Uncle Dick’s Home
Home for orphans in the Philippines
"This is pure and undefiled religion, in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
In 1991, a woman died in childbirth. The husband left the baby with the poor grandfather, who said three days later, “If someone doesn’t take this baby, I will throw her into the river!” With that, our BTEA staff members Bert and Ray Gauran took the baby and named her “Queenie.” Queenie was our first orphan!
As a result, an orphanage was founded by the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association to provide a Christian home for orphaned Filipino children. The orphanage was later named “Uncle Dick’s Home” after Richard Fowler, a neighbor of the Tebows, who became like a member of their family. They led him to Christ, and he supported the ministry in many ways through the years. Upon his death, he left BTEA a sum of money to be used to establish the orphanage.
Uncle Dick’s Home is located in Lamsugod, Surallah, South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines, and is home to 49 orphans and 13 staff.
"The children were so beautiful, and we had a great time laughing, playing, and singing. The orphanage is an amazing place with a play area, fruit trees, a garden, a modern kitchen, and gorgeous landscaping. The staff at the orphanage does a tremendous job, and the children are bright, well groomed, and obviously well cared for. Most of all, I was thrilled to listen to the kids as they sang songs about Jesus and recited Scripture verses. Each one of these children has a great opportunity to learn about God and to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus. Praise the Lord for BTEA and its work with these orphans. Uncle Dick’s Home is the instrument of God in the lives of these children, as He proves that He is a ‘father to the fatherless,’ and as He makes a way for the little children to come to Him."
One day, Carlos’ parents were driving down the treacherous mountain road with a load of corn. The brakes on their old truck failed. As they flew off the mountain, the mother threw three-year-old Carlos out the window. Although Carlos broke his ankle and slashed his forehead, he survived! Instead of becoming beggars on the street, Carlos and his five year-old brother now live at Uncle Dick’s Home.
"What I encountered at Uncle Dick’s Home caught me totally off guard. I sat surrounded by children, who were singing a chorus entitled ‘The Love of God,’ and I experienced God’s pure love in a way I never have before. Instead of coming away feeling sorry for these children and wanting to bring them back to America, I left knowing that they already have everything they need. They are wonderfully loved and cared for, and they have a real, vibrant relationship with a living God who is manifesting Himself through them."
- The monthly cost for each orphan at Uncle Dick’s Home is $125.
(This $125 includes school, transportation, clothes, food, housing, medical needs, and orphanage staff payroll.)
- The current monthly budget for Uncle Dick’s Home is currently running $8,000.
- 100% of the money given to Uncle Dick’s Home goes to help the orphans.