|Todd Unzicker, executive director-treasurer of the North Carolina Baptist Convention, presents a check for $300,000 to Michael Blackwell, president/CEO of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, for the Every Child initiative. Source: Baptist Press|
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) has generously donated $300,000 to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) as part of an initiative foster care and adoption ministry called “Every Child” geared at helping eradicate childhood homelessness.
The presentation was made last Monday, Nov. 8, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center during the BSCNC annual meeting. Executive Director-Treasurer Todd Unzicker of BSCNC presented BCH President Michael C. Blackwell during his opening message of the meeting.
Unzicker said “The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina is a vital ministry partner, and we are excited about the launch of the ‘Every Child’ initiative. Scripture tells us that God is a father to the fatherless and calls us to care for the needs of orphans.
“Imagine if North Carolina were a state where no child experiences homelessness, and every child in need has a safe, loving home where they could hear the Gospel? With God’s help, I believe such a vision can become a reality as we work together to be on mission together.”
Currently, the North Carolina foster care system has approximately 16,000 children looking for homes. By introducing local congregations to the foster care and adoption process the Convention hopes members will get involved in becoming foster parents as part of extending their Christian witness.
Through the “Every Child” initiative, local congregations will receive training and support for couples wanting to engage in foster care and adoption.
“It was evident from the beginning that this was a project close to both of our hearts,” Unzicker said. “We believe God is calling N.C. Baptists to end child homelessness.”
“Because of your faithfulness, there are children across the state who will finally discover the safety and security of a loving home, and, God willing, they will find joy and hope in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Unzicker said.To learn more about the “Every Child” Initiative, visit every-child.org.
Source: Baptist Press