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Navigating Nepal

Nepal is such a welcoming place full of beautiful people, mountains, and of course delicious food. This month my team and another world race team have been living in Kathmandu, the capital city. After living in the bush in Africa and Burma, I learned pretty quickly I'm quite the city girl, so I’ve loved every minute we've spent in this bustling city. This month my team and I are working with a ministry (which can’t be named for protection purposes) that rescues women and children

Hidden in Darkness

Gorkha, Nepal Friday August 18th 9pm I was asked if I wanted to share a testimony in the morning with the church members after Gabby shared her message. I said sure, which at the beginning of the month I would not have agreed to so easily. But last week at church in Kathmandu I had decided it wasn't as bad as I had made it out to be, and a few days ago I shared with the women of the church what I had gotten out of the Martha and Mary story. So I was more confident in speaking, but I had no ide

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today I was coming back home from training camp bursting at the brim with excitement, anxiety, and every emotion in between. I had roughly six weeks before launching, my mind full of wild expectations. I was ready to go out to heal the sick, cuddle babies, and witness miracles. I had no idea what the Race would actually hold but nevertheless I was bright eyed and bushy tailed. I can only equate it to the feeling I had walking in to college completely clueless as to what the next fou

"No Pictures Please"

My teammate Jackie and I went kayaking Saturday morning. It was a lot of fun and we both quickly realized that controlling small, rounded kayaks is much harder than it looks. I think we rowed in circles more than we actually went forward… After an hour on Lake Phewa, we made our way back to the edge of the water to get out and return the kayaks to the rental company. We both pulled our kayaks up and the rental guy was nowhere to be found. Luckily, a young man selling fresh coconut slices

Did you come all this way to go back and be a typical American?

Back when we were in Zambia, we had an unusual set up with our ministry. The organization, as well as our ministry host, was based in the United States and we had on site contacts to organize and host our time with each part of the ministry. By happenstance, our US hosts were actually on site in Zambia during our month. They had flown in to serve, see and film their locations in order to create fundraising videos. So as we transitioned we got to spend the evening with them, to get to know them a