Paying on my debt
    April 19 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    My parents are now in their 80’s. I love my mom and dad, and enjoy brief visits with them whenever my business travels in western North Carolina allow me to be close enough to stop for awhile.

    Dad’s health still allows him to visit patients in hospitals and rest homes and he continues to enjoy preaching in different churches, but Mom does not get around as well as she once did.

    Still, when I stop for a visit, she likes to get up from her seat and hug her boy good-bye.

    When I look back as I drive away I see her standing on the porch waving good-bye. This may sound like a simple gesture, but it is a special blessing that I will not always have to enjoy — one you will not always have.

    I shared this story last week with those in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) facility in Thomasville. The building is on the Baptist Children’s Homes campus in Thomasville.

    That day was indeed a special occasion. Many members of the Baptist Children’s Homes staff joined us for the dedication of the NCBAM building. The Baptist State Convention’s Executive Committee was also present, as the NCBAM staff hosted the group for its regularly scheduled meeting.

    NCBAM is a ministry that began two years ago as a partnership between Baptist Children’s Homes and the Baptist State Convention. Dr. Michael Blackwell, Baptist Children’s Homes president, updated our Executive Committee on the progress of NCBAM and all that this ministry is doing to serve senior adults. As Dr. Blackwell said to the Executive Committee, NCBAM has made a big difference in just a short amount of time.

    Just like my parents, many senior adults are wanting to stay in their homes longer instead of moving to residential care, and NCBAM helps resource and equip families, churches and associations as they minister to these senior adults. The NCBAM call center (1-877-506-2226) is available to all North Carolina Baptists — just give NCBAM a call and they will help put you in touch with resources to meet your ministry needs.

    The wonderful NCBAM staff is ready to walk alongside you as you seek to care for and minister to aging parents and church members.

    The most important aspect of NCBAM is ministering to the spiritual needs of aging adults, and NCBAM can help you do that as well.

    I shared with those at the dedication that the ministry of NCBAM is just one way we can help return the debt of love to those who cared so much for us. I will never be able to say thank you enough to my parents and those adults who poured themselves into my life. But I will always be grateful and will take every precious opportunity I have left to tell them so.

    “Owe no man anything, but to love one another, for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8  
    4/19/2010 9:25:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 1 comments

Dr. James Willingham
Appreciation and gratitude are needed expressions in this day, when a lack of are seems to rule so many. Those who have made contributions to our lives by their sacrificial efforts remind us of the reality of God's goodness as revealed in the Christian Faith. History shows us that citizens of the Roman empire got rid of unwanted children, exposing them to death in the city garbage dumps. That all changed with the coming of the Savior and the conversion ofthe multitudes who began efforts to rescue children that had been abandoned in city dumps. In later societies where senior citizens were regarded with disdain, because they took up resources, the Christian Faith made a change. Mr. Hollifield's desire to do something about his debt of gratitude and appreciation is well put. How thankful we all ought to be that we have the opportunity to do things for both senior citizens as well as children. Caring peple and caring leaders are going to be a key factor in the future of ou churches, our communities, and our world.
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