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Returning from my mission in Thailand, I sit here in awe, trying to process just how amazing it really was. People have asked me to put it in words. And each time I try, I simply can’t. There are few words that I can use, but they all fall short of what I really experienced. As I try and reflect upon all the incredible things God showed me, the thing I felt most connected to was the indescribable joy that comes out of authentic relationship with others. I saw here a people that longed to love. Longed for relationship. I had the privilege to meet an authentic and raw people. People who have wronged and been wronged. But no matter the circumstances, no matter the pain, all were connected through love. We were not meant to go though this alone, we were called to love God and love each other. And when you have relationship with the almighty creator, your heart will be softened to experience the love that we were intended to feel. One of the biggest things God has revealed to me recently is that love has no language barrier. No matter if you are in Thailand, Africa or a local coffee shop, Love is universal. No words required. A force that though only an almighty God can we attain it’s authenticity at full. Every day is OUR mission, now go and spread love to all nations!
As some know, my heart going into this YWAM school was to be able to share and express my faith to my own country. I am so excited to share that my outreach will be here in the states! My team and I will be traveling through New England for 8 weeks. We will be partnering with local churches and YWAM bases, as well as spending time on different college campuses.
I am so excited for this! God has been giving me this new sense of confidence with my faith. The best I can explain it is this way: Before, I felt like I had the experience but no knowledge of how to share that experience and get my point across. Now, I have the confidence to share my faith and experiences of God as well as trusting him in the moments to provide the words to say.
We all go into a mission trip thinking, “I am going to change someone’s life.” Instead, we walk away being imprinted with marks that will forever change our life. A mission trip can have you come back with many different emotions as well as new perspectives towards everything in life.
In this blog, I’ll explain how my week was like in Peru and what I walked away with. I can tell you now, this trip was very similar to my to Africa. Too many memories but each will stay with me as I walk through the journey God has planned for me. I loved every moment of each day. I loved being able to wake up saying, “This is a new day. What is there to come?”
Peru has breath taking sights to see. I believe no matter how much in property a place (or person) can look, there is beauty to be found. We jumped right into the trip the instant we got there. We would start each day with a group devotional. I enjoyed this time because we were all together spending time in the word. We got to learn new things about one another during these times as well as being able to be vulnerable if needed. It was a time of prayer, building relationships, and encouraging one another.
Haiti or bust!
As this very long season comes to an end…
We can’t help but reflect and become so overwhelmed by the love and provision of God these last eight months we’ve been in Florida, and these last thirteen months of this adoption.
We are weary. So very tired. But Ellie has brought so much joy. We’ve struggled more in these last months than we probably ever have in our seven years as a married couple. This has required more faith, more finances, more love, more grace, more, more, more, than we ever could have imagined when we walked into this chapter. And I’m SO GLAD it’s over!!!
However, in all honesty, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Eloise Nicole is a puzzle piece in our family that could not fit more perfectly. I am so thankful that we have the honor and privilege to raise this beautiful young woman.
To those of you who have been praying, and giving financially, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We couldn’t have done this without you!
During our loooooong wait.
Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take photos inside government buildings, so this stink eye photo is what you get.
I took this while we were waiting for her passport to be processed this morning!
We leave Florida bright and early Thursday morning!
Our DTS will begin February 13, so we will hit the ground running to make sure everything is place for the students to arrive next weekend! Our staff have been such a blessing, and taken on roles and responsibilities to make this transition home go as well as it possibly can.
Seriously. They’re the best.
We still have some outstanding medical bills, and our savings has not just taken a hit, it’s basically been beaten to a pulp. If there was financial life support… our savings account would be on it.
We would so appreciate large or small amounts you feel led to give to help alleviate some of these costs.
If you would like to begin supporting us monthly, or would like to send a one time gift, please send checks made out to YWAM Haiti to:
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Youth With A Mission – Haiti · 2586 SE Perugia St · Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952 · USA
This last week has been the hardest week of the summer yet. A roller coaster week of emotions. A week filled with disruptions right and left. A week filled with pain, confusion, frustration, and chaos. Yet in the midst of all this, God gently reminded me of his limitless love and grace. Creation was once chaos, and God spoke it into order, and yet I think that my God can’t put my chaotic life into order. Silly me for thinking that I can play the role of “God” in my own life when I want things to go my way. I firmly believe God is using this time for me to completely surrender to him, as I rightfully should. I don’t deserve his love, yet he showers me with it daily.
Today, I began to feel more at peace in the middle of the chaos and as I sat on the top of a mountain with this little one my heart broke. A simple reassurance overwhelmed me. My purpose and vision was made clear again.
Well. It’s been a week since I’ve been in my new home and words can’t express the love I have for this nation. God has taken my heart and ripped it to shreds and he is molding it to look more like his. From that first moment stepping onto Haiti soil, to currently laying in bed ill, I can’t even begin to explain the way my life has drastically changed. Haiti is a nation filled with so much passion and purpose and I’m so grateful to be a part of it this summer. Don’t get me wrong, this past week has been the hardest of my life. Ive been shaken to the core of my being in the villages and I’ve learned so much about myself and that terrified me, but God is a gracious God and I’m forever thankful for that. Partnering with mission of hope has been an amazing experience. A missions organization that isn’t focused on being a bandaid organization, but they are a long term organization that truly wants to see a nation transformed. I love that. I love Haiti.