LAKELAND (FBCH)—There are millions of children around the world that don’t have a family to call their own. Unfortunately, the financial costs often stand in the way for many families who have a desire to adopt a child.
Professional golfer Brad Bryant and his wife Sue, who attend First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, wanted to do something to help encourage and enable more families to adopt a child. They came up with the idea of partnering with the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to establish the Uniting Hearts Fund.
The Fund will focus on supporting activities designed to promote more adoptive homes for orphaned children. Some of these activities will include helping qualified families in need with some of the costs associated with adopting a child.
The Bryants are starting the fund by donating 10 percent of his golf winnings on this year’s Champions Tour.
The Bryants and the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes unveiled the new program at a press conference April 11 at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am golf tournament at TPC Tampa Bay.
Bryant, 57, was born in Amarillo, Texas. His father was a Southern Baptist pastor who later became the director of evangelism for North and South Dakota and Montana. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1976 and joined the Champions Tour in 2005 where he won the U.S. Senior Open in 2007. Bryant’s younger brother Bart also played on the PGA TOUR.
Bryant, father of two boys, Jamieson and Jonathan, continues to be a successful golfer on the Champions Tour and a strong supporter of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Jamieson, 21, was adopted.
“This is something that has been close to our heart for a long time,” Bryant said in announcing the partnership. “You often hear how expensive it can be to adopt a child. This is one obstacle that we want to try to remove for those families that may not have the financial means, but have that strong yearning to adopt a child.
“We just think that every child deserves a ‘forever family,’” he said.
Jerry Haag, president of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, said FBCH was thrilled when Brad and Sue came to them with the idea for the fund.
“All of us at the Children’s Homes have been touched by the Bryants’ generous spirit and their desire to make a difference in the lives of precious children who need a family,” Haag said. “They have been strong supporters of our ministry for several years, and I have always known that they have a heart for orphaned children in need of a forever family.”
Haag called on others to join the Bryants in helping to unite more children to a forever family by supporting the Uniting Hearts Fund. Contributions can be made online at UnitingHearts.org.
“We will all be cheering Brad on to victory in many golf tournaments this year. Together, we can bring more forever families to orphaned children in Florida and throughout the world,” Haag said.
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