Orphan Outreach Announces New Partnership with Florida Ministry
By Julie Cramer
Florida Baptist Children’s Home (FBCH) has been helping orphans for more than 100 years, with 13 locations across the state. The home’s services range from residential care, fostering, and emergency shelter to maternity care and counseling, adult developmental assistance, and adoption.
“Every day we see children who are victims of unfortunate circumstances in their family—circumstances that simply break your heart,” Jerry Haag, President of FBCH, said. “However, we are able to shelter these children in the arms of Christian adults. And in time we often see great changes in many of these children such as renewed courage and confidence, as well as professions of Christian faith.”
FBCH, which served 5,100 children and families last year and 35,000 since its inception, is expanding its scope internationally with the help of Orphan Outreach. This new collaboration brings together two organizations with a shared purpose: care for the world’s hurting children in the name of Christ.
“Advocacy is a part of what we promote,” Mike Douris, president of Orphan Outreach, said. “It’s a blessing to equip and encourage others to reach people for Christ. No one church or ministry can fulfill the biblical mandate to care for the orphan. It must be the commitment of all Christians to live out the Lord’s love and concern for ‘the least of these’.”
“Our two organizations compliment each other’s skills and competencies,” Haag said, “which together should make our efforts even more efficient and effective at reaching disadvantaged children with humanitarian aide such as backpacks, school supplies, as well as joint mission trips and cooperating in orphan projects – all to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ for these special children.
The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. For more information contact the Children’s Homes at 863-687-8811 or online at www.FBCHomes.org.