10 Words I Am Planning on Saying More of in 2019 »

1 I am going to say “Yes” to people. In the end of Jesus’ ministry, we know more about the people He interacted with than the tasks He accomplished.   2 I am going to say “Sorry” more often.  With each year I am painfully more aware feeling right leaves me feeling empty. Feeling compassionate and contrite […]

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 […]

The Missing Piece of the Puzzle »

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”  Proverbs 1:5 Field story by Hope Garcia, Back2Back Staff in the Dominican Republic. “I want you to meet someone very important,” Megan, our guide for the day, said.  As a missionary with seven years’ experience, we were visiting her with the […]

“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 […]

Christmas Is… »

A Nigerian son, reading to his grandmother the Christmas story in English, having been taught to read in the village education center.  A Nigerian girl who this year will study high school and dream of a future as a nurse. An Indian boy, who now sleeps through the night, feeling safe at the ministry campus.  […]

He Will Never Leave You »

“Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.” Jeremiah 49:11 Field Story by Shannon Pannell What may have been a statistic before you arrived this week, I hope by now have faces and names. Their eyes may connect with yours, and even if you don’t have words, […]

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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, […]

9 Gifts I Have Been Given While Loving the Orphan »

Todd stood on a stage recently and shared how “God has always had more than one mission in mind…”  His point:  while we thought we were giving to and serving the vulnerable child, He’s meanwhile been busy renewing and restoring us. I once believed loving the orphan was all about them, but it turns out in […]

It all started on a prayer walk… »

We were on a prayer walk, visiting families in their homes who receive services at the Tres Reyes Community Center. At each stop, we’d be introduced to the members of the family and hear what they wanted us to lift in prayer. It was usually for provision, health needs, or broken relationships. The mother would […]

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