Coronavirus: Our ministry exists for times such as these.

March 19, 2020

Dear friend of Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries,

Our ministry exists for times such as these. In crisis we began and for crisis we exist. While the Coronavirus pandemic affects us all, we have also been placed in a position of responsibility to a ministry that is dear to God’s heart: the ministry to the fatherless, the outcast, and the disheartened. While we have developed procedures to ensure safety in every program, I am convinced that our response to this crisis must be much bigger than retreating from those who need our help the most.

As a stakeholder, I want you to know what we are doing in the face of this crisis and how you can help.

We are taking great measures to do everything possible to protect those we serve. Our staff has undeniably had many conversations about physical safety in the prevention of the spread of this virus. We will continue those conversations to make sure everyone is physically safe and healthy.

However, the children in our care have already faced tremendous separation in their young lives. Separation from parents, loved ones and those who want to help. In addition to physical safety, we want to ensure emotional safety for the children and families in our care. Emotional safety is one of the most important gifts we can offer in a time of crisis.

As we weather this storm together, we are considering conservative stewardship measures in every way possible throughout this season. This approach is to ensure that the children and families of Arkansas always have a safe place to hear and receive the love of Christ.

We are thankful for your prayer and support. Thank you for standing with us throughout the many seasons of ministry.

I pray the Lord keeps you and your family safe,
Derek Brown, Ph.D
Executive Director

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.