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Learning to Chill: Day one in Zambia and we just set our bags down in our room. This room wasn't small but it became small when you put 7 mattresses on the ground in it. Our thoughts didn't go to that it went to the fact that we had a mattress. Once I set my bag down I walked up to our new host Alick. He is a tall man, I looked up at him and said what are we doing today? He laughed with a deep laugh and said chill you just got here. Zambia is chill, they say 9 in the morning it is really 10 in

Best Kept Secrets

I don't want to write this blog. To write it means exposing a part of myself I keep pretty well hidden, and that's frightening.  Only those closest to me know about my eating disorder.  9 years ago, Anorexia came into my life and took me on a hellish ride for the next several years bringing secrecy, an obsession with being healthy and a whole lot of misery.  Foods were either 'good' or 'bad'. The number on the scale dictated what kind of day I would have and what I could eat.

To Flourish

Flourish to be in a vigorous state; thrive There is something to be said about the state of flourishing. Flowers seem to flourish almost effortlessly. Humans though, need an endless amount of aid in flourishing when in a new environment. Although, it seems impossible, we need to take a leap of faith in order to bloom where we are planted. Only then is it deemed possible. This picture was taken the first weekend I was in Chicago. I had the day off and as I w

Getting Closer

Time passes by too fast. I leave for training camp next week, and I am just getting used to the summer and my new job. I barely have any of my gear together, but I know God will get everything in the right place at the right time. I have been getting more excited about the possibilities of this trip and the amazing ways God can use me and my team. I can't wait to finally meet the fearless people with whom I will spend the next year. See you all at training camp!

Training Camp Part 1: The Doubts

Hey there! Long time no talk. Let me tell you what I've been up to! These past couple weeks have been a bit crazy. For 10 days I went to Training Camp in Gainesville, Georgia and I've been putting off blogging about it. Why? Well I just couldn't imagine being able to put into words what happened at Training Camp. For those who don't know Training Camp is a time where I got to meet my squad, my team, and also got trained and equipped for what I'll be doing for the 11 months while I'm on the World

Packing for a month {Guatemala}

Packing for a week trip can sometimes be stressful. Imagine packing for a month. It's really not that different from packing for a weeks trip. Here are some things I've learned from traveling for months at a time: -Only pack for a week. If there isn't a laundry mat to do your laundry, there's always a bucket to be found somewhere! -Don't pack huge bottles of liquids (soap/shampoo/conditioner). Everywhere you go, there will be places to restock on these things. It just takes up more space! Even

A Letter From God

Dear Beautiful Lindsey, I love you so much. Before I formed you in your mother's womb I knew you. Even then I loved you, and I was proud of you, and I thought of you as my beautiful daughter, My princess. You are the apple of my eye. I delight in you. I am pleased with you. Nothing can separate you from my love, because you are mine. My thoughts about you are precious. I know you don't see what I see yet, but please just look into my eyes and see how I see you. A beautiful prince

World Race - What to Pack

World Race : What To Pack Here is just a short quick video that my team and I made sharing what items we've found to be important to us while on the race thus far.  Six months down and these items have all been used more than we anticipated their needs.  And most of them aren't listed on the WR packing guide so be sure to take a look!  

Expanding Family

Hello everyone! A lot has happened since June 7th. I was at training camp in Georgia for ten days and it was amazing! My family has grown by 42 members because my squad, X Squad, will forever be dear to my heart. We tented, ate, hiked, laughed, cried, danced, and grew closer to God together. And I would like to introduce everyone to y'all(: The following video was created by the beautiful and talented Kristen Poljansek (aka Cricket)! Enjoy seeing glimpses of our personalities! My clip includes

A Letter From The Enemy

As I was spending alone time with God last night the enemy begun attacking me with lies. I prayed through it and the lord gave me the idea to write two letters to myself. One from God and one from Satan. It was honestly so refreshing to write them. I felt like I got so much freedom. I would encourage everyone to try this. Here is the first letter:   Dear Lindsey, You are worthless. You are ugly. Your a failure.You will never amount to anything. You are weak. You will always be alon

To Fear is to Know.

“What does it mean to Fear God”?    This is a question that I asked myself constantly but was never brave enough to ask at church. You see, growing up in the church, I constantly heard two phrases that bounced around this little space between my two ears, I like to call my Noggin. “Fear God" and “Love God”. As a kid, I knew two things for sure. 1. Sharks are a huge fear of mine. 2. There is no way I could love a shark. I could not wrap my brain around th

Training camp part II

Exactly a week and a day ago I got back from TC. Now that I am a 2-time veteran of TC and have had time to sleep and process here are things I learned this time around at TC. TC goes way better when you’re not sick the whole time When you have had 10 months to prepare for it unlike 7 days you are WAY more prepared More prepared for the: Food Meet your squad/team Can absorb more knowledge because I wasn’t so overwhelmed with all of the new information This time

The Latest Update

Hey All!  I just wanted to send out an update on whats next for me! I have some exciting things coming up in my life! If you'd like to know more, feel free to check out my new blog and subscribe at: jodiowens.myadventures.org   I'll be posting all my newest blogs and updates there!  Jodi :) 

Make America Great Again

I think you start off reading this in Optimus Primes' voice, just sayin. . . There is an ancient war that is still being fought... the battle occurs is EVERY heart, EVERY mind, always and everywhere. It's not against flesh and blood, but the spiritual battle against our enemy. The good news is that the winner has already been declared with the words "It is finished." We win in the end. But that doesn't mean we get to stop fighting. . . See what did I tell you? ... Okay back to business ..

YOU Changed My Life

Dear Supporters,Thank you for helping me travel the world.Thank you for letting me bring Jesus to 6 countries so far.Thank you for supporting me and being the backbone of my trip.Thank you for reading my blogs.Thank you for allowing me to love on and show Jesus to little kids with special needs in India.Thank you for allowing me to pray over the city of Kathmandu from a mountain top.Thank you for allowing me to share the Gospel with countless students in Vietnam.Thank you for allowing me to work
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