In the Bible, we are commanded to take care of those in need, who can’t take care of themselves. We are also given many examples of the generosity of God’s children.
Psalms 82:3 – “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.”
James 1:27 – “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Matthew 25:37 – “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
- In America, child abuse is reported every 10 seconds.
- More than 4 children DIE each day in the U.S., due to child abuse.
- In Tennessee, a child is abused or neglected every 57 minutes.
- Approximately 8,000 Tennessee children are in state custody.
- More than 16,500 Tennessee children are homeless.
- We can make a difference!
The church of Christ, in Covington, currently supports 5 Children’s Homes.
- New Pathways for Children, in Melbern, KY
- Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, AR
- Sunnybrook Children’s Home in Jackson, MS
- Children’s Home, Incorporated in Paragould, AR
- TN Children’s Home in Spring Hill, TN
The children’s homes we support are fairly local. This proximity is intentional. Our eldership hopes these close locations will allow our members to have a more hands-on approach with these service ministries.
New Pathways for Children
New Pathways began in 1990 and is located in Melbern, KY. It has 3 homes, serving a total of 38 children. New Pathways mission is to minister to the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of at risk children in a Christ-like atmosphere. New Pathways provides: Home environment, life skills development, case managers, social workers, counselors, and family therapy.
Ways to be involved: pray, host a meal, become a trained family-care provider, volunteer, provide administrative support, “Can”-Paign fundraiser, organize donation drive, golf scramble, donations
For more information, contact Ricky Burse at 1.270.674.6061 or “like” on FB.
Southern Christian Children’s Home
Southern Christian Children’s Home began in 1926 and is located in Morrilton, AR. It has 6 full-time cottages and 2 relief cottages. SCCH can serve 48 children at once (SCCH serves school-age children through high school). Southern Christian Children’s Home provides a family environment, church, counseling, therapeutic/equine care, monthly activities, and tutoring.
Ways to be involved: pray, supply truck, write letters of encouragement, mentor, help build a new facility, work projects, monetary donation
For more information, contact Michael Bunch at 1.501.354.2428 or “like” on FB.
Sunnybrook Children’s Home
Sunnybrook Children’s Home began in 1963 and is located in Jackson, MS. Sunnybrook has 4 homes, housing a total of 32 children at a time. Sunnybrook has 2 campuses, including a ranch.
Children served by Sunnybrook are generally ages 6 to 20. Sunnybrook is a Christian-based, professional childcare organization. SCH provides residential group care, spiritual enrichment, individual and family counseling, social services, education, independent living instruction, and a ranch program…all in a Christian environment.
Ways to be involved: pray, volunteer, volunteer (experts needed: plumbers, electricians, gardeners, cake decorators, etc.), ranch items (equipment and animals), monetary donations
For more information, contact Shelby Waites at 1.601.856.6555 or “like” on FB.
Children’s Homes, Inc.
Children’s Home, Incorporated began in 1955 and is located in Paragould, AR. CHI has 10 homes, serving 45 children. CHI provides foster and adoptive care to another 65 children in Arkansas. CHI is a faith-based, Christ-centered organization specializing in residential education care, foster care, and adoptive care.
Ways to be involved: pray, donations, participate in “Casting For Kids Bass Classic”
For more information contact Micah Brinkley at 1.870.239.4031.
Tennessee Children’s Home
Tennessee Children’s Home began in 1909 and has 4 locations across the state of TN, including Spring Hill, East TN Campus, West TN Campus, an Ashland City Campus. (The West TN campus is located in Pinson, TN). Tennessee Children’s Home has a total of 18 homes and can house about 100 at a time. Tennessee Children’s Home is committed to serving abused, neglected, wayward, or orphaned children & youth in a Christian manner (most campuses serve boys 13 – 18. The Ashland City Campus serves single mothers). Tennessee Children’s Home provides: Home environment, on-site school, tutoring, worship opportunities, counseling, substance abuse counseling, and daily chores.
Ways to be involved: pray, supply truck donations, support benefit dinners, golf classics, monetary donations, volunteer
For more information, contact Scott McFarlin at 1.931.486.2274 or “like” on FB.