Far Reaching Love »

Adan is a 23-year-old college student who lives at Bethany Children’s Home in Monterrey, Mexico. Recently he served at Back2Back’s Cancun site with his sponsors Ric and Shari Sharrer and their mission team from Apex Community Church in Dayton, Ohio. Ric and Shari have sponsored Adan since 2012. Here, in his own words, Adan shares […]

A [Re]Unified Family »

Perla and Ami climb into their bunk beds in their new room. The walls are cream-colored and serene. This space of their very own is welcoming, calming, a respite. Around a year ago, Perla and Ami were reunited with their mom, Esmeralda, after living at San Jose Children’s Home for eight years. This process of […]

A Sister’s Influence »

  Citlally, a student in Monterrey’s Hope Program for the last year, has been praying for her little sister, Paola, now 15. She’s at a point she needs to make a decision about her next steps. Together, they grew up in Del Norte Children’s Home along with their seven other siblings. Recently, their mom decided […]

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To Write Hope from Hurt »

Fear can be a powerful author of our stories. It has the ability to immobilize each of us. Fear can overwhelm, overshadow, debilitate. It nestles quickly into the pores of our skin and wants to make itself at home. Twelve-year-old Elisa is not unfamiliar with co-existing with fear. She is a young girl coming from […]

Coming Home »

Square blankets lie on the floor as carefully folded clothing is stacked in the center. The children gather the goods they possess and set them down carefully around the folded clothing and then slowly gather the corners of the blanket and tie a knot. Today is moving day. New, freshly painted bunk-beds await their sleeping […]

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Something Worth Offering »

Gravel crunches against the backdrop of squeals of delight. Children run freely, laughing loudly. An open box, the “mobile library,” is being sorted through by eager hands and watchful eyes; books in English, French, and Creole are snagged quickly – Oh! The Places You Will Go and others of Dr. Seuss’ best picked up jovially […]

Abounding Joy »

The sun beats down as squeals of delight pierce the air. Water splashes high as girls bravely leap up and cannonball into the cool relief of the clear pool of water. Kimberly grasps onto Olivia’s hand and they count, “uno, dos, tres. . .” as they jump high in the air and quickly submerge into […]

Learning to Trust »

Godwin looked into the faces of the children sitting at tables waiting for their letters. They were preparing to read and respond to their sponsor letters when Reuben approached Godwin, his face set with determination, his brow drawn tight as he sought out a solution to his problem. “Uncle, how do I get sponsors?” he […]

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Leo’s Story »

Like so many orphaned and vulnerable children around the world, Leo grew up as a “social orphan” – children who have at least one living parent but whose parent(s) either cannot, or will not, care for them. “I grew up with two brothers and one sister, and we were living good in a big house. We […]

Building a Framework for Compassion »

Neha, a Hindi word meaning love, is a quiet girl with soft, brown eyes, who watches intently as people talk and laugh around her. Receiving a smile from her is a gift – it happens slowly and is always intentional; her smile is something to be savored. At fourteen, Neha lives with nine “sisters” around […]

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