1,000 STRONG for children in 2020!

Help Us Reach Our
ONE MILLION DOLLAR Goal For Children!

For 116 years, FBCH and One More Child has served children, families and communities in need, both locally and globally.  Standing beside vulnerable people in their moment of distress is our privilege, and support from churches and friends alike help make the work we do possible. It is why we hope you will take part in our 2020 Annual Offering campaign: 1,000 for $1,000.

 

Simply put, we need 1,000 partners – including churches, businesses and organizations – to each give $1,000 or more to help us reach our $1 million goal for children and families in need. Each year, we host this critical offering, traditionally on Mother’s Day, with the help of generous, dedicated donors, and this year is no different. Together, with your gifts and faith in a mighty God, we can do more than ever imagined for the hungry children, foster children, trafficked children, single moms and struggling families our teams serve daily.

We invite you join the “1,000 strong” making an
eternal impact in the lives of children and families in need!

Have you ever wondered what $1,000 can do for hungry children, foster children, trafficked children, single moms and struggling families? The answer is more than you know! The needs are tremendous, and the options to impact children are countless.

 

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Children’s Stories

When you make a gift to our annual offering, you are making it possible to change the lives of children both locally and globally.

THE KRAMER FAMILY

Gabbie Kramer remembers saying, “Don’t even call us for those kids,” referring to bringing teenage foster children into her home.

But one day when the phone rang with an opportunity to provide 14-year-old Paul and his 13-year-old sister, Galaxie, with a loving, stable home, God gave Gabbie and her husband Jason the pace to say “Yes” despite being parents to two young boys.

Remarkably, it was an answer to prayer for a longing mother behind bars, who was ready to break free from her past.

Pamela, the teens’ mother, had struggled with addiction and painful relationships for years, and in her words, her children were “living in chaos for years.”

One day in jail, a bunkmate shared the Gospel with Pamela, and that night, Pamela gave her life to the Lord. She said in that moment her craving for drugs vanished, and soon after, she started asking God to send help for her children who were still in a very precarious situation.

“I was praying, ‘God, please let them go to a church-going, God-fearing family’ so they could find the Lord. And they ended up with Jason and Gabbie. Prayer works so much, and God is just so powerful…” she said.

Paul and Galaxie were so deeply impacted by the love of God demonstrated by the Kramers and people at their church that they both made the decision to be baptized.

Pamela, who is on track to be reunited with her children in the near future, said Gabbie and Jason are now “family to her,” and that their example as foster parents helped her children mature and understand what it means to love God and love others.

“Their hearts are full now – of joy and happiness and love,” Pamela says of her children. “It wasn’t like that before. They had a lot of anger and animosity, because it’s what they were growing up around.”

CURTISS

Curtiss*, like many other students in the community you live in, struggled to find food to fill his belly over the weekend.

He had trouble managing his diabetes due to food insecurity and the constant need to eat food to keep his blood sugar regulated. You can only imagine how difficult it was for him to focus in school.

Through our Backpack Meals program, Curtiss now receives food every Friday for the weekend, which allows him to come to school on Monday with his belly full and his mind ready to learn.

Curtiss is no longer insulin-dependent, and the nutritious food we provide him has helped him regulate his blood sugar.

“Not only do I get the chance to eat at home on the weekend, every day when I need it, there is a snack in the resource room because of you!” Curtiss said.

One of our staff said Curtiss heads back to class with the biggest smile on his face on Fridays.

“I believe he holds his head high knowing there is a God who love him and a group of people that provide for him through this ministry.”

*Name has been changed for confidentiality reasons.

MARY

Mary* was just 5 years old when her mother’s boyfriend started spending time alone with her and her siblings. Mary’s mom worked long hours, and according to her, he was the only adult she trusted to watch the children.

Unfortunately, he did much more than that, often inviting other men to help “watch” Mary and her siblings, too.

Each day when her mother left home, Mary’s nightmare would begin. Day after day for years, her mom’s boyfriend forced Mary to have sex with men who paid to abuse the young girl.

