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Do you remember the Art Linkletter show, Kids Say the Darndest Things? Well, some of the funniest things children say are about Easter. Six-year-old Keirsten was talking with her grandmother about their church’s Easter sunrise service when she said, “Nana, Momma said that we can’t come to that rise-and-shine thing. We would have to get up too early!”
Todd Coget tells of the time when he was teaching his children about Easter on the way to church. “This is the day we celebrate Jesus coming back to life,” I explained. Right away, my 3-year-old son, Kevin, piped up from the back seat and said, “Will He be in church today?” One little boy in the Easter play was given the part of the angel at the tomb. His line was, “He is not here. He is risen.” When the time came for the young actor to make his proclamation, he shouted, “He is not here. He’s in prison.” I remember one Easter in church several years ago when my six-year-old granddaughter, Mary, asked what I thought was a brilliant question. The pastor was preaching and declared, “Jesus was crucified, buried, and on the third day He rose again!” Mary leaned over to me and asked, “Paw Paw, if Jesus rose again, when did He rise the first time?” Yes, kids do say the darndest things even at Easter.
In just a few weeks we will all celebrate that Resurrection Sunday. Here at the Children’s Home we have special activities and share the true meaning of Easter with our children. For most of them, it is the first time that they have heard of God’s great love in Christ and for many it is the time when they accept Jesus as their Savior. Of all that we can thank you for, we thank you most for helping us share the Gospel with our children.
As you read this edition of the Home News, you will see many of the exciting ways that God is using your support to meet needs and change lives. Through our residential programs in Monroe, our statewide foster network, our twelve Granberry Counseling Centers, Christian Women’s Job Corps, our northeast Louisiana compassion ministries, and our international orphan program, we are providing love, care, and hope in Christ for 100s of children and others in need every day. Thank you so much for making it all possible.
I do pray that you experience the joy of knowing the risen Savior this Easter. As you celebrate with your family and your church family, remember that you are also an important part of our family. May God bless you as you have blessed all of us at your Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.
Perry Hancock, Ph.D.
President & CEO