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just a name. After years of watching their parents give back in service, Burke and Bishop desired to use their bakery for outreach as well. “It’s just the way our family is,” Bishop says. “We’re a big, giving


family. It started with mom and dad; they were big givers, and made sure we knew that it’s not all about us.”


The sisters fondly remember all the ways their parents would serve others. From creating quilts to send to missionaries and buying food for strangers on the street to helping their own family out with little or big requests and providing foster care, Burke and Bishop were eyewit- nesses to their parents’ everyday acts of kindness. “Our parents didn’t really have much,” Burke says. “We were raised pretty poor, and they didn’t have anything, but they just gave to every- body. They always had something to give. We grew up with the belief that you need to help people, not just yourself.” It was a belief that was born from a trial. Burke was 8 years old when her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Bishop was 3. Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis in 1955 was a death sentence. The doctor did not give them much hope. Up to that point, he never had a patient survive brain surgery. Suddenly, this young mother of five children faced a whole new reality.


“People prayed for her all over the world as we were told,” Bishop says. “God miraculously brought her through it. It wasn’t an instant


healing, but she was totally healed. She was the first one of the doctor’s patients to live through that procedure, and she was normal our whole lives. We had her for our entire lives.” Burke and Bishop feel it was their mother’s miraculous healing that led them down a road of service. “We just grew up being grateful for everything God puts in our lives, including family,” Bishop says. Burke and Bishop closed the bakery a year later, but they continue baking for Family Place. In addition to the treats they bake monthly for the birthday celebrations, they also provide baked goods or meals for holidays and other special occasions, and they enjoy coming up with new recipes and designs to surprise the residents. “Our residents love the treats each month,” Guevara says. “Every month, it’s something different. We’re always excited to see what we’re going to get.”


Even though their home bakery has closed, Burke and Bishop are grateful they can continue to use their talents to bring some happiness to those in the Family Place program. “We’re just so glad we found out about Buckner,” Burke says. “We love helping where we can.” “We would do anything for Buckner,” Bishop adds. n


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