Students serve vulnerable children and families through memorandum of understanding

Collaboration between Buckner International and Wayland Baptist University allows students to learn about ministry and service

Buckner International and Wayland Baptist University announce the launch of a collaboration to provide volunteer and mission opportunities, humanitarian aid drives and enhanced experiential learning opportunities for WBU students. 

Service opportunities includes vulnerable communities in Texas and internationally

Per the agreement, WBU will “provide Buckner with student volunteers, mission volunteers and humanitarian aid drives.” The broad categories of service include shoe drives and mission trips.

More specific areas of collaboration will include WBU’s creation of credit and non-credit opportunities for students to intern and train at Buckner ministry locations for experiential learning in Texas and internationally. 

In turn, Buckner will work with WBU students in campus mission organizations to serve Buckner clients and assist Buckner personnel. Buckner will also provide support and orientation, working within international and domestic leadership to find opportunities for WBU students to serve vulnerable children, families and senior adults. 

A transformative environment of faith and innovative learning

“This collaboration with Wayland Baptist University provides Buckner with an opportunity to strengthen students' understanding of mission, leadership and social work through practical experience,” said Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International. “The new opportunities will support WBU’s ongoing commitment to creating a transformative environment of faith and innovative learning.”

Wayland Baptist University is committed to educating its students in a Christian environment and preparing students for professional success and service to God and humankind, while the mission of Buckner is to serve the vulnerable through Christ-centered values. 

“This agreement creates new pathways for both Buckner and Wayland through greater collaboration than ever before,” said Bobby Hall, Ed.D., president of Wayland Baptist University. “Our students will benefit from new mission and experiential opportunities with Buckner while they are in school, as well as from employment opportunities after they graduate.”

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