Open House ’19
Hear stories from around the world about Back2Back’s work with orphaned and vulnerable children. You decide the flow of your evening. Connect with old friends and new. Purchase dinner and dessert from the fabulous food trucks.
Back2Back’s Open House ‘19 is a relaxed and free event on September 4th at Crossroads Mason. No tickets required. The whole family is welcome, so bring the kids!
Back2Back International Site Directors traveling to Cincinnati will share highlights and connect in person.
Rodo and Becca Arguello have been working with Back2Back Ministries for 11 years. They began in Monterrey in 2008, in 2012 they moved to Mazatlán to help establish Back2Back’s site in the city, and in 2018 followed God’s direction to lead Back2Back Cancun. They are in awe of how God is creating space for fathers in the Strong Families Program to spend intentional time with their children.
Daniel Asama had a specific call placed on his heart nine years ago to serve God and the people of Nigeria by caring for the orphaned and vulnerable. Daniel says working with the amazing Back2back Nigeria staff and caring for the children they serve together are the two most beautiful parts of his job.
Chris Cox and his family live in Mason, Ohio. Chris has been a part of Back2Back Cincinnati since 2016, when research and development for the site began. Chris loves the people of Cincinnati and believes Back2Back is a community of people with the right resources to empower transformation in the hard stories of the youth in the city. Chris credits the people, laughter, hope, and resilience behind every smile to be the beauty of Cincinnati.
Matt Ellis and his family moved from Liberty Township, Ohio to Haiti two years ago. Matt and his wife Sarah’s story began in Haiti and they’ve always felt an irresistible call to serve together in the country. Matt believes one of the most beautiful parts of Back2Back’s Haiti site is working with the amazing staff who care deeply for vulnerable children while also caring deeply for each other.
Casey and Rhonda Foreman are from Mason, Ohio, and travel between India and the U.S., spending an average of 6 to 7 months out of the year in India. The Back2Back India campus is one of many firsts – the first time Back2Back decided to directly operate a campus, the first to build a pre-K and elementary school to serve local nationals – and it is these milestones that cause Casey and Rhonda to pause and say, “Wow!” at God’s work.
Cheque and Hope Garcia moved from Monterrey, Mexico to the Dominican Republic about a year and a half ago. They feel God has clearly opened the door for them to be in the DR and is calling them to use their ten years of ministry with Back2Back to help bring His Kingdom to the children and ministries already in-country. They love the beautiful scenery the DR offers from mountains to waterfalls and the native fruits growing wildly everywhere. They, along with one other staff member, represent the smallest site, but are confident and do not despise these small beginnings. They are in awe of the response to Trauma Competent Care training on the island and are inspired by the hunger ministries and individuals have for this knowledge, eager to put it to practice. They feel privileged to be who God is using to offer it.
Juan Porto and his wife, Rosa, were first called in 2002 to serve as House Parents for Monterrey’s Hope Program, but God is constantly asking them to explore new and creative ways to serve and love the vulnerable populations of Monterrey. Juan loves the warmth of Monterrey’s people and the belief that everyone is family. God amazes him everyday by providing the necessary resources – human, spiritual, physical, and monetary – in incredible ways. Juan says God is constantly challenging he and his staff to trust Him and live by faith, and every year He shows up and surprises them.
Tom and Karen Woelk lived in Mason, Ohio for 14 years before moving to Mazatlán in 2014 when they were asked by Site Director, Gabo Velasco, to pray about taking on a role as ex-pat volunteer co-coordinators. Currently acting as interim directors while the Velasco family is on sabbatical, the Woelks feel the beauty to be found at their site is in the children they serve, the staff and caregivers, and the multiple areas in which they are able to care for vulnerable children. This year, the Woelk’s are in awe of how God is using the Back2Back-run school, Pacific Christian Academy, to be a catalyst not only for educational growth, but also accelerated spiritual, physical, and emotional improvement in the children they serve.
Todd and Beth Guckenberger live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they serve as co-executive directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University with degrees in education, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico. After founding the international arm of Back2Back in 1997, they hosted thousands of guests on the ministry campus. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.