Someone They Can Count On »

Jimmy gathered the scrap pieces of wood and stacked them in the corner outside Rescue of God Children’s Home. The older boys slowly gravitated towards him, picking up the remaining pieces of wood as they followed him. “Do you guys want to build something?” Jimmy asked them with a smile. “Whenever Jimmy walks through the […]

A Friendly Face on the Way to School »

“Alright, everybody!” Alphonsus calls out to the children sitting behind him on the bus. “We’re here. Have a good day! Be respectful, pay attention!” He smiles at each child as they exit the bus in their school uniform. They turn and wave goodbye to him, knowing they will see him in a few hours for […]

God’s Promises: To Never Leave Them »

Be their Father. Defend their cause. Give them food and clothing. Not to forget them. These are just a few of the many promises God makes to the orphaned child. What we can easily forget is that we, too, receive each of these promises. Will you join us as we dive into God’s promises to […]

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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 […]

Looking Toward Their Futures »

Jose Luis watched Chef Tano Williams as he moved around the kitchen. The windows were wide open, letting in sunlight and laughter from the playground. Jose Luis looked at the spices Tano set on the counter. He pictured the kitchen in his family’s home, realizing most of the spices the chef used for his dish […]

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 […]

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