In the Business of Building Hope »

It’s a hot day in Monterrey. A team has finished up the day’s work project and are resting under the nearby palapa (a thatched roof structure) for a welcome reprieve from the sun. As they drink water and rest their limbs, someone suggests going for a cold treat. “Coca-Cola?” someone offers. “What about popsicles?!” a […]

Building Strength »

Juan lowers himself into the water, keeping his eyes on Citlali, his physical therapist. She encourages him, pushing him to walk towards her in the pool. Juan, an 18-year old who has lived at Rancho de los Niños for the last ten years, is receiving hydrotherapy as an additional part of his physical therapy. Juan […]

Up and Away! »

“You did it! Eduardo, you did it!” The words ring clearly against a clear, blue Mazatlán sky as young Eduardo whispers with wonder, “It’s flying!”  Eduardo has been busy this afternoon.  The young boy, who lives at Rancho de los Nino’s children’s home in Mazatlán, Mexico, wants to fly a kite. Using a garbage bag, […]

Walking with Assurance »

“Kevin just doesn’t have an aptitude for learning.” Kevin’s mother, Luz, felt a weight settle onto her shoulders. His teacher continued, “He doesn’t complete his homework and he doesn’t participate in class; he shouldn’t have been moved forward in school.” In September of 2016, Luz spoke with the staff at the Community Center in Tres […]

Preparing for Her Future »

Zuri took a steadying breath. This is it. This is the next step necessary to her dreams coming to fruition. On March 16th, Zuri signed up to take the high school entrance exam. This step is both exciting and hard-worked for. Zuri struggled with maintaining high grades in elementary school. With the help of Fabiola, a […]

Expressing their Needs »

The whistle blows out against the empty seats of the stadium. The athletes come to a stop, resting their lungs and their legs. It’s another day of soccer practice under the heat of the Cancun sun. Zuri and Jose Luis are happy to be practicing with their school soccer teams. Practices and games are held […]

If I Had a Super Power »

This month’s guest writer is Kaden Kimple. Kaden submitted the following essay last fall to Power of the Pen, Ohio’s Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools, while her mom was on a mission trip with Back2Back Ministries. When I think of super powers, I think of strength, speed, flight, brains, and maybe the ability […]

Swachh Bharat! »

The Indian Government has called for a country-wide clean up and the children on the Hope Campus were happy to oblige. “In support of Prime Minister Modi’s Swachh Bharat (Clean Up) India initiative, we started a recycling/clean-up the campus/composting system together,” shared Adam Petticrew, Campus Captain. Together, the boys and girls on the campus picked […]

Keeping God Near »

“Auntie! Auntie! I want to share something with you, Auntie!” Sunday runs towards Abigail Ali, Back2Back Care Giver. “Auntie, today at school I learned about Jesus walking on water!” As eight-year old Sunday sits down with Abigail, he shares the story he learned at school – recalling details and sharing it precisely. Abigail smiles softly to herself as she […]

Healthy Kids Day »

“Now show me how we should cough!” The smiling children raised their arms, play-coughing into their elbows, demonstrating their understanding to not spread more germs. It’s Healthy Kids Day in Haiti and everyone is learning. Back2Back Haiti staff member, Holly Ravenhorst, recently connected with Blessings International – a ministry who administers health assessments. “We wanted […]

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