Missouri Baptist Childrens Home
MBCH President's Update
As we enter 2018, we are reminded how God blessed us abundantly in so many ways in 2017 and we are excited and eagerly anticipating what He has in store for us during this new year. We have several initiatives in the works and there are others that are still being bantered around in our thought process.
You are a vital and critical partner with us in our mission as we serve God by responding to the needs of children, youth, and families to make a lasting difference in their lives. We simply cannot thank you enough for joining hands with us in our ministry to Him and His children.
I recently rearranged my office and was somewhat amazed at one of the advantages from doing so. I placed my credenza that has my computer monitor on it in front of a window facing the front of the campus.
Although the monitor blocks a lot of the view when I am working at the computer, as I look up and out the window I see the steeple with the cross that is on the Spiritual Life Center. The main part of the building is blocked from view by the monitor, but the steeple and cross are very evident. The cross symbolizes many things to us, with one of those being that our hope is in Him who came and gave Himself for us.
No matter how difficult life may become, what challenges or obstacles we face, when we look up we can have hope and confidence that He will see us through. One of our purposes is for our clients to look up and to have hope.
God has had His hand on the ministries of MBCH since it began almost 132 years go. He has seen it through both some mighty good days and some that were more difficult. But in either case, He was there to provide encouragement, comfort, and peace.
By the time you read this, we will have reported to our board in its January meeting that during calendar year 2017, MBCH Children and Family Ministries and The LIGHT House participated in 208 permanencies. The break-down is as follows:
- Reunifications – 79
- Guardianships – 33
- Adoptions - 96
We thank the Lord that we were able to impact the lives of these 208 children to facilitate them in either returning home or finding a new “forever” home. You were a key in this happening so thank you for your partnership with us.
Since 2012, MBCH Children and Family Ministries has facilitated 1,912 children reaching permanency in the following ways:
- Reunifications – 771
- Guardianships – 330
- Adoptions – 811
Our staff has worked hard to make this happen and I am grateful for the heart of ministry each one has as he or she serves our Lord. And, again, this could not have happened without the involvement of many who pray for us and who support our ministries.
In the November issue of The Messenger, I told you about the on-going need we have to staff our group homes with married couples. It would be great to have some couples who have already reared their children consider serving as “missionaries” with MBCH. The pay would be in the range of $27,000 to $30,000 each with benefits. The couple does not even have to move. Since these positions work 7 days on – 7 days off, they can work one week in the group home and then can be in their own home one week.
Right now we are staffing with singles in several of our units, and while they do great work for us, it would be good to have some married couples as well to provide that positive example to our children. Look around you and see who you know who might make good youth care specialists and ask them to call our Human Resources department(1-800-264-6224) for more information. I just have to believe that with almost 2,000 Baptist churches in our state there has to be some couples to help meet this need. In fact, that someone might even be you.
We continue to focus on church engagement initiatives and how we can become even a better partner with our churches and with our Missouri Baptist Convention. It is our hope and expectation that the result of these on-going initiatives will be families being strengthened as churches become more aware of the needs in their communities and more knowledgeable of the services available.
I encourage you to read the pages of this edition of The Messenger and rejoice with us in the good things He is doing through MBCH. I also encourage you to contact us at 1-800-264-6224 or through our website, if you feel the Lord leading you to inquire about being a staff member, being a foster parent, or just finding out what you might do to be a part of impacting the lives of these precious ones.
As always, I thank you for your faithfulness in your prayers and financial support and encourage you to continue to be an advocate for children and families in your home communities. It takes all of us joining hands together under the leadership and Lordship of our Savior to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. And together, we are impacting the lives of many for Him.
May He receive all the honor and glory.
Russel L. Martin,