Cause for Celebration »

The four young men sat at the head table and looked out at the faces smiling back. Geoffrey tugged at his tie, unaccustomed to wearing one. Edmund’s broad grin transformed his face, there was no mistaking his enthusiasm. Lucky took everything in – from the people who came, to the food being eaten, and relished […]

Living Proof »

“If my story hadn’t taken me into a children’s home, and then the Hope Program, I wouldn’t be where I am today. At best, I would have graduated from junior high, lived with my aunt, and became a mother figure to my younger siblings,” Evelyn responded matter-of-factly.  Thirteen years ago, at age 14, she moved […]

“Good things don’t really happen to me.” »

The mall doesn’t open for another hour, but there are 20 teenage boys and a few adults gathering near a shoe store. Inside, a few employees prepare for what’s to come. Chris Cox, Back2Back Cincinnati Site Director, finds his way through the crowd, checking in on each young man to make sure they don’t have […]

Move-In Day! »

Victor held one corner of the mattress underneath his arm, and Chuy balanced the other end on his lap, as his caregiver glided his wheelchair across the pristine floor. Both teens grinned as they hauled the mattress into the new bedroom. After months of watching construction workers and architects develop and build brand new homes, […]

Ringing in Celebration »

It was another sunny day on the Monterrey Campus. Christian walked slowly toward the wooden structure with butterflies in his stomach. The bell hung, waiting to be rung by the next student to accomplish a goal or welcome Jesus into their life. It was finally Christian’s turn to make it sing out for all to […]

The Benefits of a New Skill »

The timer for the oven went off, and Juan walked over quickly as he silently said a prayer the bread wouldn’t burn. He opened the oven door and found perfectly baked hamburger buns. He smiled triumphantly to himself as he removed them from the hot oven. In the summer of 2017, Juan, a Hope Student, […]

Making Educational Investments »

It’s back to school season, and the teens at Abigail Hope House in Mazatlán, Mexico are gearing up for a new year, in a new location. The Hope Students will be attending an online high school led by Gaby Nieto, Education Director for the Back2Back Interdisciplinary Team. She will be leading the school full-time from […]

Welcoming them Home »

“What would you young ladies like to eat?” Esther and Hosanna asked Noro and Patricia. Noro’s eyes lit up as she considered her options. “French fries!” Everyone laughed, as the four of them headed out the door. “Then let’s find some french fries!” said Hosanna. Esther and Hosanna are two new Nigerian Hope Parents. Their […]

Growing Strong(er) Families »

Four rows of teens sat on the floor, eyes focused on the teacher before them. Each boy and girl held a notebook and pencil in their lap. There are small posters on the walls around them designed to help during their studies. The room is new, but the teens are growing comfortable quickly. The solid […]

Celebrating Milestones »

One of Back2Back Cancun’s tutors, Ersy, stood in front of the crowd at the graduation ceremony. “This next student,” he hesitated because of emotion, “will always have a special place in my heart. Maria, come on up.” The crowd clapped enthusiastically as Maria made her way up front to accept her diploma. She gave Ersy […]

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