Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children



Baptist Home for Girls Celebrates 25 Years

What does boiling grease and the Oklahoma August heat have in common? They rendezvous annually in Madill for the Raymond Gary Fish Fry held at the Baptist Home for Girls. This year’s event had added meaning. The gathering and fellowship was a southern Oklahoma stop on a celebration tour for the 100th year of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children’s existence. This was the 60th fish fry plus this also marked 25 years of service for the Madill campus. Numerous alumni made their way back to help make the event even more special.

“This is a way we can say thank you to the community and supporters of our campus,” Madill Administrator Art Brown said. “We guaranteed the fish would be good, the tea would be cold and the weather hot.”

Fried fish and fun fellowship were on the menu for the mid-August bash along with a performance from the southern gospel group "Christlike." Speechless," a Madill campus Christian signing ensemble, will were also on hand to perform.

The staff and residents of the campus will helped serve up the fish, hushpuppies and all that goes with them including the smiles. The hosts showed up in frontier attire to bring back what may have been in 1903.

“We wanted everybody to come out and join us for the fish fry. It has been great,” Brown said. A special time of fellowship was been planned for the Madill campus alumni on August 16 in conjunction with the anniversary celebration. Art Brown, who has served as administrator at Madill for 12 years, encouraged all alumni to attend this gathering.

The weather and the warmth of the fellowship definitely outmatched the hot grease.

August 16, 2003

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