Sometimes I describe my daily occurrences as miraculous. And it’s true. I could go on and on about the everyday miracles I live out as I serve children here in Monterrey, Mexico.
BlogBe inspired by stories of reckless faith from around the world. These stories encourage us to keep going, to never give up, until every child is known and loved.
Four-year old Estrella wakes up and prepares to go to school, knowing that when she returns she will be welcomed by her foster parents into the warmth and safety of a loving home.
Back2Back had just started working with Jeny and her family, to help support her mother and keep the family together. At the time, we thought of it as “orphan prevention” but it’s really family preservation.
At Back2Back, we are not afraid to change and are constantly asking ourselves how we can improve. As a result of questions like this, we have made some exciting changes to Back2Back’s Child Sponsorship Program.
Identity. More than a college degree, a good job, or even a stable family, if there is one thing I desire for the children we serve, it is they would know who they are in Christ and stand firm in that identity.
Fourteen year old Moses likes to play soccer and spend time with his friends. He resides at Destiny’s Home and attends Mashiah Foundations Academy in Nigeria, near the ministry base in Jos. We are thrilled to work together with the school, which was birthed out of a desire to serve the low income community in Jos, to provide improved educational services to several of the Destiny children.
In one project, according to His timing and in His strength, God brought forth all the resources we needed through mission team partners, child sponsorship partners, church partners and prayer partners, from the U.S., the U.K. and India. Only God could enable raising 100% of the funds required to build four family-style homes, mission team housing and infrastructure within a matter of 90 days!
He combs my hair with his fingers and carefully puts the rubber band around the ponytail he has pulled together. I take the opportunity to tell him that someday, he could get married, and have daughters whose hair he could also comb gently into a ponytail.
Since I came on staff with Back2Back, I have shared that part of Back2Back’s vision is to be a voice for orphans. However, only until recently have I understood that being a voice goes further than writing blogs.
I had wanted to participate in a mission trip for over ten years. For numerous reasons it hadn’t happened yet. I was having lunch with a dear friend who was going to Cancun in just a little over two weeks. I shared that I’d love to participate if it wasn’t too late.