Chelsea Q. White

‘My greatest burden’ | Buckner Kenya’s Rose Wasike lives out mission to help impoverished children

‘My greatest burden’ | Buckner Kenya’s Rose Wasike lives out mission to help impoverished children

Story and photography by Chelsea White ...

‘I’m a survivor’ -- Buckner foster care grad finds purpose in helping broken families

Story and photos by Chelsea QuackenbushAlisha Maglio has a lot of reasons to be hopeless. When she was young, she was abused severely and was left...
‘I gave her more’ | A birth mother’s story of why she chose adoption

‘I gave her more’ | A birth mother’s story of why she chose adoption

Rachel Gabucci was 27 years old, six months pregnant and unmarried. Scared and nervous, she was aware of the realities of raising a child on her own....
‘God honors a cheerful giver:’ Family Pathways moms give back to Buckner, community

‘God honors a cheerful giver:’ Family Pathways moms give back to Buckner, community

Moms are some of the busiest people in the world. They often juggle childrearing, careers, marriages and sometimes, schoolwork. It doesn’t seem like...
World Vision gives Buckner more than 17,000 pairs of shoes

World Vision gives Buckner more than 17,000 pairs of shoes

DALLAS – World Vision donated more than 17,000 pairs of new shoes for Buckner to distribute to clients in domestic programs.Distributions of the...
What are you doing this summer? | Project Go application deadline nearing!

What are you doing this summer? | Project Go application deadline nearing!

What makes a Buckner mission trip, like Project Go, different from other organizations? People like Mama Rose, who has worked for Buckner for eight...
What are you doing next summer?

What are you doing next summer?

What makes a Buckner mission trip, like Project Go, different from other organizations? People like Mama Rose, who has worked for Buckner for eight...

Water reservoir provides running water for 60 homes in Peru

LLULLUCHA, Peru – Every December, members of South Main Baptist Church in Houston travel to a Peruvian village to participate in Buckner...

Wanted: Parents willing to get too attached

One of the biggest obstacles couples face in the decision to become foster parents is the thought of having to say goodbye to a child they've fallen...
Ventana by Buckner senior living community opens offices

Ventana by Buckner senior living community opens offices

[caption id="attachment_12654" align="alignnone" width="5184"] Buckner Retirement Services Senior Vice President Charlie Wilson dedicates the new...

Tori Gulley: 'Don't give up hope'

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Three things I wish I knew about foster care and adoption

Three things I wish I knew about foster care and adoption

Foster care and adoption advocate and author Pam Parish, who is the mother of seven young adult women and has navigated the road to adoption six...
The power of children

The power of children

By Scott CollinsST. PETERSBURG, Russia – I watched children of all ages do some amazing things today.Encompassed in their inviting world of...
The language of learning

The language of learning

Story by Elizabeth Arnold ...

Thank you Buckner supporters

Buckner wishes to thank the following corporations, foundations and other organizations for their charitable contributions of $1,000 or more during...
Texas teen collects shoes for Eagle Scout project, throws first pitch at Rangers game

Texas teen collects shoes for Eagle Scout project, throws first pitch at Rangers game

As Uyless Bland walked out to the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington for Buckner Day at the Rangers, he had an entire city behind him. ...
Success is never out of reach

Success is never out of reach

Four single mothers in Dallas have proved that education is never out of reach. They were recognized for their collegiate achievements on Saturday at...
Single dad wants better life for his kids

Single dad wants better life for his kids

PEÑITAS, Texas – Hector Flores has been a single dad for the past three years, officially. He lives in a tiny, trailer-like home that he slowly...
Shining Hope Longview campaign exceeds goal; $7.5 million raised from Longview community

Shining Hope Longview campaign exceeds goal; $7.5 million raised from Longview community

LONGVIEW, Texas – Buckner International raised $7.5 million to build a new campus here, surpassing the Shining Hope Longview Campaign goal by more...
Sewing to success

Sewing to success

Dinorah De La Rosa sits peacefully at her sewing table. Positioned near the front door so the daylight can illuminate her project, De La Rosa’s...

Seniors forgo New Year's resolutions to focus on selfless long-term goals

It’s been almost two months since the start of the new year, and plenty of people have already either given up on their resolutions or forgotten...
San Angelo senior says coaching good for the soul

San Angelo senior says coaching good for the soul

At 80 years old, Arlen White is proving that life doesn’t stop once you move to a retirement community. White, who resides at Baptist Retirement...
Retirees prove you're never too old to fall in love | Buckner Westminster Place

Retirees prove you're never too old to fall in love | Buckner Westminster Place

Ken and Mopsy King prove it's never too late to fall in love when they met at Buckner Westminster Place and married in June last year. ...
Resurrecting dreams: Dominican Republic woman achieves baking career goals

Resurrecting dreams: Dominican Republic woman achieves baking career goals

“Do you still want to be a baker?” Luz Reyes, a case manager for the Buckner Family Hope Center at Eduardo Brito, Dominican Republic, asked...

