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Children’s Stories

Helping a child DREAM BIG is crucial to changing the life of One More Child. Every single gift has immense potential to provide hope and healing.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine…”
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

JOHNNY

At 7 years old, Johnny* and his younger sister, Jasmine*, were removed from their home and placed in separate foster families. Johnny, who was placed with the Williams* family, cried every day after being separated and dreamed about being with his sister.

Heartbroken by Johnny’s sadness, the Williams requested a visitation take place immediately between the siblings. The Williams, with space to spare in their home and a willingness to provide all of the necessary resources, pushed for Johnny and Jasmine to be reunited.

The Williams labored tirelessly for the siblings, constantly communicating with case managers and agencies in order to get resolution. Finally, after six weeks of advocacy by the Williams, the siblings were reunited. Johnny and Jasmine, overjoyed and full of love, held and kissed each other over and over. Johnny repeatedly told Jasmine, “I’m never letting go again!”

Johnny, once filled with anguish and hopelessness, is now dreaming big and carries a constant smile after being reunited with Jasmine in a safe, loving and Christ-filled home.

CARLOS

At 44 days old and weighing merely 3 pounds, Baby Carlos* was helpless when he arrived at the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala. After he was abandoned by his mother, the government placed Carlos at the center. He struggled to eat, gain weight and sustain a sufficient body temperature. Carlos’ circumstances were so grave that even a doctor at the center found himself shaking his head in concern.

More than 3,500 miles away, unknowingly, three young women from Boston boarded a flight for the Malnutrition Center with bags packed full of supplies like special formula for premature babies. One of the women, Felicia*, was a clinical advisor with extensive experience with premature babies. Twenty-four hours later, the team attended orientation. Carlos’ grave situation was explained to the team for the first time. When group assignments were determined, Felicia was assigned to Carlos’ group.

Approximately five days after Carlos’ arrival, hope emerged in his solemn situation.

A few ounces at a time, Carlos gained weight, grew in strength and became more responsive every day. Within a few months, Carlos had more than doubled in weight as mission teams and staff at the Malnutrition Center continued to be part of Carlos’ story. Every bottle, every cradle and every prayer mattered in the most critical moments of Carlos’ life.

Although Carlos’ future looked hopeless, his dire need was met in the name of Jesus Christ by people and through resources that gave him the opportunity to dream big!

ROBIN

With phone and ticket in-hand, 18-year-old Robin* raced to the airport in search of meaning, acceptance and love. Robin had been befriended by an older man on the internet who offered her a “better life” by distancing Robin from her parents. The man then sent her a burner phone and money for a one-way airline ticket from Tampa to another country.

As Robin drove to the airport, anti-trafficking staff members received a telephone call from a victim advocate who explained Robin’s situation. With the help of several agencies, Robin was detained at the airport and prohibited from boarding the plane.

Robin began the healing process, shared more about the incident and was provided education and awareness. Robin recognized that she was in the process of being trafficked, but in her heart, she didn’t want to believe it because the older man (the trafficker) said, “I love you.”

Because of training, awareness and identification of trafficking signs, as well as key partnerships with various law enforcement agencies and community shelters, Robin was rescued from the heinous crime of trafficking.

Incredible stories of intervention like this are only possible because of the gifts of monthly supporters, generous donors and compassionate volunteers to fight against the horrific sex trafficking industry.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.

NATION AND WORLDWIDE

 

More Than

35

of children lived in single-parent families in 2015. (2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book)
More Than

437,465

children in foster care in the United States in 2016, 10,000 more than the year before. (The AFCARS Report, 2017)
More Than

15,000

children worldwide died before their fifth birthday in 2016. (UNICEF, 2017)

FLORIDA

LISTED AS

3

in the U.S. for most reported cases of sex trafficking in 2016. (National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 2017)’
MORE THAN

18,000

children per month in Florida are part of investigations of abuse, abandonment or neglect. (Florida DCF, 2017)
MORE THAN

25

of children in Florida struggle with hunger. (Feeding America, 2017)
MORE THAN

24,000

children removed from their homes because of crises, abuse, abandonment or neglect by the end of last year. (Florida DCF, 2017)

How OMC utilized your gift to change the lives of children and families in need in 2017:

We impacted 200,524 children and individuals through services provided and by equipping them through advocacy, training, awareness and volunteering.

We served more than 5.5 million meals domestically and internationally.

We provided the equivalent of 207,494 days of childcare to children in Florida.

Our Sanctity of Human Life ministry impacted 3,481 lives through education efforts and sharing life-saving messages to advocate for unborn children.

68 women and children were provided housing, resources and spiritual guidance through our Brave Moms program. It launched in 2016 to help courageous single moms find hope and develop the skills needed to be self-sufficient.

Together, resolve to give your best gift to change the lives of One More Child in 2018!

  • Start an Orphan Care Ministry in your church to wrap around foster families, support adoptive parents, feed disadvantaged children, mentor single moms and more.
  • Go on a domestic or international 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 of helping One More Child!

Our Staff

Stephen Robert

Vice President of Church Engagement and Strategic Operations

Stephen Robert serves as the Vice President of Church Engagement and Strategic Operations . In this role, Stephen’s duties include encouraging and providing opportunities for the body of Christ to engage in orphan care domestically and internationally. Previously, Stephen served as One More Child’s Area Administrator for Central and South Florida and began his ministry as Central Florida’s Director of Development.

Prior to joining One More Child in 2010, Stephen worked in the furniture industry for 10 years. He was the General Manager for an independently owned Badcock & More furniture dealership 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 has been ordained into the Gospel Ministry by his home church, Plant City’s First Baptist Church.

He and his wife, Laura, have four children, Rileigh, Landen, Hannah, and Micah and they reside in Lakeland, FL.

Contact Stephen

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

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