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February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I went on my first trip with B2B in 2006. I was in high school at the time, just a student wanting to get involved, and do something good. What I wasnt prepared for was the experience that God had for me in Monterrey. He completely transformed my Heart and changed my life through not just a personal ministry, but in reaching out to others and sharing his Gospel! Back2Back is a ministry that goes deep rather than wide as Todd Guckenberger, Exec Dir. always says. They believe in digging deep into the heart of the orphan, and sharing the love of God with them, not through the name of their ministry, but literially through the word of God! Ever since my first trip, I have been an intern during each summer with B2B. I have loved working alongside the B2B staff in serving Christ, and the orphan child. This summer I will be going on summer staff and diving deeper into this great ministry! God has done so many great things through B2B and I know that he has a huge plan for what is to come!!

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I have epericenced what God has done through B2B. I think that it is important to slow down your life and truly see what God is doing not just in Mexico but all over the world! Take a trip, you will see what I mean!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find people to serve with them Back2Back. More importantly help them spread the word about what God is doing there!!

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I have known about Back 2 Back for a while, as my family has been involved in various ways throughout the years. Last spring I got the opportunity to visit their homes in Monterrey and I was blown away by the dedication of the organization, the professionalism and the total, honest and self-sacrificing love they have for the kids there. It is an organization rooted in the message and call of Jesus and they get to the heart of the matter-- serving kids and making their lives better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The lives of the kids they serve and in the lives of my own family who have served as volunteers with Back 2 Back. It is an experience all of us feel transformed by.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them loads of money so they could keep up their good and life-changing work. :)

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I have had the pleasure of serving with Back2Back on 5 short-term mission trips over the past 6 years. This ministry is absolutely dedicated to serving the orphan and partnering with the locals to accomplish that goal. They have proven to me that they are dedicated stewards of the funds they have been able to obtain. I heartily endorse Back2Back and encourage anyone to feel that their donation dollars are being used wisely and to eternal benefits. As I heard it put on one of my trips, "Sometimes sharing God's love with an orphan is simply painting their nails."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen evidence from year-to-year of lives changed both in the children that are served and the staff and volunteers who serve them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand in other regions of the world as well as in other locations locally.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I have had the opportunity to serve on several mission trips with Back2Back Ministries over the last 12 years and it has been an incredible experience. I have participated on group trips, family trips, and I have a trip with several co-workers scheduled this spring. The staff is wonderful and the work they do to give orphans an opportunity for education and a career is ground-breaking. Not only does Back2Back provide for the basic immediate needs of the orphans through food, clothing and shelter, but they also give the kids an opportunity to earn an education and build a career. This system helps to break the negative cycle, give hope, and build up a new generation of former-orphans who can give back and be a positive example.

Back2Back has an amazing campus in Monterrey, Mexico with several acres, dormitories, clean drinking water, and even fun things like a soccer field and swimming pool! Their campus is a refreshing place to rest and recharge each evening after working and serving alongside the Back2Back staff each day.

If you are looking for a non-profit that is focused on effectively caring for orphans in less-fortunate areas of the world and providing an opportunity for them to break the cycle and get an education, I strongly recommend Back2Back Ministries!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. By getting outside my comfort zone and serving others, it changed my perspective on all of the blessings I have here in the USA. I have also built some lasting friendships with the Back2Back staff and some of the orphans that I have served.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

Back2Back was a life changing experience. Spiritually, it helped our entire family grow closer to one another, God, and those in need. The organization of the trip itself was run flawlessly from start to finish. Their was not a portion of the trip that was accounted for from the pick up and drop off at the airport, to our daily stewardship. From morning to night we came together and used our energies to grow closer to Jesus and come to the aid of others. My favorite part was watching my children (9 and 11 yrs) grow from fearful when seeing the children in need, to embracing them and showing them the gift of love. We hope to return and continue our spiritual journey as well as embrace the gift of what Back2Back has given to so many.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

GOD asked that we show our compassion to children. No one does it better than B2B! Amny of us in the USA are priveledged in our economic situation to shower our children with many gifts. B2B has set up in regions around the world that are far less fortunate and it is often the children that suffer the most. B2B takes action and bring love, support and a foundation of Christ to raise these children to go on and lead a similar life giving back to those in need. The true cycle of a Chritian life. I have had the good fortune of joining my daughter on trips with the B2B organization and it has been one of the most rewarding times of my life. More importantly, it has shaped my daughter's passion for children and those in need. This is something she plans to be a part of her life. What a gift to give to our children. Volunteer, donate, reach out - B2B will show you how and you will never be the same
thanks B2B - Tom Faugno Executive VP

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

B2B is a terrific organization!

