ABOUT KEN & KAREN

About Ken & Karen

In 2008…WE TOOK A LITTLE TRIP!

We were invited to join a team on a 2 week mission trip in Zambia. It was only our second mission trip and the first one we had been on together. We hit the ground running with 19 team members from Palmetto Shores Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Little did we know that God was getting ready to give us a brand new assignment. Everything we did on that trip was calling us to the mission field. Neither of us could bring ourselves to tell the other about the stirring we both were feeling until late one night – unable to sleep – I got the nerve to ask Karen; “what would you think about living as a foreign missionary…in Zambia?? The following long silence finally broke with a teary reply…”that is exactly what I was thinking but was afraid you would not understand nor would you want to even consider such a thing”.

in 2009 God opened the door for us to begin our ministry where we served as resident missionaries at Global Samaritans Children’s Home until 2013. In 2014 we began our independent tenure serving in the bush in evangelism, discipleship and working with children. Our experience with mission teams in Zambia created a continued love for that ministry and we are now working towards inviting groups and individuals to consider missions as an experience for 2 weeks – or for a lifetime.

God has blessed us by providing everything we have needed to make this change. Every door that needed to be walked through was opened with ease. Our families have been absolutely fantastic. Each and every one of them has been supportive and respectful for the calling that we have so clearly received. We are currently in our 10th year on the mission field in Zambia. God is working here and in the process of directing us down this road to a destination that has yet to be fully revealed. Please pray for this ministry and for God to continue to direct our path. Pray for us, that we will remain submissive to His calling.

Ken and Karen Buckner are full time missionaries in the southern border town of Livingstone in the country of Zambia. They focus primarily on Bush ministry through evangelism, pastor training, discipleship and children’s ministry. They have a passion for missions and invite you to consider joining them on the mission field. Please pray for Ken & Karen as they continue in this calling to share the Gospel with the people of Zambia and to share the experience of missions with other people.

Karen Venable Buckner

Karen Venable Buckner

Karen lived most of her life in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As a child, she once heard a missionary speak about the mission field in Africa. From that point on, there was a desire to be one of “those missionaries”. “Never thinking that would be a reality, I was pleasantly surprised when my husband suggested we consider becoming missionaries in Africa following a mission trip in 2008”. Her experience as an assistant 1st and 2nd grade teacher at a Christian school for 9 years – as well as a home school mom for 5 years has prepared Karen to be a perfect fit in this setting.

Ken was raised in Gatlinburg, Tn. Following college he spent the next 31 years as an Engineer then shifted careers as an entrepreneur in Automotive Action Photography. This change offered the opportunity to develop a unique photography business. “I could not be happier with my life and the direction I had carved out for myself.”
BUT, that all changed in 2008! While on a mission trip to the southern African country of Zambia, Ken experienced a calling to the ministry. “As I stepped off the plane in the middle of the Zambian bush God put a brand new love in my heart.” Following that trip the business was sold and Ken & Karen began the process of transitioning to full time ministry.

Ken Buckner

Ken Buckner