She thought leaving home at 15 would end the torture, but it continued into adolescence with a trafficker boyfriend, who often threatened to kill Mary unless she allowed him to sell her for sex, too. Her self-worth plummeted, and she began to believe this “life” would be the sum of her existence. Until one day, help arrived in the form of a DCF case worker and One More Child Anti-Trafficking.

From the moment she arrived at the One More Child safe home, Mary felt free and even hopeful for the first time in her life. The One More Child coaches taught her to enjoy simple childhood pleasures, like baking cookies. The clinicians listened to her and gave her skills to help cope with her trauma. And, the survivor mentors showed her first-hand how to overcome.

Now, at 18, Mary is thriving in the care of a loving foster family with a mom, dad and siblings who have embraced her. Today, she has hope her five-year-old self didn’t know existed. Today, she is one more child freed from the trauma of sex trafficking. Today, Mary is a survivor.

*Name has been changed for confidentiality reasons.

AMANI

For six-year-old Amani, life has never been better. It is amazing the difference a year makes, and for Amani, her 24-year-old mother Destiny, and two-year-old brother Amari, the past six months have been nothing short of life-changing.

Just a year ago, their small family had been living with her grandparents. It wasn’t the worst situation, but it wasn’t the most ideal scenario either. Even at six-years-old, Amani noticed her mom’s struggle as a single mother of two – a young woman working full-time, attempting to take college courses and struggling to make ends meet. To make matters worse, their car always seemed to be breaking down at the worst possible moments, which made everyday tasks, such as getting to school on time, a challenge.

Then, in early summer of 2019, an unexpected opportunity came their way. At church one Sunday, they learned about One More Child Single Moms and its residential program in Tallahassee. Seeing an opportunity to establish financial security, self-sufficiency and greater stability for herself and her children, Destiny applied. Soon after, the family moved into a home on the Tallahassee campus, and within a few short months, Amani began to notice something new about all of them – they were thriving in this new environment.

Amari, her younger brother who had been acting out at home and school, was behaving better, thanks in large part to the parenting support her mom was receiving at Thursday night skills classes. They were praying together more as a family, cooking more meals with each other, and her mom seemed happier. With the budgeting skills, mentorship and coaching she gained through Single Moms, Destiny was paying down debt, saving money to purchase their first home, excelling at work and speaking confidently about the future for the first time in a long while.

Amani didn’t think things could get much better until they did, when just a few weeks before Thanksgiving, Geico® blessed their family with a 2018 Jeep Compass through its Recycled Rides program. Finally, they had a dependable car, both to drive around town and into their God-given destiny.

“Do everything in LOVE”

1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)

NATION AND WORLDWIDE

 

More Than

11,000,000

children in the United States face hunger and food insecurity
(Feeding America, 2019)

More Than

437,000

children were in foster care in 2018, with 54% of them having been in foster care for
more than a year.
(AFCARS Report, 2019)

More Than

5,000,000

children worldwide died before their 5th birthday in 2017.
(UNICEF, 2019)

FLORIDA

MORE THAN

14,000

children were removed from their homes because of crises, abuse, abandonment or neglect in 2019.
(Florida DCF, 2019)

RANKED AS

3

in the U.S. for the number of active sex and labor trafficking cases being prosecuted in federal court.

MORE THAN

1,500,000

children in Florida live in single-parent families.

How One More Child utilized your gift to change the lives of children and families in need in 2019:

  • We impacted 261,691 children and individuals through services provided and by equipping them through advocacy, training, awareness and volunteering.
  • We served more than 10.2 million meals domestically and globally.
  • We served 1,691 foster children in loving Christian homes.
  • We helped 319 victims of human sex trafficking escape a life of exploitation through advocacy, awareness, access to resources and support through counseling, education and training.
  • 151 women and children were provided housing, resources and spiritual guidance through our Single Moms program, which helps courageous single moms find hope and develop the skills needed to be self-sufficient.
  • We met the spiritual and physical needs of 11,745 children around the world through our global child sponsorship program.

Our Goal for 2020

1,000 partners x $1,000 =
$1,000,000 for children

  • Start a ministry in your church to wrap around foster families, support adoptive parents, feed disadvantaged children, mentor single moms and more. We would love to partner with you to make a huge impact for kids and families!
  • Join us on a global mission trip and encourage church members to sponsor children around the world.
  • Share our videos and social media posts with your church members to keep them connected to the mission. Together we can make an impact in the life of one more child!

