Thanksgiving Offering helps bless children in need
    October 21 2013 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    When Kimani was 12 years old he weighed 32 pounds and wore size three in toddler clothes. Throughout his childhood he was physically abused and often did not have food to eat. He had never attended school or learned how to do things like other children, such as riding a bike.
     
    “I chose the word ‘hopeless’ to describe my life before Baptist Children’s Homes because I had no hope. I didn’t think I had anything to be hopeful for; I didn’t know what love was,” Kimani shares during a recent video for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.

    Now, five years after coming to Broyhill Home, Kimani describes himself as “transformed, renewed, changed and rescued.”
     
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    “If it hadn’t been for Baptist Children’s Homes, I honestly don’t think I would be alive. They have shown me love and they have shown me Jesus,” he says during the video testimony.
     
    If you will visit www.bchfamily.org/offering, you will thank God for all the ways He is using North Carolina Baptists to help change the lives of children like Kimani.
     
    Kimani’s story is just one of several stories featured in the promotional materials for this year’s annual Thanksgiving Offering for Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). The theme for this year’s offering is “Blessed,” based on Mark 10:16. The offering goal is $1,475,000.
     
    About 70 percent of BCH residents arrive there unchurched and unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    The BCH staff and house parents faithfully invest their lives into the children and teenagers God brings to BCH.
     
    They not only care for their physical needs, but demonstrate to them unconditional love.
     
    They model a life of service unto Jesus and help the children believe they can find hope in Christ.
     
    Throughout the years BCH has expanded its outreach through additional residential facilities, ministry to teenage mothers, and programs to help young adults transition to independent living.
     
    The BCH developmental disabilities ministry recently reached 100 percent occupancy in all nine of the group homes. I am grateful for the outstanding leadership of BCH president Michael Blackwell and his staff, who continue seeking to provide additional ministry opportunities to people in need.
     
    In addition to viewing videos at bchfamily.org, you can download free promotional materials such as photos, posters and bulletin inserts. You can also read more stories of life transformation.
    The week of prayer for BCH is Nov. 17-24.
     
    Please pray for the ministry of our Baptist Children’s Homes, and please give to the Thanksgiving Offering. You can help make this year a year of unprecedented spiritual impact among children and teenagers across our state.
     
    In addition to this special Thanksgiving offering, you also support BCH each month when your church contributes to Cooperative Program giving.
     
    Thank you for giving because of your love for Christ and so that ministry and mission opportunities are met in our state, nation and world.
     
    “And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:16
     

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