North Carolina Baptists participate in supporting many different ministries that impact lives with the gospel in our state, nation and throughout the world. One unique ministry we are very blessed to support is the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH). This ministry is making a remarkable difference in the lives of children who are hurting and desperately need someone to extend kindness and compassion.
Since 1885, the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina has remained committed to caring for children in need. The mission of BCH has always been, and continues to be, “helping hurting children … healing broken families.” BCH seeks to help restore relationships between children and their families, and to help these families that are experiencing a time of crisis begin to experience peace and hope for the future.
BCH not only meets a child’s physical needs, but also seeks to meet a child’s spiritual needs.
Are you aware that 70 percent of Baptist Children’s Homes’ residents are unchurched and unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Children who come to live at BCH are surrounded by staff members and houseparents who want them to know the love of Jesus Christ. The children have opportunities to attend Bible studies and to learn about the grace and forgiveness of our Savior.
Throughout the years BCH has expanded its outreach through additional residential facilities, ministry to children with developmental disabilities, ministry to teenage mothers, and programs to help young adults transition to independent living.
Each year, North Carolina Baptist churches across the state give to a Thanksgiving Offering to help support the ministry of Baptist Children’s Homes. The theme for this year’s offering is “Sharing Hope,” based on Romans 8:24. The offering goal is $1,450,000.
By giving to this annual offering you will make an eternal investment in the lives of countless children. You will help children like Travis, who found hope when he came to BCH’s residential wilderness camping ministry known as Cameron Boys Camp. Travis went to live with his aunt and uncle as a young child because his mother was a drug addict and his father was often drunk.
Travis was emotionally broken and unresponsive to the help his aunt and uncle wanted to give him. After some time at Cameron Boys Camp, Travis’ life began to change. “When my relationship with Christ strengthened, that’s when things really started getting better,” Travis shared. Travis now enjoys a much better relationship with his aunt and uncle, and his attitude and outlook on life are completely changed.
Travis’ story is featured in the promotional materials for this year’s offering. You can watch a video about Travis by visiting bchfamily.org. At this website you can also download free promotional materials such as photos, posters and bulletin inserts. I encourage your church to support this offering, and in doing so, offer hope to hundreds of children.
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” Romans 8:24