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What I’m Reading – Tales of the Defended Ones

10 Apr
My Thoughts

Tales of the Defended Ones is the second book in Beth Guckenberger’s Storyweaver series. I loved the first book in the series – Tales of the Not Forgotten and couldn’t wait to read this one. Beth has written this collection of stories for children 8 years old and up with each story pointing to God and how we can see Him in the stories, even the hard ones to read. The children’s stories shared are heartbreaking, yet filled with hope.

I love that Beth includes pictures, facts about the places where the children live, and insight into the culture where their stories begin. She also shares something to remember at the end of each story and a space to write down thoughts as well as snippets from her own journal.

Beth shares these stories of children to let others know that our stories are all interwoven and God is our Storyweaver. She invites us to hear how God is working in people’s lives and to get involved. Not only are both books in the Storyweaver series great reading for individuals, but are fantastic to read together as a family.

You can purchase this book here:


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About the Book

Ben and Joseph lose their mothers, but find a family looking just for them. Antonio is rescued from what seems like a hopeless situation. Caitlyn dares to trust that truth will set her free. Jorani is delivered from slavery into the arms of grace.

Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to foreign places and extreme struggles. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver – our Defender God shielding and defending the defenseless in the amazing ways only he can. These are the tales of the ones left wounded and weak-ones made whole and strong.

About the Author

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Guckenberger travels and speaks regularly at women’s and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. In addition to her children’s releases in the Storyweaver series, Guckenberger has written two mission-minded books. She has also partnered with Standard Publishing on the mission content in its 2013 VBS program. The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico.
Find out more about Beth at http://www.bethguckenberger.com/.  


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Missions Monday – Global Newborn Health Conference

8 Apr
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.


UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Today I would like to do a little something different and share with you about an upcoming event called the Global Newborn Health Conference

This conference will be taking place in South Africa from April 15-18th. Individuals from around the globe will gather to focus on how to take interventions that save lives and encourage their use in regions of the world where newborns are most at risk of dying.

UN Photo/Fardin Waezi 

Did you know that nearly 3 million newborns die each year globally?
Did you know that 99% of these newborns die in low- and middle-income countries? 
Did you know that a newborn is 45X times more likely to die in the first month of life, when compared to age 1 month to 5 years? 
Did you know that the major causes of newborn death are prematurity, infection, and birth asphyxia when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or right after birth are?
Did you know that complications of preterm birth are the second leading cause of death in children before their fifth birthday?
And, did you know that the majority of these newborn deaths can be prevented?
Dr. Gary Darmstadt

Dr. Darmstadt is the Director of the Family Health Division of the Gates Foundation. You can read more in this article on the Impatient Optimists website hereYou can also follow him on Twitter (@gdarmsta) as he will be sharing more “Did you know?” facts about newborn health.

To follow along, you can search for the hashtag #newborn2013 on Twitter. 
You can also follow these supporters of the conference – @mchipnet@gatesfoundation@unicef@savethechildren and @usaid 
along with these additional supporters – @jhpiego@jsihealth@laerdalmedical
They will all be tweeting facts from the #newborn2013 hashtag.

Missions Monday – Forsaken Generation

1 Apr
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
Forsaken Generation

From the website:

“Forsaken Generation is more than just an organization, we are a movement. We are made up of hundreds of volunteers from all across the country dedicated to ending domestic minor sex trafficking right here in the United States. 

According to the State Department 34 children every. single. hour. Right here in our country will be forced into the horrific world of child trafficking. Every year that’s 300,000 children.

The mission of Forsaken Generation is to prevent domestic minor sex trafficking from taking place through the implementation of our human trafficking educational curriculum which is aimed at educating middle and high school students nationally. We will work to create better policies on both the state and federal levels to provide better protection for child trafficking victims and significantly stronger penalties for traffickers. Our Oasis shelter project will rescue and restore domestic trafficking victims through an extensive Christ centered holistic program.”

You can learn more about this organization 
and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:
Forsaken Generation – Website

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
Forsaken Generation – Facebook
and follow them on Twitter here:
Forsaken Generation – Twitter

Missions Monday – Mercy Ships

25 Mar
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
Mercy Ships

From the website:

“Access to good medical care is the key to providing desperately needed hope and healing. But how can that be accomplished in countries without basic supporting infrastructure—including a clean water supply, a reliable source of electricity and trained medical professionals. The answer began in a dream of a hospital ship, a self-contained instrument of mercy that would take highly qualified volunteers to the people who need them most. That dream became Mercy Ships. Through the compassion of volunteers and donors, the 2,000-year-old example Jesus set of caring for the poor is being lived out on a daily basis.”

Mercy In Action – Condensed from Mercy Ships on Vimeo.


You can learn more about this organization
and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:
Mercy Ships – Website

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
Mercy Ships – Facebook
and follow them on Twitter here:
Mercy Ships – Twitter

Missions Monday – Pencils of Promise

18 Mar

It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to


From the website:

“It began with a question.
A small boy, begging on the streets of India.
‘What do you want most in this world?’ I asked.
‘A pencil.’

I reached into my backpack, handed him my pencil, and watched as a wave of possibility washed over him.
A smile erupted and his eyes brightened. And I saw then the profound power and promise brought through something as small as a giving a pencil to just one child.

Over the next five years I backpacked through more than 50 countries, handing out thousands of pens and pencils across six continents.

These pencils, these small pieces of potential, led to powerful conversations with local parents and children across countless cultures and languages. From years of listening to their words, it became clear that there was a need for an international nonprofit that was led on-the-ground by a staff of locals from within each country, required village participation in each school, and deeply supported, trained and tracked each student to ensure their success.”

You can learn more about this organization
and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
and follow them on Twitter here:

Missions Monday – No Kid Hungry

11 Mar
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
No Kid Hungry.

From the website:

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. 
Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

You can learn more about this organization
and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:
No Kid Hungry – Website

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
No Kid Hungry – Facebook
and follow them on Twitter here:
No Kid Hungry – Twitter

Missions Monday – Not For Sale

4 Mar

It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
Not For Sale.


From the website:


“Not For Sale creates tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities.

Our mission is to end slavery, not to simply put a bandage on the wound that it creates. To do this, we identify and address the root causes in impoverished and vulnerable communities where individuals are easily taken advantage of by traffickers. Not For Sale has identified vulnerable regions across the world and empowers each against the rising tide of exploitation.

Through social projects spanning the globe in countries like Peru, the Netherlands, India, Thailand and South Africa, Not For Sale works to provide restoration, challenge institutional thinking, and create new futures for survivors.

Together, we can end slavery in our lifetime.”



You can learn more about this organization and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:

Not For Sale – Website.

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
Not For Sale – Facebook
and follow them on Twitter here:
Not For Sale – Twitter.