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WR Round 2: Squad Leading!

Friends, family, and loyal supporters… I am doing the World Race yet AGAIN! 1. But I thought you already did the World Race? Yes, I did! I launched September 2013, with 2nd generation W squad and have only been stateside since August. This time I won't be a racer, however I'll be Squad Leading. 2. So you're doing it again? Yes and No. As a Squad Leader, I'm leading the entire squad of 28 racers with three amazing co-leaders Ashley Francis, Lauren Argue, and Kathryn Law. We will be jo

"Stuck" in Colombia

So Colombia...      We have been in Bogota for two weeks now. It has been a challenging and stretching month. We are at a church on the side of the mountain overlooking Bogota and the view is outstanding. The problem is that we barely get to see it. We went to a school this week and would come right back. On our day off we went to a field on our hillside and played games with the youth. I would have liked some time to get away from everyone. However we cannot. We have to be with

A Sold Out Race

  Running a Sold Out Race “I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” ? Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor I showed up to training camp with my hiking pack and day packed stuffed with all the things I thought I would need,my tent tied onto the back, and my heart ready to dig in. "I'm about to spend 13 days with 300 people who are as crazy as I am for God."  What an understatement. This we

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*This is my NSquad Family! We are doing this 11 month journey together, and I am so excited to have them all!* EMBRACE THE STANK! (First Training Camp blog post) So I was in Gainsville, GA for the week at training camp and when they told us "Embrace the stank," they were not kidding.  I think most of us took 2 showers or less for the entire week, those showers were bucket showers which meant that the weather being in the 40's and all when we wake up and go to bed that those showers wer

Am I qualified? Am I adequate?

Now that training camp has come and gone, I am taking a second shot at this blog. I had previously spent two hours in the airport writing a blog post about the fears and doubts that I was having about attending training camp. I was struggling with a lot of comparisons of myself and the preconceived ideas I had of the people I was about to surrounded by. Of course these preconceived ideas came from the highlight reel of their lives – their social media accounts. “But he’s been

meet monica & jaime.

Hello dear friends! In my last blog post I talked about a married couple, Monica and Jaime Arista, who are following the Lord in Nicaragua. God asked them to move to a small area outside of Granada where they are to start a discipleship school for men called Campo Gonia.  "Gonia" means cornerstone, and Christ is the cornerstone of everything these two do.  Monica and Jaime walk by faith. God has given them the vision to build the camp. He's given them the land. He's provid

Chronicles of a Lonely Man in Ministry

It’s palpable in a Bible study, a church congregation, or on a mission trip, but it’s proving to be less of a serendipity, and more of a foundational issue: the lack of men in ministry. While this topic may seem to depreciate the women who have given their lives to serving Christ in a vocational way, this is not the case. More than ever before, I see women stepping up into their strengths and gifts that the Lord has given them with an intention to utilize them fully. However, it see

Come With Me Now To See My World

This month in Colombia has been filled with challenges and moments of celebrations. Being the first World Race team to come to Colombia, my squad is pretty much the trial run on this country. While driving into Colombia, I was listening to Disney songs, thanks to another squad mate for having the Disney Spotify station on her phone, and I came across the song from the movie Tarzan called Strangers Like Me. There is one line in that song that says “come with me now to see my world, where th

Trust me, God has a sense of humor.

There are several things that haven’t changed much throughout my life. Most kids will beg and plead to stay in the bed with their parents at night. Me on the other hand, I wanted to be in my own bed and by myself. That aspect of me hasn’t changed much. I am not a fan of sharing my bed, and for the most part, I am not a snuggle person when I sleep. I am the weird one who says “do not touch me while I am sleep.” I alone put off plenty of body heat while sleeping so I really

C***** {the six-letter "C" word no one wants to hear}

The 17th of October started out like any other day in Costa Rica. I woke up, read, worked out, showered, and ate breakfast. Mal and I took a bus to San Jose to head to Jaco (a beach/surf town) for the weekend. I was thrilled to have a couple days to just relax and sit at the beach. We arrived in Jaco and when we went to grab our belongings off the bus, they were gone. we are safe and they were just “things” that can be replaced, nothing important..moving on I decided to call my dad

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