Shamica was fifteen years old when she arrived at Baptist Children’s Home, Oklahoma City (BCH). “I just knew I had to get out of my house. I left the rough home life with my adoptive parents, and I was living in a shelter,” said Shamica. “I was playing pool with a woman in the shelter, and she told me I should consider the Children’s Home as an option to find a home. My caseworker set up an interview, and I was accepted to move on campus.”
A Changed Life
The switch from being the second youngest out of six siblings to being the oldest in her cottage at the Children’s Home was an adjustment for Shamica. Additionally, she was in an entirely new home structure, attending a new school, learning how to live by the rules of her houseparents and going to church on a regular basis.
“Going to church was a huge adjustment for me,” said Shamica. “My family had only ever gone to church on Easter or Christmas. So, when my houseparents started taking us to church every Sunday, I had to accept that this was my new normal. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but when I really understood sin and came to grips with my need for Jesus – that changed my whole life.”
“I credit the Children’s Home for the transformation in my life. If the Children’s Home had not given me people like my houseparents who loved the Lord and were consistent and still are consistent in their love for me, I would not be who I am today,” said Shamica. “So many people in my life had been inconsistent, but the Children’s Home showed me Jesus is consistent and he is faithful.”