Costa Rica


We made it around the world! We are in Orlando now for a few days of debrief. (We have already reunited with chickfila and it tasted so good😎)

Our last stop was Costa Rica. We worked with a missionary couple in a town called Upala, which is in the northern region of the country. We supported in kids and youth ministry, as well as in a few manual labor projects. Our time in Costa Rica with Emily and Damian seemed short, but full of laughter and fun. Honestly, Autumn and I were feeling pretty tired going into our last country. But because of that, we were able to see God’s faithfulness to supply us with strength and endurance when we needed it, and that was cool. We decided we would anchor ourselves with scripture–2 Corinthians 12:9. Paul was talking about the thorn in his flesh, and how God’s power is made perfect through the weakness it caused. Autumn and I have clung to the truth that God’s power would work through our weakness and tiredness as well, and He has! This is a good lesson for future seasons of life too, to remember His faithfulness…He doesn’t ask us to perform for Him, or be strong enough for Him. He asks us to show up, and be faithful and diligent with what we have, trusting Him to supply and multiply. This week has been a good reminder of that.

As far as ministry in Costa Rica goes, here are some details:
-Emily and Damian Obando Martinez are our missionary contacts there. I’ll include the link to their ministry page so you can read more about their story and their work!
-In a nutshell, Emily and Damian are committed to sharing the gospel with these people who are so thirsty for truth. There are lots of messy versions of truth there, but many times doctrine is not accurate, and/or people are traditionally religious, but don’t know they can have a relationship with Christ that will change their lives and eternities.
-Emily and Damian are currently working with youth groups through the week, as well as investing in students at the elementary schools close to their home. They are building relationships with the kids and youth, and helping to meet their physical needs as well as spiritual ones.
-Emily and Damian are raising money for a ceiling right now, as well as still raising support to be fully funded as missionaries–please pray about supporting them! I’ll include links below that you can follow in order to support. (I’d love to give you more details if you have questions.)

I can’t thank y’all enough for the prayers, financial support, and encouragement you’ve given throughout this journey. I’m so excited to see everyone and share more stories and all when the time comes. Please continue to pray for the missionaries we have joined this summer, and for Autumn and me as we process and head back to our stomping grounds:)

God Bless,




“Doberdon Y’all”

Slovenia was sweet! Great reunion with my friends Sarah and Ryan Pursley, who are now missionaries in Velenje, Slovenia, and also a great learning experience for us. We also were SURPRISED by our friend/GJ alum Shawnta who came to do the Slovenia stop with us!! Such great encouragement!

Here is a quick summary of our week:
-We assisted in kids and youth camps with the church planted by Sarah and Ryan’s mission teammates
-Helped make contacts for the long-term missionaries to follow up with and build relationships with
-Witnessed two baptisms of members of the church (big deal!)
-Met, fellowshipped with, and prayed for Christians in Sarah and Ryan’s church

Slovenia has a strong Catholic influence–most people would identify as Catholic, at least by tradition. From what we have learned, Slovenes unfortunately have one of the highest suicide rates per capita in the world. The country is breathtakingly beautiful, yet the attitude of its people tends to be sort of negative and hopeless. We, personally, heard a few different accounts of depression just from the few people we met during our time there. The message of Jesus obviously provides life-changing hope, but it takes most people a while to really trust evangelical Christians, and consider the message we bear.

During my time in Slovenia, I have reflected on my role as leader of this trip and how God works though that, and just in life in general. I’ve seen parallels in the truths these missionaries here trust in, and the truths I trust in as I lead. God has been reminding me that He works through obedience and faithfulness to His leadership. God has not been dependent on my perfect leadership in order to make this a successful trip…nor does He depend on missionaries’ perfection, tangible/”timely” results. In Slovenia, we don’t see people accepting the gospel every day. Some days could probably seem pointless to the missionaries there…one of the interns there this summer talked about “watering” the other day. She said that in gardening, we don’t always think about the process that takes place between planting something, and seeing the fruit. That process takes time, and consistent attention…faithfulness and commitment to our role as “waterers”. Work in Slovenia can seem slow at times, but without the consistency and faithfulness to love these people well– regardless of whether or not they instantly believe as we do– these people may not ever know the love and value God has for them. These missionaries demonstrate obedience and commitment so well.
So, transitioning into how this has taught me as a leader: The other day, Autumn shared some pretty huge things God has been doing in her heart this summer. This hasn’t had anything really to do with me, other than the fact that God allowed me to be a leader this summer so that I could facilitate this experience for her. I’ve just been a body to allow the trip to happen, so that GOD could work. All summer, I have had to stop myself from picking myself apart, wondering if I’m making the right decisions, hoping Autumn has an amazing experience like I did my first trip, etc. My attention has shifted to me and my performance, leaving no room for God and HIS work in my brain. But by His grace, He has been working all along!

I am rambling on on our long layover in Turkey (Aunt Susan, if you’re reading, I’ve been remembering our trip!). I haven’t slept much and am trying to finish this up before wifi time runs out. I know that my thoughts here are scattered…my main takeaways are these:
-God does not depend on us or our performance to work
-Our role in being obedient to God is to do whatever role He has given us right here, right now as faithfully as we know how, according to His word
-PRAY–persistently, without ceasing, about everything, for people we love, for people who need to know Christ. Don’t be afraid to ask God for things, or to actually trust Him with what we ask.
-Encourage one another. We (all believers) are in this walk of life together. In the midst of brokenness, loss, confusion, disappointment, excitement, celebration, rejoicing…God has given each of us His Spirit. We are connected as brothers and sisters…to be faithful to each other, we must first be faithful to our Father. And as we do that, He works!

