When your story hurts

On Friday morning, four days ago,  my beloved aunt tried to take her own life. She shot herself in the stomach after a months-long struggle with anxiety and depression. At 11:00 a.m. my phone rang and Lauren, at 22 the oldest of their seven children and more my little sister than cousin, came on the…

Kayaking in the Desert

There are just some things in life that make no sense. Tuna in Mac ‘N Cheese. Ski slopes in the middle of a mall in Dubai. Kayaking in the Arabian desert. I live in that zone where I think my life has gotten as crazy as it can get, and then God racks up the…

Haiti – Light in the Darkness

Haiti is a Caribbean island nation with some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world. It’s also one of the poorest nations in the world, its people living for generations under the control of voodoo and spirit worship. That’s starting to change as the power of the name of Jesus sets Haitians free…

Every journey has its bumps

You’ve never seen potholes until you’ve been to a Third World country. These roads aren’t fooling around. They have potholes that eat four-wheel-drive trucks for breakfast. But that’s the thing. Those trucks are made to take it. In my most recent trip to rural Haiti I personally witnessed a little Ford Ranger pick-up weighed down with…

Transform 2014 Promo Video

This past summer I had the incredible privilege of doing communications for the Transform conference and outreaches  in the Mediterranean, and being featured in the 2014 promo video. Check it out. Be inspired.

World Through My Lens

I’ve been back in the States for two months now, and it’s that time again. The time when everyone asks what’s next! Nice thing is, I have an answer. If you’ve been keeping up with my previous posts this past year, I referred several times to my work with OMNIvision, OM’s video and events ministry….

The Big is in the Small

How can I even begin to reflect on everything God has done in and through me this past year? My faith, endurance and mental stability have been tested and stretched in ways I never imagined possible (like when I discovered my laptop missing at 5 a.m. in the Moscow airport, and its miraculous return via…

“No good way to get to Siberia…”

Hello, friends! Not to worry, I didn’t get exiled to Siberia (though I did have quite an interesting visit there). This month I’m talking about lessons learned at the GO training conference in the Netherlands, plus stories and photos from Russia and my parent’s visit in September. Enjoy! Read my Aug-Sept Newsletter here.

Transformation in Rome

My July newsletter is up! You can read about the Transform missions conference in Rome, as well as the following outreach to the Roma (gypsy) children in Albania. July Newsletter

Beauty of Greece

Hello, dear friends! Wow, what an eventful month and a half or so it’s been. Since we last chatted I’ve been to Sweden, Greece, Edinburgh (Scotland) and toured London (on holiday) plus all the usual craziness. And this Friday I’m flying out again for a week-long conference in Italy (the Transform conference, where I was…

The Rain in Spain

Hello! After over a week of traveling for communications training in Spain, I now have my feet firmly planted once more on British soil (for now) . I’m off again Sunday for another training trip to Sweden, but I had just enough time to finish off my May newsletter for you all. You’ll find inside…

New Challenges, New Growth

Hello, It’s been another busy month, but also one rich with God’s goodness and provision in so many different ways. Inside you’ll find: * Photos from my visit to Hadrian’s Wall * An update on life at the Mallons * A “lament” about homesickness * A bit about how God is using a new church…