Reflections of gratitude

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Rays of HOPES: Buckner East Texas gives at-risk parents education

Rays of HOPES: Buckner East Texas gives at-risk parents education

Imagine living in a run-down apartment complex without air conditioning in the middle of summer. Imagine wanting a job so you can move out of the...

RIO GRANDE VALLEY: Buckner Family Hope Center provides families with homes

The Monitor recently published a fantastic piece about how the Buckner Family Hope Center in Penitas, Texas, is helping transform the impoverished...
Quilting joy: Houston women make blankets for those in need

Quilting joy: Houston women make blankets for those in need

At Parkway Place, a group of women have chosen a unique approach to meeting to help the hurting and meet the needs of their fellow residents, as well...
Project Go: 9 ways to find your purpose

Project Go: 9 ways to find your purpose

Want to do something different with your summer and make an eternal impact for God's Kingdom? Look no further than Project Go, a month-long volunteer...
Paving the future

Paving the future

Every day the Buckner Family Hope Center at Villa Esfuerzo, Dominican Republic offers programs and services to help strengthen and empower their...
Path to freedom: Family Pathways Houston opens door for single mom

Path to freedom: Family Pathways Houston opens door for single mom

Sitting in a Houston jail cell, Lindsay Larson realized things had reached an all-time low. A lifetime of drug and alcohol use had caught up with her...

Overcoming the past

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Overcoming hurdles: Foster youth uses past experiences to support the foster care community

Overcoming hurdles: Foster youth uses past experiences to support the foster care community

Courtney Greer is determined. She’s responsible, mature and hardworking – characteristics not often found in a 19-year-old, but after spending...
New Senior Vice President of Buckner Children and Family Services announced

New Senior Vice President of Buckner Children and Family Services announced

DALLAS – Brad Barnett has been named Senior Vice President of Buckner Children and Family Services, according to Buckner International President and...
National Adoption Month: Meet the Wingates

National Adoption Month: Meet the Wingates

“I like to be adopted because she loves me, and it feels like I have a whole new world.”  ...
National Adoption Month: Meet the Palmers

National Adoption Month: Meet the Palmers

After living in foster care for many years, siblings Toby (18), Caylin (15), Codi (13), and Shane (12), who were adopted through the Waiting Texas...
National Adoption Month: Meet the Calverts

National Adoption Month: Meet the Calverts

After experiencing multiple miscarriages, the Calverts knew God still had children on their hearts. Through adoption, the Calvert family was made...

National Adoption Month: Celebrate with Buckner

November is National Adoption Month, 30 days dedicated to creating awareness about adoption. With more than 6,500 adolescents in Texas legally...
Nameless 'old man photos' have a story you won't believe

Nameless 'old man photos' have a story you won't believe

Not too long ago, Buckner received an email from a writer, Karen Barnett, in Oregon about some curious portraits she found in a thrift store. She had...
Moonstruck

Moonstruck

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood before Congress and called the country to a monumental task: "I believe that this nation should...

Midland: Single mother receives opportunity after teen pregnancy

MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) - After a teen pregnancy, a mother of two received the opportunity of a lifetime and is currently interning with...

Midland: Junior League partners with Buckner Family Place for Suits with Skills program

"Most people will never know — and could hardly imagine — the fear of looking at their children and realizing the stark reality that they have...
Marked by love: Bringing Valeria home

Marked by love: Bringing Valeria home

Story and photography by Lauren Hollon SturdyThe Arroyos’ home is marked by love, literally. On the wall just outside their front door they’ve...

MIDLAND: Resilient Midland mom overcomes the odds

MIDLAND, Texas - After nearly two decades, Midlander Heather Hembree, a single mother of three, still hears the voices of her sixth-grade teachers who...

MIDLAND: Buckner, Crestview Baptist give school supplies to 100 children at innagural back to school bash

MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- Buckner Children and Family Services held a Back to School Bash on Saturday at Crestview Baptist Church to celebrate...

MIDLAND: Abell-Hanger Foundation grant supports Buckner foster care program

FROM THE MIDLAND REPORTER-TELEGRAM:A matching grant from the Abell-Hanger Foundation will double donations made to Buckner Children and Family...

