Great Need = Great Opportunity for Ministry
Compassion for Kids is a ministry designed to meet the basic life needs of economically challenged children and their families in North and Central Louisiana. Projects are conducted in partnership with local churches and Christian ministries and include providing food, clothing, shoes, school supplies, and other needs, along with sharing the hope of the gospel of Christ.
Regional Compassion Center to Open in Monroe
25-50,000 Children and Families Impacted Annually
Compassion for children has been the heartbeat of Louisiana Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministries since 1899. A new regional Compassion Center will be another strategic means of fulfilling its mission to provide love, care, and hope in Christ for children and families in need.
LBCHFM Trustees recently approved the construction of a 15,000 square foot Compassion Center on the Monroe campus which will create the opportunity to impact 25-50,000 children and families annually. The Center will provide life essentials and the hope of the gospel not only for children and families in the Monroe area but throughout North and Central Louisiana.
Monroe is currently ranked the poorest city in Louisiana; seventh poorest in the United States. Forty percent of children under five in Monroe live below the poverty level. The region's poverty rate is higher than the national average, and there is no regional ministry using this model.
Dr. Perry Hancock, LBCHFM President & CEO, shared, "There is a desperate need for this type of ministry where hope-centered services are provided to children and families in need. I am grateful for our Trustees who are ready to launch this exciting new ministry opportunity."
Compassion for Kids, a current LBCHFM ministry, will operate the Compassion Center. The Center will provide weekend food backpacks and school supplies for children. It will provide a baby store for infants and toddlers and will include support for foster care families. The Center is designed to provide space for a mission church which could provide Bible studies at the facility. It will also provide support for existing compassion ministries and pursue the establishment of new church-based compassion works.
The Compassion Center should be operational by September 2024.
"The Center will create a wealth of opportunities to meet physical needs, build trust, share the gospel, and demonstrate the unconditional love of Christ throughout our region. We are extremely excited to see how the Lord will work through this ministry to change lives in Jesus' name," Dr. Hancock stated.