The Lord blessed us on this June Saturday by allowing us to see the fruit of our labor when volunteers were able to pray for Cynthia Smith. With tears running down her face, she said, “Thank you for coming to serve my family.” This was truly a picture of the Spirit’s work through the church and the restoration of relationships.
Turner Courts Recreation Center was the place to be Thursday, May 30, for high fives, hardware, and highlights celebrating students who participated in BridgeBuilders athletic programs throughout the year. On June 1, Elevate Your Game (EYG) Basketball Camp was held at Turner Courts Recreation Center continuing a BridgeBuilders and Bonton tradition.
Most of us share a common location as our physical birthplace, a hospital. Our spiritual birthplace, however, can be as unique as our individual souls. DQ Teague, friend of BridgeBuilders, experienced the birth of his NEW life in Christ during Hoop Church in Bonton. You might say he was reborn or made NEW, court-side!
Bonton residents and friends from all over the DFW metroplex gathered Saturday morning, May 4, to participate in the inaugural Bonton Spring 5K. One hundred twenty people registered for the event in support of the mission and vision of BridgeBuilders.
Did you see what happened on Dorris street?! BridgeBuilders hosted Adopt-the-Block serve day in Bonton on Saturday, April 27, beginning with families and homes on Dorris Street. Community members from Prestonwood Baptist Church worked alongside Bonton residents getting their homes and lawns ready for the spring and summer season.
This past Saturday was I Got Your Back, our annual event providing much-needed school supplies both in Bonton. This event is impossible without the dozens of volunteers and friends like you providing the backpacks and supplies. On behalf of the 200 students and families who participate in BridgeBuilders Kids programming throughout the year...thank you!
Yesterday was a big day for Turner Courts Recreation Center, BridgeBuilders’ center of operation in Bonton. We had a blast dedicating the new court with our friends from the Mavs Foundation and Dallas Maverick’s player, Wesley Matthews.
Gisela Romero was referred to our employment training class (Nov-Dec 2017) through one of our community partners, Dr. Parker at Soul Church. She had two friends from the church who had also graduated from our program, so she knew what to expect and was very “motivated” towards accomplishing her goal of culinary school. But first, Gisela had broken areas of her life that she needed to work through…
Summers in Bonton is always exciting and fun for the kids in the community. Our KIDS team works hard every year to make Turner Courts the place to be during summer. This year is no different. Every Monday through Thursday, our team will be hosting actives in the gym ranging from science experiments to arts and craft to games.
One of the questions that we are constantly fielding is “I want to help make poverty history. How can I get involved?” We love that question, so we decided to write a short series of posts sharing the different ways that you can serve the poor in our city.
Our BridgeBuilders WORK team is participating in the first of a prestigious multi-year Working Families Success cohort with the Communities Foundation of Texas. BridgeBuilders, along with 8 other agencies from across North Texas, are working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Working Families Success model in order to bring integrated services more easily to families who are in critical need of support.
This morning, our BridgeBuilders work team hosted an open house for all of our partner agencies in our WORK program's new space. There was a wonderful turn out of many friends and partners, old and new. Breakfast tacos from Taqueria La Ventana and plentiful coffee greeted our guests as they came into our new offices.
For the second year in a row, BridgeBuilders has been awarded a $6000 grant from the State Fair of Texas. Each year the State Fair of Texas funds summer programs, granting thousands of dollars to the local South Dallas community.
It seems necessary to address why and even if Christians should be involved in redeeming society and culture. There are many who deride such activity as being a diversion from the real work of the church, which in their minds is nothing more than articulating the personal plan of salvation (or “gospel,” very narrowly understood).
We are so excited to be spending our first week in our new location at Good Work in South Dallas. Good Work is an incredible new co-working space that will be hosting the BridgeBuilders WORK team and class, along with our support and executive staff.
Michael Craven, president of BridgeBuilders, was invited to help graduate students, in Professor John Potter’s Advanced Mediation class at Southern Methodist University, better understand the culture of poverty.
The class was given a scenario in which they were called upon to mediate a conflict between…
The late Christian theologian and philosopher, Francis Schaeffer predicted in the 1970s that the culture of these United States was heading toward the embrace of those “two terrible values of personal peace and affluence.” While Dr. Schaeffer had many things in mind, I don’t think he fully envisioned how these “values” might adversely affect the modern Christian’s view of suffering and its necessity to working for the kingdom of God.
As we shared this past March, we have been working on moving into South Dallas for more than three years! Thanks to the construction of a new co-working space in South Dallas, we are finally able to do so!
Effective May 14th, we will begin operating out of our new location at 1808 S. Good Latimer Expwy.
We are still talking about the beautiful weather we had last Tuesday evening for our Spring Fundraiser! We were so thankful to see many of familiar faces and some new ones also. For those of you who were unable to make it, here is a little pictorial breakdown of the evening:
Understanding that the gospel according to the four Gospels is all about how the crucified, risen Jesus is Israel’s promised Messiah through whom God has inaugurated His kingdom on earth; the people of God are those through whom God is establishing His kingdom and renewing the world. This is why we endeavor in those “good works that were prepared beforehand” (see Ephesians 2:10).
Nearly four years ago, we realized that in order to make any real progress in the war on poverty, we would have to first change the culture of poverty through the power of the gospel, so we launched an active “missions” strategy.
We started with outside missionaries living or working in the community.
The term “life skills’ is utterly inadequate to describe what takes place during the Life Skills component of our WORK Training Program. For three-weeks, eight hours a day, students are challenged to take a serious look at themselves, their circumstances and the choices that have led them there. This is an essential first-step in gaining accurate self-knowledge.
The Christian church increasingly finds itself marginalized and shut out of the public square. Despite our constitutional protections for religious freedom, public hostility to Christianity is clearly on the rise. In short, the post-Christian era in the West has begun in earnest. This raises the question posed by the late theologian and philosopher, Francis Schaeffer in his 1976 classic book, “How Shall We Then Live?” Schaeffer’s question anticipated a post-Christian world in which the West would jettison the values of Christianity and the Church would find itself at odds with the prevailing culture.
While more than five million children attend camps each summer, too few come from our inner cities. Summer camp is much more than a fun vacation. Living, playing and sharing adventures together, camp becomes part of a child's development into a healthy, productive adult. At camp, children improve self-confidence and self-esteem, and learn the social skills of positive interaction that stay with them for a lifetime.
Thanks to a partnership with Sky Ranch, 25 children from Bonton will receive scholarships to attend summer camp in Van, Texas.