During the months of October, November and December, everyone at Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) is busy thanking our wonderful, faithful friends. Each one of us knows that it would be impossible to serve children and families without your commitment to help one child and one family at a time.
As we begin a new year, we look ahead and are reminded about the many new beginnings each person who turns to BCH for hope will experience during the next 12 months.
January signals new beginnings, fresh starts and second chances. How difficult life would be without the hope that comes with beginning anew. Unfortunately, an increasing number of children and families facing the harsh realities of poverty, abuse, drugs, and family crisis feel uncertain about the future. They feel lost and hidden under a cloud of fear and despair. They see little opportunity for any renewal. Hope seems out of reach.
But despite the darkness, there is good news. At BCH, we believe each child, family and individual who comes into care deserves new beginnings, fresh starts and second chances. Everyday, we strive to demonstrate our faith in God by offering every child and family the chance to experience hope. BCH strives to plant the seeds of hope that provide the promise of a future. Your love and the legacy it creates will live on in the lives touched through the ministry of Baptist Children’s Homes.
January is a time of reflection and resolution. It is a time to consider the blessings God has entrusted to you and determine the kind of legacy you want to leave by sharing those blessings.
I am inspired by the resolutions created by Jonathan Edwards, one of the key revivalists in the Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s. Edwards adopted 70 resolutions by which he committed to live. Edwards read the resolutions at least once a week. One thing Edwards wrote that gives us some insight into his life and intent was the preface to the resolutions. It reads as follows: “Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will for Christ’s sake.”
Edwards resolved that only with God’s help would he be able to effect significant change in his world. What a tremendous legacy of Kingdom building he built.
Singer/songwriter Nicole Nordeman penned: “I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering, a child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically, and leave that kind of legacy.”
I have listened to inspiring story after story of the wonderful legacies that have been passed on from generation to generation that help sustain Baptist Children’s Homes. Throughout the years, we have been blessed by those who have left a legacy of hope by including Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina as part of their life giving and remembering BCH in their Last Will and Testament. Thank you for your legacy of caring for the “least of these” throughout your earthly life and into your eternal life.
Leave a legacy through planned giving. Visit www.bchlegacy.org. For more information, call Brenda Gray, Executive Vice President, Development & Communications, at 336-474-1230.