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What about when people don't get healed?

I think a natural response to my last two blogs is this question: but what about when people don't get healed? "Like when I prayed for my dying relative and God didn't do anything?" "When we prayed for years and there was never any difference in their physical condition."   I think it's good to wrestle with our questions and doubts. To have honest conversations with God and others. I really believe a lot of our questions come down to how we view our Father. Is it always His wi

Humility Brings Gratefulness

I believe that our God is a majestic and holy God. He is also active and provides for us in ways we can’t even imagine. In Philippians 4:19 Paul writes “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” And in Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us not to be “anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Paul also tells us in Romans 8:28 “And

Defining Home

    My time here in Jamaica has come to end and I’m in Traverse City now.  I can't believe how fast my time went in Jamaica. We spent our last day off in Mandeville shopping for our favorite Jamaican snacks for travel day, going to the market to get our favorite Jamaican fruits for the last time, walking around and saying goodbye to our homeless friends.   Before we left Jamaica I had mixed feeling of being so stinkin’ excited to be home and hang out with my

Why the World Race????

  I have been praying for a long time on what I should make my first blog about and I have finally listened to God’s answer.   Let me start by telling you a little bit about how I came to this decision. I have known for at least 5 years that I wanted to do some type of missionary work and after trying and failing, I felt defeated and decided I had miss understood what God was calling me to do. Then one day while on Instagram, I was looking at pictures of a girl I went to col

Month 7 in Swaziland: A Video Recap

Check out my video recap of our time in Swaziland for the month of March!

This is my last blog from Greece.

The best things are the hardest things to leave because it means you’re leaving part of yourself behind. And this is really hard. This is harder than when I finished my World Race. This is harder than leaving Kansas City to go to Georgia, or leaving Georgia to go to Greece. I am leaving a community of believers that was so supportive, willing, and loving. I am leaving Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian friends who have no control over their future. I’m leaving the beautiful island of Lesvo

A Letter to Mr.&Mrs.,

  Mr.&Mrs., Phil and Jess, My brother and new sister. I don’t even know how to describe to you both how I see you. I feel like usually there is one theme to what I learn each month, and this month it revolved around your wedding and coming home. Home? When I thought about going home, I felt ok... So off I went. I left the race, where I have been out in the world the past 8 months, experiencing different cultures, people, foods, religions, dangers, extremes, and went back to..

THAT CRAZY ADVENTURE DAY

I woke up that morning with excitement in my heart- kayak adventure day with my friend Cadence! The day before I rented a kayak for the whole adventure day to come. The anticipation of fun hung joyfully in the air. That morning I initiated my amazingly ingenious plans- I rented snorkels & goggles for 1,000 Malawi Kwacha each, and got some of the local artists to get me some bread to feed the fish and some small fish to feed the eagles. Cadence was thrilled and super surprised! YAY! We set ou

Until we meet again.....

 Tonight our church's youth pastor of 18 years announced that he would be stepping down. Tonight although it may have been difficult and full of emotions and tears I saw a glimpse of how it must feel to know the Father's love. To many you are a personification of the Father's love. I have never in my life seen so much love and admiration poured out deservingly so for one man. I imagine that is what it must have felt like being one of the 12 disciples constantly in the presence of Jesus. Alt

When the World Race Stops Feeling Like an Adventure

We've heard it said that serving God is boring, but here at the World Race, we've been convinced otherwise. This April, we're featuring stories that prove why following God is the greatest adventure you could ever go on. Carrie Surbaugh of 2015 W Squad is in her eighth month of the Race. For her, the greatest adventure of the World Race has been the quiet, mostly unseen, and non-glamorous moments. It was the last section of the email that made me roll my eyes so hard I gave myself a headache

P2 in Latvia!!

P2, my team, has made it to Latvia! This month we are working with and staying at St. Gregory Christian Mission Centre. It is a Lutheran center, originally a boarding school. Although my team has only been here for a couple days, it looks as though most of our ministry will be cleaning the center and working with kids and youth. Since we are staying here, we also get the chance to hear the stories of the staff, and pour into their lives as they pour into ours. So as a brief introduction to Latv

Pre-Race: Revival in LA

April 9, 2016 // Los Angeles, California As far as the eye can see, hands are reaching up to heaven. There’s a deafening roar as tens of thousands join together praising God and crying out for His manifest presence. The atmosphere is electric. I look around the coliseum and see believers from every generation and background. The diversity brings tears to my eyes. The girl in front of me looks young, with a large rose tattoo on her left hand and the logo for a drug addict ministry on he

I Miss My Squad

I miss my squad. Which is dumb because I HAVE a squad. A new squad. An amazing squad. Once in a while I am reminded of the life I would've been living if I had launched in January. And I miss it. During training camp last October, someone said something to the effect of "you've only known them 10 days"- in an attempt to give us some perspective... In my head, that makes complete sense... I really only was with them in person for 10 days... but, in my heart..... I miss them, and the picture of

Change will come

I apologize for being MIA for the past little bit. I will explain more, but first, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported me so far in prayer, in encouragement, and most importantly those who have given of their finances to help fund this dream of mine. I’m over 10% funded!! Thank you!  So, a lot has been going on in my life. I changed jobs, took an extra college class, both of my roommates moved out and got married, and I got a new roommate. I’m also plann
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