By the time you read this blog, I will have just returned from a 10-day trip to Kenya. We will have visited Buckner work in Nairobi, Busia, Bungoma, Kitale, and Cherangani. The purpose of our trip is to catch up and learn about the work of Dickson Masindano, executive director of Buckner Kenya and to record stories, pictures, and videos of the incredible work that is being done to transform the lives of families and shine hope into the lives of children.
Our work in Kenya began more than 15 years ago when the Baptist pastors of the Kenyan Baptist Convention invited Buckner to assume the work of the BCC, the Baptist Children’s Center outside of Nairobi. Some of the best work we do in the world is led by Dickson Masindano, a distinguished alumnus of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Over the years, we have transitioned our work from a residential program to foster care, domestic adoption, and Buckner Family Hope Centers to strengthen families. In Kenya alone, we were able to place over 75 children in forever Kenyan families. As I write this blog at the beginning of February, I anxiously await my visit to Kenya. The last time I was there was seven years ago to celebrate the 10th anniversary. I am sure I will write blogs about Kenya while I am there and post them when I return during the month of March.
Buckner staff with me on this trip include Scott Collins, Russ Dilday, Arnie Adkison, Jeff Gentry, and a videography team, as well as Buckner donors and friends. Please pray for our re-entry into the United States adjustment to time differences, and focus on the work at hand.