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Paulina is Thankful for BCH

September 28, 2010

By J. Blake Ragsdale

Paulina climbs into the driver’s seat of her new 1998 Jeep Cherokee. For many months, she saved the money she earned working to buy her very first vehicle. The teenager smiles as she grips the worn steering wheel. As she looks through the front window, Paulina sees her dreams come into focus.

The nineteen-year-old’s life has taken numerous turns, but today Paulina is on a well-paved road to success.

“I know what I want,” she says confidently. “Here at Mills Home, I am motivated to keep going.”

Paulina has lived on the campus in Thomasville since age 15. Being here has given her stability she has never known.

Paulina experienced a tumultuous childhood. The relationship between her parents was volatile. Her mother filed for divorce when Paulina was three years old. When Paulina turned seven, her mother remarried, but the second marriage was wrought with problems and turmoil. Life became miserable for Paulina. The couple placed Paulina at Mills Home to remove her from the environment.

Living at BCH has given Paulina the opportunity to focus on herself and to heal.

“I needed someone to love me,” she admits.

Her houseparents Bobby and Sonya Dalke gave Paulina the care and comfort she needed.

“I was an angry kid and hurting. At times, I took it out on them, but they would not let me give up,” Paulina says.

The Dalkes helped her deal with her emotions directing her energies into academics and sports. Paulina discovered a passion for playing soccer and running track.

“They helped me believe I could run track and make it to the regionals,” Paulina says. “But the most important thing they taught me is that I am a precious child of God.”

On August 16, 2006, Paulina knelt with the Dalkes and prayed accepting Christ into her heart.

“My favorite verse is Matthew 19:26,” Paulina says, “where it says ‘with God all things are possible.’”

Paulina has seen the scripture unfold in her own life. Before, hope and happiness did not seem attainable, but today, Paulina is a young adult whose goals are within reach.

Paulina is so thankful for the opportunity she has received at Baptist Children’s Homes that she wants to become a social worker.

“My dream is to give back and impact the lives of others just as my life has been impacted by BCH,” Paulina reveals. “Thank you, North Carolina Baptists and all those who support Baptist Children's Homes, for your support and prayers. You are making a difference.”

**Note: You Can Help! Children like Paulina need your help and the help of your church! During the fall, Baptist Children's Homes collects the Annual Offering. This year's offering goal is $1,4,250,00.00. Funds from the offering go to the direct care of Paulina and other children like her. Without your crucial support, BCH could not provide the care a child like Paulina needs. Encourage your church to participate. Learn more at www.bchfamily.org/offering.

You can also give an individual gift online by clicking on www.bchfamily.org/givenow.