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Church reaches families with new VBS twist during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and era of social distancing, Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville pulled off a successful week of engaging local families in God’s word with a…
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Partnering churches deliver boxes of food across the state

Working side-by-side as the body of Christ, volunteers from churches in the Central Florida region came together during the past five weeks to distribute food valued at $2.25…
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Giving Flight to Faith at Church at Viera

Giving wings to faith by instilling a passion for people to meet Jesus provides purpose to the mission of Church at Viera.
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With new protocols, Lake Yale Conference Center ready for guests

For more than 50 years, Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center (LYBCC) in the heart of Central Florida has served as the chosen location for more than a million conference attendees
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Pensacola congregation embraces homeless community

Jeffrey Henry is not your coat-and-tie kind of pastor. Most often he can be found in jeans and a tee shirt serving Escambia County’s homeless population. 
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Local Association Launches Pastoral Assistance Fund

Without a doubt churches, pastors and their families have shouldered an impossible task and weighty burden since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
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New church gifted with building to reach Homestead community

The Movement Church led by Pastor Corey Sanders received an early anniversary present when King’s Way Community Church donated its building to the younger congregation, which will…
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Chets Creek Church: Impacting the nations in Jacksonville

The mission of Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville is “to know God and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.” And now from their new multicultural Southside Campus,…
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Bayshore Church pastor extends a ministry of reconciliation

“We are a church for the jacked-up people, doesn't matter their habits or hang ups,” said pastor Toney Hill, who assumed the reins of Bayshore Community Church in August 2015. “Our…
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Hispanic, Black congregations deal with COVID-19 health, economic disparities

While COVID-19 has impacted all sectors of the U.S. population, studies show African American and Hispanic communities have suffered disproportionate tolls in death, illness and…
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FLDR’s Gregory named among top 30 vols in state

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer Linda Gregory has been recognized and honored for her dedication to disaster relief ministry by Volunteer Florida as one of the top 30…
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Virtual VBS to unite families and kids in Tallahassee

Children and families in Tallahassee and around the globe will get to participate in Vacation Bible School this summer without ever having to leave their homes.
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Church reaches families with new VBS twist during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and era of social distancing, Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville pulled off a successful week of engaging local families in God’s word with a…
Read More...

Partnering churches deliver boxes of food across the state

Working side-by-side as the body of Christ, volunteers from churches in the Central Florida region came together during the past five weeks to distribute food valued at $2.25…
Read More...

Giving Flight to Faith at Church at Viera

Giving wings to faith by instilling a passion for people to meet Jesus provides purpose to the mission of Church at Viera.
Read More...

With new protocols, Lake Yale Conference Center ready for guests

For more than 50 years, Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center (LYBCC) in the heart of Central Florida has served as the chosen location for more than a million conference attendees
Read More...

Pensacola congregation embraces homeless community

Jeffrey Henry is not your coat-and-tie kind of pastor. Most often he can be found in jeans and a tee shirt serving Escambia County’s homeless population. 
Read More...

Local Association Launches Pastoral Assistance Fund

Without a doubt churches, pastors and their families have shouldered an impossible task and weighty burden since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Read More...

New church gifted with building to reach Homestead community

The Movement Church led by Pastor Corey Sanders received an early anniversary present when King’s Way Community Church donated its building to the younger congregation, which will…
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Chets Creek Church: Impacting the nations in Jacksonville

The mission of Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville is “to know God and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.” And now from their new multicultural Southside Campus,…
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Bayshore Church pastor extends a ministry of reconciliation

“We are a church for the jacked-up people, doesn't matter their habits or hang ups,” said pastor Toney Hill, who assumed the reins of Bayshore Community Church in August 2015. “Our…
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Hispanic, Black congregations deal with COVID-19 health, economic disparities

While COVID-19 has impacted all sectors of the U.S. population, studies show African American and Hispanic communities have suffered disproportionate tolls in death, illness and…
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FLDR’s Gregory named among top 30 vols in state