I say that after my family has been involved on multiple levels for the past decade; we have supported individuals, families, and specific projects. We have been involved in funding, organizing, and casting vision for ongoing operations. We have
participated in 2 on-site trips, and my children's lives have been changed so much that they are anticipating long-term commitments during HS and college years.

B2B goes "deep, not wide"; they live as they teach, caring for the "fatherless and widows" and bringing hope through dignity and self respect, breaking the bondage of generational poverty.

The best way to experience this is to get in there and just go- get dirty and tired. It will change your life...

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sponsoring individual and family trips and staff members and their families

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would- and do- increase my involvement through funding and participation; B2B has proven that they are reliable and forthright in all they do; my commitments are respected and used wisely; I feel that I have a partnership with them, and I look forward to lifelong involvement.

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

After several years of interacting with Back2Back's staff and volunteers, I can safely say that they are one of the most professionally and well run non-profits in existence. They are driven, focused and Spirit-led. They know their vision and they have put together a system that both accomplishes their vision and causes those within their programs to excel.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the changed lives that are coming out of this organization, the lives in which the cycle of poverty, addiction, and abuse has been shattered and stories of victory and love have taken their place.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them going in more locations, and recruit others to volunteer to go on one of their short term trips.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Perhaps less time focused on the group getting their "Look what I did for someone in a third world country and got a picture of" and more simple serving. If a local work crew can build four houses a day by themselves, and can only do two a day when their is an American group there helping them, that is not serving, it is hindering. There are other things that can be done than prevent two families from having homes.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New Friends, Paradigm Shifting

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Broken and Emptied, as though I had taken everything I had and given it away, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It was a tremendous feeling of exhaustion.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

My family and I have interacted with Back2Back Ministries for over 5 years and have been impressed with their professionalism, their organizational skills, and most importantly their love for the orphans that they seek to uplift. My first trip to their Monterrey Mexico location was in spring of 2006 and it was an amazing experience. I thought that I was going there to help the children when in reality their love and kindness positively changed my life. Since then I have taken my family (husband and two daughters) on two more missions to this location. B2B does an excellent job of balancing prayer and reflection with work and building as well as with interaction and caring for the children. My two daughters were 3 and 5 the first time they went and it was an amazing experience to see them love and interact with the children in the homes as well as to see them help with special projects such as painting one of the dormitories. Back2Back is an exceptional organization that is deserves support prayerfully, in personal mission trips, financially or in all of those manners. As an organization they truly have a heart for the lost!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Monterrey, Mexico

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think this organization is amazing and my only wish for them would be in their ability to help more children and to allow more missionaries to share this experience. That requires more resources, financially and otherwise.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't imagine improving upon the experience that I had. I always felt safe in our adventures and I was challenged both physically and spiritually.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It reminded me that on this earth we are the hands and feet of Christ and that we must extend our love to those that need it most.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Challenged and rewarded. Tired and exhilarated. Humble.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

Back2Back is very organized. I had never been on a mission trip before & was quite nervous, but once I was down there & with the amazing group of people, my whole outlook changed. It was a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by so many open hearts. Even the kids ran into our arms like we had been family for years. I was only down in Monterrey, Mexico for a week, but I have thought about those kids every day since. Once you go, your heart never quite comes back to home. I am being tugged to travel back to those beautiful mountains and hungry-for-love children & am looking forward to another experience this summer, hoping to make a difference in even just one child's heart.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the reaction in the eyes of these kids. You can tell when we have triggered even just a simple spark of hope.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Availability of medical mission trips

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