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10 Tips From a Third Month Racer!

1. DO NOT bring medicine for everything under the sun. You can find whatever you need overseas. Just bring advil, sleep meds, anti-diarrhea, and pepto-bismal tablets. Malaria meds- 1-3 months worth. 2. DO bring tampons. Hard to find 3. ON TRAVEL DAYS KEEP YOUR WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU. Don't put it in your checked bag. You might have a long bus ride after your flight and won't be able to access it (learned from experience) so just take it through airport security empty and fill it up before you b

Philippines!

  The Philippines is by far my favorite country so far. The days are beautiful and sunny with a breeze just perfect enough to cool you off from the sun. Mangos trees, coconut trees, and pineapple plants covering the bright tropical mountains surround me. There is even a pet monkey that I can visit with daily who picks through my hair. When we have time off from work and ministry my team and I hurry to the beach as fast as possible and dive into the crystal clear water.   I am on an is

For what its worth.

This is just something I really needed to hear right now, hope it helps someone else out too.   "For what its worth: its never too late or to early to be whoever you want to be. Theres no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different

I just wanna be sad.

As I sit here tears well up in my eyes.  You think by now I would know what it takes to live the life of a racer.    I fully understand what it feels like to fall in love with people all over the world and then have to leave them.  I would like to say I have a formula to cope with this but I know now it truly never gets easier.    Coming back to squad lead for K- squad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I have been challenged and rewarded

updated video announcement with the new route

  I recently updated the short version of my announcement video with my new route.

I have decided

What is the biggest decision you have ever made? The world race seems like the biggest decision I have ever made. Here is the thing... I have decided. A trusted friend recently told me that when you make a decision, in your mind you need to kill off all the other options. The bible says that a double minded man is unstable in all he does. I have found that verse to be very true in my own life. So that being said, I have decided. This is the direction I feel God leading.  Please pray for m

SUMMER IN PSALMS

This past summer (2014) has been months of learning, healing, and restoration. With my church, I journeyed through the book of psalms (#summerinpsalms). I found so much truth and learned so much about our Jesus in these chapters. Throughout the summer, as I read, I wrote out and doodled some of my favorite verses. My goal is to memorize these scriptures, so I can truly have His word hidden in my heart. Especially as I travel all over the world. :)I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did!

A Philippino Thanksgiving

I am one of those people that flirts with the line of being super enthusiastic/obnoxious about celebrating holidays. Easter, Christmas, Flag Day, Birthdays... I love them all. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and I found myself struggling with how to celebrate the holiday season from the opposite side of the world (Quezon City, Philippines) with temps in the high 80s and not a pumpkin in sight (that's right... no pumpkin-spiced lattes).    In my family, Thanksgiving is celebrated

That Awkward Blog

Hello again! I hope you all are doing good!Okay, so this is going to be that awkward blog where I talk about really needing your financial support and prayers for this journey. First off:I suck at asking people for money. Second off:I suck at asking people for money.Third off:I suck at....okay you get it. One area I do have pride in, is asking people for help...especially when it comes to finances. I don't like to bother people...especially when it comes to their money. Howe

It's Month Three

It’s month three. There’s 2 different ways you can read that statement. It can be like, “Is it really only month three? I feel like I’ve been away from home forever.” Or it’s “How is it already month three? Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were getting on a plane and saying our goodbyes?” So which one is it for me? Truthfully, I don’t know. Sometimes month one seems like a lifetime ago. I can look back at pictures of my team, a

Welcome to the Manger – Let Us Stand in the Sacred Circle

Today I intended to make my Come to the Manger Advent wreath. I got as far as cutting out the circle for the wreath and printing out the manger image I plan to paste at the centre. Then I stopped. Suddenly it struck me that what I had in front of me was an image […]

The Gomer Inside Me

Today I had a freak out.  The big wet, sobby  ones that you don’t really like to admit you have since they make you feel weak.  It wasn’t supposed to be this way; I was supposed to be a pillar of strength, a good missionary, one with no major problems to work through.  But, that doesn’t truly exist. Since last month, I have been becoming increasingly aware that the world as I know it doesn’t really exists.  It’s been like waking up from the

When The Race Stops Being Fun

I'm going to be honest with you, right now I'm a little angry and I feel like I'm about to fall apart. It's not all fun and games out here. I'm not always hugging orphans, evangelizing or eating fruitcake with church friends. I'm not always riding motos or hiking beautiful mountains. The Race is hard. It sucks when your legs are so swollen from bug bites that you can't see your ankles (my teammates now refer to cankles as "Rachel ankles" or "rankles" lol), it sucks when your team doesn't get al

Its been 4 years 1 week 2 days since i last prepared my heart for death.

Its been 4 years 1 week and 2 days since I last prepared my heart for death. That sounds a little gruesome, I know. Let me explain. This life i'm living isn't the life I have always lived. I grew up in a Christian home, church every Sunday and youth group every Wednesday, this was the routine in our family and i fallowed it. But when things didn't go the way I wanted them to go, when God didn't answer my prayers, I chose to walk away. I thought if God couldn't give me what I wanted I would go o

Dancing with God

I have really been struggling with what to write. I feel as though my faith, and my life actually, has come to a lull. This is not a time of difficult struggle or excitement for me. It is important to not become content or complacent in this plateau. When I was pondering about what to write, I thought about dance. I had a performance exam in my dance class today, so I have been dancing way more than usual. How can my dance class relate to my spiritual life? Well, living life is like dancing with

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