Someone They Can Count On

Jul 31, 2018

Steph Duff

Jimmy gathered the scrap pieces of wood and stacked them in the corner outside Rescue of God Children’s Home. The older boys slowly gravitated towards him, picking up the remaining pieces of wood as they followed him. “Do you guys want to build something?” Jimmy asked them with a smile.

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“Whenever Jimmy walks through the gate at Rescue of God, the children flock to him,” laughed Aaron Meeks, Back2Back staff. Many of the older boys and girls in the home have long lacked consistent, positive male presence, but Jimmy Francois, Back2Back staff, works hard to be someone they can count on.

Jimmy gathered the pieces of wood collected and talked to the boys about measuring the different pieces to build a small box. “Some of the boys messed up on measurements, and Jimmy calmly encouraged them to try again. He was in no rush to complete a small project that would’ve easily taken less then 20 minutes to do himself,” shared Aaron. Jimmy’s patience and willingness to help are creating a natural trust between the teens and safe adults in their lives. Eventually, they finished their project. The teens walked away with new skills and the reminder there are people on their side.

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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