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Impact By Partnering

Children’s Hope is an orphan-care ministry based in Montgomery, Alabama, and was initiated through First Baptist Church of Montgomery. Led by Andy and Tanya Birchfield, the ministry has three components: adoption advocacy, direct orphan care, and foster care support. In addition to local ministry here in Alabama, Children’s Hope has a strong missions and ministry presence in Jacmel, Haiti, centered around caring for orphans. Work there also includes running a medical clinic and surgical center, as well as keeping strong connections to local pastors to utilize mission teams who assist with evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and much more.

Jared McCrory, Executive Director of Children’s Hope, is involved in leadership of the overall ministry strategy and operations, as well as in the integration of local ministry partners. Since he began working with the ministry in December of 2015, Jared has seen much fruit from the efforts of Children’s Hope, as their work is impacting the lives of the children in care in Haiti as well as their surrounding local communities.

“The Lord has led us to consider how we can serve children and families in the wider community to strengthen and support them so that their families stay together, avoiding the
brokenness and dysfunction that has resulted in the thousands of orphans and vulnerable children,” Jared said. “This is where our medical, education, and church partnership initiatives have come in. We see this all as an integrated effort to serve children and families . . . ”

From the beginning, Children’s Hope has looked for ways to support foster care in Alabama by partnering with ABCH. Children’s Hope staff have supported our Foster Care ministry in Montgomery by working to attract new foster families, providing assistance with coordinating Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety (TIPS) classes, and praying for and supporting our families and children in care. Children’s Hope prayerfully and faithfully supports the work of ABCH by also training “care communities” to surround and support foster families, while helping to advocate for the work of ABCH in Montgomery County.

According to Montgomery Social Worker Bobbi Olson, Children’s Hope has been vital to our Foster Care ministry in her area: “Anytime we have had a need for the children or families in Montgomery, Children’s Hope has been eager to help; from helping to host foster parent trainings, to helping to provide meals or child care, they have been essential. They have also been available to help our children with tangible items such as furniture or household items. They always seek to encourage our staff and families, whether through prayer, support events, physical labor (painting offices or moving furniture), or in the development of a foster care team ministry at FBC Montgomery.”

“It has been great to have had a front row seat from the very beginning and see God’s plan for Children’s Hope unfold,” VP of Administration at ABCH Chip Colee said. “I have had the privilege to be part of the Children’s Hope leadership team and currently serve on the Children’s Hope board.
I believe there are many more possibilities for ABCH to continue
partnering with Children’s Hope.”

It is a privilege for us to partner with the leaders of Children’s Hope as they seek to go deeper in love for one another and the people of Haiti, and to serve alongside them in our Foster Care ministry in Montgomery. We are so thankful for their generosity and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years to come!

 

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