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God Can Fulfill Your Every Dream and It's Not Enough

Ok, some of y'all read that title and only clicked on it because I have yet to write a blog on the mission field (whoops) and you're desperate to hear anything about or from me. Some of y'all clicked on it merely out of curiosity. I do not know how all of you stumbled upon this blog, but I hope you will give me a little time and space to clarify what I mean by that brazen title. Alrighty, here we go... For the past 2 months my life I have been on the mission field in Serbia and Romania. My Race

One big fiesta: life in Costa Rica

It seems like just yesterday I was struggling to shove an excessive amount of deodorant and essential oils into my backpack minutes before boarding a one way flight out of Colorado. It seems like just yesterday I was excitedly telling everyone I encountered about the adventure ahead, it seems like just yesterday I was daydreaming about nights spent on my sleeping pad and days filled with ministry. Now, here I am, sitting in a coffee shop in San Pedro, Costa Rica drinking a really good latte at

These little feet

  This month for me had some really amazing moments at the care point me and my team worked at. One experience I wanted to share was our last day at the care point. When we first got to the care point it broke my heart to see how these little kids are so dirty. They had holes in their clothes, some had no panties, and they were covered in dust/dirt from head to toe. I have never seen such poverty before. Kids have always had a special place in my heart, specially preschool age. Even though

Better Late than Never

This is a copy of my support letter! They went in the mail this week - after way too many hours writing on envelopes (anyone who knows me knows that my handwriting is so slow).  Read and enjoy! Hey there, Thankful for you! Today I share with you the most recent opportunity God has given me for this upcoming year. I get to join the interdenominational mission sending agency Adventures in Mission on an eleven month, eleven country journey called the World Race. From January 2017 to Decembe

In Three Days: Being Called Higher

“I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home, never let these walls down. But You have called me Higher, You have called me Deeper, and I will go where you will lead me, Lord.” -All Sons and Daughters, “Called Me Higher”   The time has finally come. In only three days I leave on a journey that will take me to the ends of the Earth for the sake of the Gospel. In three days I leave Nebraska (and America in six days) for the entirety of nine months. In thr

Syrian diaries

DAY 1 We made it to Mafraq, Jordan. I am currently looking out at the Syrian border and Zaatari refugee camp. The camp alone houses some 80,000 Syrian refugees. The town of Mafraq is home to over 70,000 refugees. We are working with a really cool ministry/church. This place is amazing. They offer relief to refugee families. Food, clothing, mattresses, stoves and gas tanks. They have several English teaching classes. They teach refugee women how to sew and they have bible studies. Last year they

A Tale of Topolino and A Little Prince Charming

A Tale of Topolino and A Little Prince Charming   Picture by: Heather J. Whitford       “Where is Tiffany?” Five-year-old Alen begins to ask our team as we each walk through the door of Topolino Kindergarten in Albania. This became a daily question he would ask anyone and everyone. Alen was my little buddy, but he was not the only one to win my heart in this kindergarten.            Today is the big day. The kids perform the

Light the path

If you stare at the sunset long enough you will miss the sunrise! Here I am, on the adventure of a life time. Traveling on a train to Bucharest then off to see a castle! And what am I doing looking backwards.  Looking where the train has been where I have been and thinking about the last couple of sunrise. The last couple of weeks, first I have been in Romania and leave in less than a week time flys.  Second our Host is a man of God!  He is all of psalms 63, he heard from each o

#61PiesToTheFACE Fundraiser

  Yay for personal thoughts...  If I could boil down a take away from this experience it would be the ability to let things go, and work with what I have got. (Which should be a valuable lesson to learn before starting on this Adventure).  As soon as I sat down in the chair, and took my first pie to the face I was stuck. I could barely give artistic direction, aka 'get this angle', 'did you get that?', 'what number are we at?', 'make sure you hand out business cards?'.... To

FULLY FUNDED!!!

I am so so excited to announce that I am now fully funded!!!!!! PTL!!!!!!Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and helped me get here! I prayed that I could be fully funded before I left, and God brought it in almost a week early!! I feel so blessed in how God has provided this far and will keep providing throughout my trip!! I leave this Friday, and I would so appreciate your prayers as I embark on this crazy journey!!!! P.S. It may take a week for it show up on my blog, but know

The 4-1-1 (Details!)

This blog is dedicated to all of the details about what I’ll be doing in the next few days, my first month of ministry , and the best ways to reach me while I’m gone! First: What’s Next?? In just THREE DAYS (WHAT ) on Oct. 1, I will be driving to Atlanta with both of my parents to start Launch.  Launch is the start of my World Race experience. It is 4 days long and is the final preparation time before our squad heads to our first country, Costa Rica. Parents are also inv

Creative Prayer Practices Highlighted this Month

We’re nearing the end for this month’s theme, “The Prayerful Imagination: Praying Creatively for a More Meaningful Connection with God and Others”. This has been a thrilling collaboration of writers coming together from all around the globe to share their insights. We wanted to make sure these great posts are easy to access so have collected them […]

Lesotho: Oh, the people you'll meet

  Oh, the people you'll meet! Over the month I was able to spend in Lesotho, we were given the opportunity to work within multiple areas of the ministry. We assisted in building an orphanage, worked on the church plumbing system, spoke each morning at the hospitals, visited hospital patients throughout the weeks, spoke in the prison, conducted services within the local churches, fed the hungry through their soup kitchen, visited and spoke in the primary schools as well as the high schools

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

When I look in the mirror I don't see beauty I see a woman who has been trying to be strong for far too longSomeone who is fighting desperately to be comfortable in her own skin Who wishes she was one of the pretty girls The skinny girlsThe one who doesn't need materialistic items to feel good In the mirror I see brokenness A woman no matter how hard she tried, can't keep it together That fake smile plastered on her face is falling I see a woman ready to break In this mirror I see negativity,

Intentional Choices

Packing for the World Race taught me that I have to choose. Do I take the flannel or the cardigan? The dress or the pants? Will I actually read the books or end up giving them away? Will I play the instrument or just want to sing? Do I try to smuggle the cat? My pack isn't as big as my bedroom. I had to be intentional about leaving certain things back home. I started packing with the mindset that I need to fit everything that brings me comfort into that 70L pack, and walked away reminded that G
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