This weekend Florida Baptist churches will have the opportunity to support the important work of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home through the Mother’s Day Offering.
When churches give to the Mother’s Day Offering they are supporting initiatives like Sanctity of Human Life, anti-trafficking awareness and foster care and adoption services among many others.
“It is because of the support of our Florida Baptist church partners that we are able to impact children in need throughout the state,” wrote Katy Martin, vice president of communication for the Children’s Home.
“Whether it is providing a much-needed meal for a child, placing a neglected child in a loving Christian home, coming alongside parents to offer support (before the child welfare system is needed), etc.” she continued.
Joandy [last name withheld], is a single mom who is currently in the Brave Moms program provided by the Children’s Home with support from the Mother’s Day offering.
“I heard about the program from another single mom at work and I’m so glad I took the leap and started, it has given me a sense of security,” she said.
The Brave Moms program recently launched to serve single mothers and their children as the moms work diligently to become self-sufficient and discover who God created them to be as they lead their families.
“Before I came to [the Children’s Home], I was basically couch surfing with my daughter,” she said.
Now she lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her daughter and attends class every Thursday.
“Every Thursday we have class and I look forward to it always,” she said. “I leave encouraged every time and I’ve learned many useful things.”
Some of the topics covered during the Brave Moms course include managing finances, how to deal with the stress of parenting, and coping with separation and divorce.
Joandy says she likes how she’s also learning the Bible during class and how to depend more on God.
Last year 200,524 children and individuals were impacted by the ministries of the Children’s Home, said Stephen Robert, vice president of strategic operations and church engagement.
Robert adds that churches that wish to get involved with the Mother’s Day offering can do so in three ways:
- Promoting the offering in the church
- Praying for the children being served in Florida and across the globe
Free promotional resources are available at here.
“We really appreciate our Florida Baptist Churches and want to come alongside them and help them live out James 1:27,” said Robert.
By Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Convention, May 11, 2018