Each Back2Back staff fulfill a unique role in the ministry, leveraging his or her God-given abilities for the Kingdom of God. This month, we chat with U.S. Operations Director, Brent & Anna Fudge in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
BlogBe inspired by stories of reckless faith from around the world. These stories encourage us to keep going, to never give up, until every child is known and loved.
I love when I’m able to connect one-on-one with the children at Eternal Joy Children’s Home in India, where my husband and I serve with Back2Back.
Daniel serves as the Director of Back2Back Nigeria, but before joining staff, he was working for the state government in a stable, yet unfulfilling job. He was passionate about serving children and longed for an outlet to give back to his community.
A reckless faith trusts when God leads us down an unknown or lesser desired path. It trusts that the relationships we want to let go of — because they’re too hard or too complicated — are actually being used for his glory, for our sharpening, and for the others’ good.
He combs my hair with his fingers and carefully puts the rubber band around the ponytail he has pulled together. I take the opportunity to tell him that someday, he could get married, and have daughters whose hair he could also comb gently into a ponytail.
I had wanted to participate in a mission trip for over ten years. For numerous reasons it hadn’t happened yet. I was having lunch with a dear friend who was going to Cancun in just a little over two weeks. I shared that I’d love to participate if it wasn’t too late.
Vanessa is a spunky, energetic nine-year old girl, who lives outside Cancun, Mexico. She’s an artist who loves drawing flowers and princesses. Our staff serve her mother, Gloria, and other single moms in the area, as part of an overarching preventative orphan care initiative.
What’s the secret? What’s the key to his success? I wish I could say that it his great tutor or all the extra hours of academic work we’ve put in together. But, neither of those are true. Despite my college degree, it’s not the hours of academic prep we’ve logged, it’s the investment in his heart.
Research and data will only take us so far. If implemented in the absence of an abiding relationship with Christ, we will quickly reach the limits of our own strength and ideas.
I’m learning to let my back get pushed against a wall–because that is when I cry out for my Rescuer. Most days when I see the wall coming, I angle myself so I don’t get anywhere near it.