Making Memories »

The food was brought to the table and served onto the plates. Pranay and Sathwik’s eyes grew large with delight. Nine-year old Pranay breathed deeply the rising steam coming from the spicy, butter chicken on his plate and smiled. “Soooooo good, sister,” he whispered happily. The Indian restaurant near the Back2Back India Hope Campus was […]

Remembering His Limits »

“Come here, Selnan, let’s say our ABC’s together,” Israel, Rukuba Children’s Home Director, called to the small boy. Selnan walked over and sat with Israel. They said their ABC’s together and then worked on his first grade homework. Israel smiled at the young boy’s progress. Selnan arrived at Rukuba Children’s Home at the age of […]

Reckless Faith: Mangin Family »

This month’s guest writer is Kelly Mangin. The Mangin family has been traveling with Back2Back to Cancun since 2011. Kelly and her husband Kevin, along with their three children, have been sponsoring Sofi and Chave since 2012 and visit Cancun yearly. Before we got the call, I remember asking God for a miracle.  In all the days, months, […]

To Be Treasured »

“We have a gift for each of you as we end our time!” Janice Hickman looked out at the girls sitting around her. “It’s a special gift; it’s the coolest gift! It’s unique and precious. Who wants to see it?!” The girls smiled excitedly and, one by one, followed one of the Haiti summer interns […]

Concerts of Blessing »

The girls at FloreSer Children’s Home glanced at the calendar nearly every day, internally counting down the days. They kept hearing announcements over the radio, and their anticipation continued to grow. Finally, the week had come – “Despertar Mazatlán,” (Mazatlán Awaken) was about to begin! The girls at FloreSer were looking forward to three full […]

Putting His Dream to Work »

“I am totally different now than when I first came to live with you guys,” Cesar looked at his Hope House Parents, David and Vero. The three were sitting together, reminiscing of Cesar’s time in the Monterrey Hope Program, as he prepared to graduate and move onto the next chapter of his story. Cesar came […]

No Obstacle Too Great »

Azubike Kalu, Back2Back staff, looked down at the big brown eyes standing before him. “Meschach! Sorry, Abednego! Or . . . Shedrach? How are you this morning? Did you sleep well?” A small smile stretched across the four-year old boy’s face, but he never answered Azubike’s question. This morning was the first morning for a […]

Brought into the Fold »

“You can drop me off here!” Ricardo looked at Lauren Neal, Lighthouse Children’s Home staff, with a huge smile. Lauren watched him walk to the house just ahead, ensuring his safe arrival. Ricardo’s confidence and excitement at arriving to his new foster home allows Lauren and the Back2Back staff to feel assurance this is the […]

Expressing His Needs »

Danladi, one of the Nigerian Hope Students in Calvary House, listened intently as the list of names was called out. He waited nervously to hear his own. Recently, Danladi’s school had been selected to nominate three participants for a local math competition. He was hopeful he would be picked. He felt his stomach drop as […]

Staff Transitions in Cancun »

At the recent Open House in Cincinnati, Cancun Site Directors, Erick and Julie Mowery, announced that after six years in Cancun, they will transition back to the United States in late 2017. Erick and Julie will continue their work as Back2Back staff to expand the Strong Families program, which began under their leadership in Cancun, […]

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