Greater Things to Come »

In 2011, Shannen entered the Hope Program as a seventeen-year old. In July of 2017, she graduated from nursing school as a young woman confident in her abilities. Recently, we sat down with her as she shared what she hopes for and how she believes the Lord has never left her. How would you describe yourself entering […]

Start With Amen this Holiday Season »

5 Ways Starting With Amen is helping me breathe (and not hustle) through this holiday season. It feels like as soon as the Halloween candy is put away, the Christmas carols begin. I do love this time of year, but sometimes the extra activities and added pressure can steal my peace and twist good thinking […]

Choosing to Make a Difference »

“I don’t want to go to church this morning,” Robensen looked at Wadson Delvar, Back2Back staff, with a small frown on his face. “Why do you not want to go?” Wadson challenged him. “It is too hot, and there are never enough seats,” Robensen said matter-of-factly. Wadson thought for a moment how to respond. The […]

Recognizing Beauty in the Routine »

If you’ve ever traveled with Back2Back Ministries, you know the daily practice of sharing your “picture of the day.” It’s one way team participants are challenged to remember a significant moment that impacted them. My first trip with Back2Back was in 2015. Debriefing each night was intensely emotional; I was rarely able to fully explain […]

Reckless Faith: Mangin Family »

This month’s guest writer is Kelly Mangin. The Mangin family has been traveling with Back2Back to Cancun since 2011. Kelly and her husband Kevin, along with their three children, have been sponsoring Sofi and Chave since 2012 and visit Cancun yearly. Before we got the call, I remember asking God for a miracle.  In all the days, months, […]

Making Intentional Plans »

“In ten minutes, you need to take a water break, Carlitos!” Ethan Drent, Back2Back Mazatlán staff calls outside to the young boy mowing the lawn under a caregiver’s supervision. Carlitos shakes his head yes and continues to mow. “Carlitos, take some drinks of water in five minutes!” Ethan reminds him again. After the time has […]

A Dream Realized »

A large pitcher of watermelon water sits on the table. The heat of the day lingers in the space of the open-air restaurant, and three men sit watching an American home renovation show subtitled in Spanish. A lime green wall is the backdrop for the kitchen where Luz and her two sisters, Diana and Lily, […]

5 Lessons I’m Passing from the Mission Field to the Football Field »

5 Lessons I am Passing from the Foreign Mission Field to the Hometown Football Field I am going to spend many evenings this fall sitting in bleachers, cheering on various sized football and soccer players. All four of my sons are playing, so that’s at least four games a week.  It’s a new mission field […]

To Play With Purpose »

Jorge ran up to Sammy as she entered the room. “Sammy, Sammy! I have something for you.” Sammy watched Jorge pull his other hand from behind his back. “You left this yesterday.” The five-year old held a magnetic train car in his hand, lifting it up to Sammy. “Thank you so much, Jorge!” “It may […]

Joy Found in the Water »

The row of children and visiting adults crunched their toes in the sand. Their surf instructor welcomed them and asked them to draw a line straight back. Next, each student drew the “nose” on top of the line, and stood atop their sand surfboards. There is a surf party happening in Mazatlán. The girls living […]

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