The vision to establish a dynamic new ministry to aid families throughout the state came into focus with the Jan. 15 dedication of the Bob and Carolyn Tucker Greater Vision Outreach Center.
Donors, dignitaries, staff and community friends gathered at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina’s (BCH) Mills Home campus in Thomasville to celebrate the official opening of the 10,000-square-foot center.
“This is the fulfillment of a dream, of a vision that some of us had and simply wouldn’t let go of,” BCH president Michael C. Blackwell said at the dedication program.
“For those of you who have truly been gripped by a vision that you feel came from God, you know you have no choice but to do what God is asking you to do.”
The dedication program consisted of a catered luncheon in the center’s warehouse.
The area was adorned with elaborate tables and beautiful place settings. Around them, guests could see areas reserved for donated clothing, school supplies, furniture, food and other supplies that can meet the immediate needs of community families.
“God plainly asks us to follow a vision of outreach in the community,” Blackwell explained, “and when we feel God has opened a door, we are very quick to go through that door.”
The door opened wide in 2016 when Bob and Carolyn Tucker of Concord pledged $1.5 million for the establishment of the new ministry. The center is named in their honor.
Carolyn’s smile beamed brightly as she stood at Blackwell’s side and spoke to the capacity crowd. “Bob and I are pleased to be a part of the giving towards such a great organization as the Baptist Children’s Homes.”
The Tuckers are longtime friends of BCH and members of North Kannapolis Baptist Church.
They are the founders of Shoe Show, Inc., which has retail locations in 47 states. Bob and Carolyn’s son, Bobby, is a member of BCH’s Board of Trustees.
“The real journey began when we heard of the real work and the lives that are changed. We were moved by the spirit, and we are just carrying on a great tradition,” Carolyn continued.
“When you give to an organization like this, you see it, it is not just on a piece of paper.
“We are all so glad to be a part of this work.”
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Source: Baptist Press