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To our friends and supporters -- Dr. Michael Blackwell

Dear friends and supporters of our many ministries serving to the Glory of God and beating with one heart.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and the people of our state, nation and world as we all monitor the ever-changing crisis surrounding COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) has taken strategic steps to protect our staff members and those entrusted to our care. Every ministry is complying with protocols set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NC Department Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), local health departments, and regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in regard to infection prevention and control and testing. In fact, many of the CDC and NCDHHS protocols to safeguard against COVID-19 are practices BCH has utilized for years.

We have revised schedules, canceled events and shown flexibility in meeting needs during this time. You can be assured that BCH’s leadership team is doing everything possible to ensure our residents and staff members remain safe and healthy.

And that brings me to you.

You are an important and vital part of our ministry. You matter. You share hope. You change lives. You are a child of God. You are a vessel of the Holy Spirit. And, I thank God for you.

You have remained calm, washed your hands, used common sense, and stayed out of harm’s way. Good for you. Good for us.

As BCH President, I will walk alongside you during this time of crisis, change and adjustment. I’m told that I can’t shake your hand now or share an appropriate hug, but I can say this –– I love and appreciate you. I admire the way you dedicate your talents and abilities, your life, to help the most vulnerable among us.

You are doing God’s work. So, keep the faith. Take heart. This crisis will eventually pass. In the meantime, stand tall. Square your shoulders.

Walk and talk with confidence.

Remember who you are. Remember Whose you are!

You, our readers, are very dear to me and essential to our ministry which is celebrating 135 years of “sharing hope...changing lives.”

God bless you!

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