Safe and Sound

by Angela Sanders, Freelance Writer

“…You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.” Psalm 4:8

Funny and friendly, ten-year-old Avery feels right at home on campus at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC). Free to focus on fourth grade and “just be a kid”, Avery can’t stop raving about the temporary home he, his mother, and two siblings have found as participants in the Children’s Hope program or about the special people who have shown them consistent and unconditional love.

“When we first came here eight months ago, I had mixed feelings about it,” Avery admits. “I mean, I felt like it was somewhere we could stay alive.” He adds, “Our family advisor made us feel comfortable. She talked to us a lot and was a big help. Everyone here is just so nice!”

“What I probably like best about living here is feeling safe,” Avery continues. “See the locks on those doors there? They’re really strong, and we have those on every door at our cottage, too. Before this we lived in a different place, and let’s just say there were a lot of bloody noses on people and things got stolen. That kind of stuff doesn’t happen here, so we can just relax. We don’t ever get scared or have to worry about how we’re going to get places like school or work because they make sure we get transported wherever we need to go. I also get to eat my own food. That’s nice.”


Avery also enjoys a steady spiritual diet at OBHC. “I’ve learned a lot here,” Avery says with a smile. “I know you can always trust God and He can hear you in the storm. You can have faith in Him because He won’t ever let you down. He always loves you. It’s a never-ending relationship with Him.” Visibly moved, Avery begins to sing a song he learned at OBHC. “Counting every blessing…counting every blessing…”

After a few moments, Avery continues, “I’m really glad my mom is getting some help, too. It’s hard to do everything alone. Here, she attends classes so she can learn the stuff she needs to have a better life. It’s a big help for there to be other adults to help take care of us kids, too.”

When he does reach adulthood, Avery would like to make videos or play video games for a living. “If that’s possible, that would be great,” Avery says with enthusiasm, “but I can do other stuff.” He describes being interested and willing to learn trade skills as an option. “I’d rather go to college or votech to learn about technology, though.” Avery laughs. “I’ve always been good at taking things apart, but I’m no Fixit Felix or Bob the Builder. If they could teach me to put things back together and make them work, that would be really helpful.”

Relaxed and confident, Avery reclines in his chair. “I wouldn’t mind more school,” he continues. “I kinda like it, but you know how the average boy is. We’d rather stay home and play video games, but if you want to play sports, you have to go to school and wait for recess. That’s just how it is. We do a little science, math, social studies and more. I do love to read, though, as long as the story has action in it. I’ve read the Percy Jackson series, the Heroes Olympus books, and the Kane Chronicles. Those all have heroes. They’re awesome!”

Avery’s favorite heroes, however, are those who donate to OBHC. “I just want to say thank you,” he says, “This place is so much better than the other place we were. Way better! I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s like a love house here. You’re all very kind and helpful, and you’re making a big difference in my life. I don’t really know how yet because I haven’t seen the future, but I think it’s going to be good!”