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A Prayer and A Poem In the Spirit of St Brigid

by Paul Neeley Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (Irish: Naomh Bríd; c. 451–525) is one of Ireland’s patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Irish hagiography makes her an early Irish Christian nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare in Ireland. Here are 3 contemporary responses to St. Brigid […]

Expedition Debrief and The Journey (Kyrgyzstan to Georgia)

A lot has happened since we left Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan we met the other expedition squad that is doing our route in reverse, we traveled over 4,000 miles overland through four countries and one sea totaling 134 hours of travel. We then had Turkey pulled out from underneath us by the attempted coup by the military. I hope to give you a quick overview of what has happened in the last three weeks. At the end of our ministry time in Bishkek we headed to Karakol, Kyrgyzstan to meet up as a squad as we

Home

I sat down on the subway leaving the Chicago airport trying to keep my eyes open to look outside at the big city stuff passing by. My large pack is stuffed in the seat next to me and my small daypack rests on my lap, drooped down and tired, a mirror image of my own body. I glanced around the subway and saw each individual looking bored, passing time by looking at the glowing rectangle in their hands. My head bobs down and I realize that I’m losing consciousness quick due to the extensive t

Seasons Change

Two months. In two months I will officially be a World Racer. What?! It feels like just yesterday I spent countless sleepless nights wrestling with the fact that God was leading me away from college, summer camp where I finally gave Him control to take me into the mission field, waiting and waiting for the October 2016 routes to be released, September when I submitted my World Race application and began navigating through the interviewing process, the November 23 phone call informing me that I

Albania (the trip before the trip)

I just got back from spending 3 weeks in Albania with my church family from The Woodlands, TX. What an amazing opportunity we had as we loved on children many of which would have been overlooked, played countless hours of Dutch Blitz, bonded with people on our team we had just met for the first time, solved all the world’s problems over coffee, played volleyball, soccer and football with college students, and had deep spiritual conversations with these same students! Many trusted Him with

I'm Not Okay (And That's Okay)

After being home for almost two months, I think I’m finally ready to write and post a blog. The issue wasn’t that I didn’t want to share my thoughts and experiences with you all, but that I didn’t yet have enough perspective to see my return for what it truly was.   Recently, God is speaking a message of vulnerability and openness into my life. So I’m going to be as honest here as I can be. And honestly, I struggled a lot coming home and I am still struggling

To All My Supporters!

Hello family, friends, and supporters! I just wanted to reach out and thank you again for helping me get here. God has far exceeded my expectations for what this year would look like. I am only 19 days away from being back in my comfy bed. As I am writing this a rush of emotions and thoughts are flying through my mind. This year has been full of experiences that are hard to put into words. It scares me that I won’t be able to do it justice when people ask me how my year was. This year ope

Are You Ready?

It's the question everyone is asking, the question I have been asking myself. "Are you ready?" To that, I say "hopefully". I've gathered my supplies and signed my living will. I've moved my furniture to storage and notified the bank that I will be traveling. I've made multiple donations to Goodwill and taken my dog to the vet. But am I ready to say goodbye? Have I said everything I needed to say, done everything I needed to do? I don't know! I DO know that last night, my brothers and I joine

A Year in Review

Most of you probably know where I am going. The World Race: an adventure to serve those forgotten with an intentional community and the purpose of abandoning the ordinary to encounter God in unbelievable ways.                 What many of you probably don’t know is where I came from. We all have a story, and mine, like many others is full of twists and turns. All of it adds to the purpose God has for me, but if it

Meet team, Gentle but Fierce!

It's actually here, I'm leaving for the world race August 4th!! That's only a week away and it's so crazy to believe it's actually time! I'm excited, nervous, gitty, and have no idea what's going on all at once. But, before I left, I wanted to introduce to you all my team, the 6 wonderful women who I'm going to be doing ministry alongside.    First though, I wanted to break down some terms and roles for you all, because I know a lot of the terms that I'm using and will be using,
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