01
Dec
09

Just three weeks left.

The competition is on. Who will win a free mission trip to Guatemala or Honduras?

Current standings:

1. Adelaide: 3 Voices
1. Brooke: 3 Voices
1. Cara Jane: 3 Voices
1. Carrie: 3 Voices
1. Ivy: 3 Voices

2. Brynn: 2 Voices
2. Melissa: 2 Voices

3. Abigail: 1 Voice
3. Amy: 1 Voice
3. Austin: 1 Voice
3. Chris: 1 Voice
3. Heather: 1 Voice
3. Jennifer: 1 Voice
3. Josh: 1 Voice
3. Mandi: 1 Voice
3. Margaret Elizabeth: 1 Voice
3. Mason: 1 Voice
3. Meg: 1 Voice
3. Vanessa: 1 Voice

Standings as of Monday, November 30.

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28
Sep
09

brynn and beth are voices for guate.

Two of our own were in Guatemala this past week. Here is a letter we received upon their return:

Guatemala lovers,

As I sit here complete exhausted, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally, I have to share with you all how much this week has truly been such a blessing. God has been awesome to us and has answered all of your prayers and I thank you for continually praying for us! God’s hand has been on our group, and I am truly moved to see Him working in the lives of people all around me. People in all walks of life, faith, and backgrounds are being broken by the truth of the impoverished children, the isolated orphans who have no one, and the abused that will never be the same.

There have been plenty of tears shed over this last week and lots of prayers for the children we served, but I ask that you pray for this week to continually be on their hearts. I pray that they are burdened to do something for these children whether it be returning to Guatemala, serving children elsewhere, or collecting items to send to children across the world. I have heard hearts open up to both Beth and I, sharing testimonies that show God’s greatness and awesomeness.

What really hit me this week was when we were in the Zacapa Hogar Temporal and handing out shoes, gifts, and creating beautiful butterflies, I was talking with a gorgeous six year old girl named Jennifer. I asked her where she was from and why she was at the home, and she said because her mom didn’t want her anymore. The way she said it so matter-of-factly, broke me. I know that this is the story for most of the children in these orphanages, but the way she said it, the normalcy of it like it was no big deal, that is what brought me to my knees. I cry to God to show mercy to these children that have no voice. I cry for the ones that will live with the fact that their mother abandoned them for the rest of their lives. What worse feeling could there be?

I know that God has a reason for putting every single person on this trip with me. I have learned so much from them and I hope and pray they have learned something on this trip in return. Beth and I have prayed that people would not go back to their daily routines, that these children will be on their hearts and minds. I know they are on mine and will be forever and ever. I keep thinking of Third Day’s song, Revelation where it says, “Give me revelation, show me what to do. I can’t seem to find my way, I haven’t got a clue.” That is exactly how I feel about Guatemala. There is so much that needs to be done to make it a better place for these children, that I am lost, but I know God will give us a revelation and will show us exactly what to do. Please pray for this country and for the orphans that are here that have absolutely no one. Please pray for the impoverished children that have absolutely no earthly materials, but do have families.

Thank you all so much for your prayers! They have been answered and I am so blessed to have seen God working here in Guatemala. We head to see the transitional kids tomorrow, which I am extremely excited about!

Thank you for your love of children and orphans, because without people like you, our world would be lost. This week has definitely confirmed that for me. I pray for each and every one of you, that God would direct you in a certain, specific way to help these children across the world, whether it is going on more trips, collecting goods, giving monetarily, or whatever it may be. You can make a difference in one child’s life, so please don’t hesitate to take that leap of faith.

Lots of love,
B

24
Sep
09

visual voices.

Friends,

Summer is over – and we know that it held so many new experiences, faces, and relationships for you as you traveled on mission. We want to invite you to post your best photographs from your Summer trips or internships on the Buckner International Fan Page (http://www.facebook.com/bucknerinternational) under the ‘Fan Photos’ section.

The deadline is October 21, and the selected winning photograph will be published in an upcoming edition of Buckner Today, our quarterly magazine, as the parting shot feature story! So upload your favorite photos – we are so excited to see and hear about what the Lord has done through your time on mission!

Have a great week!
The Buckner Team

22
Sep
09

brynn in guate.

A word from our chairwoman:

Hey Friends!

