Exporting Influence »

Madhu’s eyes glitter when he grins. He laughs musically, the corners of his eyes crinkling, as he speaks eagerly to whomever is around. He pulls people in naturally, without even realizing his capabilities. So it is no surprise he would return to his home village over the long break from school and begin to share […]

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Forging Leaders »

On a recent prayer walk with a mission team, a Back2Back case-worker asked a mother living in the Bonfil community how they could pray for her and her family specifically. In unexpected honesty, she shared concern of one of her sons becoming involved in drug use. Bonfil, an urban community in Cancun, is one gripped […]

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To Leave a Mark »

The white-walled classroom holds desks with blue seats and small pieces of wood for note taking. To students who attend everyday, it is simply another room allowing them to further their education. To the children of Del Norte, the bright room with the projection screen whispered of future endeavors, of dreams realized, of a new […]

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Cultivating Hope »

Ravi’s small arms wrap tightly around the two-liter, plastic bottle as he carefully walks across campus toward the flowers. He steps carefully, delicately almost, so as not to let a drop of water drip on the dusty ground. He walks toward Adam’s house first, and then he waters the circular planters with colorful flowers in […]

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He Who Keeps His Promises »

Sofia whips down the slide in the Cancun sun and lets her laughter ring through the air as she runs to the open window looking into the kitchen. Glasses of cool, clear, clean water sit on the ledge of the window, beckoning to be consumed; Sofia obliges. As she tips the glass nearly vertical to […]

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The Start of Something New »

It took Katarina a little longer to get up from the dinner table that night. After caring for ten children all day at Rukuba Children’s Home, this particular day had been especially draining. She mustered her last bit of energy, sighed and slowly stood up. “How can I help you tonight?” The small voice was […]

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Beautiful Things »

The world is full of breathtaking beauty. A quick scroll through an Instagram feed reveals image after image of posed perfection – carefully selected photos, cropped and filtered to present an enviable image. But, sometimes, true beauty can’t be captured within the confines of social media. It’s an inner quality – elusive, quiet and unfading.

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We are a Family »

Providing family-style care means Israel can confide in his house mom, Marlin, after a friend at school hurt his feelings. It means house parents, Joel and Viviana, can lead evening devotionals and pray with each boy before heading off to bed. Family-style care means dinners are no longer around a plastic table in a noisy cafeteria. Instead, the children gather around a wooden dinner table as a family and share about their day. Family-style care allows house parents to provide deeper care for each child as they navigate life’s challenges.

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A Birthday to Remember »

Birthdays had always been painful for 11-year old Blanca, a difficult reminder of the family she missed. This year, Blanca’s 12th birthday arrived with a bang when Back2Back staff and friends gathered to celebrate her in a big way, reminding her she is valued and loved.

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Standing Tall »

Sandeep’s palms began to sweat as a friend approached him, cricket ball in hand. Sandeep wiped his brow and tightened the grip on his bat as he waited for the pitch.

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