“Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them.” Mark 10:14
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
These words of Jesus from the Bible are taken seriously by churches and individual Christians and define the important partnership between churches and Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes in caring for children in need.
How important are the gifts, prayers, and work projects of churches for the Children's Homes?
Church support of TBCH helps provide the operating funds necessary to help children in need. With an annual operating budget of approximately $6.9 million, every church gift and every cent given by church members is vitally important!
Does your church support TBCH? If not, check out Offerings for suggestions on how your church can raise funds for TBCH; OR
To teach the children in our care Christian values without restriction, Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes does not accept government funding. Therefore, TBCH is dependent on the gifts of churches to provide homes statewide at 6 locations.
Each year, the Mother's Day Offering at more than 1,600 churches in Tennessee provides approximately 36% of the funds needed to care for the children.
Tennessee Baptist churches send a portion of their weekly offerings to the Tennessee Baptist Convention each year through the Cooperative Program, the national giving plan of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Woman's Missionary Union (national and state women's mission organization) was instrumental in founding Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes. Each year WMU groups around the state are actively involved in promoting the Mother's Day Offering and collecting canned/boxed food and supplies for the children of TBCH.
Hundreds of pounds of food and household supplies are collected for the children of TBCH each year by churches through the Kans 4 Kids programs. These household supplies and food items save the Children's Homes hundreds of dollars each year.
Bible study classes, men's organizations, and other church groups also help TBCH by volunteering their time to complete work projects at the Children's Homes such as carpentry, painting, and landscaping. Completing work like this saves the Children's Homes thousands of dollars.
We are thankful to the many Tennessee churches who pray for the children, our staff, and our ministry and for those whose financial gifts literally give children a hand up--not a hand out.