Fostering Common Ground »

“Here, sister.” “Try to hit this one, sister.” “There you go!” “You did it!” Expressions of encouragement and gentle instruction could be heard all around the team house on India Hope Campus. Large Carrom boards were on the marbled floor, groups of four circled around them. Carrom, a ‘strike and pocket’ game of Eastern origin, […]

Ringing in Celebration »

It is a beautiful day in Monterrey, Mexico. The atmosphere at the Back2Back Campus is busy, Hope Program students playing soccer on the field, staff members gathering for a recap of the day, and visiting mission guests finishing up dinner. The bustle of the campus is pierced with the sound of a ringing bell. Everyone […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making Memories »

The food was brought to the table and served onto the plates. Pranay and Sathwik’s eyes grew large with delight. Nine-year old Pranay breathed deeply the rising steam coming from the spicy, butter chicken on his plate and smiled. “Soooooo good, sister,” he whispered happily. The Indian restaurant near the Back2Back India Hope Campus was […]

Remembering His Limits »

“Come here, Selnan, let’s say our ABC’s together,” Israel, Rukuba Children’s Home Director, called to the small boy. Selnan walked over and sat with Israel. They said their ABC’s together and then worked on his first grade homework. Israel smiled at the young boy’s progress. Selnan arrived at Rukuba Children’s Home at the age of […]

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, […]

To Be Treasured »

“We have a gift for each of you as we end our time!” Janice Hickman looked out at the girls sitting around her. “It’s a special gift; it’s the coolest gift! It’s unique and precious. Who wants to see it?!” The girls smiled excitedly and, one by one, followed one of the Haiti summer interns […]

Concerts of Blessing »

The girls at FloreSer Children’s Home glanced at the calendar nearly every day, internally counting down the days. They kept hearing announcements over the radio, and their anticipation continued to grow. Finally, the week had come – “Despertar Mazatlán,” (Mazatlán Awaken) was about to begin! The girls at FloreSer were looking forward to three full […]

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