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August 16, 2018
Roots to Ground, Wings to Soar

One of my favorite times of the day is spent sitting with a cup of coffee in the morning on my porch. The sound of rustling leaves from the huge old trees, the birds adding their chorus, and no one stirring – it is the perfect start of a day. Everything is peaceful and quiet.As I enjoyed my quiet time this morning, I smiled big as I thought of the excitement of yesterday and the awesome joy I felt at being a part of God’s amazing work at Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). It was mid-afternoon when read more


August 2, 2018
Gathering celebrates one heart

As Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell looked out onto the pews at Mills Home Baptist Church, he took a moment to collect himself ––every seat was filled –– adults who couldn’t find a seat stood along the back wall.“For as long as I can recall, we have been known as ‘North Carolina’s largest family,’ Blackwell said. “Seeing the church nearly overflowing, in that moment, my heart was completely full.”The celebratory day on June 19 was filled with many emotional high read more


July 25, 2018
The gift of a blessing

Children need to capture someone’s attention, to steal someone’s heart, to be the apple of someone’s eye. I was fortunate as a child to have a loving grandfather who made me feel special. When I declared my fine arts major in college, he bought a portfolio for me to store the artwork I would create one day. I have memories of him watching me, fascinated with who I was becoming, affirming me every chance he had. I became aware of the power of a blessing.Blessings are often confused with getting read more


July 23, 2018
Intimacy strengthens leadership

For the 35 years (more than 11,000 days) I have worked with Michael C. Blackwell, we have enjoyed wonderful mountain top experiences together. One of those experiences was celebrating the first decade of his management group in Glendale Springs. It was the summer of 1998 and Dr. Blackwell invited the five members of his management group and their spouses for a long weekend retreat at Glendale Springs Inn –– it is the same hotel where President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore stayed when read more


July 18, 2018
Meet Janet...

School was the place where Janet would escape.It was warm on cold days, cool on hot days, she had a good breakfast and lunch provided, and there was a working bathroom. Even though she had no school supplies, Janet got up each morning, put on clothes that had not been washed, and went to school. And while her classmates counted down to the weekend, she dreaded it, wondering how she would survive those two long days.Because of your generous gifts, children like Janet don’t have to worry about read more


July 18, 2018
A deep love for children

My first introduction to Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) was in 1974 when a speaker came to the church my family and I attended at the time, Guilford Baptist in Greensboro. I could not have imagined then that I would have a career and a life-long dedication and commitment to its ministry. God’s leadership and direction have always been at work in my relationship to BCH –– and to Michael C. Blackwell.In 1985, I served in a temporary part-time position during BCH’s Centennial Celebration. It was read more


July 16, 2018
Blackwell keep God at center

When I think about the years that I have worked with “Dr. B.,” laughed with “Dr. B.,” cried with “Dr. B.,” celebrated with “Dr. B.,” stood with “Dr. B.,” and shared a common passion for children with “Dr. B., this scripture comes to mind:“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you read more


July 12, 2018
God weaves people together

I first met Michael C. Blackwell during a home visit from college in the spring of 1974. Carthage is my hometown, and my family lived within walking distance of First Baptist Church. That weekend, I attended worship and heard Dr. Blackwell preach. Wow! His voice was amazing and so was his message! During lunch with my parents, I remember asking, “How in the world did our church manage to get such a great speaker?”Carthage is a small town, and Dr. Blackwell’s calling there was his first role as a read more


July 12, 2018
The true character of a person

I have often heard a great indicator of a person’s character is how one treats those who one has some charge over, even if it’s temporary such as a waiter in a restaurant or store clerk. I would go on to say it applies to how one treats the aging, children or any powerless or helpless person or group.It’s been more than eleven years ago when I received a phone call, out of the blue and heard this booming voice greet me with a pleasant “How is your day going? This is Michael Blackwell with read more


July 5, 2018
The gift of knowing a person's name

I first met Michael C. Blackwell when I was a teenage resident at Broyhill Home in Clyde during in the late 80s. Although his attendance at Broyhill’s annual talent show made me nervous, once I met him, he made me feel at ease. I witnessed this same thing when my husband Todd and I served as cottage parents, when I served in Dr. Blackwell’s office, and later when I was a founding team member of NCBAM (North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry). Through the years, I have realized the magnitude of his read more


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