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FAITH and Forgiveness

Faith and ForgivenessThe Word of God calls on believers to offer forgiveness to those who sin against us and to pray for those who persecute us. There are times in life when following these commands requires nothing more than a deep breath and the choice to overlook the offense. Still, there are other occasions when the hurt caused by another is so deep and profoundly painful that coming to a point of forgiveness requires divine intervention. Candy Callahan of Casey, Illinois, learned firsthand that with God, all things are possible.

Candy was raised in […]

By |2018-11-13T14:38:47+00:00November 13th, 2018|Comments Off on FAITH and Forgiveness

Firewood for a Widow, Honor for a Veteran and His Wife

BCHFS Residents, Sarah and ShelbyBCHFS is blessed to have a wonderful staff of dedicated Christ-followers who often go above and beyond the call of duty to help shape the spiritual growth of our residents. Phil Mitchell has been the Maintenance Specialist on our Carmi campus for the past 15 years. In addition to maintaining the beauty and functionality of our campus, Phil often shares Bible devotions with our cottages and involves our residents in service projects to help them experience the joy of helping others. Recently, Phil was asked to share about a […]

By |2018-09-04T13:41:02+00:00September 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Firewood for a Widow, Honor for a Veteran and His Wife

Hope Awakens: Adoptee Throws a Fundraiser for Angels’ Cove

Hope Awakens Angels' Cove BenefitThirty years ago, the staff at Angels’ Cove had the honor of placing a precious 3-day-old baby boy in the arms of his new mom and dad. Alain and Kim Pennock named their son Caleb, and he quickly became the joy of their life.

Recently, BCHFS Director of Operations Carla Donoho met up with Caleb following the death of his father. Sadly, Caleb had lost his mother as well a few years before. Carla was thrilled to learn that Caleb has become an amazing young man. He is a licensed […]

By |2018-05-15T15:49:55+00:00May 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Hope Awakens: Adoptee Throws a Fundraiser for Angels’ Cove

A Houseparent Who Can Relate

Starting a new job can often be stressful. In many wayBCHFS New Houseparents, you are beginning a new life with new people in a new environment. But when Crystal Naney walked on the Residential Care campus to begin her career as a Relief Houseparent, her surroundings were not at all unfamiliar. In fact, you might say she felt right at home. That’s because there was a time when BCH was her home.

Crystal was just 15 years old when her home life began to deteriorate. She was living with her mother and step-father […]

By |2017-12-12T22:59:20+00:00December 12th, 2017|Comments Off on A Houseparent Who Can Relate

A Reason to Smile!

Angels' Cove helped turn Desiree's life around.Desiree is a hard-working young mother with a sweet personality and a smile that can light up a room. Visit with her for just a couple of minutes, and you will discover a young woman with virtually limitless potential. There was a time however, when Desiree’s future did not look so promising. Her life was wrecked by an addiction she simply could not overcome.

Desiree was the mother of three handsome little boys when a severe drug addiction took control of her life. Her habit resulted in […]

By |2017-09-18T14:56:16+00:00September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on A Reason to Smile!

Women of Compassion Vote to Update Cottage

Women of Compassion ForumIf you are not yet a member of Women of Compassion, you are missing out!  Women of Compassion is a group of philanthropic ladies united by the shared mission to impact the lives of struggling children and families for Christ. Members donate a minimum of $500 per calendar year to the WOC fund and come together at the annual forum to decide upon a BCHFS special project to fund.

This year’s Annual Women of Compassion Forum took place Saturday, March 4, at the Activities Building on our Carmi Campus. The […]

By |2017-05-05T16:03:29+00:00May 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Women of Compassion Vote to Update Cottage

Former BCH Resident is Making an Impact on Others!

Former BCH resident helping othersIn May, Stephanie Wendling will walk across the stage at SIU Carbondale and accept the diploma she worked so very hard to earn.  Wendling, a former Baptist Children’s Home resident will begin a brand new chapter in her life, and she couldn’t be more excited.  Now, it is finally her opportunity to give back!

Stephanie came to live at BCHFS as a young teen.  She had been the victim of abuse, which left her deeply scarred and emotionally fragile.  She credits BCHFS with helping her trust again.

“I knew Baptist […]

By |2017-05-05T15:43:47+00:00May 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Former BCH Resident is Making an Impact on Others!

In His Own Words: Verhines Cottage Resident Overcomes the Odds

Verhines Cottage Resident Overcomes the OddsI came to Baptist Children’s Home more than a year ago.  Throughout my residency, I have experienced the love and leadership that brought me to where I am today.  If not for the Children’s Home and the love of Christ, I would undoubtedly be sitting in a cell getting three square meals a day, heading down a path that would lead to worse.

My houseparents, Brant and Dixie, are the key reason to my success in the program.  They accepted me into their home when I was so […]

By |2016-11-28T19:53:40+00:00November 28th, 2016|Comments Off on In His Own Words: Verhines Cottage Resident Overcomes the Odds

BCHFS Welcomes New Executive Director

Dennis HydrickBCHFS is pleased to announce that Dennis Hydrick of Pearl, Mississippi, has accepted the position of Executive Director.  Dennis (Denny) will begin employment on Aug. 15, 2016 and will work alongside current Executive Director, Doug Devore, until Jan 16 when he will assume sole responsibility for the agency.

Denny and his wife Susanne have four children: Morgan, Bradley, Laura Beth and Addison.  He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church of Butler, AL.  He and his family are active members of Grace Baptist Church, Brandon, MS.

Denny brings a wealth […]

By |2016-08-26T15:23:21+00:00August 26th, 2016|Comments Off on BCHFS Welcomes New Executive Director

Angels’ Cove Helps Young Mother Discover Love and Acceptance through Jesus Christ

Jazmine-thumbnailJazmine discovered the love of God at Angels’ Cove and her life changed forever (Spring 2016)

To see Jazmine’s bright smile today, you couldn’t imagine the sorrow that she has experienced throughout her young life.  She was raised in state foster care and moved around so many times that she remembers very little of her life before the age of 10.  The only thing she remembers from her early childhood was feeling
so starved for love and attention that she would do anything to get it.

During her teenage years she tried to fill that […]

By |2016-04-25T21:07:15+00:00April 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Angels’ Cove Helps Young Mother Discover Love and Acceptance through Jesus Christ