So much rambling. I pray that this encourages at least someone. I know these truths (though scattered right now) have encouraged me as I’ve meditated on them.

Prayer Requests for Sarah and Ryan:
-Continued maturity of Christians in their church
-Practical way to train pastors there in sound theology and church leadership (looking at you seminary friends)
-Ability to fix their car or buy a new car (they have one now, and it’s a troublesome one)
-Trust from those whom they seek to serve, in order for them to eventually share the gospel

I miss everyone a lot and am excited for reunions when the time comes! Until then, please pray for our protection as we travel, and continued energy and strength to finish strong.

Much love for you all!




It’s hard to sum up this third trip to Lulwanda Children’s Home. I love this place and these people so much…
It’s been fun to see kids I met when they were so young now growing up to be mature young adults. This week we’ve had the opportunity to hear some stories of how certain students ended up at Lulwanda. We were able to go on a visit to one of the students’ villages and see the conditions she came from (please read Autumn’s blog for a detailed description of the visit!) We also visited some of the students at secondary schools, and university students who have come all the way through Lulwanda’s program. It’s been powerful to see each stage of the process, and learn more about these students’ everyday lives.
I honestly am struggling to put into words my love for Lulwanda, and for all of the people involved in making it run. A big piece of my heart is here, and I still often wonder what it’d be like to move here one day.

Right now, some of the big needs here are:
-That students would continue to learn in each stage of school, and receive the education needed to attain quality jobs when they graduate–please continue praying for these kids!
-Lulwanda is currently in the process of building homes instead of hostels for the children. In light of it being called Lulwanda Children’s Home, the idea is to have house moms run homes of 12ish students each. Two homes have been built already, with six more coming up as funds become available. This model will provide a way for these orphans to receive proper nurturing and care that they need from within a smaller household. Each student will learn to cook, clean, shop, and attain basic life skills that they will need for their futures. Fundraising is happening now for these houses to be built. If you wish to donate or learn more about this project, please follow this link!
Right now it’s challenging for some of the kids to have houses while some are still in the hostels. So, the sooner the funds become available and more houses are built, the sooner each child can benefit from the more individual care a house provides.

God demonstrates His attentiveness and faithfulness in the way He allows these kids to be found and brought to Lulwanda. These kids come from some pretty helpless situations, and are brought into a place where they are taught God’s Word, and have each of their needs met. This reminds me of the way God takes us as sinners out of our helpless situations. We cannot save ourselves by any efforts of our own. But God, in His grace, rescues us from our sin through Christ. We have a chance to be made His, and to have our needs met in Christ in a way we could not do on our own. God’s Fatherly love, and compassion for the hurting, needy, and lost is displayed through the way He rescues and cares for the students at Lulwanda. I’m so thankful to be able to participate in His work here, even if in the smallest of ways. I love this place and hope to be able to return one day!

I have many stories that I’d love to share in person when I am home. Please ask me about this place–I’d love to share more when I’m able!

Autumn and I start our journey to Slovenia tomorrow! Please pray for safe travels as we go, and that we will continue to be protected spiritually and in every way. We are sad to leave our people in Uganda, but very excited to see Sarah and Ryan (Global Journey alum) and serve in Slovenia!

I miss all of y’all at home, and am excited to reunite with you soon.

Much Love,



Wow, this stop has been rich and full! I’ll do my best to put some takeaways into words…

First of all, the food here is so stinking good! And the sights are beeeeautiful. We have stayed with Bill and Susie Antolec, who are in charge of a ministry called Acorn2Oaks. They house and mentor students (16-22ish years old) from mountain villages who would otherwise not have opportunity to go to school and have a solid education.
During our time here, we have gotten to know (& grown to love) these precious people–Bill, Susie, and all of the students. We have done various types of work, including yard work (dads, be proud of us), teaching English, prayer walking, and a day of VBS up in one of the mtn villages. (I’m pretty sure it’s called Doi Chong? Bill, if you’re reading this, please feel correct me haha. To all you coffee drinkers out there, that coffee is good!)
As I reflect on everything I’ve experienced and learned over the past week, I’m reminded of a comment Bill made, which also ties into our team Bible study we’ve been doing. I was telling Bill how incredible I thought it was for him and Susie to sacrifice the comforts of home to live full-time here in Thailand. He replied, “I get what you’re saying, but I don’t see it that way. Doing this is far more rewarding than anything else would be.”
Our Bible study this past week has focused a lot on the Bible story of the rich young ruler, found in Luke 18. The story eludes to the struggle we as humans have sometimes to sacrifice that which we have/can see for the sake of something better that God is calling us to. Sometimes remaining in a lifestyle that is familiar seems safer or more satisfying than surrendering to a life governed by God. But Bill’s response is a testimony to the fact that when God invites us to be a part of His plan/His work, it is FAR more rewarding than any temporary satisfaction we could have in earthly things (including relationships with earthly people).
We’ve been encouraged this week to really sit down and consider what types of things/people we treasure in our day-to-day lives, and evaluate whether or not those are of God, or of our own desires apart from God. (And even if the things we treasure aren’t “bad things”, do we still spend more time, energy, money, etc. on those things than we do on fellowship with the Lord?)

My prayer is that as you read this, God would stir in your heart, and help you have a willingness to trust Him above all else. The rich young ruler missed out on knowing Christ, and spending eternity with Him bc the ruler was unwilling to sell his possessions (which would fade away and not last for eternity). Praying that we all live our lives with more of an eternal perspective as we consider this.

