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The One Thing I Never Wanted To Do On the Race

I'm open-minded when it comes to new things, BUT there was ONE THING I knew I had no desire to do... I told myself I was going to go 11 months... WITHOUT HOLDING A BABY Some of you may say "Daaaaang! How hearless!" But hey, I'm just so afraid of how tiny and fragile they are. I can't help but feeling like I will break one by accident. I can't even remember holding my nephews to be honest! I just held my first small child back in October! After 26 years! BUT When on the World Race, you open

A Thing Called Love

A Thing called Love  There is a thing called love. Love, which is a word, used everyday in every country. We have all heard it and have all said it. But God has taught me more about love on this yearlong mission trip in Asia, than I can every truly imagine. Love is an action; it is a do and a fruit that we give to those who are hungry and starving for it. Let me tell you, we are all hungry for it in some way. A fruit so sweet and tasteful that it drives a desire in all of us to have more.

Let the Children Come

“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” Matthew 19:13-15

  This verse has been at the front of my mind all month.  Probably partly due to all of the kids I see running around every d

Month 1

Well folks, in 3 days, month 1 will be over! I cant believe it! Its gone so fast! It is so beautiful here in the Philippines. My favorite thing ever has to be riding on top of the jeepney's. Just in case you don't know what a jeepney is, it is like a bus that all the seats have been taken out of and instead there are two long benches on either side and you can sit on the top. Of course, we always sit on the top. Today was especially awesome. Its warm here and there is a breeze but the breeze is

Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

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Hell is real, in some form or another.

Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earth–this is real.

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Ready for Winter but Not for Spring

The northeast coast of the U.S. is battened down in preparation for an epic storm. Its not just the humans that need to be prepared either. Even the trees have work to do in preparation for the winter blasts. Here in Seattle the days are exceptionally warm for January – yesterday it was over 60F. […]

Put It In the Bank

The Ignite South Africa coaches. Photo by Ignite South Africa.

This month I had the opportunity to speak to a dozen youth coaches that teach grades 7-9 on how to dream big, live with a purpose, safe sex, and speaking up and living out the gospel. These people have testimonies far beyond anything the general American public society could ever relate to. Their job is to travel from school to school teaching classrooms of 40-60 roudy kids ranging in ages of 12-18.

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Danger of Wonder.

In everything we do, at first we have wonder. I can’t help it. I’m a dreamer. It is what I do, I love to think about something and create an entire scenario… But when it’s time to take action, I have a tendency to just let it stay in my head. I have a problem with realizing, something I've dreamed of for a long time is actually happening. I wait for the perfect opportunity to act, just long enough to see that it has already gone by. I let my wonder with my situation get

When Ministry Looks Like a Cup of Coffee and a Swimming Pool

          This month has brought so many adventures and a couple of challenges as my team and I have been on the search for “Unsung Heroes” here in Cambodia. At the beginning of the month, my team of six split into pairs to focus on different ministry leads. Taylor was my partner for the month.             We had a great start, and we emailed a number of potential ministries. The other pairs did, as well

Mountains and Valleys

Getting off of the cable car, a sense of excitement was building up in each of us. After 2 weeks of praying for good weather, it finally came. Today was the day my teammates and I would climb Pichincha Rucu. The sun was shining and the sky was blue. This is something we hadn’t seen in days. The view: breathtaking. My first thought was, “God created this”!  Side note: I am not an athletic person. I am not in shape. But I was determined to reach the summit of this magnifice

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