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Freerange Friday: The Cup of Love

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Chinese New Year: A Case Study for Shifts in Christian Caring

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Month 1: Haiti Ministry Host

Let me introduce the people my team and I have been blessed to partner with while in Haiti.   Alex is our main ministry host for the month; she has been living here in Haiti for over two years now but originally from Texas. We celebrated her two year anniversary on January 21! She has the absolute biggest heart, loves blessing and serving others and sees the beauty in everything. She is extremely focused and driven person but listens to everyone. She has immersed herself in the community

Don't Blink

Someone needs to remind me not to blink because only a few blinks ago I had just landed in Haiti. Now, I find myself a month later starting my last full day in Gonaives and wondering how everything happened so fast. How did all those days, hours and minutes fly past me without my knowledge of them? How am I supposed to process everything I’ve experienced, all the relationships I’ve made and the thought of having to leave? Most importantly, how are the mosquitoes still finding parts o

Power Over my Perfectionism

This month has been a whirlwind.  It seems like we just left the States, and yet we are about to leave Haiti to head to the Dominican Republic. It has been an interesting month filled with a lot of questions and a lot of figuring out life on the Race, which can be kind of tricky when you are a married couple learning to live with a bunch of people for the first time, especially as we are sleeping in separate rooms this month. It has been a slow month, as we have had a lot of time off from

Not the same Abby

It's been six months- six months since I have slept in my own bed, six months since I have seen my family, and hardest of all, it's been six months since I have seen a Chipotle. At times it seems endless, as if this long journey will never come to an end. Yet somehow I kind of think that I don't want it to ever come to an end. I have come to love all the new challenges God has entrusted me with. When preparing for the race, I knew that sacrifices were going to be made. But I had no idea that o

In Ecuador with a LIGHT LOAD!

Okay, the second part of that title isn’t really relevant, but I’m excited and wanted to share this moment with you all. They say that there are two types of Racers.. The ones that pack a TON and drop their stuff as they go and the ones that hardly pack at all and end up leaving the Race with full packs. I’m the first type. After a team-intervention and a large giving-away pile, I’m pretty sure I’ve dropped 15-20 lbs. The small stuff really add up when it comes to

A Day in the Life in Maseru

We are now in an orphanage in Maseru, Lesotho and it has been such an amazing experience. We have been able to pour into the kids here and show them so much love. After two weeks here we have really gotten to see their personalities come out and their sweet spirits. I wanted to take you through what a typical day here in Lesotho looks like for us.    5am - Wake up, make breakfast and get ready for the day. 6am - Go to the main house where we bath the 4 babies, get them dressed, and

God made me for so much more

This past week, I celebrated my 22nd birthday-- a whole year since I made the choice to actively seek out a community again. It is crazy how much I have been transformed in the past year, and it is all thanks to the grace and love of God. Looking back on the crazy year 21 was, I am blown away by the sense of community and spiritual friendship God has blessed me with. A year ago, I was a 21 year old girl who wanted to party and drink to seem "cool." I thought if I went to the bar, dressed a cert
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