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My Auntie Valerie made this beautiful quilt and has graciously decided to hold a raffle with all the proceeds going towards my World Race Mission Trip... I leave in 97 DAYS!!!! To participate in the Quilt Raffle:1) Make a donation directly to me by clicking on the DONATE link at the top or side of this blog. For every $20 tax-deductible donation you make you will receive 1 entry. The Raffle will run for the next 6 weeks, April 28th through June 9th. The winner will be drawn on Friday, June 10t

Pre-Race News & Updates

Time to freak out!? Yes!? No!?

I DON'T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!!!             So these are the kind of thoughts going through my mind this past week as I'd pray periodically through out the day. But I know that each one of my teammates and anyone who has ever had to raise support in their lifetime can relate to the craziness that goes on in your head!              If you don't already know, this World Race that I'm going on costs money. $16,561.00 to be exact. Th

The Little Details Of His Plan

As most of you know, my journey started back in January of 2015. It was a month after my brother passed away that I first heard about the World Race. I knew from the first video that I watched about it that this was what I wanted to do, key words being “what I wanted.” When I applied and was not accepted due to Adventures in Mission’s grieving policy being that you had to wait a year after the death of a loved one to apply, I started to believe that even though this was what I

Video - Indonesia

Video Resumen Indonesia   Gracias por tus oraciones y generosidad Estoy a poco menos de $800 de alcanzar la meta final de $16362 gracias a que has escuchado el corazón de Dios Podés hacer tu donación por medio del link "Donate!" o a la cuenta BAC San José Dólares Cta. 725228001 CC. 10200007252280013 Cédula 304150996   Dios te bendiga / God bless you

The World Race blooper reel: Honduras edition

p.p1 margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 17.0px '.SF UI Text'; color: #454545 p.p2 margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 17.0px '.SF UI Text'; color: #454545; min-height: 20.3px span.s1 font-family: '.SFUIText-Regular'; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-size: 17.00pt We're nearing the end of the race, with just one month left to go. If you're new to my blog, this is the World Race blooper reel, starring Team August!  I collect our funniest, most ridi

Three Weeks

Disclaimer: I did not write this article, but I would love for you to read it! Although not every aspect of the article applies to me coming home, Carla Williams so eloquently describes a lot of things that I have had a hard time putting into words myself. The original article can be found at: Joyfully yours,Mary Catherine   Coming ‘Home’: When Missionaries Come Off the FieldBy Carla Wil

Leap of Faith

I’m leaving the country for 9 months.   Why? To travel the world? Why can’t I just wait till I graduate? What about school? Don’t I know all the dangers that come with traveling around the world? What about family? Friends? Money? Why would I give up so much for a silly trip? Yes, it’s true. I am willing leaving for nearly a year to go a mission trip. But why, you ask? I have a story that I believe does a good job of answering all of these questions… 

Seeing Beauty, Whereas Before All I Saw Despair

I grew up loathing my hometown. There was nothing wrong with my childhood. However, there was always the attitude that was perpetuated by seemly everyone that something was missing. Maybe this stemmed from arrogance, traditionalism, or even isolationism. There was always the underlying attitude that Fresno lacked something, and was not good enough. The running joke through the late 90’s early 00’s was that Fresno was the armpit of California. Although I find it healthy to be able to

“Where should we begin?”

A few days ago, I spoke with the leadership of a church that is ~95% white/Anglo and looking for ways to better reflect the ethnic diversity in their neighborhood. They asked a  question that often comes up, “Where should we begin?”

It’s a good question. Of course, every organization and situation is unique. But, generally speaking, what do you think are the best first steps? Cross-cultural relationships? Immersion experiences? Reading a book? Attending a conference? Visiting a multi-ethnic church? I believe all of these things can be helpful, but here are the two things I typically encourage leaders to start with:

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Companions in the Neighborhood

By Andy Wade – I just returned from another amazing Inhabit Conference in Seattle. What I appreciate most about this conference is not the powerful keynote speakers, but the gathering together of everyday practitioners who are transforming their neighborhoods through simple acts of love and hospitality. The Parish Collective, which sponsors this annual gathering, is […]

That time I went to the doctor for my foot and got a free massage...

Hey guys! Sorry it has been so long since I last wrote and posted a blog! Let me catch you up!   What can I say about Indonesia?   Indonesia was beautiful! There were so many different types of people that had migrated there from other countries, but they were all born and raised in Indonesia and spoke the language, worshipped the same God and loved each other for who they were. It was so cool to see because we are a Fusion Squad which means that we have people from different cou

Finding my Life's Calling on a Plane

Five weeks in, and I’m taking a quick trip home for the weekend. This first chunk of The Fellowship program has completely exceeded my expectations. To be honest, that may be because I didn’t have many coming in. I’m continually impressed by the reputation this program has and the standards they’ve set for us. We’ve focused A LOT on who we are as individuals so we can learn to self lead. Once we master that, the idea is that we will be more effective leaders of othe

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
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