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I Changed My Name in Uganda

Its official! I'm in Uganda training to do ministry and be a better servant of The Kingdom. It hasn't even been two weeks and I've already collected so many memories and stories. My favorite memories collected so far are of the people I've met. My squad of 20 is incredible and the people of Africa are beautiful and beyond friendly. However, in the short time I've been here, I've had to change my name in various ways. First off, the name "Dakota" is way too American and hard for the people here

The Top 10 FAQs

Below are the Top 10 FAQs that we have been getting over the last month. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to comment/text/call/or email us - we'd love to share more about what Jesus has been doing in our lives!   What is The World Race? The World Race is an 11-month-long mission experience that travels through 11 countries, partnering with local ministry organizations to bring the freedom and joy of the gospel to some of the most forgotten places in the world. To lear

Lord of the Harvest

The Lord is in charge of the harvest.    “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord, who is in charge of the harvest, to send more workers into the fields.” -Matthew 9:37-38   “You do not have because you don’t ask God…” -James 4:2   “You don’t waste your life by where you work, but how and why.” –John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life   This month I witnessed over 100 peop

The Lord Called Me

   Sometimes even doing what you love can be exhausting. After 6 months on the missions field, ministry can feel like work. My only job while I’m here is to do the things my heart delighted in while I was at home, but now I find myself counting down the hours until I can get back to our ministry site and hang out in my hammock again. My heart once was so full doing this work, and now sometimes it feels like an obligation. When did I lose my joy? When did my excitement for servin

Is It Really Picture Perfect?

  From the moment I stepped foot on this continent, I’ve been overwhelmed with the perfection of it all. Driving from Lilongwe to my ministry site in Blantyre, it all seemed like a dream. The rolling hills, green landscape, towering mountains, dirt roads, and colorful side markets took my breath away as I gazed out our window, wide-eyed and mystified at the scene unfolding around me. It rains every day on the tin roof, and everywhere you turn there are the cutest of little ones laugh

Stranded In Kenya

“Option one: you stick to the plan and we send you all to Kenya tonight, 48-hour layover, no food, lodging, no nothing.”   Those are the words that were spoken to me just a short 4 hours before my squad’s flight to Kenya was about to take off- it’s a very promising option isn’t it?! Not.   This year I get to serve as logistics coordinator for my squad along with my co-leader, meaning that my job is coordinating all of travel day- transportation, chec


 VISION     Defined: 1.The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom Or 2. A mental image of what the future will or COULD BE like.   Vision has always been something I have strived to have for my life. As a daughter of the Most High, I know that my life has so much purpose. Throughout my life I have seen ideas or suggestions and my natural thought process always goes to “what can physically be done to achieve this?”   I l

i am not a victim

From the outside looking in this journey looks incredible. It is. I mean- it’s full of salvations, life restorations and adventures, but there’s more. And honestly, this month I struggled. Instagram and Facebook rarely depict what is happening when the camera isn’t on. From a scale of ‘Marley and Me’ ugly cry to Britney Spears breakdown – my off camera moments definitely were a solid seven.  Upon arrival to our ministry site, staff members of the s

Satisfaction.....and goat

    Once again I've shown up to a new country and been surrounded by a breathtaking view of the mountains. My house in Boone has always been in the mountains but now halfway across the world I am finding new peaks and valleys to call home. I feel a deep sense of groundedness and peace when I am surrounded by something so sure and steady. Being able to wake up every morning and see the view that I get to is such a treat.     The other morning I was sitting by the river watchi

A Missionary Without Makeup

So there I was, fresh off the field of missions, went to America for a month, then back out again heading to Mozambique after 11 months of doing missions and traveling as a participant on the World Race. Heading out as one of four squad leaders, I had a lot of excitement fill my spirit as I sat on the plane heading to Istanbul, Turkey, then to Johannesburg, South Africa.  Before leaving I asked my mom if I should take any of the clothes that I had taken on my first race, to which she respo
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