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A few of my favorite things

By Grace on January 30, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

I turn 25 in February. In honor of turning a quarter of a century, I give you 25 things that bring me joy in East Africa.  Wearing the same outfits each week because nobody cares. Going to the market. (It’s always an adventure) Being recognized by the women who set up shop on my street. Slowly becoming friends with the people who work at the coffee shop. (I may or may not go there once a week) Setting up my classroom every Tuesday and Saturday Watching my students connect the dots with English.  The feeling of walking on clouds after teaching. Learning a new language (sometimes it makes me... Read more

LIfe Update November

By Andrew on January 22, 2019 Track: Engineering - IT Region: Africa - North

School Update The first exam for school will be coming up soon.  I recently gave out one of the progress tests that my teacher’s book provides to see how the students were doing.  And well, as I mentioned in the last update about how students here tend to learn differently, a lot of the types of questions from the progress test were just too difficult for the students to understand.  Thankfully, not all was lost, I was able to catch a few areas to help my students improve on.  I’m really thankful that, for the most part, my students are still coming to class because quite often this would be... Read more

Different Rhythms

By Grace on December 30, 2018 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Hey y'all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Today has marked a month of being in East Africa.  You want to know the truth? I’m exhausted. I tried to do things on my own and it came back to bite me. I thought I had the energy on my own to socialize with what feels like a hundred new people a day. I thought I had it in me to show love and grace to those I encounter. I thought I could fight the attacks of the enemy on my own. Maybe I didn’t say all of these things aloud, but by action, it’s what I believed. I spent some much-needed time alone to reflect and pray. I was reminded of my need for... Read more

Road Less Traveled

By Bethany on December 9, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,   And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.   I shall be telling this with a sigh... Read more

Meet Me Here

By Grace on December 1, 2018 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Jesus calls the dead to rise. In exchange for our brokenness, he gives us a new identity. He does what seems impossible. How can what is dead show signs of life again? Does a plant reach its full potential if it is cut from its source of nourishment? Yet, this is what He does. He gives us new roots and replenishes us from a well that never runs dry. Freedom is spoken over us and we no longer have to bear the weight of our shortcomings. Instead, we can run to our Father who invites us with open arms. He is calling us to more. He invites us into a celebration of what He is doing not only in our... Read more

The Sun Always Rises

By Grace on November 3, 2018 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

November is here and the year is almost over. Less than 30 days until I launch to East Africa. I have been in pre field training the last month and have two more weeks to go. I decided to write a poem vs the novel I could write of all I've learned. Something I am relearning is walking in my new identity. Jesus has transformed me and it's okay to walk in it.  Thanks for reading. Until next time friends.   Change is the forever horizon I see ahead  Mountains and valleys I will face Reluctantly I trudge forward Still, the sun will rise    You have ruined my life and I am unable to look back You... Read more

The World, The Flesh, and The Devil

By Anthony on October 29, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Spiritual warfare is a reality and a serious part in working overseas. It is also a topic not spoken about enough in church. The major thrust of spiritual warfare is not the more sensational types of demonic manifestations. The primary battle is over control of our daily lives. The problem is that if our worldview does not include a correct view of our Father and does not see Satan as a functional part of this struggle, we will wrestle with flesh and blood and forget we are also spiritual beings wrestling with principalities and powers.  In spiritual battle, we face three adversaries – The... Read more

Called Beyond Comfortable

By Bethany on October 4, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

On Monday I looked at one way tickets out of the country to join my team in a new context and culture. I left my home with no guarantee of returning. Everything I have known as normal will no longer be present in my life. As these growing pains continue to spread and the reality of me leaving the country hits, I have begun to feel increasingly anxious. I think part of me never expected the funding to come in, so God made sure to show me that it is Him alone that calls and sends. It was the moment that I hit 80% that I realized none of this journey was about me nor my efforts. It was fully God... Read more

Lay it Down

By Grace on October 4, 2018 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

You know that annoying feeling when someone tries to explain something you already know? In Luke 5 Jesus asks Simon to put his boat deeper into the sea and lower his nets. Simon had already tried without success. I don't know about you, but if I were Simon I'd tell Jesus to quit playing. Can you imagine the audacity of a carpenter to tell a professional fisherman how to fish?! Honestly, I'd probably roll my eyes and take some time to explain how fishing really works.  I’ve been traveling this last month or so for trainings that have laid the foundation for ministry. They’ve been great and I’... Read more

Amazing Partners

By Anthony on September 26, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Just over a year ago today I began raising support in California. Depending only on the Lord to provide through the many people who are alongside me today. It was during those conversations and appointments that the Holy Spirit guided my time to bring me in touch with most, if not all of you, and I cannot help but be grateful to our Father for such amazing partners. I truly look forward to sending you newsletters each month and I am so honored to hear back from you too with your own updates and prayer requests. This blog has also been a way I can connect with you because I’ve made it a place... Read more