Women of Compassion gathered for the 6th annual Cups of Kindness event on Saturday, April 6. This philanthropic group of women join each year and through their combined efforts, award grants to various Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) ministry projects. Members vote for the projects at the event or through absentee ballots. Each grant is funded by Women of Compassion membership fees.
“We reached a wonderful milestone this year with our Women of Compassion membership exceeding 200 women. That means more than $200,000 to help children and families throughout Oklahoma. I am honored to be part of this group of strong caring women,” said Shonda Flowers, Event Coordinator.
The ministry projects receiving the top three votes were awarded a $50,000 grant.
- Boys Ranch Town received the most votes to begin the major process of replacing the 50-year-old sewage system on campus. The grant will provide funds to immediately address first the sections with broken lines and blockages. This grant awards enough for the major repair, as well as the costs associated with hiring a private contractor to oversee the work.
- Hope Pregnancy Centers received second place votes to begin a concentrated six-month online messaging strategy to reach the most abortion vulnerable in the state. In the past two years, abortion advocates have made concentrated efforts to promote abortion in Oklahoma. Marketing for abortion services, negative campaigns against pregnancy centers as well as the addition of two abortion facilities in Oklahoma caused a 10 percent increase in abortions in 2017. Through this grant, Hope expects more abortion vulnerable clients to walk through their doors and hear the truth before they choose abortion.
- Baptist Children’s Home, Owasso was awarded the last $50,000 grant. The campus will use these funds for added security measures, increasing lighting around the campus walking trail, prayer garden, apartments and park. The grant will also fund a much needed remodel for the gymnasium restrooms, which have not been updated since the gym was built in the 1980s.
Another $50,000 grant is awarded to the general fund to assist all OBHC ministries, and since more than 200 women joined this year, the remaining money will help LifeWize continue ministry in schools throughout the state.
Thanks Women of Compassion for your continued generosity each and every year. Together, they are accomplishing more than they are able to alone. Because of this, children and families are provided a safe environment, where they hear about the hope of Christ. Women of Compassion are making a positive impact for the ministries of OBHC. For more information about Women of Compassion or join for 2020, visit here.