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 […]

My Top 19 Travel Tips for 2019 »

It’s been 30 years since I took my first international trip.  Back then, my parents walked me to the gate, and people still dressed up for the privilege of air travel. Much has changed, and over my 20+ years as a missionary and traveling speaker, I have gathered the following travel tips I pray will […]

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6 Truths I Want My Teenage Sons to Understand About Real Love… »

I am more convicted than ever, if we don’t share what real love is, the world they live in never will.

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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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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