Lubbock woman continues serving despite personal hurdles

LUBBOCK, Texas - When going through a rough patch in life the easiest thing to do is just give-up. A Lubbock woman did quite the opposite. She has...

Longview: LeTourneau, Buckner partnership helps improve academic readiness for elementary students

From the Longview News-Journal:LONGVIEW, Texas - Schoolchildren across the state have spent the past several months prepping for mandated tests, and...
Life of gratitude

Life of gratitude

By Chelsea White ...
Labor of love

Labor of love

Story and photos by Aimee FrestonFor many engaged couples, the days leading up to the wedding are hectic. There are last minute details to arrange and...

LUBBOCK: National Foster Care Month

LUBBOCK, TX -- May is National Foster Care Month. Right now in Texas, more than 30,000 children are in the foster care system; 10,000 of them are...

LONGVIEW: Nonprofit agency working to change fortunes of children and parents at Longview apartment complex

LONGVIEW, Texas - In an oasis of shade at the Belaire Manor Apartments on Young Street, about 20 children gathered in a circle to sing a song about...

LONGVIEW: New fatherhood classes to be offered at Buckner

In conjunction with Project HOPES, an early intervention grant from the Texas Department of Protective Services, Buckner is now offering fatherhood...

LONGVIEW: Heartisans Marketplace offers more than just store goods

LONGVIEW, Texas - Julee Rachels hesitates to talk about herself, making it difficult to determine in what way she developed her acute sense of vision...

LONGVIEW: Editorial: Successful campaign reminds again how Buckner blesses our city

We're so honored to share the kind words from the editorial board of the Longview News-Journal this week in their piece, "Successful campaign reminds...

LONGVIEW: College students travel from East Texas to serve others

Students from two area universities chose not only to travel this summer, but to travel and serve others.East Texas Baptist University students took a...

LONGVIEW: Buckner residents put pen to paper, write letters to military personnel

The Longview-News Journal just ran a story about residents at Buckner Westminster Place who are writing letters to members of the military stationed...

LONGVIEW: Buckner project aims to help fathers become better parents

Buckner in Longview is making a very targeted effort to help father become better parents as part of the Project HOPES grant from the federal...

LNJ: Buckner International breaks ground on new campus for single moms, children

Buckner International expanded its East Texas ministries Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony in South Longview."This is a natural extension of the...
It's #givingtuesday!

It's #givingtuesday!

Today is Giving Tuesday — and that means it’s a great day to “give back” by making your gift to Buckner double in impact through the $125,000...
INFOGRAPHIC: Humanitarian aid by the numbers

INFOGRAPHIC: Humanitarian aid by the numbers

The mission of Buckner International is to transform and strengthen families to keep children safe, both in the U.S. and around the world. A lot of...

IN THE NEWS: Buckner International plans spring trips

We are all really excited about our upcoming mission trips this year. Traveling to serve vulnerable children and families can have a life-changing...
IN THE MEDIA: Riverside to take shoes in lieu of payment at basketball game

IN THE MEDIA: Riverside to take shoes in lieu of payment at basketball game

We love seeing innovative ways people collect shoes for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. Last week, instead of charging a ticket fee, a high school in...

IN THE MEDIA: Plattsburg Rotary donates 97 pairs of shoes

FROM THE CLINTON COUNTY LEADER: The Plattsburg Rotary Club donated 97 pairs of new shoes and 84 pairs of socks for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls...

IN THE MEDIA: Lufkin girls caught wearing makeup use fame to give back

Have you seen this adorable video of two Lufkin 7-year-olds who were caught using their mom's makeup? The video went semi-viral and now the duo is...

IN THE MEDIA: ET Football: Special day in many ways for New Diana's Palmer

In honor of National Adoption Month, the Longview News-Journal featured a story on Buckner adoptee Toby Palmer, also a senior captain of New Diana's...

IN THE MEDIA: Children receive both presents and memories at the Buckner Children's Village toy run

Bikers, 4-wheelers, hot rods and Corvettes brought Christmas gifts and excitement to nearly 100 boys and girls on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Buckner...

IN THE MEDIA: Celebrating National Foster Care Month

USA (MNN) — May is National Foster Care Month.Being a foster parent is a special calling. It’s a job that often requires the strength of Hercules,...
IN THE MEDIA: Beaumont Foundation awards $198,000 to Buckner Foster Care and Adoption | The Examiner

IN THE MEDIA: Beaumont Foundation awards $198,000 to Buckner Foster Care and Adoption | The Examiner

The Beaumont Foundation awarded Buckner Foster Care and Adoption $198,300 to provide clothing for children in Buckner’s care across the state. On...

