Walker Moore’s Story
This story is about Walker Moore and his missionary work in the city of Waco. He never meant to stay in Waco; he was just going to get his education at Baylor. Then he would head back to Oklahoma.
However, fate being what it was, he met the woman of his dreams and married. However, that is not what kept him in Waco. While he was doing his masters degree in Social Work, he interned with Waco CDC.
While he was doing his masters degree in Social Work, he interned with Waco CDC. While working there he fell in love with the children of Parkside and Brook Avenue Elementary School.
Unfortunately, not everyone felt the same way. The manager of Parkside was suspicious of a tall lanky white young man hanging around the apartment complex. Soon the parents also were not happy that this young man was coming around this predominately African American and Latino community. This would not deter him from doing God’s work. He knew that God wanted to bring about change in this neighborhood and especially in the Parkside apartments. He worked so hard and with time began to develop inroads.
In comes Harry Porter. I met Harry through an inquiry off the CFA website. Harry was going to become the next CRWRC intermediary in Dallas/Waco. One of the people that Harry heard of and wanted to collaborate with was Walker Moore. Unfortunately, some of the hood had rubbed off on Walker and he was not having any of it.
I visited Harry two to three times a year and met Walker on one of those visits. I also had an opportunity to meet with Mike the director of the Waco CDC. After having lunch, we came back to Mike’s office and just began to chat about community organizing. They asked me for suggestions on points of entry. Apparently, my responses turned the relationship around. I advised them to increase their target area to include people who owned their homes. I also encouraged them to connect with neighborhood associations. Harry and I had visited the city economic development office and they were helpful.
Then just about the time we were making progress, Harry had a terrible gut feeling. While he was excited about the work in Waco, he could not get the thought of working in Uganda out of his mind. His wife was the only reason he had not considered it before, but now she too could not get Uganda out of her mind. Then on my third visit, Harry reluctantly broke the news to me. It was a devastating blow. I thought after all this effort, all this work is down the drain.
Then out of nowhere, Walker approached me at a CCDA conference and asked if I would be willing to mentor his work in Waco. I remember the first meeting he called at the Parkside Community Center. He was expecting 10 to 12 parents. Three people showed up. He was devastated. However, he did not quit.
I helped him develop a framework that captured all the work that he envisioned. He sent me a weekly report on his progress. After a year of emails, telephone calls, helping him be trained on facilitation methods, and visits to our team meeting, he began making progress.
The last report he sent me, he reported a meeting of 28 people, which he did not facilitate because he had someone else trained. He also mentioned being part of a citywide Waco Education summit. Walker Moore has grown so much in one year.
One of the challenges I had with Walker was that I wanted him to work as an intermediary but he and his organization only wanted to work in the Oak Brook neighborhood. They still have not changed the scope of their work but now others are approaching them and they are collaborating with other neighborhood leaders. Therefore, the work is growing and spreading but they are not extending their work beyond their initial scope. God is bringing transformation to Waco. It is great to be part of the CRWRC story.