Finding Peace »

Sele sat at the kitchen table with the book cracked open. She read each line carefully then set about mixing imaginary spices in a small bowl. Katharina, Co-Director at Rukuba Children’s Home, watched Sele create the imaginary dish, mixing spices and preheating the oven. “Sele is one of the most creative children I’ve ever seen,” […]

Learning to Seek God »

The teens sat in a circle with their eyes on Patience, an eleven-year old girl living at Destiny Children’s Home. “Even when we can’t see God, we should trust and believe He is there,” she shared softly. Nearly every head in the circle nodded in agreement. Sixteen-year old Josephine lowered her gaze into her lap […]

Developing Mentors »

“Pleeeeeeeease, can I stay a little longer?” Japheth looked at his caregiver, Sunday Yashim, from Kids with a Vision Foundation Children’s Home. “Pleeeeeease?” He smiled at Sunday for good measure as he waited for the answer. “Okay. You can stay until tonight!” He smiled at Japheth, pleased to see his excitement. Japheth, 15, is the […]

A Birthday Celebration »

Jennifer looked around the room. Friends who had become family sang “Happy Birthday” to her and smiled as she went to make a wish and blow out her candles. The thirteen-year old girl felt emotion well in her throat, unsure how to convey gratitude outside of a small smile. Everyone clapped and waited patiently for […]

Leaving a Trail of Laughter »

Stephen, a tutor at Igmin Kibe Education Center in Jos, Nigeria, watched the young man come around the corner. His hair was neatly cut, his school uniform freshly pressed, new socks and shoes on his feet, and a bright smile lit up his face. “Yusuf, you are looking so good these days! What’s your secret?” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding Healing »

A visiting guest, Kali, a physician’s assistan sat across the table from 15-year old Peace. Kali knew Peace was struggling with pain, but the young girl sat quietly before her. “Staff members informed me Peace had been experiencing a lot of pain, but she was very brave when we first sat down together,” shared Kali. […]

Helping Each Other Succeed »

One way children in Nigeria have fun is through playing and watching soccer. The children from Igmin Kibe Education Center recently invited the children from Destiny Children’s Home to compete in a spirited soccer game during a school break. “It’s always special to me when children from different homes come together,” shared Azubike Kalu, Back2Back […]

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