Balch Springs man relies on faith after losing his home – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Back to school is especially important for Wylie Independent School District bus driver Fred Jackson. His house burned down less than three weeks ago, but he is determined to be ready for the new school year.

“I love it. You know, I love the kids and then seeing their smiling faces come on the bus,” said Fred Jackson, bus driver for Wylie ISD.

Thursday was the first day of the district’s fall semester and Jackson was behind the wheel.

“It gives me some peace of mind, something to bring me back to normal,” Jackson said.

For him, nothing has been normal lately.

Her 12-year-old house burned down in Balch Springs two and a half weeks ago. It was one of nine destroyed after a commercial mower started a grass fire in a nearby field.

“Fire and smoke everywhere. It seemed like the world was on fire at that moment,” Jackson told NBC 5 last month.

Jackson, an associate pastor at Greater Golden Gate Baptist Church, and his wife Glenda have lost everything but their faith.

“As far as how God allowed people’s hearts to be touched and to come to me and to my side, it’s nothing short of a miracle,” Jackson said.

The support they received was matched by Jackson’s determination to get back behind the wheel.

“Very determined, in fact, I was given the opportunity to take off the first week – no – I’m going to go ahead and keep going and keep going,” Jackson said.

The Jacksons’ insurance company put them in an Airbnb, where they expect to live for about a year until their new home is built.

“I’m a man of faith, so I’m going to keep serving the Lord and I’m going to keep leading these kids everywhere,” Jackson said.

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