Here are a few things I’d love your prayer for:
-Continued spiritual growth for Autumn and me
-Funds to continue coming to support the students at Acorns2Oaks
***Several students still need sponsors. I have info for each one. Please pray about potentially sponsoring one of them. I’ve seen the ministry here, and the good it brings. Please consider this, and let me know if interested!
-Safe travels as we head to Uganda in a few hours

Thank y’all again for your continued prayers and support!! I have plenty more stories, pictures, etc. to share when I’m back. Just wanted to share a spiritual takeaway this time because it is so important.

So much love to y’all!!

God Bless,


Hong Kong


Hiiii friends and family!

Hong Kong life has been treating us well. My teammate Autumn and I have teamed up with permanent missionaries here, as well as a few short-term missionaries from Northern Ireland. (As hard as I try to talk like my northern Irish pals, I can still only pull off a nice, slow Georgian accent. I’ll work on it.)

Anyway, let me tell you about the work we’ve been doing. Many people are unaware of the huge need for Bibles there is in China. While there are Bibles printed inside of China, most are exported out of the country. The few remaining inside of China are pretty harshly regulated, meaning there are millions of people coming to Christ in China who do not have access to God’s word.
Because of this, missionaries commit their lives to helping the persecuted church in China have access to God’s Word. There are lots of details to this ministry, and tons of stories I’d love to share in person once I am back. But for now, here are some ways you could pray for this ministry:
-That Christians (and lost people) would continue to gain access to God’s Word through this ministry
-That missionaries in Hong Kong as well as in China would be protected in every way
-Discernment for the missionaries in the many decisions they make every day (very weighty ones sometimes)
-Whether or not you would be willing to come serve with them as a short-term (or long term) missionary
**one of the missionaries shared that this ministry depends on short-term individuals/teams coming and joining in. New people coming in helps logistics of the ministry and gives the long-term missionaries here fresh waves of excitement and encouragement, which they say is very helpful in this type of work. I beg you to please seriously pray and consider coming here to serve sometime!

There are several stories I’d really love to share in person. For now, I have to pack up for Thailand tomorrow!

Please continue to pray for Autumn and me–for team unity to continue, for us to be protected spiritually and physically, and have sharp minds that aren’t distracted by attacks of the enemy.

Love you all, and am so, so very thankful for all of the grace, love, and support you’ve shown me regarding this trip. God is working, and is so gracious and good!

Also, to Daddy: Happy early Father’s Day!!! I love you lots–keep your eyes on the mail:)

Talk soon, y’all. God bless!!

In Him,

Last stop!


       Well, the trip is quickly approaching the official end. I’ve been back in the U.S. for the past couple of days spending time with my teammates as we remember all that God has shown and taught us this summer. We had the most surreal surprise the night we got here…Curt came back!!! We all had hoped this would happen but were convinced that it wasn’t going to. But as we ate our welcome home chikfila, Curt walked through the door with a big grin on his face, and we all hyperventilated. It was such a great surprise, and we are beyond blessed to have our team together to remember and reflect together.  (If only Paul could still be with us too!) I am having the best time with my teammates right now. They have become my family this summer…God has made this happen in a way that I didn’t know was possible. I didn’t know I had the capability of loving people this much in such a short period of time. Each one of them is so precious and dear to me…I am honestly heartbroken that I am about to part ways with them after tomorrow. I have been so incredibly blessed by their love and encouragement this summer, and can’t quite imagine life without them right now. This will be one thing that I will be in constant prayer about, just trusting that the Lord will give me peace in the midst of missing my new family so much. I love each of them as much as I can, and just can’t get over how blessed I am to have spent this incredible summer learning from them and growing with them. Praise God for such precious gifts to my life!

       Last week’s stop in Nicaragua was such a perfect end to our journey. We were joined by five new members, making us a big ole team of 12! I’ll be honest, at the beginning of my time in Nicaragua; I was beginning to become weary. We were all tired physically, and I started feeling a twinge of homesickness that I hadn’t felt yet all summer. But when all of the new members joined us, the Lord used them as an energy surge to pump me up for the rest of the week. It’s incredible how He always provides what we need in all sorts of ways. I received letters from my family by way of Sarah which said specific things that I so needed to hear (especially from you Daddy-thank you!).

       The first thing you need to understand about Nicaragua is that there is never really a set schedule. We laughed all week because we will plan to do one thing, but we were never surprised a bit if we ended up doing something totally different. Life is so spontaneous there, and full of opportunities! I loved not having a schedule (which is not surprising, I know haha).  We stayed at Brazos Abertios church, which means “open arms”. Pastor Malone and his family have a house on the same property as the church and graciously opened it to us for the week. We did several things throughout the week- we went to houses of members of the church who were sick and prayed for them. We went to see a school for disabled children, which was a very cool experience. We went to a village a couple of days to play with kids and invite them to church. One day we played soccer, which was so much fun! Then the other day we did games and a skit, and I was able to share the gospel with the kids. That was such a huge honor! We were also able to participate in several of the church’s weekly services (yeah, they have church multiple times a week-so eager to worship and fellowship!) Each member of the team shared our testimonies, and two of the guy leaders shared a longer message on two nights. Their church services were so awesome! I’ve never experienced celebration of Jesus quite like that before…they had people leading worship, dancers, a horn, and flags! We all jumped right in with the dancing and a few people helped lead worship. We felt like we were so part of the church the first night we were there. That’s how church should be- a celebration of Jesus with our brothers and sisters in Christ…simple. The Lord showed me what true fellowship and servant hood looks like through the people of that church.

