Getting to Know Karen
Karen Buckney is someone you may have spoken to or emailed, but may not necessarily know .
So, who is Karen, and where does she come from?
Where were you born and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in Paddington Sydney, but became a ward of the state in Tasmania when I was 10 months old and lived in various foster homes around Launceston. I was eventually adopted at 2 1/2 years of age and grew up on a farm at Clarendon, Nile. It was a great place to grow up.
When and why did you move to Longford?
I moved to Longford from Launceston in 1990 because I missed living in a rural setting. I think it is a lovely little town with everything you need to raise a family. I am now living at Cressy, having moved from Longford in 2002 because our boys needed more yard space to play!
What do you enjoy most about living in Cressy?
I love the rural landscape and the view of the plateau. It really is quite stunning and it is only 10 minutes away from Longford and about 25 minutes away from Launceston.
Tell us about your family ...
I am married to David and we have two adult sons, three dogs, nine hens and one cockatiel!
Pictured is a photo of some of my brood.
How did you become a Christian?
I befriended a young Christian mum at a new mothers' group I was attending a the Child Health Clinic and she was very open about her faith without pushing it onto me. At the time, I was heavily involved in occult practices, yoga, Reiki, reflexology - stuff like that.
When my dad died unexpectedly in 2002 I started to wonder what is life all about. The "spiritual" things I was involved in couldn't help me in my grief and confusion, and by 2003 I got up the courage to contact my Christian friend stating that I wanted to know about God and could I come to her church (Riverlands).
Two Sundays in, I heard God's call in my heart and went to the front to pray the sinner's prayer after the service. For the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged, if that makes sense.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
In terms of my Christian faith - keep it simple. Love God and love others.
When people ask you how you spend your time, what do you say?
I like to read ... a lot! I also love walking.
What is your role in the Baptist Church?
I am the Administrator for Riverlands and Assistant Administrator for Tasmanian Baptists.
What excites you most about what you do?
Ministering to others.
What challenges do you have as you do this work?
Keeping a tidy desk! Working at two roles simultaneously requires quite a bit of mental dexterity and so I have to keep lists so I don't forget to do tasks! I have a generalised anxiety disorder and so this can flare up during busy periods.
How can we pray for you and your work?
That I will keep my relationship with Jesus the main thing and that I will remember to depend on him.
Short and Sweet
I am looking forward to ... More of what God has planned for Riverlands and the future in general.
I am worried about ... My family members and friends who are not yet in a relationship with Jesus.
I am confident that ... God is sovereign.
I am joyful about ... Life! I feel so blessed.
I would like to change ... Some of my thinking is stinking. I am a perfectionist which can be a curse and a blessing.
I am at my best when ... I spend regular time in God's word and with His people. I am also pretty likeable when I am with our dogs . . . just ask them!
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