In January, I launched a series of blogs on the topic, “Buckner Builds Families.” I am continuing that theme in February focusing on how we are building families in our nation’s capital, in West Dallas, in Guatemala, and in Kenya.
On Tuesday of this week, I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the 66th Annual National Prayer Breakfast (NPB) hosted by the U.S. Congress, with the president of the United States and other national leaders in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of our government. Along with these leaders, national leaders, heads of state, and cabinet members from 140 countries will gather. I have had the incredible privilege of attending these meetings during the administration of President Bush, President Obama, and now President Trump.
I will have opportunities to develop relationships with ambassadors, diplomats, and executive level leaders from across the globe; I will be meeting with U.S. senators, members of Congress on Capitol Hill and some at the NPB, held in the spirit of Jesus of Nazareth. People of all faiths attend this meeting including those from Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Orthodox, and Christian traditions. Members from both Republican and Democratic parties will pray, fellowship, and worship together in the spirit of Jesus of Nazareth.
We will have a special guest speaker, a surprise to all of us there. Last year, Rear Admiral Barry Black, the 62nd Chaplain of the US Senate was our guest speaker. Click here to listen to Dr. Black’s message.
So, what does this have to do with “Buckner Building Families?”
Behind the scenes and in between meetings I will be meeting with leaders of the countries like Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Kenya and I will meet with members of Congress who are passionately concerned about the welfare of children and families in the United States and south of the Border in Central and South America. Buckner is working intently on stabilizing families south of the border, so they can prosper right where they are rather than making the trek to our southern border for survival. You would be proud to know of members of Congress who are deeply concerned about the stabilization of struggling families on both sides of our border.
These kinds of relationships led us to apply and win a $1 million-dollar grant from USAID (United States Agency for International Development) to transition 100 children from state-run orphanages into families in Guatemala because institutional care can be harmful to the development of children, birth through 5 years of age. We were able to move more than 150 children, above our goal, ahead of schedule, and under budget the Buckner way. These vulnerable children are thriving in their families of origin, some through reunification, others are in foster families, and many were adopted into forever families. I will be sharing our vision of developing Buckner Family Hope Centers in some of the toughest places in Texas and south of the border. A few Buckner donors will accompany me. Pray for conversations that will seek all the interests of the Redeemer’s Kingdom.