Today we are praying for Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, a ministry that has been in existence since the late 1800s! It was founded by the efforts of Rev. John Stewart in Evergreen, AL in 1891. It moved to Troy in 1923. In 1997 its administrative offices relocated to Birmingham. Today, they have offices in Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Oxford, and Mobile.
Their ministry started expanding as early as the 1920s to include ministering to the whole family, desiring for children to be able to stay in their own homes with their biological parents whenever possible. Pathways Professional Counseling, which is a part of that endeavor, opened in 1995. They now offer professional counseling services to children and their families in over 35 locations.
The president and CEO is Rod Marshall. He began ministering with ABCH as a counselor in 1995, overseeing the development and growth of Pathways Professional Counseling. He began serving as the president/CEO in 2012. He and his wife have been married since 1988 and have 2 young adult children. You can find out much more about Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and the staff, as well as ways to get involved, on their website.
Heavenly Father, thank You for letting us call You Abba, and for adopting us as Your children through Jesus’ death and resurrection. You are the perfect parent, who promises to never leave us or forsake us. You will never fail. You are faithful, unchanging and Your love is everlasting. You are near to the broken and You are a faithful Father to the fatherless. And Jesus, our Advocate, is ever interceding for us at Your right hand.
Therefore, with Jesus, we lift up the children and families that ABCH ministers to, and we agree with the prayers that He is praying for them. We declare that You have plans to bless them and prosper them, and they have a future and a hope in You (Jer. 29:11), and we ask that You would bring those plans to pass in Your perfect timing. Father, we pray that You would bind up their broken hearts, and bring them into a place of peace and safety. Please supernaturally protect every child that is in a dangerous home or situation. Send Your angels to protect those who cannot protect themselves. We pray that these children and their families would experience godly AND civil justice. For those who haven’t experienced civil justice, we pray that their hearts would not be embittered, but that they would experience the justice of God on their behalf, even after the justice of man has failed them. We pray that these children would become sons and daughters of God, and that You would use the pain and difficult experiences in their lives to become a trophy of grace for their good and Your glory.
We pray for Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes to be able to continue what they do and how they do it. Continue to raise up donors and volunteers, as well as trusted counselors and staff as the need for those arise. Thank You, Father, for the faithful service to our children this ministry has provided for over a century in Alabama. That is a testament to Your provision, protection and guidance. We pray that You would continue to guide this ministry into all that You have called them to do, and that You would protect them from the attacks of the enemy, from becoming weary in the face of all the heartache they deal with, and from their own flesh. Guard their hearts and minds in Christ. Protect this ministry from wolves in sheep’s clothing, and give its leadership divine discernment and wisdom.
We specifically pray for Rod and the team that partners with him. Give them the strength and the grace to walk in integrity, giving honor to You in all that they do. Use them to stand in the gap and to defend these children who cannot defend themselves. Cause them to seek Your face as they serve families across Alabama, so that You can maximize their capacity to serve. Give them favor so as to create God-ordained partnerships with churches and like-minded, Holy Spirit-led ministries and organizations so as to increase their capacity to follow Your call on their lives and on their ministry.
Father, let Your will be done on behalf of children and families, and on behalf of ABCH, as it already is in Heaven. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
We need to also remember to lift up foster families/parents in our prayers. Would someone care to post a prayer for them in the comments section?