Every Kid Needs A Family

This is the title of a new study published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study, Every Kid Needs A Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, indicates that whether a family is defined as a mother and father, a single parent, a beloved uncle or aunt, a […]

Buckner and Texas Baptists: Doing More Together

On Tuesday of this week, it was my pleasure to present the Jeremiah’s Hope Award to the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Dr. Ron Lyles, Chairman of the Executive Board, Executive Director Dr. David Hardage, and members of the Executive Board graciously provided time for us to present this video of […]


Last week in Guatemala, I led a team from an audience with the Supreme Court and other government dignitaries to the home of a family in need just outside of Antigua. It was quite a contrasting experience. We stopped by to visit the Buckner Family Hope Center there and then visited a family close by. […]

Buckner Nation

I recently returned from a Vision Trip to Guatemala with staff and prospective donors. Part of our activities for the week included a “Protocol” Ceremony with officials of the Guatemalan Government including Justices of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, the Executive Director of the National Council for Adoption, and the Secretary of Social Well […]

Finding the Right Way

On April 17, 2015 we celebrated Founder’s Day at Buckner. We have an annual luncheon gathering to remember our Founder, Dr. Robert Cooke Buckner, but recently, we have focused this celebration on our outstanding staff and affiliate NGO staff. The celebration featured Ritchie Haratine, a professional actor who portrayed a monologue of Dr. R. C. […]

The Jesus Agenda: Becoming An Agent of Redemption

I have just completed a book by this title: The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. My expectation is that this book will be published and ready for distribution in early May, right before mother’s day. The book features the theme of redemption as the heart of our ministry at Buckner. It is ideal […]

Shining Hope in Longview

I had the privilege of preaching at First Baptist Church of Longview this past Sunday. The entire worship experience was uplifting, in addition to the privilege of presenting the Jeremiah’s Hope Award to Dr. Bob Davis, Chair of the Missions Committee, on behalf of the church. Dr. Cary Hilliard, Sr. Pastor, invited me to preach […]