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Leadership As Spiritual Direction

Yesterday’s post by Lynne Baab made me think about the whole concept of community, leadership and spiritual direction which is something that I am very interested in. A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a M Div student for her class on leadership. I told her that for me leadership was not a(...)

Romans 12: A Blueprint for Biblical Leadership

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Romans 12 (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters

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How I Got Rich on the World Race

Six months ago, I had a full time job. I owned a car that I bought with my own money. I paid rent, bought groceries, and went shopping for new clothes whenever I felt like it. I could even afford to overpay for coffee at the drive through for convenience sake. This may not sound like anything special to you, but for me, looking back, I can see that I was rich. Truth be told back then I didn't realize how rich I was, I actually thought of myself as poor at the time. If I ever was poor, I am

With Blood Comes Cleansing

Within my porcelain throne bore the testimony and witness of human progress. Something has grown deep within me this last week. Something inside me has changed. Forgive me if there is confusion in the allegory, but I have intestinal parasites. Today is the eleventh day I have been on mission in Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala, and I have been ill for the last seven. Not bed-ridden, mind you. Although I should say floor mat-ridden if we were to be given an honest testimony of the account. The

Chipping my old life away in Guatemala

So we started ministry this month in a daycare. After a few days, we were asked to paint a mural on their main wall outside by their playground area. Some people brainstormed, some people started chipping paint, and some played with kids. After the first day, more and more of us were chipping paint and enjoying our time together. (The kids were in their classrooms learning and we didn't want to be a distraction to them.)  Rewind to Tuesday night..... Tuesday night, we were having worship

Home.

I have called many places 'home' in my 22 years of life.  For the first 18 years, the house that my parents still live in to this day was home, though during the summers Bonclarken Conference Center became my home away from home as I spent countless weeks there - both as a camper and a counselor.  For four years of college I made my home in Witherspoon Hall, at least during the academic year.  Then I spent 10 weeks coming home to a flat in the middle of Cochabamba, Bolivia where m

Guatemarvelous

  We made it to Guatemala! A quick update on our lives: we have a beautiful guest house where my team (Geronimo) and a girls team (Lavished Warriors) live. We have showers (hallelujah!), working bathrooms, a kitchen, beds and streets to run on in our gated community, more than any of us expected on the World Race. It takes over an hour to drive to our ministry everyday but the drive couldn’t be more beautiful! We pass by mountains, valleys and the most colorful buildings. Each day th

Dig In

“We want to bring these impoverished boys out of the cycle of gangs, sexual abuse, and violence and mold them into the men God has created them to be.” This is the goal of Engadi Ministry, and as soon as I heard those words, I knew that God has a plan. God has a vision for this ministry and for these boys, and he is using our host to reach that goal. He is using us to create relationships with the boys, so that they can eventually step into this better life. My team and I are worki

Time to Switch Over!!! Please read this!!! =)

Hello friends, family, and whoever else is stumbling across this blog post!!!  The time has come to switch!!! Switch over to another blog for the time being, that is! Check out juliekolins.wordpress.com for updates about my upcoming mission and attendance at the Harvest School of Pioneers!!! You can also find the PayPal link for donating to my Africa 2014 Mission Fund! The mission is costing around $10,000, so please partner with me as I follow His lead and take a leap of faith in where He

"YAY! GRINGOS!!"

  First off… sorry I haven’t blogged sooner. The house we are staying at doesn’t have wifi, and we have to plan around when we go seek out wifi. But anyways, it’s been a little over a week in Guatemala already, and somehow if feels like we’ve been here for a month now! Instead of describing every little detail of what I’ve done so far in Guatemala, I’m going to give just a couple details at a time in category. My next blogs will most likely just

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