Constructing Positivity »

I went through a scrapbooking phase in middle school. I would take my disposable camera to Wal-Mart and slip it into the development envelope, and wait impatiently to see if my pictures turned out. My first scrapbook was purple. And I think my favorite part of the entire scrapbooking process was going to the store […]

Taking Part »

Pranay looks down at the ball as he dribbles it from his left foot to his right and then back, again. He raises his eyes to the goal just up the field from him; bobbing and weaving between boys taller than him, with more experience than him, he edges closer to the net where the […]

Celebrating Freedom »

Madhu carries the flag against his shoulder as he walks around campus. The colors of his country – orange, white, and green – wave in the humid air as music pulses in the background. It’s Independence Day in India. As a visiting mission team spends three days mixing and pouring concrete, the children on the Hope […]

Building a Culture of Communication »

Darlene, a Back2Back caseworker, sits down with Dalila, the mother of Lady, Zuri, and Jose Luis and together, they dive into a lesson within the Active Parenting Curriculum. Today’s topic is understanding the dreams of her children. “Dalila has always been a highly engaged mom,” explains Darlene. “She is active in the lives of her […]

The Value of Empowerment »

Sebastian walks into the room, determination written on his face. He is a young man on a mission. Sebastian knows what he is looking for and just where to find it. Recently five-year-old Sebastian has been seeing a psychologist to better manage his anger and emotional outbursts. As a young boy coming from a hard […]

Learning to Trust »

At age 13, Happy is the youngest girl at Bethany House, a Back2Back Hope House. When she first arrived, Ruth, the House Parent, noticed how much the little girl would eat. “At meal time she was always eating much more than she actually needed,” recalls Ruth. “If the other children had leftovers, Happy would eat […]

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A Daughter of the King »

Maria Jose took a deep breath and leaned back into the clear, cool water. She felt it cover her face, and a split second later, is immersed and brought back up to standing. The onlookers standing around the pool cheered loudly. In the heat of the Mazatlán sun, Maria Jose, Nazmin, and Grecia are getting […]

Leading by Example »

Advocate: a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Also known as a backer, a supporter, a spokesperson, a champion. Child sponsorship often turns out to be much more than an updated photo and neatly penned letters throughout the year. It is about relationship. Advocacy. Championing. The effects of advocacy are […]

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Hope Over Her Story »

Glowing candles light up Martha’s face. She looks around the table at her friends. The purple, zebra-striped tablecloth and the cupcakes in front of her make her smile widely. Today, Martha celebrates her tenth birthday. As she closes her eyes and takes in a deep breath, she considers all she has to hope for. At […]

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When He Provides a Way »

Mariah slowly opens her eyes. Surrounding her, small voices fling hopes high to a Father – and she feels her heartbeat quicken. Ashwini’s black veil carefully covers both her head and Mariah’s, honoring an Indian custom of women covering their faces in prayer. Ashwini prays aloud next to Mariah, praying over her new friend and […]

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