Plagued by Routine

I have found that even in the mission field on the other side of the globe, it’s easy to fall into a routine. Breakfast at 7:30, work at 8, lunch at 1, finish work at 5, you know the drill. It’s especially hard back in the states where we are constantly on a schedule, constantly worried about what comes next. We have a plan and a method for how we go about our lives every day. But the thing is, that’s not how Jesus lived. Jesus lived in complete abandonment of His own desires and in complete commitment to His Father’s. In John 5 He says, “the Son can do nothing...

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Thoughts From My Hospital Bed

Have any of you ever vomited rice? If you haven’t, just know that it looks exactly the same as when you ate it (you’re welcome). Vomiting has pretty much been my main agenda for the past week. . . plus diarrhea. . . and a tiny, small little bit of almost non-existent self-pity (guys, I’m pathetic when I am sick). It just so happens that my first time being admitted into the hospital as an adult was in an international hospital. Upon arrival, our contact paced while jabbering nervously in Albanian, “American student needs immediate attention!!” (Poor guy was freaking...

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Thoughts From My Hospital Bed

Have any of you ever vomited rice? If you haven’t, just know that it looks exactly the same as when you ate it (you’re welcome). Vomiting has pretty much been my main agenda for the past week. . . plus diarrhea. . . and a tiny, small little bit of almost non-existent self-pity (guys, I’m pathetic when I am sick). It just so happens that my first time being admitted into the hospital as an adult was in an international hospital. Upon arrival, our contact paced while jabbering nervously in Albanian, “American student needs immediate attention!!” (Poor guy was freaking...

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Plagued by Routine

I have found that even in the mission field on the other side of the globe, it’s easy to fall into a routine. Breakfast at 7:30, work at 8, lunch at 1, finish work at 5, you know the drill. It’s especially hard back in the states where we are constantly on a schedule, constantly worried about what comes next. We have a plan and a method for how we go about our lives every day. But the thing is, that’s not how Jesus lived. Jesus lived in complete abandonment of His own desires and in complete commitment to His Father’s. In John 5 He says, “the Son can do nothing...

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The Call to Obedience

Well my friends, we have surpassed the halfway point of my time in Albania. Time has truly flown by as I look back at all that has happened and all we’ve been busy with. This month has been strictly manual labor, which as you can imagine has certainly been hard on us both physically and spiritually – I can’t even imagine what my body would look like without the never ending scratches, bruises, scrapes, and bites that cover me now. Our ministry contact is called LightForce International. LightForce has locations in Albania, Uganda, and India. The Albania location provides kids...

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We are all useless Christians

For the past couple of weeks, most of my team has been cleaning out goat and sheep stalls. The farm we are working on just sold about 250 goats and slaughtered about 15 sheep, so we get the privilege of cleaning out their stalls. These are not just like a little poop here, a little poop there. No. Some of the stalls, when cleaned down to the ground, would be as deep as our knees. So, we have literally been knee deep in crap for the past few weeks. This past week my amazing team finished cleaning those rooms and finished cleaning all the poop that needs to be cleaned. The second to last day cleaning...

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