Together for Hope — Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Christine Browder, a lay volunteer from a CBF partner church, lifts up a young girl during a Kids Heart mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley, a partnership between CBF and Buckner International through the Together for Hope ini- tiative, which serves seven counties in Texas. All along the border, local leaders and field personnel are working together to create business opportunities for local leaders, build new churches and houses, and offer ESL training and programs. Also, in rural communities, it is important sometimes to create access to food. Churches and individuals are forming ecumenical partnerships to create sustainable farming oppor- tunities within communities.
Baptismal Service — Texas
Among the places CBF church starters serve is this Cowboy Church in Texas, where baptismal services look different than in most traditional churches. Each new church is contextual and organic, responding faithfully to its particular setting. CBF seeks to be intentional in its church starting efforts — selecting, training, commissioning and resourcing church starters for their particular calling.
Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center — Texas
CBF field personnel Diann Berry works in cross-cultural ministry on the U.S./Mexico border. She engages in ministries and partnerships to address systemic poverty, which is a key emphasis of CBF’s rural poverty initiative known as Together for Hope. This CBF-sponsored ministry helps adults learn to read. Shown here is the daughter of an adult student.