Oh that “Haiti High”

On the last evening of my first mission trip to Haiti, I recall one of our trip leaders sharing about the “Haiti High” that we would all go home with. We’ve all seen it and there is an equal possibility that we’ve all experienced it before.  I’m talking about the euphoric excitement that permeates our…

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Comforts of Home

“I’m glad you are home.” I never knew how sick these five words could make me feel. I never thought for one second coming “home” from a place I visited for 6 days would make such an impact. I never thought taking a shower would cause so much guilt. Or brushing my teeth with a…

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A Renewed Strength.

I recently spent 4 and a half months serving in Haiti. This was easily the hardest, but most rewarding time of my entire life. I fully believe that I went through every season possible with the Lord:  joy, depression, frustration, happy, sad, fear, mourning, etc. Those 125 days that I was living in Haiti, was…

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God Our Father

On this Father’s Day, as I gather with family to reflect on the amazing, kind, and loving man that is my dad, my heart can’t help but turn to the thought of our Heavenly Father and this season of life in which He has placed me. In fact, today can be somewhat bittersweet for me,…

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Open Hands

The desire to sponsor Styve came quickly and easily. The feeling of knowing that I have in great excess back in America what he has little to none of is not one that sits gently on my chest. Instead, it weighs heavy and cuts deep. However, I am resolved to never encourage sponsorship because it…

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Broken Earth

The orange walls and striking blue doorways. The piles of dust and stacks of broken homes holding smiles, bright and hopeful. The night that comes so quickly and the morning that chases close after. The children dancing on gravel and destruction. Beautiful, dusty feet flying and twisting. Playing on shredded trash and muddied earth. These…

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Love Well.

How can God show up and do something when we keep trying to place him in our busy, man-made calender? We wake up to a handful of to-do lists, way too long for any realistic day. There are three Bible studies you’re attending this week – one of them you’re leading, the other two you’ve…

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God Knows

In the spring of 2000, my daughter Jesula was born into poverty in Haiti. That same year I signed up for my first mission trip to Haiti with the church I attended at the time. I had no idea why I signed up, I just did. I had never been interested in international mission work.…

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Love of the Journey

Being in the air with Haiti behind me seemed surreal. I had anticipated getting attached to the babies, and missing them when I left. What I did not anticipate, was falling in love with a nation, it’s culture and it’s people. I did not anticipate feeling heartache from their brokenness and personal stories. I did…

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A Second Chance

Second Chance: “an opportunity to try something again after failing one time.” He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. Psalms 111:4 A second chance. We all need it. I have learned a lot about second chances throughout my 20 years of being on this earth. Sure,…

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