Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


Madill Cottage Dedication

"A House is Just a House"

The Thompson/Mabee Cottage dedication was held Saturday, June 2, at the Baptist Home for Girls in Madill, Oklahoma. The dedication for the new 13,000-square-foot cottage featured several speakers, including State Rep. Tommy Harden and Richard Thompson, retired president of Wynn Construction Co. Inc.

“We realized that to accomplish a goal like this, it was a major task,” Richard Thompson said. “God would have to get involved with all the people, and that’s what happened.”

This is the first new cottage for the Baptist Home for Girls since 1979. The “double cottage” will house 16 residents and three houseparent couples with their children.

Ricky Thompson, project manager for the new cottage, presented the residents at the Madill campus with a key. “That key represents security and a safe, safe place to be,” Tony Kennedy, president of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, said.

Reighna, a resident at the Madill campus, accepted the key on behalf of the girls living at the campus today and the girls who will live at the Madill campus in the future. “A house is just a house until you put girls in it,” Reighna said of the new cottage. “The Home has served many girls that have come through, giving them many good memories that will last a lifetime.”

The Thompson/Mabee Cottage was part of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children’s strategic plan to double the ministry to serve more children.

“Moving forward, there are girls that we have yet to meet that are going to find a safe and loving place to live,” President Kennedy said. “We are glad that we are able to be a part of God’s great work and what he is doing in the lives of these girls today, tomorrow and further into the future.”

Key presentation at Madill cottage dedication
Pictured in photo are (l to r) Ricky Thompson, project manager; Reighna, Baptist Home for Girls resident; Rick Thompson, president of Wynn Construction Co.; and Tony Kennedy, OBHC President, at the dedication.
Thompson family at Madill cottage dedication
Richard and Patty Thompson are pictured participating in Saturday’s dedication with extended family.

The article above was written by Sarah Andrews and the photos were taken by Katie MacDougall.

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