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Children's Baptist Home of Southern California Alumni
Metamorphoses of CBH in to BCH
During a CBH corporation restructuring ceremony held in 1990 at the new BCH headquarters in the San Fernando Valley.
Recalling a 1940's newspaper quote
Willis Lucas, President/Secretary recalled a 1940 newspaper quote from a member of the agency's first board of trustees, who said, "I predict this institution will be a shining star in the Baptist constellation of institutions."
These were powerful and prophetic words for a ministry that began as the inspired vision of one young Baptist couple. The seeds for the ministry were planted in the late 1920s, when an Inglewood boy began inviting children from a nearby orphanage then ran by Zion Hill Baptist Church into his front yard to play.
The boy's parents, Louis and Billie Sue Henna, soon became attached to their son's friends. When city zoning required all residents of Inglewood must be white by 1950. The then all black Zion Hill Baptist Church began phasing out the orphanage institution, in favor of retirement services, the Hennas sought to carry on this important ministry.
The couple's vision included building a real home, not just an institution, but one where children resided in cottages with house-parents, attended public schools and lived like other children.
The Hennas who where members of the Baldwin Hills Baptist Church in Los Angeles. They encouraged the Baldwin Hills Church members to form a Children's Home Incorporation. Louis and Billie Sue Henna thought the 10 acres lot that the Zion Hill Baptist Church's Orphanage was situated on would be the perfect site for their plans.
Baldwin Hills Baptist Church's Children's Home of Southern California Corporation received the deed to 7715 Victoria Ave, Inglewood
When J. Howard Williams, executive director of CBH Corporation at the time received the deed to the facility from the Zion Hill Baptist Church In 1933; the entire CBH Corporation Executive Board was present.
On August 19, 1933, construction began on the first three cottages, an administrator's home and a small office building.
After completion of the first buildings, the Hennas knowing such an endeavor would require tremendous ongoing resources, as well as a strong ministry commitment.
"Louis Henna didn't start the children's home because he sought the limelight, or because he wanted praise," Givens said. "He did it for three reasons. First, Louis and Billie Sue were devout Christians. Second, they had the ability to raise the money to do what they did. And the third reason was because they saw a need, and they filled it. That's the kind of people they were."

Lucas also praised all who have carried the ministry through the years, saying, "So many others have come along and picked up that ball that Louis and Billie Sue laid down at the 50-yard line. They moved it and moved it, and you can see what a beautiful institution this has turned out to be."

Beloved superintendent
John S. Winter, a beloved superintendent who served the agency from 1950 to 1959, oversaw many of these changes during his tenure. Winter offered emotional testimony during the restructuring ceremony of what the children's home has meant to him and others.
He likened his call to serve there to the Apostle Paul's words about his own call in the first chapter of Romans, saying, "Although I don't ... We were called. We felt it."
Mr. Winter related several stories about former residents to illustrate the impact of the children's home. In one, he remembered finding a scrawled note from a little boy on the flyleaf of a hymeneal that simply said, "I love me."
To Winter, those three words spoke volumes.

"Our hope was that every child that came across us and our staff, that out of this experience, they felt better about themselves," he explained. The boy's handwritten message indicated that, with at least one child, they had succeeded.

In July 1990, Children's Baptist Home moved to the San Fernando Valley and became known as Children's Homes of Southern California,
a nonprofit organization that provides residential care and other vital services to teenage boys, ages eleven through seventeen, in Los Angeles County.
Although the deed was returned to the Inglewood Park crematory own board in 1990, Baptists statewide has continued to provide support for children through, funding a reorganized Corporation now called Baptist Children's Home
Words of gratitude
At the reorganization ceremony, BCH Executive Director, Rosana LaFianza, was on hand to offer words of gratitude on behalf of Southern California Baptists.

Rosana described the continuing need for Christians to support agencies like Baptist Children's Homes of southern California, saying: "We live in a time of economic boom and spiritual longing. Money helps, but we know that money does not satisfy.
"It is a crucial act of wisdom and grace and Christian love to care for people in need. The gospel of God that pushes Christian people out into the world with healing and grace in our hands and hearts is the gospel that converts hearts, shames hate into silence, disciples believers, puts courage in our backbone and attracts thoughtful people."
LaFianza concluded by reminding listeners of the welcome Jesus gave to children, saying, "God takes children seriously. He delights in them. He puts a warning sign around them to say to all who live, 'Of my little ones, don't hurt them, don't embarrass them, don't neglect them, don't abuse them. Take care of the children, and let them come to me.'"