Brynn is leading a Buckner trip of 25 people to Guatemala until Monday. Just say a little prayer for her throughout the week. They will be traveling throughout Guatemala to about 4 cities and delivering shoes to orphanages. 
You can keep up with them through http://blog.itsyourmission.com/.
Happy Tuesday!
m.e.
16
Sep
09

a voice for the hungry in guatemala.

It’s been a tough year for Guatemalan families just trying to get by. A moving account of the starvation, malnutrition, and disease by representatives from the United Nations World Food Program and the BBC  chronicles  first-hand just how dire the situation has become.

Just last week, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a “state of public calamity” due to severe food shortages in his country. Almost half of all Guatemalan children are reported to suffer from chronic malnutrition.  This year 54,000 families are enduring severe food shortages, due largely to crop failure, drought, and the effects of the global economic downturn.

In providential timing, Buckner sent three large shipping containers full of food that were received in Guatemala late last week. The shipment, a partnership between Buckner, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Amigos International, was initially intended for delivery early in 2009 but was delayed due to legal complications. Now, in the height of the crisis, the three containers have arrived in Guatemala bringing nutrition to an estimated 12,000 families.

A report from Buckner Guatemala staff member Roberto Tejada describes passing out the food aid in “a shanty town under one of the biggest bridges in the country called “Puente del Incienso”. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Guatemala City. We passed out 100 boxes for about 500 families.

Everyone from the neighborhood came over to receive a couple of bags per family. They came with tickets to exchange for food that were given to them by the president of the community. He had everything very structured and organized at this place called Asentamiento El Cerrito.

Tejada went on to describe the aid delivery: “Yesterday we loaded up a truck with 1,466 boxes for this area of the country that has been hit by a dry season in the last 3 months. From May to November we are supposed to have our rainy season, but this year a big part of the population who dedicates their lives to work in the land have been losing their harvest because this lack of rain. As a result of this, a famine has been hitting a high percentage of this people. Everything works fine in God’s time, because this was the right time to receive [this food] to help these people. In this area alone, this food will feed about 6,500 people.”

Katie Kilpatrick, Buckner Foundation

09
Sep
09

New Buckner videos.

Check out new Buckner videos here! My favorites are “Be the Change” and “Journey of  Shoe”. Check them out!

02
Sep
09

2 million pairs.

From the desk of Albert Reyes, President of Buckner Children & Family Services:

Buckner has had a great day at the Center for Humanitarian Aid today: We received a shipment of 60,000 Crocs for Shoes for Orphan Souls, which included our 2 Millionth Pair of shoes donated in 10 years. This morning, camera crews representing five North Texas TV stations all filmed the unloading of the trucks. We anticipate coverage at 5, 9 or 10 on WFAA/Channel 8. The estimated value of all of the shoes we’ve collected in the past 10 years is around $50 million. You can see a clip of the shipment now at http://www.shoesfororphansouls.org. Click on the image to see the video.

Wow, what started out as a small program to bless children has turned into a global humanitarian aid project blessing children and in more than 62 countries worldwide and many children in US Cities and along the Borderlands across the US-Mexico Border.

In some countries, shoes for children could mean the difference between life and death. Children that run and play barefoot are susceptible to cuts and open wounds that can be easily infected and if not treated properly could prove to be fatal.

Rachel Garton, Matt Asato, and their teams are due a major high five for their efforts to reach this milestone. Collecting shoes for children is a wonderful way to serve others. Go to http://www.shoesfororphansouls.org to learn more.




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The competition is on. Who will win a free mission trip to Guatemala or Honduras?

Current standings:

1. Adelaide: 3 Voices
1. Brooke: 3 Voices
1. Cara Jane: 3 Voices
1. Carrie: 3 Voices
1. Ivy: 3 Voices

2. Brynn: 2 Voices
2. Melissa: 2 Voices

3. Abigail: 1 Voice
3. Amy: 1 Voice
3. Austin: 1 Voice
3. Chris: 1 Voice
3. Heather: 1 Voice
3. Jennifer: 1 Voice
3. Josh: 1 Voice
3. Mandi: 1 Voice
3. Margaret Elizabeth: 1 Voice
3. Mason: 1 Voice
3. Meg: 1 Voice
3. Vanessa: 1 Voice

Standings as of Monday, November 30.

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