Thoughts from the President
By: Russ Martin
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?
The Branches at Brookline (posted 12/19/2017)
I am very pleased to announce that the merger of Southwest Special Care Homes into MBCH Children and Family Ministries, an affiliate of Missouri Baptist Children's Home, has now been completed. We have received a Certificate of Merger from the Secretary of State showing an effective date of November 30, 2017.
What does this mean? It means that the group home for developmentally disabled adults known as The Branches at Brookline joins Country Haven, a group home for the same population, which has been operated for many years by MBCH on the Byrne Campus.
We had partnered with the board of Southwest Special Care Homes in various ways as it developed the campus near Republic and we applaud the efforts of the board members and the donors who made this ministry possible. The Branches is a phenomenal program and we are excited to have it become part of us and for us to work together to build on the strong foundation already in place.
Donors to Southwest Special Care Homes who wish to designate future gifts for The Branches may make their gifts payable to MBCH Children and Fmily Ministries and indicate The Branches on the memo line of the check or send a note along with the gift indicating the donor's desires. Gifts should be sent to MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 11300 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Gifts can also be made online on our website (www.MBCH.org).
Thanks to all who made this ministry possible. We especially want to recognize Debbie Dent who chaired the board of Southwest Special Care Homes and worked tirelessly to make The Branches a reality. We pledge to operate this ministry in a way that will bring glory and honor to our Lord.
The Greatest Gift (posted 12/18/2017)
I am blessed to be part of a great Bible study group at my church (First Baptist Church St Charles). I trust you have found a place to study God's Word as well as to be encouraged by the fellowship with fellow believers.
I expect most of us have been asked at one time or another, "What did you get for Christmas?" In our class on Sunday, December 17, Bev Hunt, one of our members, reminded us that we needed to answer this question by saying "Jesus." Too often, we think of a gift someone may have given us and even though it may be special, it does not come anywhere close to the gift God gave us when He gave us His Son. Bev, thank you for reminding us why we celebrate Christmas and the tremendous gift we received.
May each of us experience the joy of having Jesus as our Lord and Savior this Christmas. Thank you for your partnership in our ministry as we share the good news with children, youth, and families across Missouri.
May you and yours have a most joyous Christmas season because of Him who came and gave Himself for us.
Sandra Johnson Recognition (posted 11/13/2017)
Last week at the annual conference held by the Missouri Coalition of Children's Agencies, Sandra Johnson, a treatment foster care specialist on our Lowe-Frillman Campus, was awarded the Dwight E. Branson Direct Care Worker of the Year award. This award is for those who exemplify "mission driven" in their work, serve diverse human conditions and needs, achieve beyond expectations, and demonstrate a generosity with time and talent that inspires children and colleagues alike.
We are very proud of Sandra for this recognition and also for her dedication and commitment to her clients. She is a valued staff member and is an example to all of us who work with her.
Resolutions on Pro-Life Legislation and on Adoption and Orphan Care (posted 11/03/2017)
In the recent annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention, messengers adopted two resolutions for which we are grateful. One dealt with support and appreciation for 2017 pro-life legislation passed in Missouri and the other with adoption and orphan care. In both resolutions, Missouri Baptist Children's Home was mentioned.
I would encourage you to read these resolutions, if you have not already done so, and consider how you might become more involved in pro-life activiteis and adoption and orphan care.
Feel free to contact us if you would like a copy of either or both of these resolutions.
Thank you, Missouri Baptists, for making these strong statements of support for these vital issues in our state.