THIS IS EPISODE 313 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Beth Guckenberger is the executive director of Back2Back Ministries, an international orphan care ministry serving abandoned, orphaned and impoverished children in Mexico, Nigeria, India and Haiti. Since Beth and her husband, Todd, co-founded the international ministry in 1997, Back2Back has been providing care and hope through its proven five-point Child Development Model.
The organization strives to provide holistic care, meeting each child’s spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social needs, that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty. This care is accomplished through a talented staff and national partners in each country, as well as numerous individuals, churches and corporate partners, more than 450 child sponsors and around 2,500 mission-trip guests each year.
A gifted storyteller, Guckenberger is the author of “Reckless Faith” (Zondervan, 2008), “Relentless Hope” (Standard Publishing, 2010), five books in the Storyweaver Series (Standard Publishing) and “Start With Amen” (Thomas Nelson, 2017). She serves on the board of David C Cook Publishing and also Christian Leadership Alliance.
She travels and speaks regularly at national conferences, youth gatherings, retreats and churches. She draws from her field experience as a missionary, ministry director and parent for illustrations of Biblical concepts. Her topics include orphan care, missions, ministry, parenting, marriage/intimacy and general faith.
Beth and Todd lived in Monterrey, Mexico, for more than 15 years and together have raised 10 children (biological, foster and adopted). She is a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Education.
On this episode of the podcast, Guckenberger shares her heart for missions, what led her to Monterrey, why she believes starting prayers with “Amen” is vital to our communication with God, her work with the Cincinnati Reds, and how her adopted son born with Cerebral Palsy is now a wide receiver playing college football.
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