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BACK2BAK MAZATLAN QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

By New City Church in New City Presbyterian Church 4 months ago | 985 views Link: https://goo.gl/35t1Fg
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Riding Towards Confidence
Taylor White, Back2Back staff, led a group of five teen girls out the doors of FloreSer Children’s Home. Five bicycles were waiting outside. Taylor instructed each girl to put on her helmet as one of the teens, America, walked up to her. “Taylor, I’ve never rode a bike before; can you teach me?” she asked quietly.
Taylor led America out to a flat area with the ocean in the background, working with her for an hour, encouraging her as she learned to ride a bike for the first time. “She never gave up,” shared Taylor. “She kept at it, going back and starting again and again. When I finally let go and she kept riding, a huge smile lit up her face.”
America slowed down and put down the kickstand on her bike before jumping up and down with elation. “I did it!” she shrieked as Taylor and the other girls ran to high five her.
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Recently, Back2Back Mazatlán started a bike club for teens at children’s homes as an alternative activity outside of the homes other than soccer. “The goal is to focus on the teens at each of the homes, offering them unique opportunities for smaller group outings,” shared Taylor. Each week, Taylor visits a different partnering children’s home and takes five teens out on longer bike rides. Five bikes, along with helmets for each teen, were purchased and each week the teens and homes rotate on who goes for a ride.

“We haven’t been doing the bike club for very long, but I can already see the fruits of it,” shared Taylor. “I see the teens growing physically and socially through riding bikes. They’re getting physical activity, but they’re spending time connecting with each other, too.”

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Bike club is a unique way to help teach safety skills. It’s facilitated conversation about safety and traffic rules. The teens are also learning where they can and can’t cross roads.

There is always a small break during the bike rides, allowing everyone to enjoy a small snack and water as they discuss how they’re feeling after the long ride. Bike club is proving to grow confidence in each of the teens as they learn new skills and are increasing physical and social strength.

Rancho Construction Update
Back2Back Mazatlán is excited to share progress on Rancho de los Niños construction! Currently, staff is working on connecting the water and electricity while visiting mission guests are helping build shelves for the homes, and a cabinet maker prepares to install cabinets in the kitchen.
“The children are really excited,” shared Ethan Drent, Back2Back staff. “They’re constantly asking to visit the new homes and help in any way they can.” The children were able to help a recent team sweep and clean up the second home following projects. Areas around the home are also being worked on and updated, including planters and gardens, the sidewalks, the basketball court, a palapa, an outdoor kitchen, and the laundry room.
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Back2Back staff plan on moving the children into the homes in June and are praying as they continue to find house parents for each of the homes. Thank you for continually praying alongside staff at Rancho de los Niños and for investing your time, resources, and hearts to create homes for every child, sending the resounding message – you are known, you are loved.

Training Open-Handedly
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As Back2Back continues to work open-handedly with other organizations, staff is excited to share Trauma Competent Care trainings with local organizations in Mazatlán. Recently, Rachel Jacoby, along with fellow staff members Meredith Shuman and Irasema Renteria, did a three-day training over the course of three Saturdays.

“What was exciting about the training is the organization sought us out,” explained Bailey Prescott, Back2Back staff. There are several soup kitchens in the Mazatlán area, and staff had a shared desire to be better trained in Trauma Competent Caregiving to help support the many children who visit the soup kitchens throughout the week.

Back2Back looks forward to continuing to offer best practice instruction on offering care for today and hope for tomorrow for children all around the world.

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  • Please pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for each teen in the Hope Program.
  • Please pray for qualified, equipped house parents to answer the call to serve at Rancho de los Niños Children’s Home.
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