Though I never could have imagined how it would manifest, I’ve always known that I was destined to explore and serve all over the world!
Around the World is a place where I share wisdom gained from my ongoing global adventures, and offer stories of hope to inform, inspire and celebrate what it means to be a part of this beautiful & wonderous human family. As you visit, I hope you’ll feel encouraged to join me in doing what you can to share hope, encouragement and love with others in your community and all around the world!
Having gone through the utterly terrible experience of suddenly losing access to our home due to extensive fire damage earlier this year, my heart broke in a very personal way for those recovering in Puerto Rico and for other displaced families around the world.
In January 2020, by God’s truly Amazing Grace - I will join the 2nd Ginger Creek Global Mission team in Puerto Rico to help specifically with home restoration and trauma recovery.
In 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. More than 3000 people lost their lives and the devastating destruction & catastrophic damage has left hundreds of communities still struggling to recover. With over 165,000 homes destroyed, thousands of families have been displaced or are living in unsafe and unsanitary situations.
I was so glad to find out how the Lord opened doors for leadership at Ginger Creek Community Church to begin walking with Ground Zero Pastors as they continue to offer hope to families in the ongoing process of rehabilitating their lives, homes, and community.
Please pray for our team as we prepare, & you can partner with me financially by donating here. My fundraising goal is $1200. You will receive a newsletter with inspiration, updates & prayer requests as we go. Thank you so much for caring.
Thank you for all who prayed and supported me as I partnered with Battsegset in helping her dream to come true! The Orphan’s Library provides a safe, fun, educational place to find friendship & unconditional love. To find out how you can get involved, visit FEBC.Org and ask to contribute directly toward the Orphan’s Library ministry or contact Battsegset directly through the library’s FB page.
A New Hope
(Yes, it’s a Star Wars reference. I couldn’t resist!)
One of the most inspiring stories I've ever heard was from a new friend, Battsetseg in Mongolia.
After hearing a radio program called “Hot Tea” on WindFM about the love of Jesus, she and her husband decided to create a library for orphans.
She sold his paintings on the streets for money and inspired her community so much that even the homeless residents were helping out. After meeting Battsetseg, I knew I wanted to join her and encourage others to get involved in this mission to share love with these children. Now the library has grown exponentially. They have a building and uniforms and hope is overflowing every day! Battsetseg says "My dream has come true!”
A man imprisoned for years to pay the debts of his employer, singing praises to God for goodness and grace. Barefoot messengers on bicycles traveling from community to community to share hope that never runs out. Villagers who gather in Churches with no walls and worms falling from thatched roofs to listen to the Bible in their own language, thankful for the love and peace of God.
Everywhere we visited in Ghana, I met beautiful people with unrelenting faith. Reminders all around that when God gives a vision, nothing can stop it from coming to pass.
Every day, Theo Asare - Founder of Theovision International and his team works to share the transforming message of the Gospel in West Africa. They also offer ongoing training in sound engineering, radio, television, training, AV production, and health care services, including the newly opened Tree of Life Clinic in Accra.
"To see the faces of the people when they hear the hope of the Gospel in their own language, and hear the stories of lives changed for good, it's a Light that shines through the darkness." - Theo Asare
My favorite conversation was with Mael. His joy was contagious! Having survived an illness from which he was repeatedly told would take his life, he loves encouraging others to remember that only God has the final say about the situation. He and his family live in a steel shack where they sell a popular homemade treat called 'Johnny Cakes.' He said, "No man is so poor that he cannot give, and no man is so rich that he does not have need. If I have two plantains, one is for my neighbor." Now that will preach!
Earlier that week, I met Wilena. This young woman is a Warrior! After surviving heart surgery with no anesthesia and the loss of her first child, she now spends her days encouraging others to never give up! Wow!
Click here if you'd like to to find out how you can speak hope into the life of a child in poverty in the Dominican Republic through Compassion International.
The Dominican Republic is a place filled with miracles! There I met so many inspiring people. People who wake up every day with one question on their hearts: "Who can I be a blessing to today in Jesus Name?"