Faith Focus: The God who defends

Faith Focus: The God who defends

I grew up knowing only one story about my grandfather’s service in the military. He was a mechanic on a ship stationed at Pearl Harbor and arrived...
Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake holds candlelight vigil to demonstrate community’s unity and commitment

Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake holds candlelight vigil to demonstrate community’s unity and commitment

Last night, community members from Bachman Lake in Dallas gathered on the construction site of the new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake to...
Faith Focus: The God who comforts

Faith Focus: The God who comforts

It was three words you never want to hear: You have cancer. At 34 years old, the diagnosis of colon cancer was surprising, confusing, unexpected and...
10-year-old boy tells mom: 'You're my superhero'

10-year-old boy tells mom: 'You're my superhero'

Halloween gives you the opportunity to dress up as someone famous, a person you admire or your hero. We asked 10-year-old Julian Flores who his hero...
Buckner delivers school supplies for displaced students due to the Dallas tornadoes

Buckner delivers school supplies for displaced students due to the Dallas tornadoes

Yesterday, Buckner International delivered school supplies and hygiene products to Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center for displaced students from...
Faith Focus: The God who moves

Faith Focus: The God who moves

This summer, I was able to sit down with foster parents Katie and Aaron Stephens in Midland and talk about their foster-to-adopt story. They shared...
Faith Focus: The God who loves

Faith Focus: The God who loves

I should have been delighted – my best friend just told me she was pregnant. After years of infertility, this was truly a joyous occasion. But I...
Faith Focus: The God who remembers

Faith Focus: The God who remembers

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home with parents who diligently taught me about the love of Christ and the need for a Savior. Because of...
Faith Focus: The God who sees

Faith Focus: The God who sees

I was struggling. Recently graduated from grad school with a master’s degree in hand, I was supposed to find a job easily. I applied to teach...
Faith Focus: The God who frees

Faith Focus: The God who frees

I’m a worrier. I wish there was a nicer word or fancy term for people like me, but the simple truth is I worry and I stress out about work, health...
Faith Focus: Remembering God's faithfulness

Faith Focus: Remembering God's faithfulness

This morning, the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” was on my lips and heart. It’s not unusual for me to wake up with a song on my heart; it...
Christian radio: Carrying hope through the airwaves

Christian radio: Carrying hope through the airwaves

Radio is where Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® all started, and it’s a partnership that continues to grow each year. Shoes for Orphan Souls began...
Faith Focus: When suffering hits

Faith Focus: When suffering hits

If you have been in the church for any length of time, you have heard the story of Job – a man described as a faithful follower of God who was...
Faith Focus: What should our response be?

Faith Focus: What should our response be?

In Mark 9:14-29 (NASB), a father desperately asked Jesus for help. His son was possessed with an unclean spirit, which caused the boy to convulse and...
Rio Grande Valley couple loses home – but not hope

Rio Grande Valley couple loses home – but not hope

Carlos Cabrera and his wife Elizabeth Gracia were doing their best to provide for their family. Carlos had a steady job as a plumber and he and...
5-year-old adopted through Buckner throws out first pitch at Texas Rangers game

5-year-old adopted through Buckner throws out first pitch at Texas Rangers game

Aiden Leathers walked through the tunnel underneath the Texas Rangers baseball field starry-eyed. He and his big brother, Justin, 13, were being...
Four ways to share the Easter story with your children

Four ways to share the Easter story with your children

At Easter, we celebrate how Christ died and was resurrected from the grave to save us, his children, from death as sinners. As adults, we understand...
5 ways to celebrate National Reading Month

5 ways to celebrate National Reading Month

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss ...
When God intervenes: Couple’s plan for foster care and adoption derails with significant impact

When God intervenes: Couple’s plan for foster care and adoption derails with significant impact

Foster care and adoption was not an innate calling for Sarah and Jeff Stapleton. They did not go into their marriage assuming they would adopt, but...
Superhero families

Superhero families

Throughout the month of October, we have been highlighting some of our superheroes – families who protect children and are strengthening their...
From Tennessee to Mexico: 87-year-old travels with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® to distribute shoes

From Tennessee to Mexico: 87-year-old travels with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® to distribute shoes

Juanita Hall lives on a farm in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Every day, she wakes up at 5:30 a.m., makes her coffee and sits on a comfy chair and reads her...
Moody Radio in Chattanooga collects more than 18,000 pairs of shoes

Moody Radio in Chattanooga collects more than 18,000 pairs of shoes

The back door to the diesel truck slams shut. Inside, more than 18,000 pairs of shoes and 18,000 pairs of socks are boxed and ready to be shipped to...
Friday photo: Buckner Day at the Rangers

Friday photo: Buckner Day at the Rangers

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Texas Rangers game on Sunday for Buckner Day at the Rangers with a MercyMe post-game concert. ...
Hearts that help

Hearts that help

It was an unusual cold winter in Peñitas, Texas. Marcela Alanis' two sons, ages 3 and 6, needed showers, so she bundled them up in blankets, stepped...
Friday photo: Buckner Family Hope Center holds first VBS in West Dallas

