Stories about Mission Trips

we belong to each other.

  I wish sometimes that I could be a bird, like the eagles that soar effortlessly in the skies here in Uganda, flying in circles over a moment to...

broken road.

Today’s journey took 11-1/2 hours, and left me weary and worn and covered in dirt. It was caked around my nose, had congregated on my forehead in a misshapen heart,...

see myself in there.

“I want to see myself in there.” He pointed to my iPhone as I stooped to get photos of family at a water well. We had walked some distance...

diary from the journey: monday

There is a ritual that takes place every night of every mission trip. While to those who receive an email it looks like a mere update, to me it’s...

indiscriminate acts of kindness.

13 people from 7 states join 4 people from Guatemala on a single journey. And God shines. I am so very thankful for the little family He crafted in...

pamela and the shy smile.

She’s the new girl. And it’s a brand new world for her, being in such a safe place. You can see it in her eyes as they dart from...

Nicoleta’s Smile.

It’s the smile that first captivated me. It’s ever-present. And it’s powerful to melt hearts. Nicoleta snuggled into my lap as we listened to the story of Stephen at...

A Life Changed.

This morning, I ran. I should say, I attempted to run. And then I received the link to this video. I ended up standing in the middle of the...

Little is Much – Eleana

I’m sitting on the balcony of our home in Austin, listening to the birds happily sing their symphony to sunshine and spring. The breeze is strong and the air...

More than Labels.

Double-orphan. Gary Schneider, founder of Every Orphan’s Hope, used the term at IdeaCamp: Orphan Care in talking about programs to care for kids with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Though I...

Defining Discarded.

It’s been a week since I returned from my journey to Romania. I’ve drunk countless cups of caffeine at planning meetings about a worship conference in Russia and weekend...
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