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer Linda Gregory has been recognized and honored for her dedication to disaster relief ministry by Volunteer Florida as one of the top 30…
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Virtual VBS to unite families and kids in Tallahassee

Children and families in Tallahassee and around the globe will get to participate in Vacation Bible School this summer without ever having to leave their homes.
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Pensacola congregation embraces homeless community

Jeffrey Henry is not your coat-and-tie kind of pastor. Most often he can be found in jeans and a tee shirt serving Escambia County’s homeless population. 
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Churches respond after wildfire destroys portions of Walton County

For Charles Wilson, pastor of The Chapel at Crosspoint, the terrifying news came in a phone call.  The wildfire threatening homes, businesses and churches in the South Walton area…
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Panhandle churches fill aching hearts and empty stomachs

“In Covid-19 ministry days, churches are scrambling for ways to be the church,” said Brian Nall, executive director of the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association. “Most of that has been…
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
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FBDR teams respond after tornadoes rip through Panhandle

Teams of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers immediately responded after tornadoes hit West Florida during the week of April 20, damaging buildings and causing power…
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Children’s ministries press on despite pandemic

With an indefinite stay-at-home order in place, children’s ministries in Florida are exploring new avenues for teaching kids about the love of Christ. Right now, families are…
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New pastors refuse to let pandemic detour them from God’s will

Relocating a family is difficult in any season, but two new Florida Baptist pastors have discovered moving across state lines during a national pandemic presents a unique set of…
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
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Pastors’ virtual gatherings: ‘We’re all in this together’

“Believing that if we will, as scripture says, ‘humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, He will heal our land,’” Allen Hawkins, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo,…
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Walton County church celebrates 25 years of relational evangelism

In the late 1930s, Ida Dalton bought a piece of land and dreamed of the day a church would be built on it. But though she never saw her dream come to fruition in her lifetime, God…
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Statewide Call to Prayer: Pastors told ‘God is at work’ during COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist pastors were encouraged to cling to God’s peace and acknowledge His sovereignty as COVID-19 disrupts every aspect of life during these turbulent times.
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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Church reaches families with new VBS twist during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and era of social distancing, Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville pulled off a successful week of engaging local families in God’s word with a…
Read More...

Virtual VBS to unite families and kids in Tallahassee

Children and families in Tallahassee and around the globe will get to participate in Vacation Bible School this summer without ever having to leave their homes.
Read More...

With Safety Measures in Place, Alachua County Churches Begin Holding Services Again

Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville has begun holding services again on its campus, but those attending must first RSVP online, answer health questions when they check in and…
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Tallahassee churches to hold citywide virtual VBS

The vision at Bradfordville First Baptist Church is to make disciples who love upward, inward and outward. And this summer, the "outward" component of that vision will take on new…
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
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FBDR teams respond after tornadoes rip through Panhandle

Teams of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers immediately responded after tornadoes hit West Florida during the week of April 20, damaging buildings and causing power…
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Pastor Creates Works of Art During Unique Family Devotional Videos

Family Pastor John Park is putting an artistic and captivating spin on the weekly devotional he creates for his church members during these home quarantining days of the COVID-19…
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
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Drive-in church offers safe way to meet during stay-at-home orders

With its new drive-in church service, Fellowship Church in Madison is inviting members and the public to “Drive up, stay in car, and tune in for music and teaching.” In these days…
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Florida pastor continues missions efforts for Bahamas church impacted by Dorian

Pastor Matt Swain has taken mission trips to the Grand Bahamas for years, but his journeys found new meaning after the island suffered devastating damages from Hurricane Dorian in…
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Pastors’ virtual gatherings: ‘We’re all in this together’

“Believing that if we will, as scripture says, ‘humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, He will heal our land,’” Allen Hawkins, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo,…
Read More...

Statewide Call to Prayer: Pastors told ‘God is at work’ during COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist pastors were encouraged to cling to God’s peace and acknowledge His sovereignty as COVID-19 disrupts every aspect of life during these turbulent times.
Read More...

