The Scoop in Africa

Our time here so far has been amazing... God has really been drawing us closer to Him and to each other at the same time we're serving Him. Talking to the kids has especially been a real blessing. I realized that some of the 14 and 15 year olds know God far better than any other Christians I know... They may not know as much about God as we do, but they know God like Jesus knew God - as the father. They know their Dad will take care of them and aren't afraid to live like it, which is so refreshing to see and learn from. They don't worry or ever talk about what they need ...

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Life in Mozambique

Hey Everyone!Last week I talked about our outreaches - I´m going to focus on the country of Mozambique this time. It´s kind of strange that it took us this long to really get a feel for the country, but we have been living in a missionary compound most of the time surrounded by Christians. This last weekend, we had the privelage of going into one of the outlying villages and geting a taste of what real Mozambique life is like! The people themselves are incredibly friendly, but the living conditions seem to leave much to be desired. We stayed in a government-built project ...

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First Week–Zimpeto

Hey!Things in Africa are so much different than in the US… Theology doesn't matter to the people we see – to the broken, the homeless, and the dying, they need more than just news about where they could go after they die. They need hope and life now. Preaching the good news to the poor has been great, but just like Jesus's ministry, the best part has been providing for their needs, showing them God's love, and see their lives completely turn around.The base we're at now has 330 kids, about 20 long term missionaries and 12 short term missionaries at a time. The scope is ...

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Arrived in South Africa

Hello everyone!Thank you all for your prayers, our travels were blessed and we arrived safely and very well provided for. We had an overnight stay in the airport of Johannesburg, South Africa, and said airport just happened to have an out-of-the-way prayer room that was quiet and had long seats we could sleep on. We arrived in Nelspruit, SA, the day after Christmas and we have been here ever since. There is a new Iris Ministry base here that is starting to grow and take off. Instead of a contained, walled-in compound like all the bases in Mozambique, this one is right in ...

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Getting Closer

It is truly unbelievable how quickly time flies... We just officially bought the tickets to leave on Christmas Eve for Mozambique. In a few short months we will be treading through the African bush, swatting malaria-laden mosquitoes, sleeping in tents and mud huts, and sharing God's love with a bunch of refugees, dump-dwellers, destitute people, and AIDS orphans. Though honestly, we know that we are going to receive so much more than we could possibly give. These kids at the children's centers with Iris Ministries know God's presence, glory, and power so much better than ...

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Back in the loop

Well, I've done a royal job of not keeping up with this particular blog... seeing how I set it up, posted once, and then promptly forgot all about for over a year. Needless to say, a lot has happened in that year...Jon and I got married May 19th, we had an amazing honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains, and we are now working / finishing up school and getting ready to move to Mozambique, Africa! God was quite clear in calling and confirming that direction for our lives, so we are planning on it even though the logistics are not all worked out yet. He can handle those.My hope is ...

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Always Enough

Welcome to my new blog, where I get to talk about all the awesome things that are happening in my life!I'm going to China this summer to teach English as a second language. I had to raise support for the trip, and I was astounded that more came in than I actually needed!I just learned yesterday that I will be in southern China on a team of seven people from all over the States. I've been trying to learn Mandarin for a while now, but where they're sending me they might speak more Cantonese, so I may have to shift my focus...I have been reading a book called Always Enough by ...

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