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Don't go on The World Race!/ Buckle Up!

  So you are planning on going on The World Race? Here are some questions and answers that I hope you find helpful. Let me know if you have any others and I would love to help.    Q: What should I pack? A: Put down the three drafts of packing lists you have written. Read something other then the 30 packing list blogs. Give your Amazon and REI searches a rest and trust me for a minute. I am not going to give you a list because I don’t really think anything that I brought

#WorldRace: Mother's Point of View

A lot of people have asked me how my family is taking the news that I'll be gone for 11 months. I decided to let my mom tell you for herself. Guest blog post!            

Ashley asked me to write something on how a mom feels when their child signs up to go on this crazy World Race Mission Trip…how does this mom feel about her child going around the world to minister to “the least of these”? It’s deeper than that, I don’t

My Fundraising Letter

I am sending you this letter to update you on what I’ve been doing, and where I’m headed next. I’m also writing to invite you to partner with me in something incredible.   After withdrawing from the University of Texas in November, I began working for lululemon athletica. Besides getting to sell crazy comfortable stretchy pants, I was encouraged to open my mind and dream big about what I wanted to do. God immediately filled my heart with the longing to travel, serve othe

The Blue Floors of Elutuba Cafe

My teammate Brittany Vander Naald created this video of our first month in Valga Estonia. Enjoy!!

The Blue Floors of Elutuba Cafe

Blog Say What??

I am having a hard time deciding what to blog about. I’ve been avoiding Social media for a while now.  I don’t have a Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, or whatever else may be available account.  I’ll get on Facebook every once in a while.  It just isn’t something I use often or get really excited about.  My squad is challenging me on this.  They post comments regularly, share daily events, pray, and set up Zoom chats (I had to ask, didn’t even

If You Want to be Subversive Follow Jesus Through Holy Week

It’s Holy week and Jesus journey towards the cross has begun. Many of us have already processed around the church on Palm Sunday, and bought our Easter eggs and hot crossed buns, diverting our attention from the real meaning of Easter to its commercialized version.  How many of us are sucked in?  What is the(...)

Our Schedule for the 2014 OC Easter Tour

We the Chuang family have a tradition of multi-churching during the 2 biggest Christian holidays of the year, Easter and Christmas. Here’s a schedule of church worship services around Orange County, California, that I charted out with 18 churches that had multiple service times for Easter weekend::

This is our proposed agenda for the Chuang Family 2014 OC Easter Tour (with 8 stops):

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Diet Coke and Vodka, No Ice

"Diet Coke and Vodka, No Ice"  This is what he was sipping on as we chatted over live country music, clinking glasses, laughter, and the continuous murmur of conversation.He was singing hand written Irish folk tunes, in between personal anecdotes from his well lived life of 77 years. He shared about his loving family and friends, the joy that swelled in his heart at the mention of his community of Colerain, and his love for people regardless their denomination ( Church of England / Ch

How I Broke my Ankle on the World Race

It all began at the early time of 4:00 am on March 31st in Bulgaria.  Taxis were picking up my team in order for us to begin the first leg of our journey to Romania. I typically carry over half my body weight in some form or fashion, so walking in itself can be a bit challenging anyway.  I also seem to trip over my own two feet on a regular basis, so it had been only a matter of time before my gracefulness was exhibited while carrying my pack.  I tripped when stepping off of the s

Blessings in Babushka Tears

I walk into the dimly lit room full of wooden benches lined end to end. The faint smell of rotting wood, mold, and horse manure clings to the air. I take my seat, adjusting my maxi skirt to cover my ankles and taking care to hide my bracelets and cartilage piercing under my sleeves and headband. I have previously removed the earrings from my lobes to avoid offending anybody. Old men covered in woollen sweaters and grey slacks fill in the left side of the room, as women in long dresses and head s

Monthly Wrap-Up, Month 7: UH Montenegro/Bosnia and Herzegovina

Where were you? Podgorica and Kotor, Montenegro and Mostar and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina How did you get there? A variety of buses. What did you do there? Unsung heroes: finding new ministries, encouraging the believers, and creating potential connections for future World Race teams. Accommodations? Trailers behind a church, staying with host families, more host families, and a mission apartment. Currency?  Euro. $1US = 0.74€  Bosnian Convertible Marks. $1US = 1.42KM


entry from journal:  i don't want to forget days like this. the teacher we helped yesterday at the daycare invited us over to her house. she practically begged us, though she didn't need to. today we walk to her house, close to the daycare. she is so happy we are there, smiling from ear to ear. she is beautiful. she is hindu. she has skinny arms and had pink sari was wrapped tightly around her shoulders. her house is nothing more than a concrete couple of small rooms. concrete floor, loose

What is Your Role in the Kingdom?

"What is your role in the kingdom?" I was unexpectedly asked this question on our first day here in Draganesti, by our contact Raul. He went on to explain that we are all called to do certain things as Christians; for example we are all called to be evangelists (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 10:10-17, Matthew 9:37-38, 1 Peter 3:15), we are all called to love (1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 John 4:7, Proverbs 10:12, 1 John 4:19), we are all called to serve (Mark 10:45, Romans

Nikola Galevski: Unsung Hero

Team Nuria (God's Fire): Stacie, Wendy, Stephanie, Michelle, Laura, Robyn (Unsung Heroes: Month 4)

We arrived in Skopje, Macedonia a week and a half ago. With a new mission, new team and new challenging task at hand. The journey to Europe was an exhausting trip from Central America. Our squad spent over 70 hours of travel, and us (Team: Nuria) were dropped off first in Macedonia. Macedonia is not what I envisioned. Since going on the race I threw my expectations out the window, to have a

Time to Stop Freaking Out

March was a bit much. So I apologize for the delay in blogging. There hasn't been much time for sleeping, eating or rest. It’s been a season of a few minor melt downs and doubt. But despite my lack of faith, the Lord provides. To start out March, I faced a financial situation that was out of the blue. Hurt, confused and angry at God, I whined like a little kid. Actually it was more freaking out, crying all weekend and asking God why everything bad happened to me. My thoughts question

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