July/August LifeMatters

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Ministry Updates

FBCN partners with several ministries working toward the betterment of life issues.  Here are updates from a few of them.

Fostering Grace

We are so so grateful to everyone who has helped out in stocking the "Foster Closet" here at FBCN. It's helping many foster families with clothes, diapers and other needs and showing that our church cares and supports them. Currently we do NOT need any more clothes - we are actually at max capacity for those right now. We can always accept gift cards or diapers (all sizes), though.

Also, we are looking for two volunteers to provide dinner to our foster and adoptive families for our October and November meetings this fall. Those dates are 10/23 and 11/13. We will have "open sign ups" if you will, for meals for our 2018 meetings once those dates get final approval.

As always, we appreciate prayer for our foster families for strength and wisdom as they navigate the sensitive and difficult world of caring for children who still belong to someone else, deal with court dates and case workers, as well as the emotional roller coaster of it all. We would also cover prayers for our local case workers, attorneys and judges who deal with these cases every day - for sensitive hearts towards the best interest of these vulnerable children.  For more information please contact Ashley Santana at

Florida Baptist Children's Home

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in SW Florida closes out its most successful year!

June 30th marked the end of the fiscal year for FBCH in Southwest Florida. The group, with offices in Ft Myers and Naples services the counties of Charlotte, Lee, Glades, Hendry, and Collier. Under the Guidance of Director, Janelle Hannaburgh they added 40 new Foster Homes bringing the total of available beds to over 170. They provided a home to over 360 children in 2016-2017, with the many of them remaining in foster care for over a year. In simple terms, these children were provided a safe, loving home for almost 27,000 days. It is not unusual for FBCH to have over 90% of it’s beds filled over the course of a month, the highest rate, by far of any licensing agency serving Southwest Florida.

There are currently 2 Adoption/Foster Care classes in process, one in Cape Coral and a second right here in FBCN. The Naples class has 11 prospective Foster/Adoptive families attending with 2 of them being members of FBCN. The classes are 10 weeks long. The Naples class will “graduate” the second week of September. Licenses will be granted by The Department of Children and Families, pending approval of numerous background and reference checks.

 FBCH Foster Parents must be professing Christians and regularly attend a local church. For many of the children in their care this will be the first time they have ever regularly attended church. The children that come into care may be just days old newborns or teenagers in high school. He or she may be the only child in the family or a member of sibling groups of 5 or 6. It is always the goal to try to keep sibling groups together, but it is not always possible.

 FBCH often has numerous opportunities for volunteer work in both Naples and Ft Myers. Volunteers can help organize special events, support current Foster Parents, provide clerical support for projects, etc. for more information call Ashley at 239-275-7151. Given the nature of the work and confidentiality required, volunteers may be required to undergo a background check.


Protected Harbor

Protected Harbor is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to glorify God through raising funds that will pay for the construction, operation and on-going maintenance of group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We believe that each resident has been entrusted by God to our care and that this work is a ministry that we have been called to.

Approximately eight years ago there was a dream to build a group home for girls, which became a reality in 2010 and has been a huge success. Now, a Protected Harbor group home for men is near completion.

This home has six bedrooms with private baths and will have two small apartments for the house parents. It is located at 5481 Briarcliff Road in south Fort Myers.

We are looking for individuals interested in making this house their home! Resident must be ones that require minimal care and can perform basic health care needs for themselves.

Pictured above, Dennis Ellis on the new propertywhere he will be living.

If you know of an adult with developmental disabilities that would benefit by living as a family member at this home please contact us at the information below.

Phone: 239-248-7449



Pregnancy Resource Center




Here at PRC, we are rejoicing over the 97 babies that have been saved so far this year!  We thank God for the 7 professions of faith, the 2 re-dedications and the 9 patients who are involved in a weekly Bible Study here. We are grateful for your partnership and support and want you to rejoice with us in these lives that have been touched for Christ.
One of the major events we hold each year to raise the funds needed to finish the year strong and continue to provide the medical and educational services is our Annual Walk for Life.  This  year the Walk for Life and Family Fun Fest is on November 4th at Golden Gate Community Park.  The event is community wide and last year we brought close to 400 men, women and children who walked and raised almost $72,000.  That day was filled with lots of family activities, food, and over 11 churches were there celebrating life and connecting to the community.  
This year, my hope is to have representation from all our Churches and ministries.  If this is your first time or you are a have joined us in the past, I would love to invite you! 
It's never too early to think about a team leader for your Church or ministry.  Our staff would work with your Team Leader to promote the Walk and coordinate efforts to register walkers.  Once walkers are registered they would raise support by collecting pledges from friends, family and co-workers.  Collecting the pledges is easy too! Supporters can give online right to your Church's team page. Everyone is then invited to come out on the day of the Walk to celebrate life with us!
Bellow- you will find lot's of ways to participate!  We hope to see everyone out again this year. I believe when all of us work together we really can transform our community into one that values every life.
Janet Custer
Executive Director
There are many ways your church can be involved this year:

1.  Form a Church Walk Team

  • Appoint a “Church Ambassador” (either you or someone else from your church) to head up creating a team of walkers/fundraisers. We will equip them with all of the print and media materials they need. Set a financial goal and begin to recruit walkers and sponsors. Register at and promote the event at your church. As an added incentive, prizes will be awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers!

2.  Schedule a Church Visit/Announcement

  3.  Set up a Tent the day of the event.

  • As part of your own outreach a tent can be set up at the Walk to promote your church or an upcoming event at your church.  In the past many of you brought a breakfast item (bagels, juice, pastries etc.) . This would be from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Jillian has sign up list for you- so we don't duplicate.
 Please contact Jillian Young if you would like to:

  1. Form a church walk team
  2. Schedule a visit for late August, September, or early October
  3. Set up a tent

What happens when medicine’s ethic becomes “we will save your life if we think it is worth saving”?

 Click here for an excellent argument on the sanctity of life.  


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