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.
Obeying God is hard. Sometimes we don’t know what He wants. At other times, we don’t want to do what He says. More often than not, we aren’t sure how He will accomplish what He promises because, from where we stand, it seems impossible.
Two years ago, Mariya was shy, quiet and somewhat withdrawn. At that time, often playing by herself, she is spotted sitting alone in the corner. Mariya finds it difficult to form attachments to others.
Sixteen-year-old Sandi may be reserved when you first meet her, but her personality comes to life once she feels comfortable. Surrounded by friends at school and the children’s home, Sandi is grounded and responsible, in part due to being the oldest girl living at San Jose Children’s Home.
I traveled to Haiti in March to spend time with our staff, see Back2Back’s ministry site and visit the children’s homes we work with. I couldn’t wait to soak up the colors, sounds and bright smiles I recall of Haiti. Once there, I was so inspired by one staff member in particular.
Kendia leads with wisdom and kindness, as she encourages her peers to obey and help with the younger children in the children’s home in Haiti.
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.
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.
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.
When Jeremiah came to the Igmin Kibe Education Center, he was dealing with a lot of fear. We could barely talk with him because he didn’t speak English and struggled to understand general social queues.