Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, said, “Poverty alleviation occurs when the power of Christ's resurrection reconciles our key relationships through the transformation of both individual lives and local, national, and international systems.”
To dig into this concept, pastors, missionaries and ministry partners from around the Dallas area recently gathered at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid to participate in the first installment of the new Buckner Missions Lecture Series, featuringDr. Jon Singletary, dean of theDiana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.
Family Services of Greater Houston has provided Bayou City residents with the counseling and guidance needed to create a strong community since 1904. Though obstacles have evolved from influenza and the Great Depression to wartime and cultural change, Wednesday's "Pillars of Strength" luncheon centered around mental health issues. Fitting, as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale provided the keynote for the night. Her in-depth remarks centered around the ongoing support that she received from immediate family members, and later, the Menninger Clinic. Around age 13, McIngvale first began to experience what she described as "bizarre, intrusive thoughts." She soon became crippled with fear that those close to her would suffer unless she "fixed" it with rituals and repetitive actions. A 12-week stint at the Menninger Clinic placed McIngvale on the road to recovery. She's now founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, runs OCDChallenge.org, and serves as an assistant professor at Baylor University's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
$200,000 in Holiday Grants awarded to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to fund evidence-based marital and mental health counseling programs for military and first responder marriages.