Marathon, by Mandy Lail »

This summer, I was often asked by mission trip guests, “What does a typical day look like in a Teen Home of the Hope Program?” Wow, the best answer is actually…  “There is no typical day – each one is a new adventure!” As you can imagine, it’s semi-controlled chaos in a teen home on […]

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Meeting the Parents, by Kelly Velasco »

Our foster daughters through the Hope Program were not allowed to date during their first year living in our house. Of course, they all quickly agreed to this rule back in August 2008 and then fought for their “right to date” all year long. These beautiful girls, who range in age from thirteen to eighteen, […]

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Crazy Love, by Claire Rogers »

This summer the Back2Back staff is reading Crazy Love, by Francis Chan.  Chan urges readers to resist the temptation to be satisfied with the status quo and instead respond to God’s invitation into a passionate love relationship.  He challenges readers with a call to forsake complacency and apathy and follow God wholeheartedly. Here is an […]

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Eyes Wide Open, by Hannah Cesler, Back2Back India Summer Intern »

My first week interning with Back2Back India has opened my eyes. There is no way I could have been fully prepared for my initial visit to this hostel (children’s home) in rural India. I was a little nervous when we pulled up, but was instantly comforted by familiar verses painted on the walls in English […]

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The Gift of Hope, by Angela Ramos »

God has a plan and that plan involves us. As we reach out our hand to help others, it’s really God’s hand reaching out. It was really God’s feet that walked into that medical building to check on Ikira, not mine. He reaches when we reach out and He steps when we step. God loves the Nigerians we’re serving (John 3:16) and has a plan of hope that involves Chris and me (and our boys). It involves everyone who will step up and give to this ministry. It’s in these moments that we have such an amazing opportunity to tell them how much our Creator in heaven adores them and wants to have a relationship with them.

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