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October 11, 2018
Live a life worthy of a good report

It seems I am asked to give personal references more and more often. I see it as a compliment –– a position that comes with age perhaps. I’m certainly honored to give a good report for someone I know.Ron and I have been friends for almost 20 years. We first met professionally. His focus on family is similar to mine. He and his wife have only recently joined Kathy and me as empty nesters –– both of his daughters are well on their way to establishing lives of their own. Ron is beginning an encore read more


October 9, 2018
Five truths from a life changed forever

Say what you will about Zaccheaus, but he was a man on a mission and would not be deterred.There was a buzz throughout the city that day. Jesus would be passing through Jericho. There were no plans to stop –– Jesus was passing through. There was pushing and scrambling to see him, but Zaccheaus was going to be left out and left behind.Zaccheaus was not the most popular man in the crowd. He was a chief tax collector, rich, and short of stature. But, he was a man on a mission and would not be read more


October 5, 2018
Grant aids damage leftover from Hurricane Matthew

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) has selected Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) as the recipient of one of its five spring grants. On Wednesday, August 22, RMHC of NC board members presented a $20,000 check to BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell and staff members at Kennedy Home in Kinston.The grant will go toward the rewiring of Kennedy Home, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Despite new losses from Hurricane Florence, Kennedy Home read more


October 3, 2018
News anchor returns to emcee "life-changing event"

Tanya Rivera is no stranger to the spotlight.A 16-year veteran news anchor for WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, Rivera has been front and center on the station’s newscast.In 2016, Rivera agreed to emcee the annual “Hope in Style” event sharing the spotlight with Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) boys and girls who walk the runway to model new back-to-school outfits.Spending time with the children, who live at BCH’s Mills Home in Thomasville, during the event made an impact on Rivera. The news anchor read more


October 3, 2018
Blackwell honored for "extraordinary" leadership at Western Area Conference

The 59th Annual Western Area Conference (WAC) was held Thursday, September 6 at Broyhill Home in Clyde. Hundreds of Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) supporters representing Baptist churches from throughout western North Carolina attended the event which included cottage tours, Gospel singing and a barbecue meal. Children and former children in care participated in song and by sharing testimonies.Also, this year’s annual celebration highlighted BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell’s 35th read more


September 29, 2018
Brothers give hearts to Jesus

Pastor Randy Stewart reaches out and takes the young boy’s hand as he steps into the baptismal waters. They have enough time to exchange a quick smile just before Stewart looks out into the congregation.“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!” Stewart proclaims, his right hand raised towards heaven.The boy takes a deep breath as the pastor leans him back. Emerging from the waters with a smile, the new Christian wipes his eyes. He steps out of the pool read more


September 27, 2018
Florence displaces children, campuses suffer damage

After having barely recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago, Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) has once again sustained major damage.Children, cottage parents and staff at four of BCH’s Eastern North Carolina locations evacuated ahead of the storm. Kennedy Home in Kinston, Odum Home in Pembroke and Cameron Boys Camp in Cameron came to Mills Home in Thomasville while the girls from Camp Duncan in Aberdeen stayed at a local church.While the storm brought destruction read more


September 25, 2018
Children pray for those impacted by Hurricane Florence

Sunday morning, September 16, worshipers gathered at Mills Home Baptist Church (MHBC) on the Mills Home campus in Thomasville. It was not a typical Sunday morning service. That day, children and staff members from Kennedy Home, Odum Home and Cameron Boys Camp were in attendance. The church was a buzz of noise and excitement.We shared scripture, we recited the Lord’s Prayer, and we sang the first hymn . As the pastor of MHBC, Randy Stewart, began by asking for prayer requests, little hands and read more


September 21, 2018
Hurricane Update- 3 Ways You Can Help

Thank you for your outpouring of support in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence! We are grateful for you. As we recover, we continue to pray for everyone throughout the Carolinas who has felt this storm's devastating impact.Here are our latest updates:Children and Caregivers Are HomeWe are excited to announce that the boys, girls and caregivers who were evacuated to our Mills Home campus in Thomasville have all returned to their original BCH locations. The children and staff from Odum Home in read more


September 19, 2018
Let the little children come

Three-year-old Emmalie leads me to a chair and takes her “stage” –– the bricked hearth in the family room. Facing her audience, she declares “I go to VBS!” and talks full out about her week at Vacation Bible School. I hear good words in her story –– “Jesus,” “friends,” “Bible.” I see the joy on her face. I watch her act out the songs with motions she has learned. Daughter Amie joins in. Obviously, this performance is not a first run, and Amie knows the stories and songs very well.Like most read more


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