We were also able to experience baptisms in a river while in Nicaragua. Our leader, Paul, baptized two young adults from the church, and Victoria! We drove out (all in the back of a pickup truck) to a river that we got to by crossing a very shaky suspension bridge. It was so beautiful, and such a unique time. Then the last day of our ministry in Nicaragua, we went to a town close to Somoto to visit members from a fellow church who had experienced hard times. We each shared words of encouragement and prayer at each house, and we knew by the end of the day that God had appointed us for every house we went to. It was so humbling to see how thankful those people were to have us in their homes, and to hear them say that they woke up early that morning waiting for us to come. That is what life is about—fellowshipping and sharing encouragement with our brothers and sisters! There is nothing more fulfilling to me than that.

The Lord continued working in my heart about obedience in Nicaragua. He began preparing me for returning to the states in giving me practical ways to exercise my trust in Him. He gave me several opportunities to publicly share my testimony, the gospel, and specific scripture with people, all of which are pretty out of my normal comfort zone. I experienced so much fulfillment and joy from taking those opportunities, though, that I am pumped about continuing to share with others how great God is. He has taught me to not fear, for what can anything on this earth do to mee? I am His, forever, and He knows what is best for me and for others. There is no room for my stubbornness in His plan for me, so I’ve just decided to give it up. I just want to be at peace with God all the time, following Him when He calls, seeing people be blessed by Him, fellowshipping with other who know Him, and falling more in love with Him in every moment.

Knowing God is such a treasure. Not knowing about God, not even just believing Jesus is real, or that He died on the cross…those are great things, but knowledge of Jesus alone will not fulfill you. And just knowing what you should do, how you should act will not make you right. The key to having joy and peace in the Lord comes from accepting Jesus as the ONLY Way to God, and to forgiveness. He died with your sin to give you and me the opportunity to be forgiven and to have a relationship with Him. The only role we play in knowing God is accepting Him…accepting His truth. Accept that we are so unworthy of His forgiveness, but because He offers a relationship with Him as a free gift, we are able to accept it. God wants you; He loves you! I beg you, if you don’t have a relationship with God, make that right! (Like right now) If you need to talk about it, call me. I can’t think of anything more tragic than the idea of someone not knowing the love of my Savior. I am so in love with the Lord, and continue to be radically changed by Him. He gives me a love for life and for people that I never possessed on my own. No part of what I have learned on this trip has come from my own knowledge; it has come from the God’s Spirit in me, shaping my heart, and showing me life and people through His eyes of compassionate love. To God be all of the glory! He redeemed my soul and has set me free to worship Him and share Him with others as long as I live. What an honor and joy!  I pray for you as you read this, that if this does not describe the condition of your heart right now, that you get things right with the Lord. He wants this for everyone. He is waiting for you, please turn to Him!

I thank you again for all of your ways of support. I’m sure there will be more to come, through more blogs and personal talks about how God has worked. He has shown me incredible things and taught me lessons that have changed my life. Thank you for making this experience possible for me. I pray that I am not the only one blessed by your contribution, but that you are blessed, and that so many others will see God because of my experiences this summer. However big or small you feel like you contributes, please know that God used every bit of it to change me forever. I am in love with the Lord, and with the life that He has given me. I am so excited to continue sharing the memories and lessons of this trip as long as I live. Thank you so, so much!

I have to go spend more time with my team now. I love them so much and miss them already and I’ve only been away a little while. Please pray for all of us as we part ways. We are already starting to screech our heels because the time is going so fast and we honestly don’t know how to say goodbye to each other. I know God will continue taking care of all of us, but I’ll just miss them. Okay, they’re out here playing my ukulele to me so I have to go. See y’all very soon!



This past week in France has flown by! I can’t believe I’m on a plane right now heading to our last country already. We arrived in France last Friday and met up with our new co-leader, Paul, and surprise team member, Ryan, who went on the trip last year. They have been such a great addition to the team! They are very servant-hearted and have provided plenty of humorous entertainment for us all week long. From the airport, we traveled up to our home for a week— a beautiful campsite a little ways up a mountain in Saint Paul, France.( St. Paul is an ancient city about fifteen minutes north of Nice.) We had a view of some mountains behind us at the campsite that was absolutely gorgeous!

Our missionary contacts for this country were members of International Baptist Church, which is a church planted by members of Denton Bible Church in Texas. The church in France is now run by missionary families in the St. Paul and Nice area. International Baptist has two locations, one in St. Paul and one in Nice, so we were able to serve in both places throughout the week. Our first day of ministry began on Saturday morning with a half-day of prayer for the nations. Members of the church have this event four times a year, so it was really special to get to participate in this one with them. It was also really cool to get to contribute stories about the places we had been and get to pray for specific people in each place that we have met on our journey so far. (By the way, this prayer took place at a beautiful house on a hill overlooking the ancient St. Paul village from across a valley!) After prayer, since the majority of people at the prayer were American, we had sort of a belated July 4th cookout celebration which was a sweet little taste of home. The next day we were able to go to church services at each location and teach Sunday school for the younger kids. That was really fun!

Throughout the rest of the week, we did a variety of things. In Nice, the first thing we did was hand out tracks. I was a little nervous about this one at first, but each of us went with a French-speaking missionary who showed us the ropes so it ended up being really interesting. Even when we didn’t have much conversation, it was great to be able to silently pray for people as we walked. We also gave out sandwiches to the homeless one day, and prayed for them after giving them a sandwich if they gave us permission to (which they all did). This was my favorite ministry project! All of the people we were able to give to were so grateful. A couple of them were even believers which was awesome to be able to fellowship with them like that. It’s amazing how the love and kindness of Jesus can cross over any language or cultural barrier! We also had a beach party one night at the Mediterranean Sea with the members of both churches. A few of us were able to share with the group about the work we’ve been able to do this summer and what the Lord has taught us through it. That was a really cool thing to do-sharing about Jesus by the Mediterranean!

