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Just a Glimpse

"I am pleased with you, my child." That was the first sentence of my devotion the other day. But how could God be pleased with someone who sins so much and goes a whole week without spending time with Him? Because His love is unconditional! He does not care about performance. He has so much grace for us. He wants us to surrender ourselves to Him and put all our trust in Him. I feel so unworthy of His love but today He gave me a glimpse of what is yet to come. He is going to show me that I AM

My Current Travel Schedule

So I know (tentatively) where I will be going as a part of the World Race August Route 1. But we are  not given much information on what we will be doing when we get there. It is my understanding that we get our team placements in the days before we arrive and even then plans change. So all we have been given are these short summaries with a little history and what is happening in the area. I am currently praying for patience and flexibility in this as well as patience and peace for my moth

Jesus is More Than That Bumper Sticker on Your Car

Nestled between rolling hills and the Adriatic Sea sits a quaint town filled with deep history and views to die for. The final resting place for Skanderbeg, the hero of Albania, Lezha is home to a newly developed American School. Lezha Academic Center prides itself on upholding the American education system, as well as Christian values.  Schedules are filled with standard classes and the teachers are an even mix of Americans and Albanians. Students in grades 6-9 are taught in their native

This is it...

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) Isn’t it incredible how our Father knows the plans He has for us even before we do? I do not know what the future holds but I do know His plan for me now, is the World Race. This was made especially clear to me yesterday, November 22, when I received an incredibly encouraging email, regarding the World Race, and my first monthly do

A Glimpse into Life at Mi Casa

My friend and teammate Annie made this snazzy video about Mi Casa to give a glimpse into who Mi Casa is and what life looks like here... and the kids even introduce themselves at the end :) Hope you enjoy! Also, my team is still raising money for the kids to have textbooks this school year. We are currently at $495, PRAISE! Thanks to all who have already donated and all who are joining us in prayer, I can't wait to see these kids with their new books! If you would like to donate or share, here

I Took The Bible For Granted

My Bible is heavy. It’s bulky and has a hard cover that could probably do some serious damage if thrown with enough force. It’s difficult to pack because it’s thick and the pages are easily creased. The edges are worn and the spine is barely held together by several layers of duct tape. I’ve spilled water and tea and Milo on its pages, it’s been shoved into bags, tossed around, dropped on the floor and forgotten about in church pews and classrooms. My Bible was a

When fear gets in the way of love

Fear. It seems to be everywhere I look. Fear of letting refugees in the country. Fear of the government not protecting us. Fear of more attacks. Fear of a war. Fear of the future. It’s impossible for me to get online and not see something centering around the refugee debate and what America’s role should be. I’ve got to tell y’all, I’m exhausted. And disheartened. And quite frankly, I’m mad. It pisses me off that it seems near impossible to want to hel

You're Gonna Miss This, You're Gonna Want This Back.

Howdy! As my year comes to a close, I Thought I'd write about all of the things I'm going to miss as well as some of the best and worst memories I've had to help recap my year as well as explain a bit about who I am now. The lyrics by Trace Adkins sum up this year perfectly.  You're gonna miss thisYou're gonna want this backYou're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fastThese Are Some Good TimesSo take a good look aroundYou may not know it now But you're gonna miss this Things

Making Friends In The Red Light District

We've had the chance to do a lot of different kinds of ministries on The World Race. I try to be open to all the options and if someone asks if I am interested, my default answer is yes. I learned that from my mom. She is awesome.This month the opportunity has come up to teach a little Bible Club here at the girls home we are working at. I love making themes, thinking of old Sunday School songs from my Summer Team days during Bible School, and tweaking games to make them relate to a Bible Story

Don't Say Cookie in Budapest

The title is irrelevant, but very good advice. Don't ask me why. This will be my last blog post, as far as I know because I'll be home very, very soon. This part of my journey will be over. Sometimes that thought makes me a little nauseous. Sometimes it makes me literally dance with joy. Today as I sit in this coffee shop [alone, for the first time in 11 months], I'm feeling a little nauseous. I've been talking to God all morning, watching the rain fall and the people live their lives outside

Top Eleven: Going Home Edition

The World Race is finally coming to an end, and I’ll be arriving back home in the United States the day before Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate than with a Top Eleven list? Here, in no particular order, are the Top Eleven Things I’m Excited to Go Home To: Family and friends: This is probably the top of most people’s list. The Race is great for teaching you all the things you can live without, but it’s also great for teaching you to appreciate the people who k

We Broke Bread

What is community? By dictionary definition it is, a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. Well, that defines my life currently. It’s month 5 of being away from home, away from my independence [physically speaking], away from my normal, & far away from what I understand [which is, the freedom to be alone]. Where I am in life [you know, abroad for 11 months] is a rare opportunity. I realize this isn’t everyone’s story, w

Nepal Recap Video! Month 5

Month 5 recap video!!!

Back to Greece

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I wanted to update you all with our ministry for next month. We found out a little over a week ago that 4 of our 6 teams are being diverted from Kosovo to Greece next month. And my team is one of those 4. My team and one other team will be staying in Thessaloniki while the other 2 teams will be headed to Lesvos and we'll be helping with the refugee crisis. I know there is a lot of controversy over this issue in America, and while I haven't formed my own o

Love Does

          “I am a missionary. Wow, for so long I did not want to say that. Strange, right? I mean, today marks ones month until I drive to Atlanta to officially start the Race and to be a missionary for the next year. While that excites me, it also makes me anxious. To me, to be labeled a missionary, I thought one should spread the Gospel, serve ministries, or help the poor around them; often times, I thought, a missionary has more Biblical knowledge than those ar
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