Three things I learned over dinner with Tim Tebow »

Fifteen years ago, Back2Back began a relationship with The James Fund at Family Christian Stores that gifted us a friendship with its President, Steve Biondo.  Today, Steve serves as the President of the Tim Tebow Foundation and through him, we’ve formed a relationship with Tim and his staff.  A couple of weeks ago, after gathering […]

Developing Land that Tells a Story »

It may be hard to envision right now but, not too long in the future, this property will be bustling with staff and mission guests. It will be welcoming caregivers from other organizations and from local children’s homes coming for trauma training. Haiti is hard to describe. It’s beautiful, impoverished, complex. It’s full of proud […]

10 Lessons Learned While Becoming Fluent in Hard Places »

I’ve had a steep growth curve over the last twenty years of ministry. I had to learn a new language and culture, and gain skills in communication and leadership. But nothing compares to what I have learned while becoming fluent in hard stories. I didn’t have much experience in wading through the messy kind, those […]

It All Started With “Yes” »

As we crested over the hill to the Rancho de los Niño’s property in Mazatlán, Mexico, I could see the rooftops of the new homes Back2Back was constructing for the sixteen children with disabilities living there. My eyes couldn’t help but fill with tears as we pulled in. It had been months since I had […]

8 Mama practices I am hoping will one day pay off… »

Being a Mom today is not easy, so much to keep track of and expectations impossible to meet. After twenty years, here’s my go-to list of essentials (notice nothing about meal prep and homework help!) Over-communicate, hoping they secretly love it. In the absence of information, kids make up their own stories. Communication breeds security, […]

Putting the Resurrection on Display »

Our adopted, teenage son, Tyler, had only been home three months when I got a text from an unknown number. “Tyler forgot his soccer shoes and can’t play in the game unless you bring them to school.” “Ok, I will look for them and be right there,” I responded to the stranger. I found them […]

Christmas Is »

Christmas Is… A Nigerian daughter, reading to her widowed mom the Christmas story in English, having been prepared for a future in the village education center.  A Nigerian boy, who this year will receive a personal gift in a home aptly named Destiny. An Indian child, who feels for the first time she has a […]

Start With Amen this Holiday Season »

5 Ways Starting With Amen is helping me breathe (and not hustle) through this holiday season. It feels like as soon as the Halloween candy is put away, the Christmas carols begin. I do love this time of year, but sometimes the extra activities and added pressure can steal my peace and twist good thinking […]

5 Lessons I’m Passing from the Mission Field to the Football Field »

5 Lessons I am Passing from the Foreign Mission Field to the Hometown Football Field I am going to spend many evenings this fall sitting in bleachers, cheering on various sized football and soccer players. All four of my sons are playing, so that’s at least four games a week.  It’s a new mission field […]

The Birth of our Reckless Faith »

It was 1996, and we were co-leading a Mexican missions trip that lacked substance. Painting a wall around a church, we wondered what God was doing in Queretaro, Mexico. We had visited an orphanage once in Albania while in college and it had moved us. Was there an orphanage in this city? Todd asked. We […]

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