The other major project we worked on last week was helping the St. Paul church set up for their Vacation Bible School which is going on this week. Every year this church goes way over the top in transforming their church to fit whatever the VBS theme is. Having VBS is one of the biggest outreach opportunities for the church, and the kids are always so amazed when they walk in and see the decorations. This year’s theme is like an ancient medieval setting, so we helped make arches for the front stage, a dragon hanging from the ceiling made out of chicken wire, a tower, and lots of banners, shields, and other random medieval-looking things. This was a really fun project and great to have time to talk to the missionaries there too. I’m really excited to see pictures of the kids enjoying the week! Please be in prayer for them, that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord, and that their families will be drawn to the Lord as well.

I have learned SO much this past week. First of all, I admire the missionaries in France a ton for their commitment to serve the Lord there. Although it seems luxurious from the world’s view, it is so empty spiritually. The people in France, for the most part, are unresponsive and uninterested in hearing about the gospel. We learned that only about 3% of the people their claim to be Christian, and that France has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. These people have all the materialistic things they could ever want, so they don’t even realize that the only thing they will ever truly need in life is a relationship with Jesus. It’s awesome that God gives these missionaries the strength and determination to keep pursuing these lost hearts even when their own efforts seem ineffective at times. That is what true faith in the Lord looks like. Please keep these missionaries in your prayers!

God has also used our team Bible studies this week to really teach me a lot. We started in the book of James at the beginning of the week with Paul leading us. It’s been one of those weeks where every day the study could relate to my life and to situations I was currently facing. If you’ve ever read James, you know it’s a very blunt book that will almost certainly step on your toes and challenge you a lot, but it is so rich in truth! I’m praying the Lord will continue to teach me a lot through this book and through Paul’s teaching (which is awesome by the way).

I think overall this has been an internal learning week for me. The Lord has shown me areas of my life where I’m going about things the right way, but also areas that need to change. He’s really worked on me during this week, and the whole trip really, about how stubborn I am to follow His will sometimes. I think a lot of times I know what He wants me to do, but because of fear I say no. Or I’ll pretend God really isn’t telling me what He is telling me (which is a tactic from the enemy, that’s exactly what Adam and Eve did in the garden-questioned whether God really said what He did). The Lord has allowed me to realize how foolish it is to disobey Him. I’m never going to grow closer to Him if I don’t follow Him, and I’m robbing myself of the joy He promises to all who follow Him. So, I would definitely appreciate your prayers for this area of my life—that I would have no fear of anything/anyone of this world, but instead be filled with the boldness and confidence of Christ as I follow Him wherever He leads. Growing closer to the Lord is almost never comfortable, but it is most certainly ALWAYS worth it.

Please also put the missionaries in France on your prayer lists too. There really is a spiritual darkness there that tries to discourage and cause dissention. Our team and other teams experienced some of this temptation and tension, but thankfully the Lord let us see these as opportunities to depend on Him even more. It was amazing to me how much harder it was in France to stay focused on the Lord and to love the people around me. It amazes me even more that these wonderful missionary families have surrendered their lives to serving in France, facing these spiritual battles and struggles all the time. Of course God graciously provides them with what they need to make it through. I just know it’s definitely not always easy to endure what they do, so please join me in praying for these awesome brothers and sisters in Christ.

As always, I am so thankful to you for keeping up with me on this adventure. (I have now landed in New York for a flight layover headed to Nicaragua, which means I have officially made a complete circle around the world!) I appreciate your prayers SO much, and have realized even more over the past week how much I desperately need them. Thank you to all of my financial supporters too. I am blown away that I have actually been able to do this over this summer. It’s so surreal and has been a huge, life-changing experience for me. I am so excited for our last stop in Nicaragua, and am definitely pumped to get back and share more stories in detail of how the Lord is working.

Until then, I appreciate every prayer you pray for the people we meet, my team, and for me personally. The power of prayer is so real, and I can tell I am being prayed for. I love you alland am incredibly thankful for your love and investment in my life. See you in two weeks!

In Christ,




As I look back on my time in Uganda, I don’t really know what to talk about first. The Lord has revealed several things to me this week—one being that He is the Creator of BEAUTIFUL things! Starting with the five hour drive from Entebbe to Mbale, I saw more green fields and red dirt roads than I ever have. The whole team was exhausted from our two days of travel, but we couldn’t sleep because we were so busy taking in the view. It’s almost certainly the prettiest place I’ve ever been. When we made it to Natalie’s house (the missionary we stayed with), we were welcomed with beef stew and mashed potatoes-yum! Then we headed to bed underneath mosquito nets.