How two months can change a life

By John Hall ...
How a plastic bag changed the life of a South Texas teen

How a plastic bag changed the life of a South Texas teen

It’s amazing how something like a plastic shopping bag can have such an impact on someone’s life. When Marilin Garcia, now 18, was in...
Hope's blossom

Hope's blossom

Five years ago at the edge of a bayou, Vanessa Brown of Houston had reached the edge of her life when addiction, depression, her car and a tree all...
Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

Story by Aimee FrestonPhotography by Chelsea WhiteFollowing the American Civil War, R.C. Buckner was burdened by the devastating need in his country....

Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Reversed

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...

Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Responsible

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...

Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Released

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...

Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Reconstructed

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...

Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Ready

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...

Holy Week Series: Redeemed Relationships

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...
Happily Ava After: Wynnewood child receives school help, love from Buckner staff

Happily Ava After: Wynnewood child receives school help, love from Buckner staff

Story by Elizabeth StarrPhoto by Katie MooreSqueals of delight echo in the game room at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood. Small groups of...
Global-minded teens give time for shoes

Global-minded teens give time for shoes

Story by Elizabeth StarrPhotography by Katie MooreWhat do you get when you put together a group of 13- and 14-year-olds and a whole bunch of athletic...
From the mission field: Pity or compassion?

From the mission field: Pity or compassion?

A tiny girl, barefooted, dirty and alone, silhouetted among mountains of sparkling broken glass, recycled plastic and other trash, caught my eye. ...
From the President: Buckner Nation

From the President: 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”...
Friday photos: The Buckner Heritage and Learning Center

Friday photos: The Buckner Heritage and Learning Center

Today, Buckner staff had a first look at the new Buckner Heritage and Learning Center on the east Dallas children's campus. The museum-like space is...
Friday photos: Dallas Mavericks give Thanksgiving meals to Buckner clients

Friday photos: Dallas Mavericks give Thanksgiving meals to Buckner clients

Yesterday afternoon, Dallas Mavericks players Deron Williams and Devin Harris donated turkeys and Albertsons donated dressing and sides to families...
Friday photo: Woodworking for children

Friday photo: Woodworking for children

Several residents at Parkway Place, a Buckner Senior Living community in Houston, are creating wooden pieces of artwork to give to children in Buckner...
Friday photo: Washing the disciples feet

Friday photo: Washing the disciples feet

"So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, 'Do you understand...
Friday photo: Univision collects shoes for Buckner

Friday photo: Univision collects shoes for Buckner

Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls partnered with Univision Dallas in December to collect shoes. The shoe drive began with a volunteer day at the...
Friday photo: The world's children

Friday photo: The world's children

Buckner adoption staff met with officials from Armenia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Poland and Romania as part of the Department of State’s...
Friday photo: Teamwork

Friday photo: Teamwork

Considering applying to serve with Project Go this summer? One of our past participants shares why you should go: "APPLY TO BUCKNER'S PROJECT GO...
Friday photo: Shoes and smiles

Friday photo: Shoes and smiles

Children in Chiapas, Mexico, were all smiles this summer after receiving a brand new pair of shoes through a local Shoes for Orphan Souls...
Friday photo: Shoe delivery to Peruvians who don't have any

Friday photo: Shoe delivery to Peruvians who don't have any

Several months ago, two Buckner Peru staff delivered shoes deep into the jungle to a village called Autiki, which is an Ashaninka Native Community. It...
Friday photo: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Friday photo: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Two children at the Buckner Family Hope Center in the Las Brisas community of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Buckner staff is helping their mothers with...
Friday photo: Put on love

Friday photo: Put on love

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear...
Friday photo: Pueblo de Palma

Friday photo: Pueblo de Palma

Last Friday, 11 couples made a public marriage commitment in the Pueblo de Palmo community of the Rio Grande Valley. Buckner International President...
Friday photo: Project HOPES at Camp Buckner

Friday photo: Project HOPES at Camp Buckner

Buckner Children and Family Services in Longview, Texas, was awarded a federal grant to help education "at-risk" families about parenting and child...
Friday photo: Permanency

Friday photo: Permanency

"I think the biggest change for me (since being adopted) is that I can go to sleep at night and know that I’m waking up in the morning and I’m...
Friday photo: Never be ashamed

Friday photo: Never be ashamed

I sought the Lord, and he answered me ...
Friday photo: Nairobi, Kenya

Friday photo: Nairobi, Kenya

This sweet little boy goes to school at the Buckner Family Hope Center in Nairobi, Kenya.Taken June 2015.
Friday photo: Men of honor

