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Say Thank You It Will Suffice

This morning I sit in my sacred space gazing out at mountains with fresh snow on the Olympics. It is the first of the season and unlike the deluge that has covered much of the midwest and northeastern U.S. it is also a welcome sight. So I sit with gratitude for the changing of the seasons, […]

The Price Tag for a Night

An uneven, broken concrete boardwalk. On one side is a white beach and dark ocean, illuminated only by the occasional flash of lightning. On the other side is a brightly lit medley of bars, restaurants, and tattoo shops. The night is full of the music blaring from bars, tourists chatting with locals, and roaming vendors peddling their wares. Then, at exactly 8:30 pm, the atmosphere changes. The music switches beats as fire dancers begin to line the beach. They light up the sky with spinning fa


Sanibonani! Hello from Swaziland, everyone! It has been over 3 weeks since I have written ya’ll, for that I am sorry. We have our most limited internet access on the race this month here in Swazi, so please bear with me as I catch ya’ll up on my latest happenings on the race! J At the end of October we made the 3 day journey from Phenom Phen, Cambodia all the way over to the continent of Africa in the bush village of Nsoko, Swaziland. Our 3 days of travel was fun, relaxing, and yet

This is for the Birds

Since my last blog I have spent the month of October in Guatemala, got placed on a team of all new people, had a layover in DC and was able to see my family & now I have lived the last month in Zambia, Africa. Almost six months into the race and I am still in awe of this crazy adventure God has lead me to. The only way to describe this month so far is Freedom. To be completely honest, it has taken this long, but I am finally "buying in" to the World Race and totally surrendering to what God

Silence and Solitude

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7   I’m good at sitting. I’m not prone to rambling. I’ve been told I have an affinity for listening.   This verse should be my sweet spot. Key phrase: “should be.”   I could tell you my struggle is because traveling/living with 42 people doesn’t offer the time or space to quietly reflect on the Lord, but that excuse is worn out.  The ugly truth of it is: &


My team has been in Zambia, enjoying our time here in Livingstone. We have been renting out a 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom home with electricity and running water in the mornings and at night. Because of the cooler nights many of us have been tenting and hammocking in the backyard under the mango’s. It’s great to feel safe with our security guard and is helpful to have Veronica who helps out with laundry and is great company. My team and team Agape have been serving with Jzone, which is an

Soo, that squad leader thing...

  Konnichiwa!!! (Hello!)   That is one of the few phrases I have learned in Japanese so far! :) Month five has brought lots of change for F squad....a new continent, new culture, harder language, different spiritual atmosphere, team changes and new leadership have all become real the past few weeks. This month has definitely looked different for me.   As many of you know, I was approached by our alumni squad leaders, Wesley and Kesley, at the end of Colombia...they aske

On Shoveling Human Poop.

On Shoveling Human Poop.

            This month we work an 8-4, Monday through Friday at a coffee plantation.  Every day I wear the same outfit because I don't want to get anything else dirty.  It's rainy season, which means its rained about 70% of our time here.  Work looks different every day.  Some days it's shoveling mud mixed with human poop off roadways for hours (guess it's good we got all those shots right?), o

The Heart Revolution

This past month in Guatemala, my team and I worked in Guatemala city with a ministry called The Street Revolution. Their main focus is loving on the homeless people living on the streets who are addicted to drugs as well as kids at risk of ending up on the streets. It was one of the most emotionally challenging months, but it did something to my heart. It expanded. God gave me a bigger view of Himself. He showed me His radical, unstoppable love for all people. There are about 5 areas in Guate

I'm on house arrest..

This past week I badly injured my foot during a bungee jump at Victoria falls. It took about three days until I could walk semi normal but I'm doing so much better in the last few days. My team has nicknamed me gimp, gimpy, hop along, and I think it's pretty hilarious. If I'm being honest, I'm very content with what happened to my foot. Yeah it's a bummer but I've learned a lot through this past week. When it first happened I was super upset about having to stay at the house and back from minist

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