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International Grocery Shopping

By Dana on July 31, 2018 Track: Business Region: Asia - Central

Picture; multi-lingual pantry: Russian, Turkish, Greek, Italian, German, Georgian, French and Dutch with some English throughout. Most of us have experienced this: you go to a different city or state and the water tastes a little (or a lot) different. Here, everything tastes different. Particularly all raw ingredients, like milk, flour, and eggs have a different taste from their US counterparts. Which kinda makes sense – the milk is highly pasteurized, the grain and vegetables grow in different soils, and the water has other minerals in it. Unfortunately, this means that pancakes, muffins,... Read more

Waiting for Rain

By Dana on July 13, 2018 Track: Business Region: Asia - Central

It’s hot. Maybe not as hot as some of you are used to, but it’s hot. A friend, who used to live in a country in this region, told me that during the summer it would get so hot they didn’t think they could stand it, and then it would rain. That would cool everything down a bit, and the process would start all over again. That’s about how it was last week. We celebrated the 4th in 103°F heat, and then it rained on Friday night. Saturday was beautiful and cool and fresh. And then we’ve started over. The forecast for the next month is looking better, but this month has been significantly hotter... Read more

For His Name's Sake

By Dana on July 11, 2018 Track: Business Region: Asia - Central

For over a month now I’ve been working my way, slowly, through the book of Ezekiel. If you don’t remember which one he was, he lived during the Babylonian exile, ate a scroll, had to lay on his left side for 390 days, one day for each year of Israel’s sinning, and then another 40 days on his right side for the sins of Judah, and prophesied his own wife’s death. But he’s really famous for the vision in the valley where an army of dry bones comes back to life. That guy. Anyway, as I’ve been reading, one phrase is constantly repeated (at least 50 times in the whole book): “Then [they] will know... Read more

Living a LIFE with hands open...

By Holly on July 9, 2018 Track: Business Region: Europe

Hello bloggys.   Question: Do you have some big decisions to make? Perhaps you’re a graduating high school senior and it’s time to decide on a college. Or you’re a graduating college senior and it’s time to look for your next steps. Or, you’ve already made all these decisions, perhaps even a long time ago, and your grown comfortable or uncomfortable with where your life is. Or you’re very content with your life but still wanting a soft heart to hear the Lord’s voice. I hope this covers everyone. If it by chance didn’t, this is still for you too.   This past week I was able to attend CHALLENGE... Read more

Equips the Called

By Claire on June 27, 2018 Track: Business Region: Latin America

Included article on the current situation in Nicaragua. LATIN AMERICA Nicaragua unrest: What you should know https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/nicaragua-protests-18053013071701... Read more

The Language Struggle

By Dana on June 13, 2018 Track: Business Region: Asia - Central

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." Nelson Mandela My teacher has just asked me a question, and I can’t even start to put together an answer. I can guess at the gist of the question based on the topic we’re studying, and the two words I actually understood. My brain is whirring with words, sounds, and the spaghetti letters of this language, but I can’t make sense of any of it. I’m staring at a page in my workbook, but I know it doesn’t hold the answer. I repeat the question back to her in... Read more


By Reid on June 12, 2018 Track: Business Region: Latin America

       Hello friends, family, and all others! If you haven’t known already about me leaving to Mexico for missions for two years then you will be hearing a lot more about it in the coming months. This desire has been burning in my heart for years and years and the timing of it has blossomed in the past few months through different confirmations and leadings from God. I’m excited to be blogging. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I will be sending updates through my blog and monthly newsletter on experiences and thoughts/devotions as I prepare to go and also while I’m in Mexico.               I’m... Read more

Let go and let God

By Dana on May 2, 2018 Track: Business Region: Asia - Central

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11   I’ve had to do a lot of learning and letting go this month. Mostly, letting go of my own will, so that God’s will can be done. I realized that if I want to understand the people of this new culture, if I want doors to be opened for sharing my faith, I have to first overcome my own inhibitions and fears. Like last week. Last week I rode the bus. I had a place I needed to be, and the bus was the way to get there, and at a tenth of the price of a taxi... Read more

I will BOAST in my THORNS.

By Holly on April 6, 2018 Track: Business Region: Europe

7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9    I’m wanna talk about my THORNS, also known as the terminal disease we were all born with, sin... Read more


By Claire on April 2, 2018 Track: Business Region: Latin America

I will be in my new home of Quito, Ecuador in 6 hours! After much anticipation I am so happy to begin learning from One Collective’s anti-sex trafficking ministry by following a few brave girls as they dare to journey through recovering from this horrific exploitation.   I have loved having conversations with friends back home about the work I am going to be joining, but also feel that maybe part of my ministry is talking to people about this issue. So many times when explaining that I will be combating the sex-trade industry in Ecuador, caring friends follow up with the question, ‘’Oh, is... Read more