Friday photo: Men of honor

The Men of Honor program at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood in Dallas held their last meeting in December. The men enjoyed a presentation...
Friday photo: Lima, Peru

Friday photo: Lima, Peru

A member of Reunion Church in Dallas ministers to a child in a Peruvian orphanage on a Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe delivery trip. The church...
Friday photo: Labor of love

Friday photo: Labor of love

For many engaged couples, the days leading up to the wedding are hectic. But for Amberle (Durano) and Hunter Brown, the most important pre-wedding...
Friday photo: It's the little things

Friday photo: It's the little things

Director of Domestic Aid and Assistance Jackie Belt gives a stuffed monkey to a little girl whose family received food and clothing from the staff at...
Friday photo: First pitch

Friday photo: First pitch

Uyless Brand, a high school senior and Eagle Scout from Goliad, Texas, threw out the first pitch Sunday for Buckner Day at the Texas Rangers. Uyless...
Friday photo: Enduring love

Friday photo: Enduring love

"The truth of the matter is that long before I met her, I admired her because she was always so poised and so beautiful. But the first time I met her...
Friday photo: Dominican Republic

Friday photo: Dominican Republic

Eduardo Brito Family Hope Center in the Dominican Republic. ...
Friday photo: Coming home

Friday photo: Coming home

"When we got home, they were so happy. We had bumps along the way, but it just felt right. Our kids were home. We needed them with us." ...
Friday photo: Building Community

Friday photo: Building Community

Aramark employees volunteered through Buckner as part of its Building Community Day. They sorted shoes donated through Buckner Shoes for Orphan...
Friday photo: An unexpected gift

Friday photo: An unexpected gift

Ricardo Brambila, director of the Buckner Family Hope Center in Penitas, Texas, gave Luis Medina and his wife, Norma Camara, a new tricycle for their...
Friday photo: A permanent place

Friday photo: A permanent place

“Kids need good parents. So many kids are suffering and even dying, never knowing their parents or ending up in this bad life and they have nobody,...
Friday photo: 83 and counting

Friday photo: 83 and counting

Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls recently added another country to the list where shoes have been distributed -- Djibouti! That makes 83. We're so...
Friday photo: 'Become like little children'

Friday photo: 'Become like little children'

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child to him, and...
Friday photo: #RunforShoes

Friday photo: #RunforShoes

Last week, people all over the country participated in #RunforShoes, a virtual run to benefit Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls and to raise awareness...
Friday Photo: Kurdistan shoe delivery

Friday Photo: Kurdistan shoe delivery

Through a partner organization, Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® was able to serve Yazidi refugee children in Iraq who have fled their homes because...
Family Pathways Conroe graduate aims high with future goals

Family Pathways Conroe graduate aims high with future goals

Angel Hardy knew living in a camper parked in the backyard of her friend’s house was no way to live – for her or her son. The shower never worked;...
Family Hope Centers: Strengthening the whole family

Family Hope Centers: Strengthening the whole family

The main goal of the Buckner Family Hope Center model is to strengthen families by moving them away from crisis situations toward a path of...
Family Hope Center at Wynnewood builds ‘Men of Honor’

Family Hope Center at Wynnewood builds ‘Men of Honor’

DALLAS – Lester O’Garro has made mistakes in life. He’s learned lessons the hard way. If he can help it, others won’t repeat his errors. ...

Faith Focus: Why our New Year's resolutions may fail

On Jan. 1, it’s go time. Our New Year’s resolutions will be on the clock. The journey to lose weight, pull ourselves out of debt or take on new...
Faith Focus: When patience isn't a virtue

Faith Focus: When patience isn't a virtue

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently...
Faith Focus: What will you wear the day AFTER Halloween?

Faith Focus: What will you wear the day AFTER Halloween?

This Saturday, an army of superheroes, princesses and Star Wars characters will march up and down streets, knocking on doors and repeating a familiar...
Faith Focus: What compels you?

Faith Focus: What compels you?

When asked about her work for orphans and children in poverty, the normally upbeat Rose Wasike pauses as tears fill her eyes.“My parents were very...

Faith Focus: We are family

Editor’s note: April is National Volunteer Month. All month, we’ll be featuring devotional thoughts from Buckner volunteers around Texas. If...
Faith Focus: We Are His

Faith Focus: We Are His

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1For nine years, I was the manager of international...

Faith Focus: Tithing your time

Editor’s note: April is National Volunteer Month. All month, we’ll be featuring devotional thoughts from Buckner volunteers around Texas. If...
Faith Focus: The problem with to-do lists

Faith Focus: The problem with to-do lists

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to...
Faith Focus: The potter's clay

Faith Focus: The potter's clay

“’Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was...
Faith Focus: The faces – and feet – of shoes

Faith Focus: The faces – and feet – of shoes

“You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one...