This week’s work was at Lulwanda Children’s Home. We teamed up with an awesome group of adults, led by Mike and Mary Thrasher, from Texas that make a trip to Lulwanda every summer. This summer the Thrasher team held a conference for teachers all around the Mbale area, so our job was to spend time with all of the kids while their teachers were learning. The first day of this, I was reminded that God has a sense of humor when He placed Jackie, Victoria and me with the preschool classes. I tried to read my class a story and ask questions and they just stared at me. Then when any of us pulled out paper to draw on or any toys to play with, all forty-four kids swarmed to us chanting, “Even me teacha, even me!” If one child got something first, we would also hear, “Teacha, teacha- this one don wan to shaya.” Let’s just say there were a few overwhelming moments while trying to work with these kids, BUT the joys of working with them far outweighed any small costs. I prayed one day that the Lord would give me His compassion to for these kids, and that night at dinner He definitely answered my prayer. Natalie shared with us that the only way these kids have known before coming to the orphanage is fighting for what they get. Their whole mindset up until then was in survival of the fittest mode; they weren’t guaranteed to get something by waiting their turn like I always was as a kid. This made me realize how blessed I have been all of my life to have the certainty of shelter, food, water, and care from loved ones. How arrogant of me to expect a five year-old who has never known this certainty to understand it…

As the week went on and I got to know the kids more personally, they completely stole my heart. I learned what made certain ones laugh, and how to love each one individually, which was all from the Lord. One day, a lady that works at the orphanage told me that her son, who was in my class, talked about “Teacha Anna” at night with her, and she said he had me in his heart. Those are the types of rewards that are obviously worth any petty cost of mine. I realized on a whole new level then what an honor and privilege it is to get to be a part of God’s kingdom work. I am so unworthy of that.


We also learned a lot about spiritual warfare in Uganda. I’ll explain more of this in person, but we learned how real it really is, and how deceived so many people of the world really are. If you want, please watch the documentary called Furious Love. We watched that and learned a lot about what was going on around us. It’s also been good preparation for France, because the people here are so lost too. They have everything they need materialistically, but don’t realize that they don’t have what they actually need, which is Jesus. Please be in prayer for both of these places (Uganda and France) and the spiritual warfare that takes place. We take comfort in knowing that the Lord is stronger and has already ultimately won the battle, and we know that we belong to Him. The battle for our attention and efforts is real though, and we always need to be on our guard and praying for one another.

Another huge part of the Uganda stop for me was getting to know the missionaries already serving there. Meeting the Thrasher team and Natalie and her roommates and friends was SO cool! Natalie is from Texas, and her two roommates are from England so we heard wonderful accents and heard awesome testimonies of God’s faithfulness through them all week. Staying at Natalie’s actually felt like being back in America in many ways. She had running water and electricity, we watched a couple movies, played card games, and ate mostly American food for dinner every night, sitting around the table and talking about our days.  It really made our team seem more like a family in that way. We separated out and worked all during the day, then came home in the evening and had team time as we learned from and served the missionaries we stayed with. Memories from those evening time are some of my favorite ever.

 I’m so thankful we got to have those sweet times, but it did make saying bye to Curt extremely hard. (Curt was one of our two leaders on the trip. He’s a youth pastor and teacher back in Texas and had other responsibilities for this summer so he did three of the five countries.) He was such a champ in leading us girls around three countries with no other guys. We all know it takes a very special person to that, and we’ve seen in so many ways how the Lord particularly and perfectly placed Curt with us for the time that He did. Although we miss Curt terribly already, we do have an awesome new leader named Paul. He’s a youth pastor from Iowa and has done a lot of mission work in over thirty countries. Our friend Ryan, who went on Global Journey last year, also surprised us at the airport the other day and will be with us for the rest of the trip this summer. We’ve already had several good laughs and great lessons together, and I’m really excited to see how the Lord uses this specific team for His specific purposes over the next three weeks!

I learned so much in Uganda, but I guess the biggest lesson I’m learning coming away is that my life is not my life. I know that sounds weird so I’ll explain. I’ve heard all of my life that God should be the center of my life, but the last day in Uganda during my prayer time, the Lord really let that become a reality to me. I guess I thought that He was at the center of my life, but He showed me certain areas that I still tried to claim as my own. I still tried to make certain decisions on my own, trying to weigh in my comfort as a deciding factor when really that’s not important in the grand scheme of things. If you remember, I asked at the beginning of this trip for you to pray that I would not waste time trying to decide whether to follow what the Holy Spirit tells me to do in situations, but that I would recognize that by being a follower of Christ, I am already surrendered to saying yes to Him no matter what. He definitely has answered that prayer at the end of our time in Uganda, and is still working that out in me here in France. I am so thankful the Lord got a hold of me about this in the middle of the trip, because I know He is preparing me for situations I’ll encounter on this trip and back at home.

Thank you all so much for keeping up with me on my journey this summer. I pray that as you bless me with your prayer and encouragement, the Lord will also bless you by teaching you through my experiences. I also pray you are encouraged by knowing that your prayer and support for me on this trip is paying off in the greatest way. Through this trip, the Lord is changing my life. He is an amazing God who is capable of SO much!  Y’all are such a blessing to me! Thank you for everything.


