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Redefining “At Risk”

Who are ‘at risk’ youth? The following ideas are not meant to take away from the struggles that homeless and houseless youth face on a daily basis. However, as someone who works with youth in multiple cultures, I want to propose the idea that it might be time to reconsider what an ‘at risk youth’… Read More

Is Short Term Missions Fulfilling the Great Commission?

Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the  Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you to the end of the age.” So many people read that… Read More

Be Still

Be Still (Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still”) In the midst of the chaos we all know this place. the cars and the noise bright lights, big city, an unfamiliar face completely alone but surrounded by many and we reach and we run back and forth cuz… Read More

Where I Actually Went

I’ve noticed there’s a contrast – a stark difference if you will – between where I thought I was going and where I actually went.  Here, let me show you. Because somehow it doesn’t seem to stick until we see it with our eyes.  At least that’s how it was for me when I looked… Read More

Time Has Wings

We’ve all heard it said that “Redbull gives you wings”. Well for me it works a little differently.  Time has the wings, my mind got the redbull.  No, seriously.  I feel like I blinked and almost two years just vanished into thin air!  Just like that. And now sometimes I’m afraid to blink again.  And… Read More

You Know It’s Hot When: An Ode to Real Life Experiences in Botswana

Ten ways you KNOW it’s hot.  All based on real life experiences in Botswana last week’s heat wave when temperatures hi the high 40’s.   10. You buy butter at the store and by the time you walk home you have to pour it out. 9. You are showering and you honestly can’t tell if… Read More

Madagascar Part 2: A Lot Of Pictures but Not A Lot Of Words

ANTSIRABE:  When I Grow Up She was such a fantastic woman.  From the moment we arrived in the compound, with all my bags and luggage, she came spinning out of the kitchen with arms spread wide.   “Welcome!”  she grinned as she shook my hand, embraced me, and ushered me into the dining room almost… Read More

Madagascar Part 1: “To The Man Singing” and “Barefoot Freedom”

AMPARAFARAVOLA – To The Man Singing. To the man singing at 5am on a cold dark Madagascar morning,  You’ve impressed me.  And not in the sense that you have done anything spectacular or out of the ordinary.  In fact, it is the sheer reality that this is so normal to you that has caused the… Read More

If Challenges Are Opportunities: Stories Of Hope In A Place Of Constant Struggle

I have heard it said on many occasions that challenges are simply opportunities. If that is truly the case then South Sudan is a breeding ground of opportunity!  Spending such a short time in South Sudan hardly qualifies me to make any such judgements or statements concerning the country, however, what I can tell you… Read More

Just The Beginning – 30 days with Jesus (day30)

Just The Beginning DAY THIRTY – Thursday, July 16, 2015 “So this is it.” I thought to myself as I rolled out of bed and slipped my feet into my sneakers one more time.  My thoughts drowned out my music as I climbed that hill for one last sunrise.  I couldn’t shake this anxiety in… Read More