Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

Taking Full Advantage

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

KaylynnCompassionate and sincere, fifteen-year-old Kaylynn is the kind of person you want on your team, no matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish. An expressive young lady with much on her mind, she has a platform, though she may not realize it yet. More than anything else, it seems she wants everyone to be loved, to be given a chance at a good life, and to appreciate that chance when they get it.

“I grew up with a Christian family,” Kaylynn begins. “I hardly ever saw my mom, but my grandma took good care of me. My brothers, sisters and I argued, but we really did love each other. After a while, my grandma thought we needed to be raised in Christian homes where there were more adults to help out, so my siblings went to another home and I came here, and I’m so glad.”

“When I first came here,” Kaylynn continues, dark eyes intense, “I thought I was in big trouble, but when I got used to it and got to know my houseparents, I figured out they aren’t here for their own comfort or even for ours. They’re here because they love us. As Christians, they want to show us the love of Jesus. That’s all. Some girls don’t get it, but I do, and I’m so grateful for everything they do for us.”

Living at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children has provided Kaylynn with freedom she’s never had before. “I had always wanted to be in sports,” Kaylynn explains. “I told my house mom, and she didn’t try to talk me out of it. She said, ‘Well, there’s basketball and track.’ I’d heard of those, so I did them and loved it. I’ve had some ankle and knee problems, but I’m not going to let those get in the way. I’ve waited too long to get to do those things.”

Counting her blessings, Kaylynn continues, “I get to do a lot of volunteer stuff here, too. At the end of the school year, I helped with VBS, and this year, I’m going to New Orleans for a mission trip. When I first heard about it, I knew I needed to go. I just want to spread the Gospel and change people’s lives the way the people here have changed mine. So many are out there who haven’t even heard the truth about God, and they can have Him for a Father.”

Kaylynn’s expression conveys honest, heart-felt pain. Not only is she burdened for the souls of those living far away, but she is also acutely aware of the spiritual needs of those around her and does her best to shine the light of Jesus on a daily basis so others will come to know Him.

“I know so many people who think they’re Christians, but never change,” Kaylynn says. “Saying you know Jesus just isn’t the same as knowing Him. It doesn’t do anything for you at all. When I was living with my grandma, we used to say our Bible verses every Sunday morning, but we didn’t just say them. She made sure I could say them, knew what they meant, and understood I was supposed to live by them. Then, at fourth grade Bible camp, I received Jesus Christ. I knew what I was doing. I knew what it would take to be a Christian. I knew I would have to do what God’s Word said and let Jesus take over. I just wish more people understood that so they could change and heal. God wants them to heal.”

Kaylynn has found tremendous spiritual support at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. “I’m surrounded by people who keep me safe and focused on God. I like it. They’ve taught me I don’t have to be angry at the world. The world can’t actually make me mad. That’s my choice. I don’t always make the right decision, but they are there to listen to me and help me through it. They deserve nothing but respect from me and the other girls.”

When Kaylynn grows up, she would like to be a writer and an actress. “I want to write books, make them into movies, and then star in those movies. I’ve been writing a series,” she announces, brightening. “I’ve finished six books and am starting on the seventh. It’s based on my life, about growing up with a family and then moving to a new school and dealing with changes. My characters are weird, but that’s life. One of them, Karen, is a girl who grows up in a children's home and has to share her mom with the girls who are away from their families like my friend Lydia does. I know that has to be hard.”

Kaylynn doesn’t take the personal sacrifices of those who minister to girls through Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children or their families for granted. To those who give financially, she offers her thanks. “You have such good hearts! You don’t have to do what you do, so I want you to know I’m being helped by it. You’re giving me what my grandma wanted to give, but couldn’t. That means a lot!”

October 2017



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