Together, resolve to give your best gift to change the lives of One More Child in 2020!

Our Staff

Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP®

President/CEO

Dr. Jerry Haag serves as president and CEO of One More Child. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Baylor University and earned a Ph.D. in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Under Dr. Haag’s leadership, One More Child has increased from serving 3,351 children and individuals in 2007 to impacting 249,044 in 2018.

During his tenure as president of an organization that has a rich history dating back to 1904, he has guided the expansion of ministry sites from nine locations in Florida to more than 50 locations around the globe. Under his leadership, One More Child has launched its Anti-Trafficking and Single Moms programs to meet immediate and long-term needs of children and families.

Dr. Haag has been appointed and reappointed since 2013 by both Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council where he currently is chairman. He is a board member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), where he has chaired its Faith and Foster Care Research Team and served on the President’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Haag has led One More Child to host Anti-Trafficking conferences in the Dominican Republic with the support of President Danilo Medina and in Guatemala in partnership with First Lady Patricia de Morales. In early 2019, he joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of vital bipartisan anti-trafficking legislation.

Dr. Haag had the pleasure of being selected to participate in a distinguished seminar on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, sponsored by the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University.

Dr. Haag has led and participated in humanitarian aid, emergency relief, childcare and ministry to children and families in countries around the world. He preaches regularly in churches throughout the nation, and he and his wife, Christi, also enjoy speaking together. Additionally, he has authored, presented and published academic articles relating to his business expertise and has been honored several times for his business, professional and civic achievements.

In 2018, Dr. Haag was awarded the 2018 George W. Truett Distinguished Service Award by the Baylor Line Foundation and was honored at its Hall of Fame Gala for his exceptional leadership in meeting the needs of children around the world.

Dr. Haag has served on the faculty and administration of both public and private universities, and he was named Baylor University’s Vice President for University Development in 2011, where he served before returning as president of One More Child.

He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner.

From 2000-2007, Dr. Haag served as president and CEO of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville.

Dr. Haag and Christi live in Lakeland, FL. Christi is a well-known speaker with “Women of Purpose Speak.” Their eldest son, Ben, lives and works in Dallas, TX and their youngest son, Brady, resides and works in Austin, TX.

Do you need a brief bio for Dr. Haag for an upcoming speaking or preaching engagement he is participating in? We have you covered — find it here.
Contact Jerry

Phone: 863.687.8811

Stephen Robert

Executive Vice President

Stephen Robert serves as Executive Vice President for FBCH + One More Child.

Stephen’s leadership in areas throughout the organization has been critical to increasing our impact for children in need. Stephen’s expertise in program leadership, strategic operations, church engagement, business partnerships and more have grown our ministry exponentially. Stephen has also been an important voice for our organization, whether it is leading an expert workshop at Christian Alliance for Orphans, hosting our Dream Big for One More Child events or welcoming the governor to our campus. 

Stephen previously served as the Vice President of Church Engagement and Strategic Operations.

Prior to that, Stephen served as One More Child’s Area Administrator for Central and South Florida and he also held the title of Central Florida’s Director of Development when he was first hired to FBCH + One More Child.

Prior to joining One More Child in 2010, Stephen worked in the furniture industry for 10 years. He was the general manager for a retail furniture franchise overseeing multiple retail store locations.

Stephen graduated from Florida State University with a degree in economics and earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen has been ordained into the Gospel Ministry by his home church, First Baptist Church of Plant City.

He and his wife, Laura, reside in Lakeland with their four children, Rileigh, Landen, Hannah, and Micah.

Contact Stephen

Phone: 863.687.8811

Leon Battle

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Leon Battle serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. He leads our efforts to connect people, businesses and churches with unique opportunities to do what they do best and are passionate about to help us serve more children and families. 

Previously, he was the Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services at FBCH + One More Child.

Leon graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in business, he continued on to earn his master’s degree in human services, and is in the process of completing his doctorate and is writing his dissertation on Gospel-centered feeding programs. 