Giving Flight to Faith at Church at Viera

Giving wings to faith by instilling a passion for people to meet Jesus provides purpose to the mission of Church at Viera.
Read More...

Chets Creek Church: Impacting the nations in Jacksonville

The mission of Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville is “to know God and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.” And now from their new multicultural Southside Campus,…
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Waves of hope and love at canaveral port ministry

“Where do we go from here?” was the question Mark Wodka, director of the Canaveral Port Ministry (CPM), asked the Lord in mid-March, as the COVID-19 quarantine restricted cruise…
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Discovery Church: Pressing Forward During Pandemic

Tim O’Carroll is a busy man these days. In addition to leading Discovery Church through its first building program in a pandemic, the pastor also serves as associational mission…
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
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Callahan First Baptist – Supplying Medical Masks for the Frontline

As the critical shortage of medical masks surfaced during the COVID pandemic, a group of 16 women from First Baptist Church in Callahan answered the call, sewing more than 7,000…
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
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Palm Bay church develops intentional communities

In recent years, Palm Bay has proven to be a difficult place for traditional churches to flourish. Many churches have been planted but not many have survived. Three years ago,…
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COVID-19 compels churches to think creatively this Easter

While the number of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida and church buildings sit empty in keeping with social distancing guidelines, church leaders are finding…
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Pastors’ virtual gatherings: ‘We’re all in this together’

“Believing that if we will, as scripture says, ‘humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, He will heal our land,’” Allen Hawkins, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo,…
Read More...

Statewide Call to Prayer: Pastors told ‘God is at work’ during COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist pastors were encouraged to cling to God’s peace and acknowledge His sovereignty as COVID-19 disrupts every aspect of life during these turbulent times.
Read More...

FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
Read More...

Partnering churches deliver boxes of food across the state

Working side-by-side as the body of Christ, volunteers from churches in the Central Florida region came together during the past five weeks to distribute food valued at $2.25…
Read More...

Orlando’s Meals and Masks on Mondays

Near the height of the Coronavirus quarantine, two Orlando-area churches combined efforts to expand an existing program, with their sights set on providing food and protective…
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Orlando churches merge to serve multicultural community

When Dominican Republic native Wildre Ortega, his wife and small children left New Jersey in 2008 during an economic recession, he never expected to be a pastor of a Florida…
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St. Cloud mayor and pastor sees job as ‘salt and light’ during COVID-19

For St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell, prayer is an essential tool in leading his city during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lake Wales church invests in children, families with drive-thru activities

Connecting with children and families during this time of a pandemic has proven to be challenging for Florida Baptist churches.  Yet, First Baptist Church of Lake Wales knows…
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Church honors local heroes on International Firefighters’ Day

More than 70 firefighters were doused with support last week as members of First Baptist Church in Winter Garden found creative ways to celebrate their local heroes during a…
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Oviedo church clears more than $1.5 million in medical debt for 1,000-plus families

CrossLife Church in Oviedo is clearing more than $1.5 million in crippling medical debt for more than 1,000 families in Oviedo, Chuluota and Orlando. 
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Tampa church mass produces protective face shields

The church can use a crisis of any magnitude as an opportunity to help others, and to glorify God.
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
Read More...

Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
Read More...

Social distancing doesn’t equal spiritual distancing

During a time when gatherings are avoided due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Baptist churches are experiencing heightened connection and attendance through online efforts to…
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Pastors’ virtual gatherings: ‘We’re all in this together’

“Believing that if we will, as scripture says, ‘humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, He will heal our land,’” Allen Hawkins, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo,…
Read More...

Local Association Launches Pastoral Assistance Fund

Without a doubt churches, pastors and their families have shouldered an impossible task and weighty burden since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Read More...

Bayshore Church pastor extends a ministry of reconciliation

“We are a church for the jacked-up people, doesn't matter their habits or hang ups,” said pastor Toney Hill, who assumed the reins of Bayshore Community Church in August 2015. “Our…
Read More...

