”But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 19:14
Children’s Home in Mexico
In 1973, Pastor Potter felt the Lord began to deal with his heart concerning a Children’s Home in Mexico. He tells us the following: I was in a revival meeting at the Central Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina where Bro. Ronnie Millsap’s is pastor.
During that meeting I announced for the first time that the Lord had laid it upon my heart to start an orphanage in Mexico. The burden was great and I mentioned it several times during my meeting there. No one responded and no offering was taken. On Sunday morning, as they began their Sunday School, a man stood up and said, “I have to give some money on that Children’s Home in Mexico.” During that hour they were supposed to have Sunday School about $650.00 was given. There were about 30 there that Sunday morning. At the 11:00 o’clock hour, a lady came into the church and said, “Last Thursday I was supposed to give some money to the Children’s Home in Mexico.” I had saved some money to remodel my house, but she said, Bro. Millsap’s, I want you to come by tomorrow. I want to give you $500.00 I have saved. She said, “I’ve tried ever since Thursday to get the Lord to let me give it in Bristol but the Lord would say, ‘No, It’s for Mexico!”
Shortly afterwards he met Marcus and Judy Padgett, a young missionary couple who were preparing to go to Mexico as missionaries. After his telling them about his burden to start a Children’s Home they prayed about it and felt led to work through our mission to help establish the home.
The Padgett's went to Ameca, Mexico which is 700 miles south of the American border near Guadalajara. While living in a pick-up camper for two years they built the Children’s Home by hand. Brother Marcus and sister Judy labored in the home together until 1991, when brother Marcus had a heart attack and went home to be with the Lord. Sister Judy continued to operate the children’s home for 20 years, with the help of a national couple. She is now in heaven after fighting a battle with cancer and is uninhibited in worshiping the Lord. Through the years many Mexican children have received good food, clothing, and shelter because of the home. Best of all, they have been taught about the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.