4 Questions with Sammy Mathews »

My name is Sammy Mathews. I moved from Dayton, Ohio, and my role is Executive Assistant to Todd Guckenberger. I’ve been on staff with Back2Back for almost 8 years. 1. Why did you join Back2Back? I took my first mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico when I was just 17 years old. I had never really left my suburban Ohio bubble, I had […]

It’s My Turn to Give Back »

When we say yes to serving others, there is an inevitable ripple effect. We don’t always get to see the ripple effect in action. We serve, love, wait, and trust God to bring fruit, and ultimately glory, to Himself.  Sometimes, He reveals the way one yes flowed right into another, leaving hearts, minds, and even […]

She is Defying the Statistics »

The path leading to Igmin Kibe Education Center is long and winding. The dust rises in the air following the footsteps of villagers and the occasional wild animal. On a clear-skied afternoon, a young girl atop a bicycle made her way down the dirt trail. She cycled closer and those who recognized her smiled at […]

Burr in the Saddle »

I remember the day it all started: this sense that borders were mine for the crossing and children everywhere deserved permanency. It was supposed to be just a week, something to experience. I had no idea on this summer afternoon in 1996 that everything would shift to the point that I would never again live […]

What’s happening around your table? »

It all started during Holy Week. I was reading through familiar passages of Scripture, but something new caught my attention (isn’t this one of the best traits of God’s word? No matter how many times we read a book or a passage, He will teach us something new, if our hearts are open.) Matthew 21:12-13 […]

The Most Unassuming World Champions »

She’s the most unlikely and unassuming star in the fastest growing sport in the world. The Serena Williams and Michael Phelps of her sport wrapped in a combination of energy, grit, determination, and humility. What’s more, in a sport which prides itself on being among the most grueling and physically demanding in the world, Canadian […]

4 Questions with Charlie James »

My name is Charlie. I moved to India from Chicago, and my role is finance administrator and campus coordinator. I’ve been on staff with Back2Back for over 3 years. 1. Why did you join Back2Back? I see how God has specifically equipped me for serving in India.  My parents were born and raised in India and moved to Chicago 35+ years […]

He Will Hold Them Close »

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Psalm 27:10 Field Story by Charlie James, India It had been a year after moving to India, since my wife and I had seen our families. We anxiously exited the airport terminal and were met with a warm welcome. Our joy was the result of […]

4 Things NOT on Your Packing List »

The humidity is rising here in Ohio, and this means two things – it’s summer, and time for mission guests to arrive at all Back2Back sites for the summer season! As staff from Mexico to India prepare for the weeks ahead, we all look forward to welcoming you alongside of the most remarkable children. As […]

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4 Questions with Tallie Betscher »

My name is Tallie. I didn’t have to move to another country– I stayed in my hometown, and my role is the Child Sponsorship Program Manager (what a mouth-full!) I’ve been on staff with Back2Back for seven years. 1. Why did you join Back2Back? I went on my first mission trip with Back2Back when I was 14. […]

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