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, […]

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 […]

Growth In and Out of the Classroom »

“Jesús can return to his classes for the full day. We have seen incredible improvement in his work and behavior,” the principal of the school shared with Back2Back’s Education Coordination, Gabriela Nieto. Gabriela smiled, excited to share the news of Jesús’ improvement with staff member Matt Metzger. His academic and behavioral growth is a testament […]

When God Opens Doors »

Jose Luis could sense Dionicio’s nerves sitting next to him. The Hope Parent and student were sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to be called back to an exam room. They were hopeful a doctor could help with his pain. “A few months ago, staff began to notice Dionicio standing differently – as if he […]

Helping to Provide »

It’s a sunny, humid day in Haiti. Jesus Name Children’s Home sits amidst winding, bumpy roads, marked by a red gate. Two honks of the horn and the guard slides open the door allowing entrance. The boys’ rooms and the girls’ rooms reside in two separate buildings with a kitchen and eating area in the […]

A Place at the Table »

Long, white tables were set up in rows. The light from the Cancun sun filled the room. Mothers and fathers, and the occasional young child, filed in and found a seat at the table. A calculator, notebook, and writing utensil waited at each spot. These tools were provided to encourage the tracking of monthly income […]

A Foundation of Shared Hope »

Brown eyes peek through the chain linked fence. The school day has drawn to a close in Mazatlán, Mexico and the children at Rancho de los Nino’s have positioned themselves along the barrier between their current home and the foundation of their new one. “Adam! Hey Adam! That’s my house!” Fourteen-year old Alexis points to […]

Looking Forward »

“I don’t care what it takes, I’m getting my girls back,” Milca looked determinedly at Erick and Julie Mowery, Back2Back Cancun Directors. Milca, mother of ten-year old twins Sofi and Chabe, has long wished to be reunited with her girls, but financial circumstances made it difficult. Sofi and Chabe have lived at San Jose Children’s […]

The Birth of our Reckless Faith »

It was 1996, and we were co-leading a Mexican missions trip that lacked substance. Painting a wall around a church, we wondered what God was doing in Queretaro, Mexico. We had visited an orphanage once in Albania while in college and it had moved us. Was there an orphanage in this city? Todd asked. We […]

To Ask for Help »

Eighty children from Igmin Kibe Education Center and Destiny Children’s Home were recently able to visit a certified medical clinic in Nigeria. This was the first time to see a doctor or visit a clinic for many of the children. Their eyes were wide, taking in the new building and faces. Each child by the […]

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