Southwest Florida churches prepare for in-person services

While several Southwest Florida churches are optimistic about their recent on-campus services, others in the region are making final preparations to launch their first in-person…
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First Naples finds avenues of service during COVID-19

To meet this growing crisis in the community, volunteers at First Baptist Church in Naples have partnered with St. Matthew’s House to host a mobile, drive-thru food bank at the…
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Port Charlotte church serves as hands, feet of Jesus

Members of Murdock Baptist Church responded to the Covid-19 crisis the only way they know how—finding new avenues to serve those around them.
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
Read More...

Easter’s message proclaimed despite COVID-19 restrictions in Southwest Florida

Although the medium used to communicate this year’s Easter messages was in stark contrast to previous years, the Good News proclaimed by churches across southwest Florida remained…
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Pastors’ virtual gatherings: ‘We’re all in this together’

“Believing that if we will, as scripture says, ‘humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, He will heal our land,’” Allen Hawkins, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo,…
Read More...

SW Florida churches stay connected during COVID-19

Amid social distancing and stay-at-home orders, Florida Baptist churches in the southwest region of the state are becoming creative and resourceful to remain connected with church…
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Statewide Call to Prayer: Pastors told ‘God is at work’ during COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist pastors were encouraged to cling to God’s peace and acknowledge His sovereignty as COVID-19 disrupts every aspect of life during these turbulent times.
Read More...

South Florida churches adopt creative ways to minister during COVID-19 crisis

As a shadow of fear and uncertainty spreads over the nation in response to the  COVID-19 crisis, Florida Baptist churches in the southeast region of the state are finding inventive…
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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
Read More...

Church reaches families with new VBS twist during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and era of social distancing, Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville pulled off a successful week of engaging local families in God’s word with a…
Read More...

Partnering churches deliver boxes of food across the state

Working side-by-side as the body of Christ, volunteers from churches in the Central Florida region came together during the past five weeks to distribute food valued at $2.25…
Read More...

Giving Flight to Faith at Church at Viera

Giving wings to faith by instilling a passion for people to meet Jesus provides purpose to the mission of Church at Viera.
Read More...

With new protocols, Lake Yale Conference Center ready for guests

For more than 50 years, Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center (LYBCC) in the heart of Central Florida has served as the chosen location for more than a million conference attendees
Read More...

Pensacola congregation embraces homeless community

Jeffrey Henry is not your coat-and-tie kind of pastor. Most often he can be found in jeans and a tee shirt serving Escambia County’s homeless population. 
Read More...

Local Association Launches Pastoral Assistance Fund

Without a doubt churches, pastors and their families have shouldered an impossible task and weighty burden since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Read More...

New church gifted with building to reach Homestead community

The Movement Church led by Pastor Corey Sanders received an early anniversary present when King’s Way Community Church donated its building to the younger congregation, which will…
Read More...

Chets Creek Church: Impacting the nations in Jacksonville

The mission of Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville is “to know God and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.” And now from their new multicultural Southside Campus,…
Read More...

Bayshore Church pastor extends a ministry of reconciliation

“We are a church for the jacked-up people, doesn't matter their habits or hang ups,” said pastor Toney Hill, who assumed the reins of Bayshore Community Church in August 2015. “Our…
Read More...

Hispanic, Black congregations deal with COVID-19 health, economic disparities

While COVID-19 has impacted all sectors of the U.S. population, studies show African American and Hispanic communities have suffered disproportionate tolls in death, illness and…
Read More...

FLDR’s Gregory named among top 30 vols in state

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer Linda Gregory has been recognized and honored for her dedication to disaster relief ministry by Volunteer Florida as one of the top 30…
Read More...

Virtual VBS to unite families and kids in Tallahassee

Children and families in Tallahassee and around the globe will get to participate in Vacation Bible School this summer without ever having to leave their homes.
Read More...