Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back2Back is shoulder to shoulder in Rio 3

This is a picture of Betty and Olga walking shoulder to shoulder in Rio 3. The term we use in English "back to back" is translated "shoulder to shoulder" in Spanish. It is the idea of supporting one another. 
In the poverty filled community that we call Rio 3, Back2Back supports Olga as she ministers to hundreds of children there. It is a hard job to look after the many needs of so many kids. Most of the children live with families that make less than $2.50 per day. That, along with the fact that many women are not very educated and have 4, 5 or 6 kids to care for, means that many children are not properly cared for. When we are there, I feel the heavy burden of caring for the physical and spiritual needs of these kids. Olga experiences this burden almost every day as she tries to feed hundreds of hungry children. 
Betty and Olga have developed a special relationship as they have worked together this past year. We have not always been able to help Olga with all of the needs that she has. But, she knows that we will do all that we can to "stand in the gap" for her ministry and these kids. Her husband, drives a cab to support their family. Their life is a very humble life of service for the Lord. We sometimes take the 2 of them out to breakfast just to fellowship and talk about needs that they have. They are, like many of you, more than ministry partners. They are family that we stand "shoulder to shoulder" and "back to back" with as we serve God.
The picture of Betty and Olga, is how we feel about our relationship with you, our supporters. We feel lifted up by your love, prayers and financial support. We could not be here without you.
Betty and I want to thank you for all you do for us. We are all God's children. Brothers and sisters serving Back2Back!

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