Friday photo: Buckner Family Hope Center holds first VBS in West Dallas

Last week, the Buckner Family Hope Center ministered to more than 30 children at the Globe Life Training Center at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth...
Friday photo: Robinson Chirinos plays baseball with children Buckner serves

Friday photo: Robinson Chirinos plays baseball with children Buckner serves

It was a summer to remember for children involved in Buckner programs when they took the field and met Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos at a...
Embracing community: How tragedy brought one family a community to rely on

Embracing community: How tragedy brought one family a community to rely on

The first time Librada Cortez Martinez stepped into the Buckner Family Hope Center in Oaxaca, Mexico, she thought only about her children. ...
An unconventional home build

An unconventional home build

This summer in Peñitas, Texas, several church groups have joined together to build a new home through Buckner Domestic Missions for a family who...
Summer starts with family with Buckner

Summer starts with family with Buckner

The Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood in Dallas recently kicked off summer with their annual community event "Summer Fam Fest," which included...
Dallas Family Pathways mother finds blessings in the storms

Dallas Family Pathways mother finds blessings in the storms

When Krystal Smith sneaks into her children’s room to wake them for school, she doesn’t enter on her tip toes – she dances. ...
Open home, open hearts

Open home, open hearts

It was the day Jennifer and Mace Perez had prayed for. After four years of infertility, Jennifer and Mace were holding their beautiful, newborn...
Friday photo: Buckner Family Pathways of Houston moves single parents and children into new apartments

Friday photo: Buckner Family Pathways of Houston moves single parents and children into new apartments

In Houston, it’s a new beginning for 20 single parents who moved into the new Buckner Family Pathways apartments located at New Hope Housing at...
Friday photo: Buckner Foster Care and Adoption participates in balloon release for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Friday photo: Buckner Foster Care and Adoption participates in balloon release for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and several Buckner locations participated in activities to help bring awareness to the issue of child...
National Volunteer Month: Buckner families give back to their community

National Volunteer Month: Buckner families give back to their community

Each volunteer at Buckner is an important piece of our ministries and this month we are celebrating National Volunteer Month by highlighting some of...
Friday photo: Happy Easter

Friday photo: Happy Easter

"But God demonstrates his own love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." – Romans 5:8 ...
A home built on faith

A home built on faith

Luis Conde and Brenda Hernandez moved to Peñitas, Texas, for one reason: to protect their children. ...
Mission teams build new houses, new futures for families

Mission teams build new houses, new futures for families

This week, mission teams from across the state are spending their Spring Break in Peñitas, Texas, building homes for families involved with the...
5 ways to get the most out of volunteering

5 ways to get the most out of volunteering

It’s the beginning of the new year and you’ve decided to start volunteering. You want to give back to your community and at the same time learn...
Friday photo: Texas Rangers visits Family Hope Center in Longview

Friday photo: Texas Rangers visits Family Hope Center in Longview

On Monday, the Texas Rangers visited Buckner children, families and seniors at the Buckner Family Hope Center in Longview as a part of their Winter...
Friday photo: HEB gives shopping spree and gifts to 20 families in Rio Grande Valley

Friday photo: HEB gives shopping spree and gifts to 20 families in Rio Grande Valley

Last week, 20 Buckner Family Hope Center families in the Rio Grande Valley received a little extra help for the holidays thanks to HEB. HEB gave each...
Growing hope

Growing hope

Juan Calan and his wife Josefina Romero were living the American dream, working hard in New York to save money for their family. They sent the money...
Faith Focus: This beautiful mess

Faith Focus: This beautiful mess

My family Christmases don’t look anything like those peaceful family gatherings you see on TV, with family members crowded around a table with a...
Friday photo: Celebrating National Adoption Month with the Dallas Stars

Friday photo: Celebrating National Adoption Month with the Dallas Stars

On Nov. 10, Buckner foster and adoptive children experienced Buckner Night with the Dallas Stars in celebration of National Adoption Month. Throughout...
Friday photo: Aramark employees revitalize Buckner Family Hope Center

Friday photo: Aramark employees revitalize Buckner Family Hope Center

On Wednesday, over 100 Aramark team members volunteered at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood as part of their annual global day of service....
Buckner, KCBI donate 1,500 shoes from DFW shoe drive to hurricane victims

Buckner, KCBI donate 1,500 shoes from DFW shoe drive to hurricane victims

Buckner International and Dallas-based radio station KCBI are donating more than 1,500 shoes collected in August through the DFW Shoe Drive to...
Friday photo: Bubbles for everyone!

Friday photo: Bubbles for everyone!

