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living in a coffee shop?

For the past three weeks since my team and I arrived in Thailand, I keep starting blogs, but end up not feeling inspired to write much at all. As I write this, it is 10 at night in Thailand, and my team and I are half way through our 4 hour drive back from today's ministry which was in a small village in Northeast Thailand.  We are in the back of a truck, which they call a taxi... So this is the perfect time to attempt a blog! My team and I live in Korat, Thailand, at the Tamar Center whi

Staying True

So I have been listening to Rend Collective's album Campfire for awhile now and I have to say it is literally one of my favorite albums to listen to. With the album came a video called the Campfire Story, where they talk about the reason for how they recorded the album. It really touched me because there is so much truth in it and something that over these past months I have really taken to heart and helped me.  Growing up, I have always been the weird or awkward kid compared to those arou

Gods Perfect Timing!

Wow where does the time go? How did I not accept God as my Lord and Savior sooner? What should I do with my life? Where should my next chapter begin to be written? What is going on around me in the lives of others?   Jesus saved me with His utmost perfect timing. I was one of the people who had to touch rock bottom and throw my hands up surrendering to His forgiving and gracious love. His presence is like a wildfire within my soul. Still a baby in my Christianity, by my faith sees beyond

An Unrestful Debrief

We began this month with what’s called a “debrief.” This is a time when the whole squad comes together for a couple of days to rest and revamp for the next month. This was my first debrief as a Squad Leader. For the squad, this couple of days is a wonderful time of rest and relaxation, but for the Squad Leaders, Field Mentor and Coaches, this time is a beautifully hectic time of individual team debrief meetings, one on ones with Racers, leadership meetings, and nightly

Nepali Update!

I cannot even begin to express how amazing it is to be here in Nepal. I am awestruck everyday by how incredibly beautiful this country is. Driving to our ministry site took nine hours, but it was absolutely breathtaking. Nepal is covered in rolling hills, scattered with terraced gardens and little villages, and set at the feet of the awesome, white-capped Himalayan mountains. It is a majestic site to behold. This month I am staying with Team Luna, an all-girls team of seven amazing women. We are

new friends, coffee, and Thailand

As most of you know, I’m with a group of 14 girls in Chiang Mai for this month. It’s a very colorful, beautiful city nestled between mountains in Thailand. It’s still a drastic change from last month in the Philippines and, certainly, from the previous months in Central America. The Philippines, with its Spanish influence and multicultural diversity, was actually a nice transition between the first 2 months and the following 4 months in Asia. Here, we quickly learned that to

bush life: hyenas, painted trees, and nshima

This month my team and I are living in Dzoole Village, Malawi. Living in a village has had its difficulties but it has also brought a lot of laughter and sweet memories.This is a little peak into our lives in Dzoole. 1. There is no electricity in the village which means when it gets dark there isn’t much to do. We eat dinner by candle light or lamp light and then head off to bed…at 9pm. And if by some chance we find ourselves up past 9 we consider ourselves night owls, or as Annie

More Than A Coincidence

  "And we know that in all things God works for the good, of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28 Quite often in our lives, there will be an event or a series of circumstances that we can’t explain how it happened. Most people label such instances as coincidences.  Well, I am done believing in coincidences. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. Every event in our lives, both good or bad are working for a purpose God

Goodies Hidden in the Dark

Have you ever heard of treasure hunts? Before some people go out to evangelize, they sit in prayer with God, asking Him for a specific person to talk to. They call this a “Treasure Hunt.” You’re supposed to ask Him for specific details about this person: gender, clothes, physical disabilities, anything that can help you identify the person whom God wants you to speak to. Weird. Before the World Race I had never heard of doing anything like this. When I did hear about it, I wa

I'm Fully Funded!!!!!!

Guess what?  Due to the heart touching generosity and love of family, friends, and strangers, I am now FULLY funded!  This means that all my airfare, health insurance, and basic costs on the Race are covered.  I have enough money in my account to stay on the Race for the entire 11 months.  This was the best Christmas present anyone could give me!  Thank you so much! Since my World Race fund is full, any money donated on my blog will no longer go to support me.  If

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