|Buckner International mission trip coordinator Jeremy Copeland talks with Dallas Baptist University student Chris Holloway about upcoming mission trips during the “Go. Be. Do.” Global Missions Conference at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. (Photos by Analiz Gonzalez/Buckner)|
Missions conference challenges Christians to ‘Go. Be. Do.’
By Analiz González
DALLAS—More than 300 people attended Buckner International’s first-ever “Go. Be. Do.” Global Missions Conference at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
|Dickson Masindano, director of Buckner in Kenya, talks about needs in Africa.|
People from around the country gathered to hear Buckner directors from Latvia, Ethiopia, Mexico, Kenya, Russia, Romania, the U.S./Mexico border, Peru and Guatemala. The directors shared personal testimonies, described needs and told conference participants how they can get involved in missions.
“It was a great opportunity to bring people together and tell them how they can get involved in international and local missions,” said Buckner International President Ken Hall.
“Instead of building structures, we need to build people and empower them to go, right now,” he continued. “We don’t need a big infrastructure nearly as badly as we need to go out now and make a difference in broken lives. Just as the New Testament church was built—as they served others—that’s just what Buckner seeks to do.”
Workshops covered topics such as the AIDS epidemic in Africa, medical and dental missions and serving orphan children in Eastern Europe. A session was also offered to Spanish-speaking missionaries.
|Greg Eubanks, executive director of Buckner in Southeast Texas, shares information during the conference.|
“The conference gave people a chance to learn first-hand what Buckner is doing in other countries,” said Rachel Garton, director of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, a ministry to give shoes to needy children around the world. “It gave people the information they need to decide where they would like to serve.”
“What I really want everyone who attended … to come away with was the word ‘moving,’ because there are millions of people in need of what we have to offer today,” Hall said. “More than 143 million orphans need us to get missional right now.”