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Faith Focus: We never know where meeting a need might lead

In the mid-1990s, roughly 800 of the 4,000 students at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, were single parents. Many of them had come back to school to improve themselves so they could better provide for their families. 

College administrators and Buckner leaders identified three roadblocks to their success: Transportation, child care and confidence. In other words, these parents and families needed a path they could follow to succeed, a route that would help them overcome any obstacles they’d face.

That avenue became Buckner Family Pathways, and this year the program celebrates the thousands of lives it has changed across Texas and multitudes of families strengthened in 20 years since the launch of its first location in Lufkin.

In the past two decades, Buckner Family Pathways has helped more than 5,800 people in over1,900 single-parent families.

No one saw that coming: “It was really going to be a small pilot program,” said Randy Daniels, Buckner vice president of international resource and program development. “It’s exploded into a full-blown opportunity for these moms with the first 20 apartments, then 40 apartments, a significant college putting the program on its property and major funders in Lufkin falling in love with it underwriting it from day one.”

The story of Family Pathways is a beautiful example of what can happen when people of faith set out to serve others as God commands us. Because Christians sought to serve vulnerable families, thousands of lives have been changed.

The same happens in our own lives when we put the needs of others first. Attitudes are changed. Thoughts are transformed. Lives are altered forever.

People come to faith.

Will you help someone this week by putting their needs above your own?

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. –Hebrews 13:16

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