Faith Focus: The 10 strangest days of my life

Juxtaposition is strange and poignant, particularly when it happens naturally in life.Months of anticipation boiled over into excitement as my son was...
Faith Focus: Shining light

Faith Focus: Shining light

“And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in...
Faith Focus: Prayer requests from the Family Hope Center at Wynnewood in Dallas

Faith Focus: Prayer requests from the Family Hope Center at Wynnewood in Dallas

To kick off 2016, we’re asking the Buckner family to pray for specific ministries. This week, we're focusing on the Family Hope Center at Wynnewood,...
Faith Focus: Prayer for birth mothers and fathers

Faith Focus: Prayer for birth mothers and fathers

Rachel was 27 years old, six months pregnant and scared. She was aware of the realities of raising a child on her own. Rachel knew she could love and...
Faith Focus: Parenting on THOSE days

Faith Focus: Parenting on THOSE days

Buckner parents are among the most prepared parents in the world. We make plans for our children. We pray over them. We read the latest books about...

Faith Focus: Our brothers and our sisters

Editor’s note: April is National Volunteer Month. All month, we’ll be featuring devotional thoughts from Buckner volunteers around Texas. If...
Faith Focus: Ministry prayer request from Iraq

Faith Focus: Ministry prayer request from Iraq

In August 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked the Yazidi people in the Sinjar province of Iraq, conquering the region shortly...
Faith Focus: Letting go

Faith Focus: Letting go

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and trust in Him.” –Psalm 40:3It was unreal.There I...
Faith Focus: Let it shine

Faith Focus: Let it shine

“You are the light of the world, so let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”...
Faith Focus: It all matters

Faith Focus: It all matters

"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will...
Faith Focus: How will it all turn out?

Faith Focus: How will it all turn out?

Let me be transparent: I just don’t know how this is going to turn out.I have two children – a 6-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. They’re...
Faith Focus: How do we express gratitude?

Faith Focus: How do we express gratitude?

Residents at Buckner Westminster Place, a continuing care senior living community in Longview, Texas, recently penned and sent letters to military...
Faith Focus: How I discovered God's secret wisdom through foster care

Faith Focus: How I discovered God's secret wisdom through foster care

Editor's note: May is National Foster Care Month. Join us in prayer each day this month for children involved in foster care, the families who care...
Faith Focus: Growing God's best

Faith Focus: Growing God's best

“Now glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”-Ephesians...
Faith Focus: God's good gifts

Faith Focus: God's good gifts

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those...
Faith Focus: Fighting words

Faith Focus: Fighting words

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints...
Faith Focus: Drowning

Faith Focus: Drowning

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”...
Faith Focus: Could I be an agent of redemption?

Faith Focus: Could I be an agent of redemption?

Editor's note: May is National Foster Care Month. Join us in prayer each day this month for children involved in foster care, the families who care...
Faith Focus: Climbing out of a spiritual rut

Faith Focus: Climbing out of a spiritual rut

Ruth Reichl has carved quite a career for herself out of food. She began as a chef, then became a food critic for major newspapers and now she’s...
Faith Focus: Can you be trusted when times get hard?

Faith Focus: Can you be trusted when times get hard?

When Steve Carrizales came to the Buckner Family Hope Center in Penitas, Texas, he was a broken but determined man. He hadn't see his son since his...
Faith Focus: Can I really change the world?

Faith Focus: Can I really change the world?

Two sentences adorn many of Buckner International’s promotional pieces: Transform lives, change the world. They succinctly sum up what Buckner does...
Faith Focus: Advent | We see joy

Faith Focus: Advent | We see joy

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled...
Faith Focus: Advent | Victory of peace

Faith Focus: Advent | Victory of peace

"The God of peace be with you all. Amen." –Romans 15:33 (NIV) Peace between God and mankind began at Christmas as Jesus entered this world and the...
Faith Focus: Advent | The majesty of love

Faith Focus: Advent | The majesty of love

"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and...
Faith Focus: Advent | Christ defines us

Faith Focus: Advent | Christ defines us

"Jesus replied, 'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you...

