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Where The Sky Meets The Sea

Just like my new favorite Disney heroine, Moana, I've been staring at the edge of the water, long as I can remember, never really knowing why.  Since 2011, the World Race has been that shoreline in my heart, calling out to me in the quiet moments of peace in my life.  Years ago, one of my church camp counselors told me about it, and some part of my heart immediately resonated with its mission.  At the same time, another part of my heart seized up in fear at what it might require f

Q&A

End of the Race Q&A

Hi everybody! I asked on Facebook for some questions about my Race and here are the first 20 I received! I did my best to answer them fully but briefly. This is a first step into bringing all of you into this journey as I will be back in the USA in five days. If you have any more questions, ask away! Okay, here we go! “Did you miss me? Like, me specifically?” I missed everyone! Homesickness is a real thing, but it strangely fades over time. Once the Race shifted from being a y

Well, I guess it wasn't poisoned..

So there we were - minding our own business, waiting for a game to start, when out of nowhere this man walks through the church door. He saw us and immediately began speaking in Albanian. We told him we didn’t understand. He continued. We told him we were American (which should have been obvious by our skin, hair, eyes, chacos, and water bottles) . He continued. I told him, "Une Nuk Kuptoj (=I don’t understand)". He continued. I even google translated that it was hard for us to under

Where the heck am I?!

El Salvador is b-e-a-utiful! My team was fortunate enough to be stationed about a 3-minute walk away from the beach in a little town called El Tunco. How amazing is that?!?! El Tunco is a mega surf town with many shops and loads of papusas (corn tortilla with cheese in the middle) waiting to be eaten!   Our ministry this month is performed through the church we are staying at, La Red. We are doing everything from writing lesson plans and teaching English to visiting orphanages and perfo

The Pastor's Wife

Public school or Christian school? As a Christian adult, whether you have children yet or not, that is a subject of debate in the Christian culture of America. Some vow never to send their children or future children there. Others say public school builds character. When buying a house with children in the picture, most seek out information on what are the schools like in that area. In my college town, there at least four Christian schools, and even more in my hometown of Lancaster, PA. Regardle

What Had Happened Was

Well we have officially been in Tirana, Albania for a little over a week.  We have had so much fun, but we have had many struggles in this little time, some personal struggles, which I will write about soon, but some have just been flat out funny.  I am going to call them “What had happened was moments,” that one phrase that many people have heard, especially those teachers! But it's for those moments when kids are trying to explain what happened when they did something (or

Reflecting our love for ALL people

In 1863, African-Americans were freed from slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation, however over 100 years succeeding they are still striving for equality. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed in his memorable speech, “I have a dream, which my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character.” (Jr., Martin Luther King. "I Have a Dream") In 2009, Barack Obama was nam

I Fell in Love on the Race

I Fell in Love on the Race  They say to not have favorites because of how the other kids will feel but with you it was different. From the moment I saw you, my heart leaped. Of course, it is easy to get attached to the little and cute ones, but I saw so much more in you. I wasn't going to make you like me this week, but simply just love on you when you let me.  When I look into your eyes, I see laughter, I see happiness, and I see a little boy without a care in the world.  &nbs

Month 12: Setup Sheet for Home

  Each month, about two weeks before leaving the country we are in, we receive something called a setup sheet. This sheet is sent out to team leaders who brief their teams on the ministry where they will be serving the next month. Our hosts fill this out with information about what we will be helping with on a daily basis, our food, travel, and lodging budgets, cultural issues we need to be aware of, and safety ratings. Reading our setup sheet is always an exciting moment, even though l

World Race Q&A #1

What is the World Race? Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by! In this blog, I will be answering some of the frequently asked questions I have received about the World Race. If you have further questions feel free to message me (: So…What Exactly is the World Race? “The World Race is a program of Adventures in Missions (ADV or AIM). It is a journey to 11 countries in 11 months to serve the forgotten within real and raw community. It facilitates discipleship through the process of disc

Shalom in a World of Conflict – part 1

— Andy Wade  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, […]

Prayer Partnership and Fundraising Updates

I’m excited to announce that, thanks to the Father’s faithfulness, your prayers, and 40-some financial supporters, I am fully funded for my Race! My heart is full of gratitude for all I’ve learned from my supporters this past year, and I’m reminded of the quote from the missionary Amy Carmichael: “It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates.” Thank you to all of you who have partnered with me in this journey by sharing your treasur

Its okay to not be okay

“The World Race… what is that?” I get this question a lot, and when I tell people what it is their eyes widen and they are amazed. Yeah I know I feel that way too… my eyes widen and I’m like wait a second 11 countries with a backpack and a bunch of people I have never met before. Trusting God every step of the way? What am I doing? Shouldn’t I be working a 9-5 job like everybody else? What will I do after the Race? Will I be homesick? Will I miss out? Will I

FRIENDS

One of my super creative teammates, Linsey created this video of our team. We've been watching too many episodes of friends in our free time, and it's rubbing off!  
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