This month without television has been incredibly productive and incredibly quiet. I organized my filing cabinet, polished my dining room table and cleared out the cobwebs on my back porch all on that first Saturday morning without television. I read I Don’t Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton (incredible! highly recommended!), re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and am about … More All About the Benjamins
Some of my most intimate moments with God involve Africa, a bus, headphones and a timely worship song. In those quiet moments in the center of the chaos that can be missions, I am reminded that the God I serve is holy and sovereign and wise. So if you’re heading on a mission trip, this new … More Music for Your Mission Trip
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
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.
Happy Friday! In honor of having only three months left in Africa (where is the time going!?), I have decided to share several Facebook Cover Photos that I have designed for your downloading pleasure! Now, let’s have a contest! Leave a comment on this post with your favorite quote/Scripture/song lyric, and one of you will … More Facebook Cover Photos… and a Contest!