. His grades began to suffer. Days were spent in his room: “I never did anything and I complained all the time.” Jonathan needed to step away. A Cameron Boys Camp presentation at East Sanford Baptist Church was inspiring, but Jonathan’s parents never thought they would be calling ..read more
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Servicemen demonstrate the power of showing up
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
A group of Marines and Sailors traded their weapons and training for a day working in a warehouse, clearing brush, and sharing a smile with vulnerable families. The 29 servicemen of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines converged on Kennedy Home campus led by their Chaplain, Lieutenant (LT) Spurlock, and his Religious Program Specialist Petty Officer Second Class (RP2) Prilliman. The workforce divided and conquered. A team worked in Greater Vision sorting and hanging clothing donations, organizing and labeling the marketplace, and assembling new shelving. While at Greater Vision, clients and employe ..read more
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Community shows up strong for the BBQ Festival
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
3w ago
Community support for the Broyhill Barbecue Festival has remained strong ever since the volunteer-led event returned last year after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The event benefiting the children and families served by Broyhill Home, Baptist Children's Homes' (BCH) campus in Clyde, has historically been led by Ninevah Baptist Church in Waynesville. For this year's festival on Saturday, May 11, Ninevah welcomed a new partner in Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler. BCH trustee Mike Leslie, the former pastor at Ninevah, recently became Ridgeway's pastor bridging the two churches together to l ..read more
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Love is a cure for skinned knees—and skinned spirits
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
1M ago
The weather can be quite confusing these days. One day it is cold and two days later the temperature is in the 80s. One day the children on our campus are wearing coats and jackets and the next day they are begging their cottage parents to wear shorts and go barefooted. It’s tempting to believe that summer is here, only to wake up the next morning to frost. I recently spoke at Community Center Baptist Church in Halifax. They were all talking about the possibility they had planted too soon and were having to cover their tomatoes and other plants with jars to protect them from frost. It had b ..read more
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Numerous opportunities available to help frail aging
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina Blog
by bchfamily
1M ago
Witnessing the day-to-day lives of older individuals being positively impacted by NCBAM (North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry) and the dedicated statewide church volunteers who work alongside on a regular basis has been truly inspiring. I have likened the NCBAM Call Center and Call Center Specialists to the beating heart of a living, breathing, life-changing ministry. And if the Call Center is the heartbeat, then volunteers are undoubtedly the lifeblood that sustains the ministry. As the senior population in North Carolina continues to rise, volunteers play an even more vital role in help ..read more
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