Saying Yes to New Things »

Milton skates quickly past Back2Back staff member, Sammy Mathews, and teases over his shoulder. “I’m really good at this. Do you see how good I am, Sammy? Do you not know how to skate, Sammy?” The children from Douglas Children’s Home are ice skating today. “We want to continually encourage the children to say yes […]

A New Sense of Joy »

Rancho de los Niños staff hears laughter outside. They peek through a window and see Jesus Manuel laughing in the heat of the sun. This moment is new for the young boy; it wasn’t always possible for Jesus Manuel to be outside without someone right beside him. Twelve-year old Jesus Manuel’s days have been riddled […]

Redemption in Her Story »

Wendy walks into the church with her family following behind her. They take their seats and prepare for today’s message, and Wendy smiles to herself as she glances at her children sitting next to her. Regular church attendance hasn’t always been a part of this family’s story, but change is helping to form new habits […]

Building with Encouragement »

Thompson likes to ask questions. But when he first arrived at K-WAVF, he was introverted and enjoyed being alone. Thompson began to open up, however, as Godwin developed relationships and built trust with the children. “Thompson is strong in his faith,” explains Godwin. “He spends a lot of time in the Word and is continually an […]

Naming Her Dreams »

She opens the door and walks to her seat. As she walks by, people take in her pink and white dress, smiling and complimenting her work. As she takes her seat, Wideline grins confidently. Not only is she wearing a new dress, she’s wearing a new dress she made herself. It’s Sunday in Haiti. “About a year ago, […]

Unfolding Leadership »

Angel sits behind the drum set, tapping out a tempo. Roberto strums his guitar, Claudia and Naytiely each play bass, as their worship song begins. Angel, Roberto, Claudia, and Naytiely have started a worship band and are preparing to lead their local church in a song. As Back2Back Mazatlán staff, Matt Metzger, listens to their […]

The Value in Playing as a Team »

The girls all stand in a large circle on the Back2Back Samuel Suzuki India Hope Campus. Ganesh stands in the middle of them, holding a volleyball in his hands. As he walks around the circle, explaining the different ways a volleyball can be passed or hit, he gently bumps the ball into the air towards […]

Making Lifelong Investments »

Juan Porto, Back2Back Monterrey Hope Program director, hung up the phone with a smile on his face. In the span of just a few days, he received exciting news from one former Hope student and additional, encouraging calls from two others. Fourteen years ago, Rodolfo, Junior, and Oscar were three of the first five Hope […]

Right Where He Needs to Be »

“If you weren’t in Nigeria right now, where would you want to be?” Godwin looked into the faces surrounding him. He is leading a nurture group with the children at Kids with a Vision Foundation. In this small group setting, Nurture Groups provide safe places for children to discuss their feelings with one another. As […]

Developing Deeper Connections »

Emily looked in the rearview mirror as she drove the five silent girls to the Back2Back team house. No one was talking, but their eyes were taking everything in. The five teenage girls from Tres Reyes knew each other, but one would think they were strangers as the ride to the Girls Retreat continued in […]

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