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Ups, Downs, Twists, Turns, and Loop-de-Loops

Life can be like a crazy, wild roller coaster at times... full of ups, downs, twists, turns, and loop-de-loops. Lately has been one of those times in my life. I'll write more about it all later, but what these unexpected curve balls and changes have led to is this: I am now launching in January 2015 with Q Squad! Woot! Woot! And our route is as follows: India

With nearly a sixth of the world's population within its borders, India is a country bursting with people and culture. Home to a div

A Sip of the Nations

In traveling I became a connoisseur of tea. My souvenirs filled plastic bags of tagged tealeaves or bagged tea samples from every nation we stepped foot in. Now, as I find the beauty in the day-to-day of being home, I also have the simple pleasure of placing a single tea bag into my Bulgarian Milka mug with a teaspoon of honey and slipping into the nations that have captured my heart.   From a sip of Macha I return to the tatami matt floors of the home of friends from Church as we learn


I'm really struggling to write something tonight.... I think mainly because I want what I say to be important. To be real and honest and raw and authentic. I want it to be different from anything else you have ever read. I want you to be impressed and blown away by what God is doing in my life. I want you to say "wow, look what Kathryn is doing!" I want to you to see my struggle and see my strength over-coming it. I want to be able to brag about what God is doing in my life. To display it. &nbs

Im Here

"This is another day Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen." Today I woke up just wanting more of Jesus. I spent some time in prayer this morning and God showed up in a way that lef

$12 on the 12th TOMORROW!!!!

TOMORROW is my first $12 on the 12th event!!!!  Send me $12 on the 12th to go towards my mission trip!  I am well on the way to my second deadline thanks to Y'ALL!!!!  To Donate Online (3-5 days to process):

Click the “Support me” link A donor may set up a reoccurring donation through this option. The donor will be prompted to select a start date and an end date for their donations. The donations will automatically stop at the end date, if one is selected. Donat

First Days on the Race: God's Provision

So much has happened since we arrived at our hostel in Panama City just a few short days ago. I could write a book about the challenges we have experienced and the growth we have gone through already, but it's best I keep it short and relatively sweet. We arrived at the Panamanian airport late at night. We got our bags, went through customs, and then waited in the baggage claim area to decide what we should do. Our World Race team leaders then got together and found about seven or eight taxis,

How did I get here?

I have been staring at the scree trying to figure out  how to write this blog for what feels like months. In reality I have only been staring at the screen for maybe ten minutes. This part of the race was supposed to be easy, but writing about all the thoughts and emotions I have gone through over the last few months is not as easy to put into words as I imagined it would be. This is a crazy thing I have signed up to do. There are no words to describe it and what I am feeling when I actual

A house is not a home...and other Guatemalan activities

A house is not a home.     Talking to our Host, Luis, about the youth center he has generously provided for our lodging was a truly eye-opening story. It was an absolute battle that went on for years, as the number of the youth that Nueva Generación was ministering to continued to grow. The Lord made it clear that it was time to have a more permanent solution for where much of the youth ministry would take place, and it took years of challenges for the vision they received from

Cotton Balls, Cats, and Clowns

A few weeks ago my roommate asked me, "What are you worried about?"  To be honest I thought that I wasn't worried about anything. I'm not scared of traveling or sickness or getting kidnapped or eating weird food (though i still am not really down for eating baby duck face). I don't care if I have to not shower or use a squatty potty or have long travel days in a packed bus. I don't mind camping and cooking my own food. I'm not even worried about the future after I get back from the Race or

What do a pig, hair dye, and a baby duck egg have in common?

Hey everyone! I want to thank you all for your support and prayer over the last year. I am pleased to announce that I only have left to raise $885 to be fully funded! Praise the Lord!!!  So I have a question for you all: Will you help me raise the remaining $885 in one week? Starting from today, Friday the 12th in the Philippines to Friday the 19th in the Philippines I pledge to do certain activities if a certain amount is raised during this time:

If $500 is raised, I will post a video

Daddy what do ya say?!

I suppose that this is the season for dreams to come true. I decided to go back to college and I chose this semester to do it! Was I crazy or what? I am preparing to leave in January on the most epic and overwhelming adventure ever, learning to be a leader in ministry, and going back to school? Yup! I have always been an over achiever. Since I was a child I would sign up for every event I could find to keep myself busy. I just wanted to be a part of everything.  I will admit that to t

Where Burden Turns to Wonder

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14   It is so easy to look at our trials, setbacks, failures, and misunderstandings as burdens. I do it everyday, several times a day. I didn't get enough hours of work this week: How am I gonna pay for things? My car has many problems: What if I can't drive anymore? I don't have all my gear for the race: What am I gonna do for training camp? I didn't meet my first fi

48 hours later... We're in Cambodia!

I’m going on an adventure!!And it has officially begun!? L Squad (along with 6 other squads) spent a few days in Atlanta receiving more training and enjoying the last days with our families. My always supportive parents & sister made the 10 hour drive with me on Friday night. I am so lucky to have them. We spent Saturday & Sunday learning and spending some quality time together (at an Arby’s, mostly :) until a tearful good-bye on Sunday afternoon… And honestly, I had

How I Found God's Plan in My Washing Machine

I spent several hours washing Hawaii’s clothes on Saturday afternoon. His clothes are wet, caked with dirt, beer, and sweat. I realize one wash cycle isn’t enough. I run it again. Still dirty. I soak everything for a few hours and then wash it one last time. Clean, finally. I pack three pants and three t-shirts into a Walmart bag and carry it to camp. This is everything he owns. When I arrive, Hawaii’s sitting on a stool trying to shave his face with a rechargeable razor an

His power, not my weakness

Man, today is a great day to blog. It's raining in Texas (which hardly ever happens) and Jesus has allowed me to partake in some amazing testimonies of His goodness. I can't think of anything I enjoy doing more than hearing someone's story. There is POWER in our stories because He writes them. He works all things together for our good. As soon as you think you've written a chapter that could never lead to a "happily every after", you hand it over to Jesus, and He makes it your best chapter yet.

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