Leon served as a youth pastor throughout college and soon after accepted a pastoral job in Albany, New York. During his time in ministry, Leon saw the immense trauma that families were being confronted with and desired to get a deeper look into the dependency system. He changed career paths and started working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). During his time with the department, he investigated abuse within families and institutions, and he later became a human trafficking specialist. Leon helped children get out of abusive homes and helped rescue children from human trafficking rings. He received multiple recognitions from Governor Rick Scott during his time with DCF.

Leon is very involved in his community. He recently graduated from Leadership Lakeland and has been named the chair for human services for the program. He serves as the vice chair of the board of Tri-County Human Services which provides in-patient, outpatient, and residential care for individuals getting help with addiction and mental health issues. Leon also serves on the advisory board of the social work department at Southeastern University.

Leon helped Aaron Burke launch Radiant Church in South Tampa. In five years, the church has reached more than 5,000 people and is consistently growing and impacting the city of Tampa.

Leon has a deep passion for intervention. He desires to see Christ’s love and restoration brought to families during their times of hurt and crisis. Leon believes the local church is the greatest asset for families in need and desires to empower the local church to step into the call of Christ, which is to help the widow, the orphan and hurting families in their time of need.

To contact Leon Battle:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Leon

Phone: 863.687.8811

Bryan Brown

Executive Director of Church Engagement

As a Executive Director of Church Engagement, Bryan Brown’s seeks to empower, equip and mobilize churches to provide Christ-centered services to children and families in need both locally and globally. Bryan Brown has been with FBCH and One More Child since March of 2017, first serving in the communications department before transitioning to the church engagement team in 2018.

A native Mississippian, Bryan received a bachelor of business administration from Mississippi State University in 2009 and eventually obtained a master of theological studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016. Prior to joining FBCH and One More Child, Bryan worked in multiple ministry contexts across Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida, more recently serving as an adjunct professor at Southeastern University and a discipleship pastor at The Rock Community Church in Lakeland, Florida, where he was ordained in February of 2017.

Bryan has been married to his wife, Rachel, since 2010. Bryan and Rachel have two beautiful daughters, Lilly Belle and Ruthie Grace, as well as a 10-year old black lab named Sam. Bryan and his family are actively involved in their community and local church, Access Church. Bryan values discipleship, leadership, traveling, the outdoors, a tasty cup of dark roast coffee (with a good book in hand) and, above all, relationships.

Contact Bryan

Phone: 863.687.8811

Sundy Goodnight

Director of Church Engagement

Originally from Central Oklahoma, Sundy Goodnight graduated college with a degree in communications and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work in the entertainment business. After three years in the music industry, Sundy’s desire to make a difference in the lives of youth led her to the Graduate School of Campus Ministry in Los Angeles, California. Sundy served on staff at her local church for 10 years. She pioneered Every Nation’s Graduate School of Youth Ministry and served as a director for that institute.

In 2005, Sundy joined Mercy Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, a nonprofit organization committed to helping young women with life-controlling problems such as eating disorders, drug addiction, self-harm and child abuse. During her time as a counselor at Mercy, she also became involved in orphan ministry. She has served short-term missions in the Philippines, South Africa, Ukraine and Colombia, as well as volunteered for various humanitarian organizations.

This passion for the broken and hurting children of the world brought her to the anti-trafficking organization, Stop Child Trafficking Now, where she served five years as the National Director. Sundy loves her big, blended family of eight siblings. Two are adopted internationally.

To contact Sundy Goodnight:
2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Contact Sundy

Phone: 904.721.2711

Philip Whitten

Director of Engagement

Philip Whitten serves as the Director of Engagement for One More Child Hope Street. He graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. While sports was a passion for him early in life, impacting people quickly became his focus.

Having been brought up in a faith-based home it was clear there were needs to be met. Early in his career he worked for a private Christian school in Tampa. From there he went on to sales and eventually wound up in Ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and ultimately One More Child Hope Street. Philip is excited to use his passion and skill in development and engaging people to impact children and families locally and Globally

Contact Philip

Phone: 863.252.9763

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