Building Kingdom-Centered Families »

Basketballs bounce off the concrete into small hands. A small soccer game has started on the field next to it – children chasing after the soccer ball with enthusiasm and vigor. Two small girls swing high, their laughter higher, as butterflies erupt in their bellies when they reach their toes to the sky. As mothers […]

Finding His Gifts »

The children are moving to the tempo the drum is setting. Sitting behind the bongo drums is Iliya. His hands pound the drum knowingly – as if he has been doing this very thing, making beats and setting pace for the choir, all his life. He smiles, his eyes most often looking down at his […]

Making Dignity a Part of Their Story »

Back2Back staff member, Sammy, knelt down with her phone in hand so sets of brown eyes could see the screen. They watched as children from around the world received red and green shoe boxes and opened them to find treasures inside. The children in the video were smiling, and as the children at Douglas Children’s […]

A Reunion to Celebrate »

Haiti can be a hard place. Amidst stories of corruption, devastation, and crippling natural disasters are statistics that almost defy belief. Seventy-seven percent unemployment. Over 300 orphanages in the city of Port-au-Prince alone. The poorest country in the entire western hemisphere. However, there is also breathtaking natural beauty in the mountains and emerald green ocean […]

The Good in the Hard »

House-bound for three months following major surgery, Back2Back Co-Executive Director Beth Guckenberger shares six hard-earned lessons learned. Initially shared in Back2Back’s spring magazine (download a PDF of the original article here), the unanticipated response to this story is now also the subject of a 20-minute podcast. Download a PDF of the original magazine article here. […]

Forging a Different Path »

Her cry broke through the steady monsoon rains. In a rural village 3 hours outside Hyderabad, India, on a humid, July morning in 2002, V. Bindu, entered the world. Her parents, agricultural workers of the Banjara tribe, spend their days doing the labor intensive work of rice farming. But today they enjoy the sweet first […]

Worthy to Provide »

Eduardo feels his palms get clammy as the classroom of eyes center on him. He squeezes his hand into a fist, takes a deep breath, and begins to share his vision to help others by collecting bottle caps. Eduardo, 11, lost his mother to cancer at a young age and is learning what it means […]

For a Hope and a Future »

13-year-old Miguel furiously scribbled small notes, trying to catch every piece of information Jorge shared. Jorge Vieyra, Back2Back Cancun staffer and senior Psychology student at a local university, explained to eager ears the ins and outs of psychology and the careers it can open up. As Jorge unpacked the adventure of the human mind, other […]

Adventure Outside the Familiar »

Small, thin hands shoot straight into the sky as water sprays into the air. High-pitched squeals of delight erupt as a dolphin jumps high above the pool of water. Big, brown eyes follow the mammal up and watch as he dives below the surface. A group of children, ages six to eight, from the Tres […]

Constructing Positivity »

I went through a scrapbooking phase in middle school. I would take my disposable camera to Wal-Mart and slip it into the development envelope, and wait impatiently to see if my pictures turned out. My first scrapbook was purple. And I think my favorite part of the entire scrapbooking process was going to the store […]

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