Travel

The Offering Bowl

I’ve never been to church in Africa before, until now. It’s both foreign and familiar; I’ve read and heard stories, but all the experiences are new. I’m struck by how beautifully simple things are.  I can look at this place with fresh eyes without comparing it to any other place. It’s like no place I’ve […] Read more…

Texas Firsts

{written on 7.15.15} Free wifi just transformed this time before boarding a plane into productive time. I’m at it again, traveling across the world. Ruben is on his way to Madagascar. He is by himself, and I’m with a group of 30-ish.  Have I mentioned we really miss ya’ll? I just hope you know that. […] Read more…

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5 Ways To Survive a Depressing Christmas

There is something special about the Christmas season, even prior to Christmas Day. There is anticipation and excitement. There can also be a building feeling of dread. As Christmas traditions trigger memories of years past, it gets increasingly difficult when you know something is missing, like your family, or the ones you really want to […] Read more…

Screening In the Flesh

Three weeks ago we were just starting to screen Malagasy patients for surgery. The wards weren’t open yet; nurses were still setting up the wards. I still didn’t know what nursing would be like here. All I had were stories. When Mercy Ships arrives in any given country, we have to find our patients. The […] Read more…

Foreigner

I haven’t been to dozens of countries, but I have been to quite a few before I joined Mercy Ships. I’ve gone for pleasure, for study and for the Kingdom. Once I joined Mercy Ships, the ship even brought me to Spain and South Africa prior to Madagascar. But those countries spoke languages I was […] Read more…

One with Table Mountain

I’ve done so much self-reflection in the past month and I tried to resist, I swear. At home it’s easy to ignore what’s going on inside you more frequently. When you feel restless, lonely, anxious, angry or hurt there are easy ways for us to focus on something else or vent our feelings. Here in […] Read more…

8 Days of Ocean

It has been hard to keep current. Internet is so slow. Sometimes it’s impossible to access Facebook, Gmail, really anything besides my Mercy Ships email. So my thoughts have been piling up inside. Luckily, I think 3/4 of the ship is sleeping right now, so the world wide web isn’t as clogged up as it […] Read more…

Ship Life

Today marks a week since we arrived in the Canary Islands. It is just the weirdest life we are living! We have entered into a completely different world. A different dimension where most meetings start with worship, and my peers come from all over the world. I’m loving all of it, but I’m still surprised […] Read more…

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