Missouri Baptist Childrens Home
You Can Help Children and Youth Understand the Power of the Resurrection
“Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’” John 20:11-13
Even though I know how the story ends, every time I read these verses from John’s Gospel I feel the hopelessness that Mary felt. Just a few days earlier, Jesus was alive and entering Jerusalem in triumph. Mary – and the rest of His followers – believed that Jesus was the Messiah and that a new era of God’s Kingdom was about to come to Earth. Then she had seen Jesus die on the cross. She had watched as His body was buried and a stone rolled across the entrance to the tomb. Her world was crumbling. Then early on Sunday morning, she went to the tomb to anoint the body with spices and found the stone rolled away and the body gone! Her crumbling world just collapsed.
Can you feel her hopelessness? Can you feel her sense of abandonment? Can you feel the despair? Can you feel the loneliness?
You may not be able to recreate those feelings in your own life – because you also know how the story ends. Jesus is alive! His body was gone because it was gloriously resurrected!
Most of the children we serve at Missouri Baptist Children’s Home do not know how that story ends. But they do know feelings of hopelessness, abandonment, despair and loneliness. They know what it feels like to be abandoned by those who are supposed to love and care for them. They know the despair and hopelessness that comes from not knowing if they will ever have a “forever family.” They know the loneliness that comes from not having that family.
I am eternally and profoundly grateful that Easter is a story of remarkable transformation. The power of the resurrection can transform a life of emotional and spiritual pain into a life of love and hope. Mary – and the disciples – soon understood that and their lives were forever changed. Their faith in the risen Lord gave them the power to change the world.
MBCH is a place where the power of the resurrection is demonstrated daily. Our wonderful Christian staff works diligently to restore hope, ease despair and find families to minimize the feelings of abandonment and to dispel the loneliness. They are passionate about their opportunities to share the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means for the world. They are committed to this ministry. And they are making a lasing difference in the lives of our clients.
A former resident visited our Bridgeton campus shortly after Thanksgiving last year. She is now an author and motivational speaker. She told our residents, “Coming to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home saved my life. It saved my life! I didn’t see it then, but now I see it clearly.…[because of the testimony of one person] I gave my life to Christ. I had the choice to surrender my heart to God, it wasn’t mandatory. Nobody forced me. But I chose too. And that was the best decision I ever made...”
That is the power of the resurrection. That is the mission of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.
But God uses people like you to provide the resources that allow us to share the hope and restoration that only comes through a relationship with the living Christ. You give because you understand the importance of sharing the love of Jesus with children who have never heard of the miracle of Easter.
Your financial support is vital because it takes tremendous resources to house, feed and clothe these children. It is expensive to provide the professional care our staff gives. It is costly to recruit, train and support Christian foster parents who provide loving homes for children and teenagers.
Your gift Missouri Baptist Children’s Home will help us provide the love and hope of Jesus Christ to hundreds of children – children who may never hear the real story of Easter without the ministry of MBCH. I ask that you prayerfully consider making a financial contribution this year so we can continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth and families.
I am confident in asking you to sacrificially support this ministry because I see the results of your investment on a daily basis. Last year we were able to find permanent homes for 208 children. Many of these homes were reunifications and many were adoptions by relatives, foster parents or others who had strong connections with the children. That could not have happened without you.
This Easter season, children will come to us desperate and hopeless. They will come full of fear and anger. Coming from worlds of darkness, they are longing for someone to rescue them and bring them to safety.
I am asking you to be a part of rescuing these children this Easter. Through your gift, you can help guide them on a path of hope and healing. Aren’t these children worthy of your investment?
Jesus calls each one of us to be ministers in His name. Children are hurting – and we can help! Please help us make a difference in the lives of hurting children.
Russell L. Martin,President
P.S. Please mail your gift to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044. You can also make your gift on-line at www.mbch.org. Just click on the “Donate” button and select “Easter” as the gift designation.