Adventure with Jesus – A GAP Semester in Phuket, Thailand

As long as I can remember, adventure called my name. Not in an extreme sports kind of way, but this intangible pull to try new things, to see new places, and to learn more about how God made me and who He has called me to be. While I couldn’t articulate this early on in my life, it was still present. It was consistently pushing and pulling me to this adventure I knew I was created for and yet didn’t fully understand. I was 12-years-old and sitting on a couch reading a Christian magazine for teens (Breakaway magazine for any…

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Fruit of the Spirit

Do you find you go through a passage of scripture or a devotional that you thought you’d learned and mastered before, but it hits you in that moment that a refresher is needed? To be honest, the past couple of months have been terribly busy and as I was reading through old posts and devotionals, hoping that one might be able to fit in this format, I found this. More than it being an easy way to post for For Freedom International, it’s been a reminder that old lessons are still relevant. The post begins with,  “the last few weeks…

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Seeking God and Fasting

I have been going through waves in my faith. I have been feeling super close to God and then feeling distant. In the past I always took this to be a normal occurrence and accepted the feelings of ‘alone’ as okay. These times of distance were often after experiencing a large amount of God’s presence (often called a “Mountain top experience”). Having a dry spell is something we all go through, in a way it is normal, but I think there is a danger in simply accepting dry spells and doing so in a passive manner – as in expecting…

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Pride

I have been thinking a lot about pride the last month. It’s not an easy topic to dwell on or to talk about and I have rewritten and pondered this topic more than any other. We – you and I – are proud. That is as simple as it gets, and we need to call out our pride. Pride says, “I can do it better”, or “This isn’t worth my time”, or “I will look ridiculous or be alone if I do or say________________”. C.S. Lewis wrote, “If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited…

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Volunteering Overseas & Success Syndrome

18 months ago we moved to Thailand to join the team of For Freedom International. FFI helps to undertake Gospel-Centered justice and compassion work amongst women who have been sexually exploited. We have been tasked with starting a social foundation in Thailand and establishing a vocational training salon for sexually exploited women getting out of prostitution.  We love our new home and we are excited about how God is working in Phuket, and He’s done so much!  During our time here FFI has started the country’s third child advocacy center, sent exploited international women back to their home countries and people…

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No Fear in Love

It’s been 45 days since we signed documents, did homework to debrief and ended or time in Phuket, Thailand. I did not want to leave, a large part of me felt I was being ripped away. For the past 45 days, I’ve been afraid. I was afraid I would lose the initial heart for Phuket. I was afraid I would come home unchanged and easily willing to slip back into old habits. One day, a little while ago, I wrote this journal entry: “Dear Jesus, I am leaving the people I’m wanting to pray for in Your hands. You want…

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The Gift of Emotions

“To love God with all of your heart, you have to own all of your heart.” “How do you feel right now?” our teacher asked the question simply. “I don’t know.” I slowly replied. At that moment, so many thoughts were running through my mind that it made it difficult to express what I felt. Emotions were coming up that felt unacceptable and I wanted to push them quickly down before anyone else in the classroom got a glimpse of the messiness there. The past few months, as I’ve been in a program focused on principles for counseling ministry, God…

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$50,000 Matching Campaign until December 31 #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, is coming soon! (Tuesday November 28th) #Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and we are excited to participate for our very first time. We are so excited that we couldn’t wait until Tuesday morning because we have some incredible news to share with you today. Because of a generous donation, we are able to announce a $50,000 matching campaign for donations received until the end of this year.  Specifically, we are looking to expand the reach and scope of our ministry through the Child Advocacy Center, and the building and grand opening of a first of its kind, vocational training center, in Phuket. You can…

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Fundraising…..The Holy Privilege of Building Relationships

As a full-time missionary, I am all too aware that the words “privilege” and “fundraising” are not often talked about in the same sentence. The majority of us on the foreign, and local, mission field have experienced the time and faithful persistence required to continually share our need, meet with churches, all the while praying that we would reach our goal. I am no stranger to this, and can honestly admit to times imagining what it would feel like to be fully funded, never again having the need to fundraise or cringe at the thought of asking for money. Don’t…

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Packing Your Bags: Preparing for Short-Term Missions

So, you’re getting ready to go on a short-term mission trip? Perhaps it’s your first time and you don’t quite know what to expect. Imagining what food you might eat. Practicing phrases such as “hello” and “where is the bathroom?” in an unfamiliar language. Making sure your bags are packed just perfectly. But making sure your bag is ready isn’t the only preparation that is important. “If all you do to prepare for your mission trip is pack a suitcase, you might be missing the “mission” part of your trip. Just like you wouldn’t go on a trip without first…

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