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Trusting in HIM

I'm sitting in this way-cooler-than-me coffee shop in Chicago and about to have a mini panic attack. It's that all-consuming feeling of 'what in the world am I doing'?! I've had what I thought was a fairly fulfilling life the past three years living in Chicago. I graduated from college, got a job, moved to a great city and have been blissfully financially stable ever since. I've gained some pretty awesome friends from all over and finally felt like I was at a place where Chicago is now home. Onl

freerange friday: What’s in your heart?

By Lilly Lewin This has been a dramatic week here in America and around the world too, with the terrorist attacks in Spain, elections in Kenya and violence in Venezuela just to name a few. I have had so many emotions that it’s been very hard to process them all. We were on vacation the […]

Multicultural Church Planting in a Racially Divided America

by Tom Sine. This article is reposted from the V3 blog which Tom writes for each month. Violence at the recent white supremacists’ demonstration at Charlottesville, Virginia alarmed Americans of all races across our country.  I suspect many are surprised to learn that white supremacist, fascist and Nazi movements are all rapidly growing in America. Christians […]

Impacting the World

Here I am, sitting outside on a rainy day in Paris wondering how on earth did I get here? Two years ago I was pretty lost and defeated after a failed relationship. All of what I thought I wanted for my life had just been taken away. Everything I had been working towards, gone. Life sucked as far as I could tell. Sitting on the other side though, I’m hyped for everything that has happened, however miserable it was in the moment. Because of a few life altering events I’m now exactly w

Skirts & Sacrifice

"A generous person will prosper;whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." -Proverbs 11:25 If you know me, you know that a lot of people who are near and dear to me live in Athens, Georgia. Some of my closest friends- people who are constantly rooting for me and cheering me on from a far. It's a town I am thankful for because it's a home to so many of my people. One of those people, who have been by my side for years now, is Bailey Frederking. (side note: 4 years to be precise- happy friendi

My Worldrace

WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THE MY WORLDRACE? Watch this. My Worldrace What is the Worldrace? How did I get involved? Why go on the Worldrace? What am I looking forward too? How do you get in contact with me? HAVE A BLESSED DAY DUDES

A Well in the Desert

Lets be real about the World Race… It sucks. Its exhausting, uncomfortable, painful, annoying, and honestly the hardest thing I have ever done. I’ve done my fair share of mission trips so I know what it’s like to be in community all the time but this is different. If I didn't like something on a previous mission trip it was easy to count down the days until I was home. I cant do that anymore. I can't count down the days. I have to spend the next 10 1/2 months with these peop

Experiencing True and Radical Hospitality

My friend Albert (not his real name) is a 26 year old Sudanese refugee. I have had the great privilege to get to know him over my first week of being in Paris. Over my first 5-6 days of working in Porta de la Chappele I got to spend about it 2-4 hours with him a day. We got to talk about our families, favorite food (I talked about pizza), and good verses evil. But in this relationship that was developed I saw presented with something I had never seen before, true hospitality. On our first time

GRATEFUL!

I have had my first ever donation! I hadn't checked my blog in a few weeks and when I checked today, I saw that $1,469 had been donated. Thank you to whoever contributed and believes in the Lord's vision for this journey.  Love you guys.

Paris - Week 2

  Bonjour Family & Friends!   Paris grows on me more & more, & I enjoy my time spent here very much. I love how completely normal it has become to see Parisians in the street, baguettes tucked away safely by their side. I love picking up on some French to use with the locals (Bonjour! Ça va? Ça va très bien, merci! et toi? Très bien merci! Is literally: Good morning! Is it going? It is going very well, thank you! and you? Very well thank you

Sombor, people,and ministry

This month we've been combined with another team, which I think I mentioned before...So here's the church we are staying at. Here's a few pictures of the town...mostly in the center of Sombor. We've met and spent time with great people! Typical ministry evening of uno, jungle speed, monopoly deal, ping pong, and relationship building...Hector is pictured in some of these pictures, courtesy of Dawn!! Music ministry in town!   Copious amounts of food and laughter with Maca a

Minimalist in Training: What's in my pack

11 months 14 countries: France. Spain. Morocco. Cyprus. Jordan. Lebanon. Israel. Armenia. Georgia. Azerbaijan. Kazakhstan. Kyrgyzstan. Mongolia. China. Final pack weight 44 lbs. Clothing: 5 t-shirts (3 smartwool) 2 long sleeve shirts 1 lightweight fleece full zip 1 Patagonia R1 fleece 1 lightweight goose down jacket 1 rain coat 1 long underwear 1 leggings/cuddle duds 4 pants (1 athletic, 1 boho, 1 jean, 1 travelers dry-fit) 1 athletic shorts 1 dry fit capris 3 skirts (1 knee, 1 t

Minimalist in Training: What's in my pack

11 months 14 countries: France. Spain. Morocco. Cyprus. Jordan. Lebanon. Israel. Armenia. Georgia. Azerbaijan. Kazakhstan. Kyrgyzstan. Mongolia. China. Final pack weight 44 lbs. Clothing: 5 t-shirts (3 smartwool) 2 long sleeve shirts 1 lightweight fleece full zip 1 Patagonia R1 fleece 1 lightweight goose down jacket 1 rain coat 1 long underwear 1 leggings/cuddle duds 4 pants (1 athletic, 1 boho, 1 jean, 1 travelers dry-fit) 1 athletic shorts 1 dry fit capris 3 skirts (1 knee, 1 t

Lake Side

Tonight, I began a 45 day study challenge thanks to my lovely teammate, Kendall! Due to the amazing day here in Georgia, I decided to change the scenery  a bit for this study. I want to start surrounding myself with nature and all of God's goodness. And that is exactly what I found... GOD'S GOODNESS. I decided to go to the dock and sit in the presence of the Lord.   Day one's scripture was Luke 1 and John 1:1-14. After the study, one verse continued to catch my eye. "He cam

A Smile Translates

Every morning as a team we go on a prayer walk around Sombor. For the last week Liz, Madison, and I have been sitting at the same spot saying hello to everyone that walks by. Some people smile, some ignore us, some say Zdravo back, and others stop and talk to us out of curiosity. I find myself sitting there praying for each person that walks by.  I see people with children laughing, I see people carrying bags or groceries back home, and some people heading to work.  I can see the wei
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