HOPE, Heart and Home

WE MADE IT TO HOPEthiopia! I’m gonna live here. So, after 5ish hours in a taxi van thing, we made it to HOPE and wow, I’m gonna live here. When we first got to Ethiopia, I loved it but, when we started working with BCDO (Blessing the Children), I felt as though maybe Ethiopia wasn’t for me and that it was just gonna be a check off the list of countries I wanted to serve in, in Africa. Working in Debre Zeyit was okay but hard, hard because I felt like I was called and brought to Ethiopia for more then just hanging out with some beautiful teenage kids who already have amazing...

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Conquering Fear

At the beginning of the trip, at training camp, our leaders asked us a basic question, “What’s something you’re excited for on this trip?” My answer was “I’m excited to do the things I’m afraid to.” What they didn’t know was that the list of things I’m afraid of is quite long: heights, weird-shaped bugs, crowds, talking to strangers, or loneliness. You name it, I just might be afraid of it. What I didn’t know was that God was going to challenge all of that this trip.    Heights: flying, driving in the mountains, and...

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A Changed Daughter

The people of Puerto Rico have taught me so much. My team and I came to serve them and to help them recover. These people find so much joy in serving others. They encourage me to give generously and to love fully. My life has truly been changed by the way they love and serve others. God’s love shines through in the way Puerto Ricans love people.    My identity is often found in many things other than God. These people remind me of God’s love for me. This pushes me to believe in my identity in Christ and to love people fully. I am going home a changed daughter of God.&n...

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Learning How to Die to Myself

In San Jose, we went into the slums of the city to pick up kids to bring then to our VBS with MetroMinistries. When I saw the conditions in which they lived and noticed that they lived with nothing, it broke my heart. I immediately recognized that my life at home was really blessed. The faces of the kids lit up—like they won the lottery—when we played with them! They dance and jump with joy. We learned that many of the girls were possibly abused at home, and many of the boys had to leave their own dreams to take care of their families. Now, however, we are no longer in the city...

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A Spoken Word

Jesus, The name of a king. The name of a man who came down from heaven to save his children Who were lost and broken For they lived in a world of darkness  But soon the darkness would be outspoken   Because through the name of Jesus light conquers everything.  Jesus, A man of power, who descended from Heaven, he became human to save us. He certainly is no coward. My Jesus would walk 40 days through a desert and be tempted. No he wasn’t offended,  But what Satan tried to throw at him, he simply spoke words of truth and pushed through.   To sum it up Jesus...

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The Activation Experience

We got out of our comfort zones today and entered the zone of the unknown – where we literally had no idea what would happen, putting our trust in the Lord! Activation, also known as ‘Ask The Lord’, is when we ask the Lord what He wants us to do and what He wants us to say to us. We then go out on ministry in pursuit of the people or things that God put on our hearts. After a teaching session in the morning, we talked about how to hear the Lord’s voice and then practiced with a partner. My partner and I both had a hard time at first and didn’t think we heard anything...

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