God Bless,


India- More than Enough


“All of You is more than enough for all of me, for every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with Your love, and all I have in You is more than enough.”
So, talk about culture shock…this past week in India has definitely been a life-changer. If I were to sit here and type everything the Lord has revealed to me in this country, you and I both would be here for hours, so I will share the biggest things and we’ll talk about the rest when I get back
We flew into Delhi, India last Thursday night. I got my first dose of India driving leaving the airport, which was quite an adventure. The only driving tool they really use is their horns–lanes and blinkers are less important here than in the U.S. I was amazed though at the peace that came over me the minute we pulled into the orphanage. Even though I was on the other side of the world, about to face a very different lifestyle for a week, the Lord made me feel so at home. When we got to the orphanage, the leaders and some of the older boys came out to greet us and help us get adjusted. They were so gracious, and showed us in the first 5 minutes of being there what true hopsitality looks like.
During the week, we woke up at 6 o’clock every morning for prayer with the kids. Then they did chores and we spent time with the Lord and had team Bible study until breakfast. Later in the mornings, we divided the kids into teams and played games with them for a while, then basically just hung out with them for the rest of the day. They have afternoon and evening prayer too. Evening prayer times were ones that we got to lead by sharing songs, skits, and passages from the Bible. We were so blessed with cooler weather while we were there too! Returners from last year’s trip had told us about the 115 degree heat they experienced every day last year in India, but this year God gave us 4 days of rain and lots of breeze. It warmed back up by our last 2 days, so we got a small taste of the heat but are still praising the Lord for making the trip so enjoyable in that aspect. Playing with the kids in the rain was a blast too; I will never forget those excited faces sliding into mud puddles and having the time of their lives.
Because the team received so much financial support this year, we were also able to take the kids to KFC and a water park! They hadn’t been out to eat since the Global Journey team took them last year. They love KFC, and sure enough know how to eat down to the bone. They loved the water park too! That was such a fun day for our team and for the kids. We had a dance party, got to share our love for Jesus with a Hindu woman, and got to see evidence of truly thankful hearts through the smile on every child’s face. (We also got a few fun stares for being the only white people there)
Like I said, God has taught me SO much through being here in India. I expected to come into this third world country with so much to offer these kids. I thought I was the one coming to give…the Lord turned that one around on me quick. It was through my little friend teaching me simple game of throwing and catching rocks that I realized how much I had to learn about simplicity. I almost titled this blog ‘spiritually spoiled’ because that is exactly what I have experienced this week. I may have things at home that are worth more money than these kids may ever see in their lives, but they have more joy than I have ever seen in mine. There is so much beauty in simplicity. It’s so easy to pay attention to God and enjoy His presence here because there are not a million materialistic things competing for my attention. I’m not constantly looking for ways to please myself or make myself comfortable. Here, I am able to remember that this life is not about me. By doing that, I am able to fully, wholeheartedly give my attention to the only One who deserves it.
I also learned that I am not owed anything in this life. So many times throughout my life I have just assumed that I deserve to be healthy, that I deserve to have parents, that I deserve to have comfort, that I deserve to have friends, that I deserve to go to school, and have my needs met, and to experience happiness, and to have salvation…wrong. I am worthy of nothing. All of these wonderful things I experience in my life are gifts! Gifts– not things I have earned or am worthy of at all. Through this revelation, God has shown me how to have an always-thankful heart. Everything happens according to His will, and He has a reason for everything that makes up my life. He cares enough about me to have a plan for my life, and to redeem me back to Him, so how can I ever be anything but grateful? The Lord may choose to bless me with a family, friends, a job, a school, clothes to wear, and food to eat, or He may choose to give me none of those things here on earth. Either way, I will remain thankful because I will still always have more than I could ever deserve. I have Jesus, who is more than enough!
If you view these kids through a materialistic perspective, you’ll pity them. They take bucket baths, wear the same few pairs of clothes over and over, sleep on mattresses made out of some straw like material, and only see their families once or twice a year. Seeing them through a spiritual lens, though, is incredible. I feel arrogant now for thinking I would go in and give them so much, when they have given me so many new perspectives, laughs, hugs, and helping hands. From simple things like dusting off the ground where I lay my scarf, calling me “Auntie,” hand-washing my clothes, and giving me pieces of artwork that took them forever to complete, the Lord has spoken volumes to me about how to be a selfless servant. I have realized how truly self-centered I am, and how detrimental that is to my walk with Him. I can’t grow closer to Christ, or become more like Him by making the focus of my life me. I’ve known this in my head for a long time, but seeing the lesson unfold before my eyes this week has really captured me. These people don’t have time to think about themselves because they are busy serving others, and ultimately serving the Lord. They stop their activities 3 times every day to meet together to pray and worship the Lord, not because they think they have to, but because they want to. They realize the importance of keeping God at the center of their lives, and it shows.
The Lord has put such a hedge of protection around that orphanage. Outside its walls is extreme poverty and spiritual darkness. Cows wander around the villages because the people believe they are holy. All you really see is dirt and people bearing the heat underneath flimsy huts. The smell is awful and in other parts of India there is a lot of Christian persecution. Although it is heartbreaking that these kids aren’t able to be with their families, and they live seemingly rough lives in comparison to Americans, in comparison to the rest of India, they are truly blessed to be in a place where their physical needs are met, and most importantly, where they are hearing the truth of the gospel every day. Praise God for that! I experienced the presence and peace of the Holy Spirit so richly in this place, and I pray that these kids experience the same.
The children at Emmanuel Christian Home have captured my heart. I knew leaving them would be hard, but there is no way to really prepare for what it actually feels like to fall in love with children, then have to tell them goodbye without being able to promise coming back. When I heard our bus honk on its way in to pick us up yesterday, my heart sank because I knew that time had come. Those final hugs, “I love you’s”, and “yes I will try to come back, please pray that God will make a way for me to” were hard. Then when the kids ran after our bus and waved goodbye at the gate, I waved back with tears of sadness and of joy. That may be the last time I’ll ever see those faces on this side of heaven, but I know I have a trustworthy God who will continue to care for those kids better than I ever could, and if it is His will for me to come back one day, He’ll make it happen. Until then, I will remain thankful for this massive blessing of getting to know and learn from these kids. I am so unworthy of their service and love, and of the Lord’s desire to teach me through these incredible experiences. I serve such an awesome God, who serves me more than I will ever deserve. To Him be the glory for all things. He is so worthy of all of our praise!

I can’t wait to get back and share more about what God has revealed and done on this trip. But until then, please continue to remember my team and me in your prayers. Please continue to pray for protection and for opportunities to share the gospel, and that we will set our minds on the Lord always. Thank you so much for your prayer and support, and for making this trip possible for me. My life is already being changed and we still have 3 countries to go! I am so thankful for you, and for the Lord working all things together for me to be here. There is no place I would rather be.
I love you all so very much!
In Christ,

Hong Kong


Greetings from Hong Kong! This has been such a cool country to see and be able to serve in. I was pleasantly surprised to wake up our first morning and see a lot of green hills and mountains out past the tall skyscrapers that make up most of the city. It really is a beautiful place!

