I had been preparing for my first international mission trip to Uganda for several weeks, and I had hit a wall financially. I wasn’t where I wanted to be at that point, and I was not very optimistic. I remember expressing my concern to a friend of mine and he stopped me mid-sentence, grabbed my shoulder, looked me in the … More How to Fundraise for Your Mission Trip
Two years ago today I left the comforts of home for the greatest adventure I’ve ever known. Since then I’ve been mulling over several lessons I learned in my year on the field. Today, 24 months later, I’d like to share a few of those with my readers – the few and the faithful. 1. Missionaries are … More 7 Lessons I Learned on the Mission Field
Step 1. Avoid riotous children to get yourself into position. Step 2. Help other photo subjects get into position. Steps 3-6. Dodge photo bombers. Step 7. Make sure all hands and arms are in proper position. Note: You might need to enlist the photographer’s help at this point. Step 8. Cripple the uncooperative with tickling and say CHEESE!
Today marks six months since I left South Africa and the kids from Ratang Bana have been on my mind more than ever this week. Would you join me in praying for these precious kids by name? Downloadable PDF: Ratang Bana Prayer Guide __________________________________________ Four years ago this month I was returning from my very first trip to … More Just Pray
_________________________________________________________ PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE: 10 More Tips for Repatriating with Dignity _________________________________________________________ It has nearly been six months since my return to the States, and I still find myself standing in my closet crying over South African money found in a jacket pocket. The transition, even only after a year overseas, is HARD. Like no-one-will-ever-understand hard. But I … More A Graceful Landing
FACTS: 1. Since college I have worked at three different SBC ministries as a Graphic Designer, Advertising Associate, Writer and Photographer. This just proves that, no matter what I may claim, I truly am a Southern Baptist. My father is a Southern Baptist Preacher, I worked for 6 years at a Southern Baptist Church and for the past … More Just 10 Facts
God wants to be worshipped and to receive glory from all people groups. He has chosen to use you, His church, to be His ambassador. How will God use your church in His plan? Above is a sneak peek into a brand new digital publication for the iPad that I wrote and my teammates designed for the … More Embrace
21 days left in Africa, people. Twenty. One. I can’t even figure out what that means for me. Questions swarm my mind as I wonder what comes next and I remember the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire. “The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar … More The Cost.
There are days at Ratang when things seem perfect. The weather is wonderful, the children’s creative juices are flowing during craft time, I get to hug on and take fun pictures with kids for hours, and the Bible story is clearly understood and recited back to us. Yesterday was not one of those days. The … More The Chaos of Ministry
This weekend was one that I will not quickly forget. As I’ve mentioned before, every so often we visit Granny Evelyn and a bunch of super fun kids at her creche (day care) in Alexandra. On Friday, we decided to take the kids out for a field trip to the Bunny Park. We crammed 27 … More Hearts-a-Melting