30 People, Day 21: Sweet Ruth

Shout-Out to Sweet Ruth — When we first met on a missions trip, I didn’t think we’d be friends, but boy was I wrong! A few years later, you moved to the States, and we had one of those awkward “hey-we-should-probably-be-friends-so-let’s-go-to-lunch-and-try-to-get-to-know-each-other-better” lunch dates. The rest is history, as they say. You quickly became one of…

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30 People, Day 20: My Campers

Shout-Out to the girls who stretched my faith and my comfort zone, further than I knew they could be stretched. The girls who asked me hard questions, who shared with me the deep heartaches you’d experienced in your young lives, who expressed a love for learning the Word of God, and who I told to…

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30 People, Day 18: A Man Who Prayed

Shout-Out to Alan, who sat in front of my family at church, helped lead the college & career small group I attended, and who really, truly cared. What I appreciated the most was that when you asked how someone was doing, you actually wanted to know, really took time to stop and listen. And when…

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My Almost First Kiss

He was pretty much my best friend. We worked together, had a mutual friend group, and hung out a lot, which progressed to a closer friendship, texting throughout the days, and late-night chats. I hadn’t seen it, but one of our mutual friends ‘tipped me off’ that he had feelings for me, which kinda freaked…

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Discovering ‘Self Care’ and What it Means to Me

I’ve disliked the terms self care and self love ever since they became popular buzzwords in the last couple of years. I don’t know where it came from, but suddenly, out of nowhere, the internet was obsessed with this idea of ‘self care.’ A quick Pinterest search gives you: A 30-day self care challenge 50…

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An Invitation (and why I decided to go!)

Ever since the day it was announced over on the Moms in the Making Facebook group, I’ve wanted to go to the first-annual MITM conference. The online support group has been a big encouragement to me, and the conference sounded so great!   When it was announced, the first thing I did was look at…

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What to Ask a Missionary

Working in full time camp ministry, of course our biggest “mission fields” are the 700+ campers who attend each summer, the adults and families who come for retreats, and our college-age summer staff. But in addition to these, we also have opportunity for ministry to those who come to serve with us — short term…

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A Holy Prompting to Rest

Hello dear friends. I’ve been musing on the idea of Sabbath for a couple of days. For us, during this busy camp ministry season, we don’t get much rest time, so the few Sabbath moments we do get are craved and precious. Yesterday, Brett brought up a question I’ve never considered before. He pointed out…

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Faith Like Bartimaeus

Last night at chapel service with the other camp staff (summer staff orientation is happening this week), the speaker talked about the story of “blind Bartimaeus.” Interesting, isn’t it, how we tag him that way? He’s got a label – not just Bartimaeus, but Blind Bartimaeus. It makes me pause a bit and wonder how…

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Creation and Me

It’s so beautiful out tonight. God, I just want to praise You! How can I help but praise and thank You when I look out at this… This beauty, this majesty… This creativity, this complexity, This reflection of Your glory, that shouts of who You are. And God, a night like this reminds me that,…

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