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A Very Merry Peruvian Christmas

By Brooke on December 29, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Christmas in Peru. 3,810 miles away from home. It has been quite the journey! I wanted to give you at least a small glimpse into what Christmas looked like here in the jungle – the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the aspects I enjoyed and appreciated about the holidays here. Like I have mentioned before, it was quite difficult to even believe that it was Christmas. Or December for that matter. At least until Christmas was only a few days away. I am so used to Hobby Lobby having decorations and wrapping paper out in July, Christmas carols being played as soon as Halloween passes, and sales... Read more

A Christmas Reminder

By Brooke on December 19, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Living in the middle of the jungle I have to admit it’s a little difficult to feel in the Christmas spirit. It’s 85 degrees. The sun shines most days and you’re lucky to go a day without sweating. The sound of palm trees rustling in the breeze drifts through the windows every afternoon.  It’s pretty much eternal summer out here. And I love it! But for me, Christmas has always been celebrated with the hope of a waking up to a fresh blanket of snow Christmas morning and temperatures that make you want to curl up with a cozy blanket next to the Christmas tree with a cup of coffee and a good book... Read more

Come With Me

By Abbie on December 8, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Europe

Hello Friends, For those of you who are already subscribed to my blog this post will mostly be geared to the seniors/recent grads but you can still read it of course. ;) I wanted to share with you guys a little bit about why you should say YES to going overseas. To do that, I will share a little bit of my story.  A long time ago my parents became missionaries. I was about four years old when we moved across an ocean to live in a whole new part of the world. Little did I know this was where God would truly mark the beginning of my story, because the moment God called my parents to missions was... Read more

This is Fabulous with a capital F

By Ellie on November 3, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Hi friends! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks of traveling around. If you ever need to feel loved, become a missionary and start support raising. I feel so unbelievably blessed to be going through this process. The Lord is just showing be over and over that He is all I will ever need. Support raising has given me an amazing opportunity to connect with people, some of whom I haven’t seen since I was six years old. Every time I leave an appointment I am encouraged in one way or another. People I have not seen in years are opening their homes to me, sharing meals with me, praying with me. This... Read more

Joy in the Struggle

By Brooke on November 1, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Quick disclaimer before you read on. This was a hard post for me to write. It is honest. It was accompanied by many tears as I recounted the memories and moments of the last six weeks, as I pondered all that God has been doing in me, all he has shown and revealed to me and the precious ways in which he has comforted me. It contains the questions and fears that I have been fighting against and struggling to answer. But I want you to know how I’m doing. I want to be honest with you because we serve a God who is forever faithful. So here it goes. I am a DAUGHTER of the KING. Not much about this... Read more

The long way 'round.

By M on October 10, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Asia - South East

When God gives a vision, He makes a way. But it’s not always the romantic-picture-feeling the whole time through. It’s often mundane and ordinary and looks like sitting and learning a language and then laughing at jokes you really don’t get because you only understood half of it. It looks like discouragement when the girls still don’t understand the reality of who Jesus is. It looks like continuing to pray when you're not hearing anything loud and clear. It looks like perseverance and endurance to continue when you just don’t want to get out of bed. It also looks like staying in bed every... Read more

Uncomfortable Faith

By Brooke on September 13, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I am late posting for the month of August, but as I prepare to leave on Saturday, I can’t help but think back on the whirlwind the last 14 weeks has been. June launched me into the beginning of my support raising as I attended GoCorps training in Minneapolis. With weddings, bridal showers, and a mission trip to El Salvador and Guatemala in between, NCLEX studying competing for my time as I worked to balance study and support raising, June disappeared and July flew by with equal speed. And August, where did that whole month go? Despite the speed at which these past few months have come and... Read more

Let's Talk About This Rad Thing I'm Going To Do

By Ellie on August 30, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Hello Readers! Welcome to my Blog! I am so excited to begin this incredible journey and I am so happy that you can be experiencing it along with me. Growing up I always had a healthy respect for missionaries and the work they did in other countries spreading the Good News. My aunt and uncle were long term missionaries and the church I grew up in supported many couples and organizations who served overseas. Although I had a good understanding and respect for those who worked as missionaries, I never pictured myself in this line of work. It wasn’t until I was a junior in college that it was... Read more

Getting off my High Horse

By Lindsay on July 26, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Asia - Central

Prayer. It is amazing how it works. What is even more amazing is how my prayers do not work in the way I anticipate them to. Bummer right? Because clearly, I know best. Except I don’t, which is ultimately a good thing because I have God to lead and mold me through the course of life. If I knew best at the beginning of this summer and I didn’t learn or grow at all before departing overseas, then I would fail miserably.             How do I know this? I asked God to shape and prepare me for this new life changing experience that I get to embark on in the fall. The thing is, being shaped and... Read more

Unexpected Growth

By Brooke on July 26, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I love that I serve a God who is constantly challenging me and drawing me closer to him – through His word, through my experiences, through my interactions with others, and through His creation. In June, I embarked on a mission trip oblivious to the countless ways God was planning to reveal himself that week, the things He would teach me, and the life changing experiences I would have. Our team of thirteen left to minister to the people of Asunción Mita, Guatemala and Chalchuapa, El Salvador, never imagining we would be ministered to, changed, and challenged in the ways we were. Some of my... Read more