The following letter from our president, S. Michael Craven, appears in the H.I.S. BridgeBuilders Mission Report, releasing later this month... It has been 18 months since the tragic loss of my dear friend and our beloved founder, Mike Fechner. Thankfully, the Lord continues to guide us through this most difficult season.
Many wondered, “Would BridgeBuilders continue?” To which I say, of course this ministry continues! Because, it wasn’t a man that called God to serve the poor; it was God who called a man and the mission to which he called him is at the heart of God’s enduring love for this world.
Mike plowed the hardest ground for nearly 20 years. I know many days it must have seemed futile and the opposition almost overwhelming. We jokingly refer to this as our “12 Step Program,” one step forward and 12 steps back!
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However, Mike’s faithful obedience laid a solid foundation for transforming the poorest parts of our city. After much trial and error, all of the component parts necessary to real and lasting transformation were in place when I arrived; we have simply ordered them in a way that will narrow our focus and prayerfully enlarge our impact.
Today, BridgeBuilders stands on the cutting edge of urban ministry and I am convinced that it is by God’s providence.
Dallas now has the 2nd fastest growing rate of poverty and the 3rd highest poverty rate in the U.S. Add to this the fact that there are more churches per capita in the Metroplex than any other and I think it becomes clear why God called Mike 20 years ago.
The need for building bridges between those without hope and those who bear hope is greater than ever!