Ringing in Celebration

Nov 14, 2017

Steph Duff

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 stops, looking up to see who is celebrating.They know when the bell rings, it’s a story of hope. It could be a student graduating, celebrating years of perseverance and commitment. It might be a teen accepting Christ, with the people most important to him gathered. It might simply be a set goal accomplished, understood best by the one ringing the bell and those surrounding him. Whatever is being celebrated, the campus understands their role is to cheer alongside, lifting up the bell-ringer in prayer, reminding the celebrant and all who listen that life lived in community was always God’s design. Together they recognize success is possible with a team of support and love.

Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dachshund, Addy. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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