Missouri Baptist Childrens Home
MBCH President's Update
In order for MBCH to be effective, it is critical that we remain true to our mission to serve God by responding to the needs of children, youth, and families to make a lasting difference in their lives. I have written in a previous column that we want to make sure we remain true to our Christian faith-based mission and that our programming is responsive and meets the needs of families and communities.
During our mission audit, we discovered that although we have a long history (in fact, from inception) of being a Christian agency we could not find that we had ever adopted a formal faith statement. To address that, the Board of Trustees in its July meeting adopted the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as our faith statement.
It was our conclusion that it was preferred to adopt this statement rather than preparing another as it addresses very well the areas of our concern and interest. Every section of the Baptist Faith and Message is pertinent, but we were particularly drawn to the one on the Christian and the social order and the one on the family. They speak well to our purpose and our values.
It was a real delight to have Oksana Savka and Roman Matviyiv from Ukraine visit us in April. It was also our delight for Greg Morrow and Chris Ferkel, members of our Board of Trustees, along with Derald Harris (Vice President Public Relations), Robbi Haynes (Program Director), and my wife and me to spend a few days in Ukraine in September. Not only did we visit New Hope Ukraine in L’viv where Oksana and Roman minister, but we were also privileged to meet in Kiev with the President and the First Vice President of the Baptist Union, along with other pastors and leaders.
It was truly a life-changing experience. We were blessed and touched by the hearts of the Ukrainian Christians with whom we interacted. Their stories of how their lives were impacted under the oppression of the former Soviet Union and how they persevered in their faith were powerful to hear. They have a real heart for orphan care and are responding to those needs in various ways. You will find more information on our trip in this edition of The Messenger, so please read that and pray with us that we will know God’s plan for us in future relationships.
There are a couple of areas in which you could particularly be of help to us.
The LIGHT House, one of our affiliates in Kansas City, is in need of the following items to make available to our clients:
- Diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, and 6)
- Baby Wipes, Diaper Cream
- Hygiene Items – Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner, Toothpaste, Lotions, Ethnic Hair products (Especially Motions & Cantu Brands, Hair Oil & Conditioner Cream)
- Baby Wash & Lotion
- Formula-Enfamil Sensitive
- New Car Seats (Infant, Convertible, Booster)
Collecting these items might be a good project for a missions group, Sunday School class, etc. Items can be delivered to The LIGHT House by calling S. K. Oliver or Julie Karanja at 816-361-2233 or taking them to any office or location of MBCH and we will see that the items are delivered to the right place. Thank you for helping to meet this need.
The other need is 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.
Christmas is coming quickly and I was touched by a story that was passed on to me by way of Kathy Crawley, one of our staff members, who helps coordinate the gifts for our children and clients. She recently sent out the Christmas wish list to the cottages on campus. Two of the adult clients in our Freedom 43:19 program (human trafficking rescue) told staff not to give them anything for Christmas as they had been given so much already. What a joy and privilege it is to serve these young women and to share with them the message of hope and restoration. Thank you for helping us not only in this ministry, but in all our ministries.
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.