UNCLE DICK’S HOME
In 1991, a woman died in childbirth. Her husband left the baby with the poor grandfather, who said two days later, “If someone does not take this baby, I will throw her into the river!” With that, our first Filipino staff member, Bert Gauran, took the baby and named her “Queenie.” From the moment I heard Queenie's story, I knew the Lord was leading us to provide a Christian home for orphaned children in the Philippines. Although my primary focus is getting the Gospel to those who have never once heard it, I could not ignore James 1:27, “This is pure and undefiled religion, in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress.” Since our first orphan Queenie, we have been privileged to love and care for scores of precious children. Some were short-term, and others have stayed until they grew up, including 38 college graduates. All the children understand they have an “open door” to return for holidays and for any other reason, because they remain “family”.
Our orphanage was later named “Uncle Dick's Home,” after our next-door neighbor “Uncle Dick,” who became a beloved member of our family. I led Richard Fowler to Christ in our living room, and after he retired, he handled many ministry responsibilities for BTEA. We watched God transform his eternal perspective, giving him a heart to invest in people, who last forever. One of Dick's greatest joys was when we called from the Philippines to tell him that God spared our miracle baby, and we named him “Timothy Richard” after him, because we wanted our son to share his heart for needy people. Upon Dick's death, he left a large sum of money (that we had no idea he had) to be used to build the first orphanage dorm.
We could not imagine how the Lord would provide for our orphanage, but we knew He would. In 2005, two self-sacrificing ladies honored the memory of their loved one with a sizeable donation that was used to build the second dormitory, “Janet Tucker Hall.” This is one of many examples of God's amazing provision over the years! Currently, 23 children are cared for at Uncle Dick's Home. God has continued to provide the needed funds through the kindness and generosity of many donors.
“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.”