As heads are bowed and the mealtime prayer is spoken, Patricia Moore lifts her hands to give praise and thanks to the Lord for blessing her family and the new friends she is soon to make.
Patricia and her husband, David, and many family members have made a tradition of serving the children and families of Buckner in Beaumont, Texas. They consider it a mission, ministry and honor to be a part of the Buckner family.
This year Patricia and David, along with their children, grandchildren and church family served a meal to over 40 people. They enjoyed being involved in a new aspect of Buckner and getting to know and serve the families.
The family and friends have primarily served the children at the emergency care facility, but this year they decided to meet the need of another Buckner program, Project HOPES. This program works to empower, educate and equip families who have children under the age of five. Families meet monthly at their Group Connection meetings where they dine together, visit and participate in a learning activity or holiday celebration.
“We love serving with our family because we have so much to be thankful for and so much love to give,” Patricia said.
Over seven years ago, after experiencing the sudden loss of their son, Doug, the Moores set out to turn their sadness into something useful and full of love.
Doug always loved children. He was a camp counselor and involved in several children’s ministries. To honor him, they decided to come together to minister at Buckner Children’s Village. They brought hamburgers, chips, ice cream and a servant’s heart, making the day full of laughter, fun and good food.
“It was the tragedy of life that helped our family realize the purpose of our lives is to glorify God and show his love,” Patricia said. “This is really all that matters.”
At first, Patricia came with just her family and close friends. But when their church, Trinity United Methodist, began their Body in Mission Project, the Moores invited them to join in the fun.
“We are all called to serve and we have to be willing to love our brothers and sisters because we are all really one family, with God as our father,” Patricia said.
Written by Kelly Gerlach, the Buckner ministry engagement coordinator for Southeast Texas.