Uncomfortable grace . . . Two words that do not seem to fit together. When we think of grace, we consider the free and unmerited favor of God, specifically focusing on His blessings to us. We focus on the gift in our salvation; thus, highlighting the ease on our part and forgetting the sacrifice that Jesus made for our salvation.
Camp of Champions happens at no charge to our families because of churches and individuals like YOU, who give so generously to our ministry. One of the ways people enjoy supporting Camp is by sponsoring a child to attend. With a gift of $180, you, your family, or your church group can sponsor a child this summer! For more information about Camp, click here.
We have a new Director of Social Services in Birmingham! Elise Vincent joined our ABCH staff on October 8, 2012, as a foster care social worker. As of January 1, 2017, she moved into this new position, and we are so excited to have her in this role!
Don Eades was an 8-year-old ABCH “Home Boy” who lived at our home for boys in Eastlake, and then in our Gardendale home, now present-day Family Care home. Life there in the 70s was, in his words, a wonderful and blessed time. He has never forgotten the providence of his time with us, and he loves to tell others about it . . .
Allen Huguley first met little Ettie Faith when she was placed in foster care, and he knew there was something special about her. “When I held her, I just knew . . . I felt a special connection with her. I just wanted to take care of her, to love her in a way that she needed and deserved.”
There is a fascinating Japanese legend about a man named Ashikaga Yoshimasa, a Japanese general, who lived from 1436 to 1490. He once sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repairs. When the tea bowl was returned, it had been repaired with large, crude metal staples, which did not please the general. The general challenged his Japanese craftsmen to come up with a repair strategy that would be more aesthetically pleasing. His craftsmen took seriously this challenge and used lacquer mixed with powdered gold to repair the tea bowl. Yoshimasa was quite pleased. In fact, he found the cracked and repaired bowl to be even more beautiful than it had originally been! His craftsmen pleased him so much that word spread of their technique and resulted in a new art form called Kintsugi, roughly translated as “golden repair.” Kintsugi pottery became so popular that some individuals would intentionally break vases or bowls to have them repaired by Kintsugi artists! Here at your Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, we are focused upon serving children from hard places and leading them to experience hope and wholeness.
Our 2016 Annual Report is now available! Please join us in celebrating our 125 years of ministry and enjoy some stories of life at ABCH over the past year, as well as a glance at where we stood at the end of the calendar year.
Dr. Louise Green, former ABCH Senior Regional Vice President of Central Alabama, retired in February of this year after serving our children and families in care for 38 years. We are honored to have partnered with Louise for so long and are excited for what her season of retirement holds. In celebration of her new season of life, we want to share quotes from those who worked closest to her, to honor her service.
At Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes (ABCH), our foster parents and staff see our children go through a lot as a result of their past and the tough situations they’re brought out of. Sometimes it’s pain or sadness, frustration or shame, or a combination of all of those things. But other times, we get to see them “come alive.” We get to see the Kingdom of Heaven grow by two tiny feet.