Faith Focus: A servant's heart

Editor’s note: April is National Volunteer Month. All month, we’ll be featuring devotional thoughts from Buckner volunteers around Texas. If...
Faith Focus: A prayer for families

Faith Focus: A prayer for families

During National Adoption Month, it’s only appropriate to pray for families. Every week through Buckner foster care and adoption, children experience...
Faith Focus: A blessed gift

Faith Focus: A blessed gift

Editor’s note: May is National Foster Care Month. Join us in prayer each day this month for children involved in foster care, the families who care...
Faith Focus: 'I'm going to love you'

Faith Focus: 'I'm going to love you'

Editor's note: May is National Foster Care Month. Join us in prayer each day this month for children involved in foster care, the families who care...

Faith Focus: 'He was always meant to be our son'

“If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you...
Faith Focus: #PotterItForward

Faith Focus: #PotterItForward

Eighteen years ago, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published, sparking a phenomenon that changed the lives of young people...
Failure is not an option

Failure is not an option

The words of a local police officer are seared into Cyndi Russell’s heart forever: “You’ll never amount to anything. You’re just like your...
Exclusive: Inside Buckner

Exclusive: Inside Buckner

Join us tomorrow at noon for Inside Buckner, a live webcast and an exclusive look and the latest ways God is using your partnership to impact...
Elizabeth Toon Charities presents $10,000 to Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood

Elizabeth Toon Charities presents $10,000 to Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood

DALLAS – Elizabeth Toon Charities presented $10,000 July 27 to the Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood to support the ministry’s after-school...
DALLAS: Woman, 68, learns to read through Oak Cliff nonprofit’s pilot adult literacy program

DALLAS: Woman, 68, learns to read through Oak Cliff nonprofit’s pilot adult literacy program

DALLAS - Jerutha Pratt said one day she wants to read a newspaper at the graveside of her brother.She’s closer to doing that, as the 68-year-old Oak...

DALLAS: Ventana by Buckner on Good Morning Texas

Good Morning Texas featured a segment about the newest senior living community, Ventana by Buckner. Mary Greer, director of marketing for the project,...

DALLAS: Sherrington: In the 60s, Ken Norman's signature hook shot took him and A&M basketball a long way

With bracketology and March Madness on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to share a basketball story of our own. Ken Norman learned to play...

DALLAS: Readers point us to more 100-year-old North Texas companies

DALLAS - Did you know Buckner International is one of the oldest organizations in Dallas? Check out the list compiled by the Dallas Morning News.

DALLAS: Buckner North Texas Crisis Relief awarded $30,000

From the North Dallas Gazette:Buckner North Texas Crisis Relief Center was recently awarded a gift from The Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Critical Needs...

DALLAS: Bride, groom make time for charity on wedding weekend

From the Dallas Morning News:Amberle Durano and Hunter Brown are getting married Sunday.In the midst of their whirlwind wedding activities, the couple...
Crafting a better future: Kenyan young adults sew their way to success

Crafting a better future: Kenyan young adults sew their way to success

The whir of the manual sewing machines fills a small room at the Baptist Children’s Center, a Buckner school and orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. A...
Continuing the adventure

Continuing the adventure

Story and photos by Chelsea White ...
Chiapas: Transforming hearts at the 'Rock Crusher' (part 2)

Chiapas: Transforming hearts at the 'Rock Crusher' (part 2)

Story and photos by Russ Dilday ...
Chiapas: Transforming hearts at the 'Rock Crusher' (part 1)

Chiapas: Transforming hearts at the 'Rock Crusher' (part 1)

Story and photos by Russ Dilday ...
Chatagnier named new executive director of Buckner Parkway Place

Chatagnier named new executive director of Buckner Parkway Place

HOUSTON – Buckner Retirement Services named Sunny Chatagnier as executive director of Buckner Parkway Place Aug. 3. ...
Called to adoption

Called to adoption

My husband, Ben, and I have wanted to adopt since we were young. We discovered our shared desire for that when we were dating. We assumed we would...

Buckner places record number of children into care

By John HallDALLAS – Buckner International placed a record number of children into loving homes in 2014.Last year, Buckner placed 900 children in...
Buckner opens new Peru Family Hope Center

Buckner opens new Peru Family Hope Center

LIMA, Peru – Buckner International opened the newest Family Hope Center, Villa Hermosa, in Pamplona, an impoverished neighborhood in the nation's...
Buckner makes going back to school easier for vulnerable children

Buckner makes going back to school easier for vulnerable children

Going back to school is easier this fall for vulnerable children, thanks to Buckner International efforts across the state. ...

