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Emmanuel Home offers next step for birth mothers

Updated: May 3

With the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon, the transformation of this historic, residential home, brought back to life after nearly being condemned, is complete. Much like the women this new ministry will serve, the house is prepared for a bright, new beginning as The Emmanuel Home. Approximately 200 people attended the dedication ceremony on April 25 to celebrate the opening of the completely-restored home that is the next step in Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) commitment to providing compassionate support to birth mothers—women who have chosen adoption for their babies through BCH’s Christian Adoption Services (CAS).

“This is a heartbeat ministry,” BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell shared with those in attendance. “Emmanuel Home is giving courageous birth mothers a glorious opportunity to be partners with God in affirming life with all of us. We are in the business of sharing the hope of God in Jesus Christ and restoring lives of those who accept Him.”

The new ministry came together through two lead gifts. The residential home was given to BCH in 2021 as an estate planning gift by Thomasville resident Charles Franklin Finch. Once it was determined that the home, which sits directly on the outskirts of BCH’s Mills Home campus, was perfectly located for this new effort, CAS supporters Chris and Darci Horne of Charlotte made a lead financial gift. They donated funds from the sale of a piece of property that was willed to them by a friend from their church whose name was Emmanuel.

Right: Chris and Darci Horne, Left: Marley Finch Russell, Suzanne Finch, Anne Finch