Glen Squire, Trinity’s co-representative to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, attended their Day on Campus event in Enterprise, FL, on March 25. Here, he shares a report of the day as part of the Local Missions Committee Spotlight article.
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (FUMCH) serves approximately 200 children on site, and hundreds more in various foster care programs. My wife, Adriana, and I had an opportunity to visit March 25th at the “Day on Campus.” There was a special excitement in the air, because it has been four years since the last Day on Campus (due to COVID concerns).
The day started with three breakout sessions: “Foster Care at Children’s Home,” “Planned Giving 101,” and “Trauma Informed Ministry.” They occurred simultaneously, and we chose to attend “Foster Care.” The session was very informative, and it was exciting to learn all that the Children’s Home was doing in this area. Next came the Welcome Assembly. It included music from the Children’s Home Praise Band, prayer, comments, and awards to churches and individuals who went out of their way this year to assist the Home. Next, we boarded one of the trolleys and enjoyed a tour of the entire campus. It was impressive to see all that the Home had to offer and how it has grown over the years.
After enjoying a box lunch provided by the staff under a big outdoor tent, we decided to go back and take a closer look at some of the open buildings, including the Chapel, a foster cottage, and the education center. We had the opportunity to talk with one of the instructors about her role and the challenges with helping these children. We made it back in time to see the children’s performance of The Wizard of Oz, which capped off the event.
It was truly a memorable day. It is my privilege, along with Renee’ White, to serve as co-LCR (local church representative) for Trinity. Hope you will consider coming along next year.