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By Amy on April 30, 2016 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

hey guys, I thought I'd let ya gain a better understanding of life here by showing you around our centre outside of the refugee camp.  Its the best video quality that you have prob ever seen i know, no need to tell me :).  Read more


By Amy on March 31, 2016 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

We do a few conferences for the children each year at There is Hope, especially around holidays such as Christmas and Easter. This month, we (the Sunday school teachers and I) put on an Easter conference for the children. Over 250 children showed up for this two day event, and we all had a ton of fun. They were so excited that they showed up hours before the event was supposed to start and waited for us. Most of them were there by 7 o clock in the morning! The first day the children got to watch a film in English about the resurrection, sing songs, play games, and when it was all over eat... Read more

What If

By Amy on February 29, 2016 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

This month, women from all over the world gathered to talk about, “what it would look like if we lived like Jesus.” I was able to live stream this event here in Malawi, even though it was the middle of the night! It was exactly what my soul needed. “The world around us feels like it is crumbling and almost nothing seems certain, until we look to Jesus and see that our Hope is very clear and certain. He didn’t just give us salvation—Jesus is our salvation and the example of what it means to live in the fullness of grace and truth. What the world needs is His redemption, the very redemption and... Read more

Rainy season

By Amy on January 31, 2016 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

It feels weird to be writing again because it doesn't feel like any time has passed since I last wrote. Although January came and went so so quickly so much has happened. As the rains have come and are turning everything green and beautiful, making the crops grow, my relationships with the refugees and Malawians are growing as well. I'm getting to know and hear more stories of the people here and it is so beautiful and humbling. I have been going out to a few different villages to build relationships with their preschool teachers and have built upon relationships with the Sunday school... Read more

New Beginnings

By Amy on December 31, 2015 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

It's been a crazy year, maybe even the craziest year of my life. I've graduated college, packed up my bags to move to Malawi and have been here for almost 2 months now. So much change, which I've never minded, but I'm learning to embrace it and be intentional with it. It can bring so much good. To learn to leave things behind and move forward. I've experienced so many new things and seen God in so mamy new ways. There are still so many new things for 2016 and I'm excited to see what the new year brings, as I try to live intentionally  it and make it meaningful.  Read more

First weeks in Malawi

By Amy on November 30, 2015 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

I have been in Malawi for almost three weeks now and I think I have been welcomed properly! From the heat to African time, it has been interesting, and I love it. There has been a lot of firsts for me, for the first time ever, I am in Africa, I paid rent for my first apartment, ate my first Malawian food, drove for the first time on the other side of the rode, saw my first elephant in the wild, for the first time waited for over 5 hours to get a signature and stamp that does not need to take that long, and for the first time have lizards on the walls in the house. My life has changed... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Frank on November 24, 2015 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

Hello!  This time I write you not from Turkey, but from...wait for it....Michigan!  Yep, my two years in Turkey is done and I find myself back home in America.  It's a bit surreal being back, I think mostly because my time in Turkey just flew by; hardly seems like.  And yet, so much happened over two years and I have returned a different person in many ways.  As I think back on my time there, there are a couple things that stick out to me, and I'd like to take this opportunity to share those with you.     I went to Turkey with the hope of being able to share the Gospel with young men there. ... Read more

Football as a means

By Frank on April 17, 2015 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

Football is officially done, but it has served its purpose.  It gave me and the other missionary coaches a reason to be here, and an opportunity to form friendships and share Christ, and a couple months ago, one of the players on our pro team began reading the Bible with one of the other American coaches here.  About 7 chapters into the book of Matthew, he began to believe in the Scriptures he was reading and the Jesus found therein.  God made himself known to him!  He is currently in a sort of weigh the cost mode as he is nervous about what his family, friends, and employers will think and... Read more

Announcing My Retirement

By Frank on April 17, 2015 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

Hello from Izmir!  And a belated Happy Easter (week and half late doesn't seem so bad when you remember I said Merry Christmas over a month late does it?)!  I hope that you all had a special Easter and were not only were overwhelmed with thankfulness in remembering how much Jesus suffered for our salvation, but with joy in celebrating that he is alive and with us!      I spent my Easter Sunday coaching in a University football game about an hour away from the ancient city of Nicaea (currently Iznik) which is where nearly 2000 years ago the Council of Nicaea not only came to a church wide... Read more

Football and Turkey

By George on March 17, 2015 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

Hello from Turkey, February just flew by here. I think it helped that it is the shortest month of the year and that I was really busy. The month started slow and I don't remember much from it. But then my sister came for a visit. And that kept me plenty busy. It was fun being able to share a little bit of my life with her and I also loved having an excuse to go see a bunch of historical sights again. Ephesus continues to amaze me and I don't think I will ever see another place that is as incredible as Cappadocia. We had two University football games in the last month. With our open league... Read more