Buckner Builds Families… Redemptive Families with Hope for Kingdom Living

In my first blog on “Buckner Builds Families,” I mentioned this phrase as the core mission of Buckner. Just three words: “Buckner Builds Families.” That is what we do and it is easy to remember. We build families for children through foster care, adoption, and family strengthening programs. We build a sense of family for […]

Hurricane Harvey Tour Update – Day 2

Day 2 started early travelling to Houston-Aldine to visit the Buckner Family Hope Center under the leadership of Shawna Roy, director. My team and I went there to visit staff and volunteers as well as children and families affected by Harvey. The Houston-Aldine area was impacted heavily by rain, wind, and flooding. While the Buckner […]

Hurricane Harvey Update Day 1

I just returned from a two-day tour visiting evacuees from Hurricane Harvey as well as residents, children and families in Houston and Beaumont. Nothing compares to seeing things first hand. I can tell you that Buckner staff, children, families, and seniors are doing well despite the ravaging impact of Hurricane Harvey. The tour started at […]

His Name is Mason

I heard Eugene Cho @eugenecho, Founding and Lead Pastor of Quest Church www.eugenecho.com in Seattle at the CLA www.christianleadershipalliance.com this week. He presented an awesome message with many powerful biblical principles. The one that really spoke to me was this: “Take the time to look at people in the eye and call them by name […]

Partners in the Gospel

I had the privilege of visiting the campus of Campbellsville University (CU), a private Christian liberal arts university in Kentucky at the beginning of March. I was invited to speak at their weekly convocation, share lunch with faculty and staff, and then to be interviewed on the university tv/radio program. You can learn more about […]

National Prayer Breakfast 2016

I had the wonderful privilege of attending the National Prayer Breakfast last week in Washington, DC. Since 1953, members of Congress have gathered to pray for our nation and have invited the President of the United States to join them in prayer and offer a few remarks. I am not suggesting that our political differences […]

My Buckner Family

Family is what we do at Buckner. We are all about building families, strengthening families, and celebrating families. Family is where we come from and represents who we are. David, the King of Israel, once wrote (Psalm 68:6): “God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious live […]

Buckner Dominicana: Shining Hope in Eduardo Brito

Our third day in the Dominican Republic seemed as busy as the first two. We visit the Family Hope Center in Eduardo Brito. We were greeting by students taking accounting classes, placed our fingerprints on the Buckner tree, and visited Mrs. Dinorah De La Rosa’s home. She is the focus of one of the stories […]

Buckner Dominicana Engaging Families

I arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Columbus Day, Monday October 12, 2015. Our timing was pretty amazing. However, as I listened to Dominicans describe this day, they spoke of celebrating the “Meeting of the Races,” or “Dia de las Razas.” While they did not celebrate Columbus, they did celebrate their history. I realized […]

Buckner Dominicana Engaging Community Leaders

I just returned from a President’s Vision trip to the Dominican Republic to visit the staff and work of Buckner Dominicana. Donors, pastors, and staff went with me to visit the work of Buckner in two Family Hope Centers as well as visits government offices and churches. Brad Barnett, Senior VP for Buckner Children and […]