The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, College, Foundation and Message presented reports of their activities over the last year to messengers of the mid-November annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
LAKE CHARLES – The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, College,
Foundation and Message presented reports of their activities over the
last year to messengers of the mid-November annual meeting of the
Louisiana Baptist Convention.
The Children’s Home served in its 107th year through residential
campuses in Monroe and Baton Rouge, foster homes located throughout the
state, Sellers Maternity Home in Tallulah, and the Granberry Counseling
Centers, reported Executive Director Perry Hancock.
“This past year the Home ministered to 342 children and their families
through its residential ministries,” Hancock said. “Granberry served
almost 1,000 new clients and Sellers maternity Home provided crisis
pregnancy counseling and care for 92 young ladies.”
Sixteen children made professions of faith and were baptized; many
others made new commitments of life, and several youth participated in
mission trips across the nation.
Trustees last February approved PathFinders Transitional Living Program
for Children’s Home residents who turn 18. Trustees also voted to put
its financial holdings back into the Louisiana Baptist Foundation
“because of the trust we have in Wayne Taylor and the Foundation,”
Hancock said. Late in the year the capital campaign concluded for a
Children’s Learning Center.
Hancock spoke of the partnership the Children’s Home has with LBC
churches. In all, 126 churches requested literature for Children’s Home
Sunday; more than 100 churches gave their VBS offerings to the
Children’s Home; about 640 participated in the Fall Food Roundup; and
hundreds of churches participated in special projects such as 35 cakes
for Thanksgiving from First Bastrop, seasonal parties, and collection
of various items such as socks, linens, paper goods.
The Children’s Home is to receive $483,000 in 2007 from the Cooperative Program.
“Louisiana College has had a prosperous year academically, spiritually,
financially and otherwise,” reported LC President Joe Aguillard. The
college being removed from academic probation resulted in an increase
in finances, enrollment, donors and donations.
Aguillard was inaugurated in March as the eighth president of the
college, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in October with a
Homecoming visit by George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of
the United States.
LC was included in the annual reviews of America’s Best Christian
Colleges and America’s 100 Best College Buys. These listings choose two
schools from each state. Loyola University in New Orleans and LSU-Baton
Rouge were the other schools chosen.
LC also was ranked 32 in U.S. News and World Report’s annual listing of
Best Comprehensive Colleges in the southern United States.
Louisiana College is to receive $3,200,400 in 2007 from the Cooperative Program.
The Louisiana Baptist was chartered in 1944 to encourage giving to the
LBC and SBC, and to provide investment management and trust
administration services for churches, institutions and ministries, and
for individuals who want to sustain Baptist ministries into the future,
Executive Director K. Wayne Taylor reported to annual meeting
Since the Foundation was started, it has distributed more than $80
million to various Baptist causes. In 2005, the last full year, more
than $5.4 million was distributed, and the Foundation managed 2,027
In all, 425 Louisiana Baptist entities had more than $54 million on
deposit in 2005 in the Foundation’s Short Term Fund, which essentially
is a savings account with instant liquidity and competitive interest
rate. A majority – 265 – of the Short Term Fund accounts
participate in the Automated Clearing House electronic transfer system,
which are free and which allow more money to be earned in interest
because the money is invested the next business day, instead of being
routed through the mail.
More than $1.1 million in gifts, bequests and trusts were received in
2005 for the support of Christian ministry, which brought total trust
accounts held for beneficiaries to $29,340,178 as of Dec. 31, 2005. The
monies earned an overall total of 4.25 percent interest in ’05.
Through the Foundation, Taylor said, “Individuals can use their
possessions and assets given to them by God to further His work, even
beyond the scope of their lifetime. … Churches and other Baptist
entities can be better stewards of their money as well by using the
Foundation’s Short Term Fund as a way to increase the amount of
interest earned on their assets.”
The Foundation is to receive $254,100 from the Cooperative Program in 2007.
With a new editor and managing editor this year, the Louisiana Baptist
Message has established a new beginning for what is “just the latest in
a legacy of responsible journalism that spans 120 years,” said Editor
Kelly Boggs in his report to annual meeting messengers.
“The goal of the Baptist Message is to keep the church of the Louisiana
Baptist Message abreast of pertinent news and information, to celebrate
what the Lord is doing in and through Louisiana Baptists specifically,
and Southern Baptists in general, and to encourage believers to
seriously consider their accountability to Jesus Christ,” Boggs
Incremental changes have taken place to the look and content of the
paper throughout the year, Boggs reported. The nameplate on the top of
page one now reflects the paper’s stronger Louisiana focus. The number
of pages increased to 12 each week; in previous years some weeks the
paper was just eight pages.
Three special issues this fall focused on Katrina, Rita, and the
statewide response to both 2005 hurricanes. Increased coverage has been
given to what God is doing through Louisiana churches.
Focused attention has also been given to moral and social issues,
including but not limited to abortion, stem cell research, Middle East
strife, drinking, dancing and more.
The Message is to receive $477,000 from the Cooperative Program in 2007.