Drawing Closer »

The room was quiet. Pairs of girls were spread all around the common area in the home. One teen girl for every younger one. Their heads were bent low over notebooks, as pens, pencils, colored markers and crayons scratched across the surface. Occasionally, soft talking broke the silence as the teams of girls worked together […]

A New Sense of Joy »

Rancho de los Niños staff hears laughter outside. They peek through a window and see Jesus Manuel laughing in the heat of the sun. This moment is new for the young boy; it wasn’t always possible for Jesus Manuel to be outside without someone right beside him. Twelve-year old Jesus Manuel’s days have been riddled […]

Naming Her Dreams »

She opens the door and walks to her seat. As she walks by, people take in her pink and white dress, smiling and complimenting her work. As she takes her seat, Wideline grins confidently. Not only is she wearing a new dress, she’s wearing a new dress she made herself. It’s Sunday in Haiti. “About a year ago, […]

Right Where He Needs to Be »

“If you weren’t in Nigeria right now, where would you want to be?” Godwin looked into the faces surrounding him. He is leading a nurture group with the children at Kids with a Vision Foundation. In this small group setting, Nurture Groups provide safe places for children to discuss their feelings with one another. As […]

When Sathwik Smiles »

Sathwik’s cry could be heard throughout the campus. It was clear he was a little boy in a new environment, still fearful from earlier trauma. A visiting team engaged him in play and watched encouragingly as the older boys Sathwik lived with were patient and gentle in their attempts to calm him down. Sathwik has […]

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 […]

Leading by Example »

Advocate: a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Also known as a backer, a supporter, a spokesperson, a champion. Child sponsorship often turns out to be much more than an updated photo and neatly penned letters throughout the year. It is about relationship. Advocacy. Championing. The effects of advocacy are […]

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Hope Over Her Story »

Glowing candles light up Martha’s face. She looks around the table at her friends. The purple, zebra-striped tablecloth and the cupcakes in front of her make her smile widely. Today, Martha celebrates her tenth birthday. As she closes her eyes and takes in a deep breath, she considers all she has to hope for. At […]

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When He Provides a Way »

Mariah slowly opens her eyes. Surrounding her, small voices fling hopes high to a Father – and she feels her heartbeat quicken. Ashwini’s black veil carefully covers both her head and Mariah’s, honoring an Indian custom of women covering their faces in prayer. Ashwini prays aloud next to Mariah, praying over her new friend and […]

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Far Reaching Love »

Adan is a 23-year-old college student who lives at Bethany Children’s Home in Monterrey, Mexico. Recently he served at Back2Back’s Cancun site with his sponsors Ric and Shari Sharrer and their mission team from Apex Community Church in Dayton, Ohio. Ric and Shari have sponsored Adan since 2012. Here, in his own words, Adan shares […]

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