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  I feel like I just released my own daughter to a pack of hungry wolves and walked away leaving her to die. And when I think about it I can’t breath and my chest hurts. ...   This month my team is based in Pite?ti, Romania and one of our main ministries is going into the ghettos of the city and spending time with the children there. Most of the residents are gypsies who have been raised in and are perpetuating a culture of violence; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; to

dear leadership!

Dear Leadership,    Leadership. Such a formal term. A term I have admittedly struggled understanding fully in the past 8 months. I have fought you, not necessarily outwardly, but in my heart. Not always giving you the benefit of the doubt. That you are rooted in love. And fighting for us.  And for that, I give you my deepest apology. With my whole heart I mourn the days I lost to confusion and doubt. Days I could have, and should have, spent loving and supporting you. Because

Touching the Untouchable

When I think back upon my life and think about the biggest blessing God has given me, different options come to mind. - Being brought up in a middle class family- Growing up in the United States- Having an awesome group of friends , some who I've known since kindergarten and 1st grade- Having such a great youth group growing up- Having the opportunity to work at an awesome summer camp (Kenbrook) for 3 summers.- Graduating from university debt free.- Having the honor to captain my Ultimate Frisb

Penang Pals!

After 3 flights, 2 layovers, and 1 bus, we made it Malaysia! Fun fact: on our way here we crossed the international date line so we are 12+ hours ahead of our homes in America and IT IS HOT. But I am so glad to be here!! Malaysia marks the first country in our last continent. My team and I are in Penang, Malaysia - specifically in Georgetown, the island side of the city. We are right outside Little India and this is also a place where many people from China immigrate too. So we are getting a ta

A Letter To My Hometown

Dear Jackson, I’ve heard so many people say that they can’t wait to leave. They can’t wait to get out of that city and move on to bigger and better things.  As I begin to think about what bigger and better things they may be talking about. I get caught up thinking about some of the amazing things that are in little ole Jackson, Georgia. God calls each of us to do some crazy things in this world and I’m currently sitting in a Cafe in Battambang, Cambodia. It's the

Implosion

  Society's Disease: What does it mean when we submit ourselves to society's disease? We throw love around and encourage hate, while paying little attention to our humiliating fate. We say we're destined for fame,But the path we lead is riddled with shame. I can hardly concentrate In a world I've grown to distasteFor I'm growing sick and tired of hearing "we care" when all it ever amounts to is despair. I've grown up loving life and being filled with nature's delight. But how will I go

Taste and See

Oh my word! Guys, today I had a great conversation with one of my squad-mates where she told me about her walk with the Lord. Although she is relatively young in her faith, she feels as though she has "known the Father for a very long time." I looked at her and said, "that is because He has always known you!"  We stared at one another and smiled, she nodded and replied saying, "yeah, I can look back at my life and see His hand in everything!"  As I responded, I heard myself interject

The Concept of Family

These past three months the Lord has stretched my concept of the term family. For me my tiny little family has always been my mama, dad, sister and dog (Izzy//TD) — with lovely additions like my Nana and Papa and sometimes cousins and aunties and uncles. Of course I’ve had my friends and sports team’s that feel like family but family has always been the people that wake up with me on Fairway Point Drive. The people that receive my attitude (good and bad), the people that make m

This is Church (Photo blog)

I don't know what your experiences with church entail, but in this room we've got quite a collection of different experiences. What it boils down to is relationship with Jesus  and fellowship with each other. This month we've been able to enjoy "Home Church" with our hosts in the outskirts of Cusco, Peru. It's been a complete joy; an intimate and personal and joyful celebration of life and love. This picture blog is dedicated to anyone who has been burned by the church or a church experien

When I

God has recently been reviving my prayer life-and when I say revival I'm talking the whole shebang; crying, dancing, singing, passion, truth, honesty, rawness. God is present, He is real, and He pursues relentlessly! We are so incredibly blessed to have the God that we do. He is endlessly creative, loving, and full of grace. As I’m coming to know the character of our amazing God more I’ve realized that I am “beautifully in over my head.” (Bethel Music)  Day in and da

Perfection is My Enemy

Hello.   My name is Marah, and I am a perfectionist.   I am confessing my perfectionism, in hopes that not only will it help me to let go, but that if you struggle with perfectionism, you will feel free to release it, too.   Let me tell you how I came to this state.   March 25th, I was enjoying a crisp Sunday walk with one of my dearest friends, Caleb. We were talking about wedding planning and he said, “I just don’t get why wedding planning has to be so

Why I am leaving the World Race

You know I feel that when we are doing something for God we should do it with all of us. We should be putting our best foot forward. If we are not going to do that then we should past that torch to someone else.   That is why I am leaving the World Race, I am not committed to the beautiful journey that World Race would take me on. So I have past the torch to my wonderful racemates as they embark on what the Lord is about to show them and teach them.    I have prayed about this

Why I am leaving the World Race

You know I feel that when we are doing something for God we should do it with all of us. We should be putting our best foot forward. If we are not going to do that then we should past that torch to someone else.   That is why I am leaving the World Race, I am not committed to the beautiful journey that World Race would take me on. So I have past the torch to my wonderful racemates as they embark on what the Lord is about to show them and teach them.    I have prayed about this

Why I am leaving the World Race

You know I feel that when we are doing something for God we should do it with all of us. We should be putting our best foot forward. If we are not going to do that then we should past that torch to someone else.   That is why I am leaving the World Race, I am not committed to the beautiful journey that World Race would take me on. So I have past the torch to my wonderful racemates as they embark on what the Lord is about to show them and teach them.    I have prayed about this

Free healing for all ! !

Hello hello! I want to share about an incredible ministry event that took place this past week. 15 or so, real life Americans invaded our compound yesterday and facilitated a medical clinic for our community here in Trujillo. These American's were medical students taking a residency medical mission, as well as a couple certified doctors, pharmacists, and physical therapists. It was quite shocking to have this many new American's running around our home after all these months away. One young do
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