Breaking the Mold »

If you would have asked Nazmin a year ago if she was looking forward to graduating, she might have told you it wasn’t happening. You see, just one year ago, Nazmin was struggling to make ends meet in school. She simply didn’t feel the drive to press into her studies and finish well, but she […]

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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 Power of Pain »

Middle seat, infant in arms. Let’s be honest… not the ideal flying arrangement. Especially when your husband and son aren’t the folks seated on either side of you. I settled in for a mercifully short flight, and I offered up a silent prayer for kind and gracious traveling companions. Our flight left the ground, and […]

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Because of a Bed »

The whizz and whirl of power tools fill a small orange building in the community of Bonfil. Normally, it’s the raucous of 50 kids cramming inside twice a week for Rossy’s Bible class, called Mission Edu-carte.

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Color My Heart »

There was complete silence as the children swirled paint brushes over paper, pouring out their feelings in vibrant yellows, purples and blues. It was a typical day at the Back2Back Community Center of Tres Reyes – where given the choice between play and paint – the children choose art every time. For children who struggle to express their feelings, art can be a beautiful tool to help them grow and heal.

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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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Fifteen Cents »

Shashikala’s 11th birthday was quickly approaching, a day she had been anticipating for months. Little did she know, her peers at Back2Back’s Suzuki Samuel Campus were secretly planning and saving their allowance to surprise her on her special day.

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Diving Deep with Volunteers »

This month, I had the privilege of training new Back2Back Monterrey volunteers. About 45 volunteers from local area churches gathered to receive training about providing trauma competent care to the orphans we serve.

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Firecracker »

Three years ago, Kelly and Madame Kelly, Harvest Care Children’s Home Directors, met Josnel for the first time.

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