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Embrace the intensity!

  To describe training camp with any other one word would be a complete understatement of everything that occurred during the ten days I just experienced. Intense Living Arrangements We were immediately engrossed in the training experience the second we stepped off the bus. The first order of business was to set up our tents. Just in case you didn’t know, I’ve never been camping before. Luckily enough, I was smart and set up my tent in my apartment and even went as far as

What I've Learned From Spending 3 Summers Sleeping on an Air Mattress

2 weeks. Wait....Yes. 2 weeks.This was my response yesterday to someone asking me how long I've been back in town. And I had to laugh. Has it really already been two weeks? Has it only been two weeks? Two weeks since I've driven through the Badlands. Two weeks since being on call 24/7. Paperwork dates. Long car rides and deep conversations. Two weeks since I've stopped what I was doing to just sit and chat and maybe pet a few rez dogs? You see, I've spent the past 3 summers working fo

God Stole My Heart Again at Training Camp

  I cannot believe it has been over a year since my training camp for the World Race, and here I am now having completed two, the second with a slightly different role. The past two weeks were spent in Gainesville, GA doing a little bit of squad leader training followed by the training camp for all the Racers launching in October. If I'm being honest, the day I was heading there, I was not super excited. All I wanted to do was hang out with my parents and watch the Olympics. I had only be

My First Vlog!

One of the really cool things that I will be doing while on this adventure is that I will be taking you guys along with me through video. I am going to be vlogging all of next year and today I made my very first vlog. It would mean the world to me if you would go on over and subscribe to my channel.     

You're Not Allowed to Quit Until You're Dead

You can be religious and have no relationship. You can go to "church" and not know Christ. You can read about God and not know the Father's heart.   Can we stop "playing church" and start being the Church.   Each and everyday the Lord sets up divine appointments for us with those who don't know him. "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." Why does there have to be few workers? If we're not being obedient to our Father and seeing lives changed then w

Hope in Depression

              Last year, my first year home from the World Race, was the worst year of my life. However, it’s so crazy how good this year has been compared to last year. How much difference God makes and how much difference only 1 year can make. My purpose in writing this is to praise Jesus for his restoration/renewal, to shine a light on mental health issues, and to show that even if things are so bad and so hard, there’s ALWAYS hope. Even if thing

He's waiting

Waiting...it seems to be the theme of these past few weeks. Waiting to be picked up, waiting to be dropped off, waiting to find out what we're supposed to be doing, waiting for a shower. Waiting can be extremely difficult. As a culture, we're not accustomed to waiting for anything. Our culture has pushed the mindset onto us that if we're waiting, it's because something isn't efficient and then it should be corrected, but this is exactly what Jesus does for us...He waits A couple weeks ago

Fully Known & Fully Loved

I honestly wasn’t going to write a blog because I didn’t know what to say. So here goes some thoughts that probably won’t make any sense. August 10th, I flew to Atlanta, Georgia with a million expectations. 51 people who were once only on a GroupMe became my sisters. The Lord broke and released me from chains that I didn’t even know were holding me back. Chains of shame and the feeling of being unworthy of being loved by such a King.  I finally started believing th

This isn't Ministry

Yesterday my team had a meeting with Steve, our host, about the new “house duties” aka chores that we will be in charge of for the next 3 months. I was a little taken aback when I heard that I was assigned to work in maintenance with some of the guys that live here. First off, the 3 dudes I will be working with speak less English than I speak Spanish, which is saying something. Secondly, when I think of ministry, cutting wood with a power saw or painting a fence is NOT the first thin

Hello, My Name is Roosevelt

Hi there!  We are approaching Week 3 of life in Africa. Some general observations from the last two weeks in Cote d’Ivoire: “Africa time” is a real thing. Even the Pastor apologized for it. If a car is supposed to arrive at 1 to take us shopping, we shouldn’t plan to leave until around 3. This is the only reason we didn’t have wifi installed until 10 days in. This is still taking some adjustment, because my initial reaction to being late is worry/panic. I

I Am Called - training camp

Training Camp.... - The most exhausting yet exhilarating 10 days of my life. I honestly can't fully explain with my words how incredible it was. I was stretched way out of my comfort zone and grew an incredible amount over those 10 days. I must be honest though, to share the peace that God has given me. The first few days, I realized this adventure was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. There was a lot of hard work and things I wasn't used to, such as sleeping in tents, cold bucket showe

Finding Comfort in the Discomfort

Hello all of you wonderful people! I apologize for this blog post being so long overdue. The last few days getting back from training camp have been insane!  Training camp. Oh goodness. There are so many things I could write about it but I will try to make it as short as possible: God didn't waste a single moment I was at training camp. He hit me with so much stuff, whether I wanted it or not. The first night the session was on "abandonment". They brought up Matthew 4:18-22, talking about

Nicaragua: What I Have Learned

Here is a video of what I said to the parents during their visit to the Island of Ometepe. We were challenged to share about what we have learned during the past 7 months of travel and service.

CONFESSION: What My Experience On The World Race Was Really Like

WARNING: This blog will be lengthy. This blog will be graphic. This blog contains 13 months of the parts of my heart and journey I refused to share with all of you along the way. Reader's discretion is advised ;)      The excitement I had in my heart to step out into the unknown and trust the Lord in new ways was uncontrollable. It was my first time out of the country and my first mission trip. I. Could. Not. Wait. To go on the World Race. The moment I laid my eyes on the coun

Life Learned: Ecuador Edition

    Month 8: Ecuador   Ministry host: Camp Hope(Quito) and a Ministry in the mountains about half hour outside of Banos Sleeping Arrangements: Quito- Bunk Beds, Mountain Ministry- Sleeping Bags on mattresses with six of us in one room Food: Quito- Provided, Mountain Ministry-We Cooked Water:  Quito- Hot Showers, Mountain Ministry- Bucket Showers Flushing Toilets Weather: 60’s   Life Learned: It’s okay to want somethi
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