Buckner in Amarillo

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Buckner delivers shoes to barefoot Peruvian village

Buckner delivers shoes to barefoot Peruvian village

For many of us, a pair of shoes may be nothing more than a good-looking shoe, but shoes are precious for many of the children we serve in Peru. Never...
Buckner Senior Living reveals new images, opens information center for new ‘Ventana by Buckner’ senior living high-rise in North Dallas

Buckner Senior Living reveals new images, opens information center for new ‘Ventana by Buckner’ senior living high-rise in North Dallas

DALLAS (JULY 15, 2015): Buckner Senior Living has revealed new renderings of its unprecedented high-rise senior living community, Ventana by Buckner,...
Buckner International breaks ground on $6 million project for new campus

Buckner International breaks ground on $6 million project for new campus

[caption id="attachment_11866" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Pictured from left to right: Buckner Foundation President David Slover; Buckner...
Buckner Family Pathways: A second chance at life

Buckner Family Pathways: A second chance at life

After a failed marriage, Charbra and her two kids struggled to stay afloat. With the help of Buckner Family Pathways in Amarillo, she was able to get...

Buckner Family Pathways helps area moms, receives grant

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation awarded a $15,000 Texas Fund Grant to My Father’s House, a Buckner Family Pathways...

Buckner Dallas afterschool program takes a walk on the wild side

It’s not every day you get to be a zookeeper, cowboy and farmer all before dinnertime. But for children at the Buckner Wynnewood Family Hope Center...

Beaumont couple is fostering a family home

BEAMOUNT, Texas - Molly and Courtney have been sharing the same roof - and a bunk bed - for only a month, but the girls' silver blue eyes and dusty...
Back to school: Family Hope Center volunteers teach participants joy of reading

Back to school: Family Hope Center volunteers teach participants joy of reading

Jerutha Platt needed to pick up her medication, one of many errands she had to run that day. She wanted to bounce in, pick up her pills and hop right...
BREAKING: Shoes reach Iraqis under siege

BREAKING: Shoes reach Iraqis under siege

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following account came straight from a humanitarian aid worker in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, who distributed shoes on Sept....

BEAUMONT: Teen Girl Scout finishes self esteem seminar for foster girls

16-year-old Anne Kathryn Trevino's mission to help as many girls as possible build their self esteem through her "Being Your Best Selfie" seminar...

BEAUMONT: Back to school bash at Buckner

On Thursday, Aug. 20, the folks at Buckner Children’s Village threw one last hoorah before school resumes. ...

Amarillo: Bakers whip up sweet treats for Buckner Family Place

AMARILLO, Texas - Retired bakers prove that it doesn't take an industrial sized kitchen and a Food Network budget to add a little sweetness to the...

Advent | Transforming fear to wonder

"They were terrified. The angel said, 'Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A...

Advent | This is our God, our Immanuel

"Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call him Immanuel (which means, God with us)." –Matthew 1:23 (ESV)It’s such a...

Advent | The joy of creation

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap...

Advent | God's gift

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to...
Adopted sisters stay connected to birth country

Adopted sisters stay connected to birth country

Stephanie Merchant, known by many loyal followers as The Nutrition Mom, is passionate about a lot of things: healthy living, nutrition and work-life...
A sweet legacy

A sweet legacy

Susana Guevara, program coordinator for Buckner Family Place in Amarillo, was praying for a baker. She wanted to bless the residents at Family Place...
8 ways to get involved with Buckner in 2016

8 ways to get involved with Buckner in 2016

1. Host a shoe drive. ...
7 reasons you should do something different with your summer

7 reasons you should do something different with your summer

Project Go is a month-long summer volunteer program for college students and young adults to travel to a foreign country, immerse themselves in the...
166 days later | RGV father reunites with son after parenting education

166 days later | RGV father reunites with son after parenting education

“I felt like she took my heart, cut it into pieces, smashed it into smaller pieces and then gave it back to me,” Steve Carrizales said about his...
'You might be part of the 1%'

'You might be part of the 1%'

Buckner staff came across an interesting article on Relevant magazine's site that made us reconsider how we view wealth. During the holidays, it's...
'Til death do us part' | Rio Grande Valley families wed in mass wedding ceremony

'Til death do us part' | Rio Grande Valley families wed in mass wedding ceremony

The seats in the church filled in with wedding guests. It was a community moment; it was an anticipated moment. The guests were busy in quiet chatter...
'Take my life and let it be' | Buckner staff member seeks to live out hymn as a voice for adopted children

'Take my life and let it be' | Buckner staff member seeks to live out hymn as a voice for adopted children

My favorite hymn is “Take My Life and Let It Be.” The words give me the assurance that God has always been with me. They continue to be a daily...
'If it weren't for Buckner, I would be dead'

'If it weren't for Buckner, I would be dead'

The neighborhood around the Baptist Children's Center in Nairobi, Kenya, can best be described with one word: slum. ...

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