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The biggest challenge people of Kenya face is extreme poverty. Often, they lack basic necessities for life. Approximately 2.6 million orphans in Kenya lack nurturing families and opportunities for education and economic improvement. Buckner Kenya changes that with holistic ministry that empowers and transforms lives. Through kinship care, in-country adoptions and Family Hope Centers, Buckner Kenya provides tools people need to succeed. Learn more at buckner.org.


What’s in a name?


Naming is a tricky thing. If you’ve ever named a child, you know what I mean. You spend hours com- ing up with possibilities, then you spend hours think- ing of reasons each choice won’t work. Often, our initial reaction to names is dislike. I remem- ber several years ago when they built the new baseball stadium in Arlington for the Texas Rangers – The Ball- park in Arlington. The public outcry ranged from shock to disgust. And then, within a few months, people em- braced it and began calling it “The Ballpark.” The lesson? We get used to names, even ones we


don’t like. Before we know it, that’s just the name, and we don’t think about it. So when former Buckner President and CEO Ken Hall walked into my office in early 2006 and told me to come up with a name for Buckner Baptist Benevo- lences, I panicked. I mean, I wasn’t naming a child; I was changing the name of a 125-year-old adult. Since 1879, this ministry has had three names: Buckner Orphans Home, Buckner Baptist Benevo- lences and Buckner International. When the name was changed in 1961 from Buckner Orphans Home to Buckner Baptist Benevolences, it was to reflect a change in the work Buckner was doing by that time, which included operating retirement homes. To have “Buckner Orphans Home” running retirement communities seemed a bit odd. Hence, the name became Bucker Baptist Benevolences. Move forward 45 years from 1961 to 2006. Again, the nature of the organization had changed and a name change was needed to reflect who we had become.


By 2006, Buckner had been engaged in inter- national work for 11 years. So when you combine that change with the criteria that “Buckner” had to remain in the new name, it became an easy choice – Buckner International. This year, we’re celebrating 20 years of international ministry, and we have a name that says so.


Scott Collins is Vice President of Communications at Buckner International.


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