8 Mama practices I am hoping will one day pay off… »

Being a Mom today is not easy, so much to keep track of and expectations impossible to meet. After twenty years, here’s my go-to list of essentials (notice nothing about meal prep and homework help!) Over-communicate, hoping they secretly love it. In the absence of information, kids make up their own stories. Communication breeds security, […]

Putting the Resurrection on Display »

Our adopted, teenage son, Tyler, had only been home three months when I got a text from an unknown number. “Tyler forgot his soccer shoes and can’t play in the game unless you bring them to school.” “Ok, I will look for them and be right there,” I responded to the stranger. I found them […]

Raising Givers »

The children at Douglas Children’s Home are learning about giving. In 2016, they gathered together to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. This year, they brought their giving closer to home, in a Secret Santa gift exchange at Douglas. The children chose names out of a hat a […]

Establishing Felt-Safety »

Felt-safety: a principle from Trauma Competent Care referring to the degree of safety one feels. One may be safe without actually feeling safe. Kaylee Yoder, Back2Back Monterrey staff, walked into Del Norte Children’s Home with a visiting mission team behind her. Eleven-year old David ran up to her. “Kaylee! Today we are going on a field trip […]

Christmas Is »

Christmas Is… A Nigerian daughter, reading to her widowed mom the Christmas story in English, having been prepared for a future in the village education center.  A Nigerian boy, who this year will receive a personal gift in a home aptly named Destiny. An Indian child, who feels for the first time she has a […]

Greater Things to Come »

In 2011, Shannen entered the Hope Program as a seventeen-year old. In July of 2017, she graduated from nursing school as a young woman confident in her abilities. Recently, we sat down with her as she shared what she hopes for and how she believes the Lord has never left her. How would you describe yourself entering […]

Start With Amen this Holiday Season »

5 Ways Starting With Amen is helping me breathe (and not hustle) through this holiday season. It feels like as soon as the Halloween candy is put away, the Christmas carols begin. I do love this time of year, but sometimes the extra activities and added pressure can steal my peace and twist good thinking […]

Choosing to Make a Difference »

“I don’t want to go to church this morning,” Robensen looked at Wadson Delvar, Back2Back staff, with a small frown on his face. “Why do you not want to go?” Wadson challenged him. “It is too hot, and there are never enough seats,” Robensen said matter-of-factly. Wadson thought for a moment how to respond. The […]

Recognizing Beauty in the Routine »

If you’ve ever traveled with Back2Back Ministries, you know the daily practice of sharing your “picture of the day.” It’s one way team participants are challenged to remember a significant moment that impacted them. My first trip with Back2Back was in 2015. Debriefing each night was intensely emotional; I was rarely able to fully explain […]

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, […]

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