I also loved the trip over here. From Texas to California to Hong Kong, I got to see all kinds of cool moutains, valleys, and rivers, and Japan! I am just amazed by the miracle of flight. I have major worship moments every time I look out of an airplane. God is so mighty isn’t He?!

During our time here, we were able to take Bibles from Hong Kong into China. Many people don’t realize what a huge need for Bibles there is in China, so I’ll give you a quick run-down. There is registered church in China set up by the government. The only Bibles allowed in China are ones made in China, and those are only available to members of the registered church. The problem is, there are millions of Chinese Christians who don’t have access to Bibles because they aren’t members of the church…that’s where we come in. During our time here, over 12 thousand Bibles crossed into China and were distributed to all different parts of the country! We were able to look on a map today to see the exact places the Bibles have been sent to already. It absolutely blows me away thinking about what God can do through willing hearts. I understand that in the grand scheme of things, that 12 thousand only scratches the surface of meeting the need, but that is still 12 thousand people who will now own a copy of God’s word and will hopefully share it with others. What a cool thing to be a part of, right? Our God is a big God!

Another thing I have absolutely loved about this past week in Hong Kong was getting to know the people who were already here serving. I’ve learned so many things from them…like how to “forget southern hospitality” and shove my way onto metros, where to find the best frappuchinos, and I learned a lot about several of their love lives (imagine that haha). God also showed me so many characteristics of Himself through these servants. He showed me what true selflessness looks like as I realized that what we do for a week here is what they spend their lives doing. I also saw that living a life truly dependent on the Lord for every answer and every direction is totally possible, and expected of His followers. These leaders don’t live with lukewarm, half-hearted faiths. They aren’t foolish enough to tell God no when He calls them to do something; thier lives are surrendered to Him and to His direction, no matter what. That was a huge refreshment to see, and has encouraged me to live the same way, in genuine submission to God’s call. They have so much fun too, and have so many stories! So, even though following the Lord may not always seem pleasant, we are robbing ourselves of the joy of fellowship with Him and being part of His work if we say no to Him.

One of my favorite memories of this trip was going to church on Sunday. That church was more southern Baptist than my church at home. We sang hymns with the preacher as his wife played piano, and even shook hands for meet and greet after the first song. One small difference in this church though was translation…haha. We found a few things pretty funny, like when we sang “thrusting Jesus” instead of trusting Jesus. It was such a fun time, and so cool to see how God is active in every part of the world. He radiates through the people at that church. They were some of the most loving and hospitable people I have ever met. It’s just so comforting to know that God is the same God everywhere we go. I worshipped and fellowshipped with those people just like I do back at home, not because of some rare coincidence, but because we know and serve the same God! How awesome is He!

Our time in Hong Kong has also been a time God has used to unify our team. We have had time to spend talking and getting to know each other. Several running jokes and annoying nicknames have come out of this week, which may not always be appreciated (haha) but if nothing else, I feel like the humor has helped us come together more. We’re beginning to become a pretty tight-knit group. I love my team so much and know God has put each of us on it for specific reasons. I already dread talking about the end of the trip, and saying goodbye to people. It gives me a pit in my stomach, because these people are already becoming family to me. But no need to think about goodbyes yet, we still have several countries to enjoy together! I’m just so honored and truly humbled by the fact that God has placed me on this team, and that He is letting me serve with and learn from these incredible people.

As this week comes to an end and I reflect on what the Lord has taught me most, I think the biggest thing is prayer. Prayer is huge. It’s the whole reason this type of ministry continues to happen. I’ve learned the importance of living in a constant attitude of prayer…in ways like praying for the lady next to me on the metro, or the guy checking my passport as I cross the border. I pray for people who live in buildings I pass, that they’ll come to know Christ. This has helped me realize that, even though being surrounded by big masses of people can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, God loves and died for each one of those people. They are individuals just like I am. This reminded me of why I was here…to serve people! The focus of this type of work hasn’t necessarily been very relational, but God has definitely still put love in my heart for these people.

God has just been so faithful in grabbing my attention this week and putting it back on Him. He is such a faithful Father, and I am continually amazed by His unconditional love.

An encouragement I’ll leave with y’all is to be thankful. Be thankful for the freedom we have in the U.S. to be able to drive down the [not over-crowded] street and buy a Bible whenever we want. Be thankful for the fact that we can freely worship God with other believers whenever we want without risking our lives. Be thankful for the opportunity to choose our own careers and basically experience what we want to in life. Be thankful that we can enjoy our individuality and be truly valued and appreciated by those around us. That’s sadly not often the case in China and other parts of the world.

God has shown me how very much I have to be thankful for this week. One of the biggest things I am thankful for is you! (Because if you’ve made it all the way to the end of this, you must really love me haha). But seriously, thank you for your support and love for me and for the Lord! He has been faithful in answering your prayers. Please continue to pray for my team and me as we head to Inida! This will be the hottest and most physically taxing stop of the summer from what I hear. Please pray that we don’t become discouraged, but instead be contiually renewed by the Holy Spirit and excited about what we are getting to be a part of.

I could go on and on, but currently it’s 3:15am here and I am supposed to wake up at 4 to go to the airport, so I better wrap it up. I love you all so much and am so humbled by your love and support. I hope you’re all doing great!

God Bless,