Don't miss the opportunity to change a life forever
“Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could change a life.”
As I ponder these words, I am taken back to the groundbreaking ceremony on the Mills Home campus in June 2016. Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) was again expanding its state-wide outreach through The Bob and Carolyn Tucker Greater Vision Outreach Ministry Center. Bob and Carolyn have an amazing rich history of putting action to their faith. Through their commitment to give back, they have significantly impacted Kingdom building.
The Tucker family made an initial commitment of $1 million dollars to birth the dream of this new outreach into a reality. The groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction of the Center’s new home.
Near the conclusion of the program, BCH president/CEO Dr. Michael C. Blackwell asked Bob Tucker if he would like to share any words. Rising to the microphone, Mr. Tucker shocked all in attendance when he made an impromptu announcement: “I will in addition match everything you raise up to a half million dollars.”
The crowd rose to their feet in appreciation of the founder of Shoe Show for this generous and bold gesture.
Mr. Tucker went on humbly sharing from his heart that his commitment and purpose behind the additional support grew from an experience he and Carolyn had during a trip to New York years earlier.
“There was an old man with a beard outside of our hotel,” Bob recalled. “I walked over and handed him $10. I always wondered if I had given him enough. I had that same feeling today when I arrived. I wanted to do more.”
And he did!