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…

Faces in My Places

Recently, I had a conversation with someone back in the States about trying to keep track of all the people I encounter often in my life across the pond in Carlisle, England. It got me thinking – it might be helpful for me to introduce just a few of these people to you, so when…

Top 10 Landscapes of 2013

1) Windswept Atlantic Ocean. The rocky coastline of Galicia, in northern Spain, stands impervious to the wind and rain the elements hurl against it. 2) Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall. On a rare sunny day in England, I snapped this shot of the iconic tree in the gap. It presides over a section of the Roman Hadrian’s…

Transforming Gypsy Souls

An incredible part of my job is covering outreaches to needy people, like the Transform 2013 children’s club outreach to the Roma (gypsy) people in Albania. The Roma are one of the most underprivileged and despised people groups in Europe. It was my privilege to interview these participants and share a bit of the Roma…

10 Reasons You’ll Love the American Midwest

* Author note: Photographs for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were borrowed for illustrative purposes. All other photos on this post and blog are my own.  When people return to their home culture after living or traveling abroad, it’s common for them to critically view many aspects of their home culture. This is normal. But…

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…

10 Easy Steps to Renewing Your Passport

I hate paperwork. It is not my gift. Or inclination. Or anything I’m remotely good at – it makes my creative brain cry big fat tears. But since I’m back my native Kansas for a few months to renew my passport/visa and raise financial support, I’m getting a lot of paperwork out of the way….

“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…