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 […]

To Provide Healing »

“When I was born, you Lola, were there for me and cared for me.” Tears streamed down Jessi’s face as she leaned down and embraced her older sister tightly. There wasn’t a dry eye at the party that night. Lola has long dreamt of her quinceñera. When she was fifteen, circumstances didn’t lend themselves to […]

Celebrating Growth »

Ricky, a 23-year old who has lived at Rancho since June of 2006, is unable to speak or see. He can understand when others are talking to him, and responds with motions and small noises. Ricky, along with others at Rancho, receives regular time with both physical and speech therapists and as a result, the […]

A [New] Home to Call Their Own »

Brenda walks over to the window in her new living room and pulls aside the curtain. The sun warms her face as she listens to her children talk in the background. The space for her children to play together is a new piece of Brenda’s story. Brenda, her husband Carlos, and their three children, Alex, […]

Bringing Light »

The first week of March brought light to Jesus Name Children’s Home. Jesus Name Children’s Home used a generator for electricity, but only for special occasions. It lacks access to city power sources. In the beginning of March, a team visited Back2Back Haiti with SonLight Power, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Together, they installed a solar […]

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