Providing Hope and Restoration
For 130 years Missouri Baptist Children’s Home has served God by offering Hope and Restoration to children and families who desperately need both. Through our affiliate corporations, MBCH provides a variety of residential and community-based services throughout the state of Missouri.
As you explore all that Missouri Baptist Children’s Home has to offer, we invite you to look for ways that you can become a partner in providing Hope and Restoration to children and families who are hurting.
Thoughts from the President
By: Russ Martin
Human Trafficking (posted 03/20/2018)
On March 19, MBCH hosted Detective Keaton Strong, an investigator with the Human Trafficking Task Force in the office of the Missouri Attorney General. He shared with us his work in combatting this evil that is all around us. He shared with us how traffickers think and work and how they groom their victims.
We need to always be on the alert to protect our children and young people. Traffickers work in very subtle ways to groom victims and this may happen right in front of us, without us really recognizing it or by overlooking it by making excuses for what we see happening.
Some of the grooming warning signs include:
1. seeking relationships with children that are more than the average adult
2. giving gifts, taking them on trips, telling them how pretty they are
3. gradually showing more and more physical affection towards a child
4. isolating the child from family
5. pressuring the child to keep secrets from family
He reminded us to spend time with our children, be observant, and, if we see something that just does not seem or feel right, take action.
You will find additional information in some videos on our website and I would encourage you to check them out.
You have heard it said, "If you see something, say something." Let's be involved in the lives of our children.
You Made a Difference for Children and Families in 2017
Missouri Baptist Children’s Home through MBCH Children and Family Ministries and The LIGHT House offers Hope and Restoration to thousands of children, youth and families around Missouri. We are blessed to have some of the most qualified and dedicated staff who provide those ministries. They could not, however, impact the lives of children without YOU.
Every time you prayed for our children and staff…every time you made a gift…every time you attended one of our events…every time you thought about MBCH…every time you shared an MBCH Facebook post…every time you mentioned MBCH to someone else…YOU made a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth and families.
Because of YOU, MBCH showed God’s love and offered hope to 41 girls and young women who were rescued from human trafficking.
Because of YOU, more than 120 babies were born who might have been aborted without the pregnancy services ministries of MBCH and The LIGHT House.
Because of YOU, 9 families were restored through our family reunification ministry.
Because of YOU, 395 children in foster care had Christian case managers who believe this is their mission field.
Because of YOU, 42 families were trained and licensed to become foster parents.
Because of YOU, children in Therapeutic Group Homes and Treatment Foster Care could experience a wonderful summer camp.
Because of YOU, 57 older teenagers were able to transition from foster care to independent living.
Because of YOU, 14 developmentally disabled adults received love and care.
Because of YOU, hundreds of children experienced a Christmas they will never forget – not just because of the presents you provided for them, but because they learned the true meaning of Christmas.
Because of YOU, 208 children now have “forever” homes.
And Because of YOU, 8 children in residential ministries (and numerous others in foster care) came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Thank you for loving God enough to provide opportunities for Hope and Restoration to hurting children, youth and families at Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. You helped make a difference in their lives in 2017. We encourage you to continue to partner with us to impact even more lives in 2018. Will you commit to pray for the children and staff of MBCH every day?