Everyone loves bubbles! Last weekend, Buckner foster families and families served through Buckner Family Pathways in Midland, Texas, gathered for a...
A light that shines through the darkness

A light that shines through the darkness

Cecilia Valencia and her husband Daniel Lopez sighed with relief when they learned they qualified for a new home build by Buckner Domestic Missions....
Joy fills Midland courthouse as 10 children are adopted

Joy fills Midland courthouse as 10 children are adopted

Throughout the hallways in a Midland, Texas, courthouse, two little girls danced with their new siblings. Last month, Emerson and Regan were adopted...
Friday photo: Easter celebration

Friday photo: Easter celebration

Last week, 507 people attended an Easter celebration on the proposed site of the new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake in Dallas. Around the...
Buckner International sending food, water filters to flood victims in Peru

Buckner International sending food, water filters to flood victims in Peru

Buckner International is shipping more than 500,000 meals and 400 water filters to help the more than 630,000 people who have been affected by the...
Family Pathways Dallas: A Place of healing

Family Pathways Dallas: A Place of healing

To Stephanie Richards, Buckner Family Pathways in Dallas is a place of healing. ...
Seeds of faith – Rebecca Barker Trent

Seeds of faith – Rebecca Barker Trent

Rhonda Horton and Rachel Haas grew up listening to their mother tell them about their great-grandmother, Rebecca Barker Trent, who grew up at Buckner...
Friday photo: Change a life

Friday photo: Change a life

Whether distributing shoes or aid, playing games with a child or helping with a craft during Vacation Bible School, mission trip participants have the...
Friday photo: Community blessing

Friday photo: Community blessing

Juan Chong and his family have been involved with the Buckner Family Hope Center at Houston/Aldine for a few years. Now, he is an active volunteer...
'Our miracle baby'

'Our miracle baby'

In five years of doing foster care, David and April McCarthy have had 13 foster children stay in their home – all of them boys. They have eight...
Aldine families receive toys and food to make holidays a little easier

Aldine families receive toys and food to make holidays a little easier

Christmas is a little brighter for families in the Buckner Family Hope Center at Houston/Aldine programs as they received food and toys for their...
Friday photo: Christmas blessing

Friday photo: Christmas blessing

Thanks to some Buckner volunteers, Christmas will be extra special for the moms in the Buckner Family Pathways program in Dallas. Yesterday,...
Friday photo: Buckner Night with the Dallas Stars

Friday photo: Buckner Night with the Dallas Stars

On Nov. 19, Buckner foster and adoptive children experienced Buckner Night with the Dallas Stars in celebration of National Adoption Month. During the...
There's so much to be thankful for

There's so much to be thankful for

Thanksgiving Day – it’s a day full of family, fun and food. But even more so, it’s a time of reflection and remembrance. It’s a time to be...
Friday photo: Dallas Mavericks deliver Thanksgiving meals to Buckner families

Friday photo: Dallas Mavericks deliver Thanksgiving meals to Buckner families

Yesterday afternoon, Dallas Mavericks players Devin Harris and Deron Williams helped distribute Thanksgiving meals to 250 Dallas families...
Rays of joy

Rays of joy

It was a sweltering 99 degrees, unusually warm for Dallas in late September. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky and rays of sunlight covered the...
Aramark employees give cooking demonstration, revitalize Buckner campus on special volunteer day

Aramark employees give cooking demonstration, revitalize Buckner campus on special volunteer day

Over 150 volunteers from Aramark came to Buckner Children’s Campus on Sept. 20 to host a cooking class, paint murals in various locations, spruce up...
Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood services new area

Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood services new area

The Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood just got a little bigger as it will provide services to a newly built affordable housing apartment...
Friday photo: Supporting Louisiana flood victims

Friday photo: Supporting Louisiana flood victims

Allen High School students raised money to help replace lost athletic equipment at Runnels High School in Baton Rouge, La., during the recent...
Meeting the need: Therapeutic foster parents help children blossom

Meeting the need: Therapeutic foster parents help children blossom

Meeting the need ...
Friday photo: Move-in ready

Friday photo: Move-in ready

The Buckner family in Longview, Texas, celebrated the first families to move into the Mac and Tom Stone Buckner Family Pathways building on Aug. 23...
5 reasons why foster care family camp is the best

5 reasons why foster care family camp is the best

In July, more than 600 foster and adopted children and families had the chance to come closer together as a family, and have some fun and relaxation...
Reading for fun

Reading for fun

Barbara McNeir is a “frustrated actress.” She loves drama and being on the stage but she never made a career out of it. She also loves to read....
Texas veteran remembers war and those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Texas veteran remembers war and those who made the ultimate sacrifice

In honor of Independence Day, Buckner Senior Living is taking pause to celebrate all the heroic veterans who live in our communities across Texas....
Buckner Guatemala gives new eyes to local family

Buckner Guatemala gives new eyes to local family

Four-year-old Oseas was playing in the yard with his older brother in the quiet community of San Luis Puerta Negra in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala. The...
By faith alone: Midland couple adopts siblings through foster care

By faith alone: Midland couple adopts siblings through foster care

Since the day they got married, George and Agatha Wall dreamed about having a large family. They both grew up in large families – Agatha has nine...
The cutting edge: Buckner Family Hope Center helps hair stylist grow thriving business

The cutting edge: Buckner Family Hope Center helps hair stylist grow thriving business

Antonio Galeno swivels the chair and picks up the scissors. He gracefully yet deftly cuts his client’s hair all while greeting those that walk in...
Breaking free

Breaking free

Everything Rebekah works toward – securing a safe living environment and doing well in her studies – is motivated by her children, Emely and SJ. ...

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