Everything listed under: Missions

  • I can't believe this is actually my life!

    I am actually a full-time missionary. I can't believe this is actually my life! My childhood dreams are coming true!   Read More...

  • The Picture I Never Took

    After several trips to Haiti, I have an album full of pictures, yet there’s an image so ingrained in my mind that never made the album. It’s a picture I didn’t take, a moment with such great impact that my heart beat a rhythm of compassion never felt before. As paintbrushes worked diligently up the hill to prepare Pastor Nathan’s transition home in Passe Renne, a small group of Coreluv mission trippers led a Bible lesson to the village children under a tent.   Read More...

  • Coming Down the Mountain

    On almost every trip I have made to Haiti with Coreluv, I have climbed the mountain in front of the guest house. Actually, for me, the trip down the mountain is more difficult than the climb. When I’m climbing, I can look up and see the top, the goal, the pinnacle.   Read More...

  • One Thing

       Every night in Haiti on the balcony of the Coreluv guesthouse our staff will lead each visiting team in a nightly devotion. It is a time intended for everyone to be able to unplug from the activities of the day to reflect upon Jesus. We almost always pose this question, "Where did you see Jesus today?" This is a loaded question asked to a bunch of privileged Americans (myself included) who have just had their hearts ripped out by what they saw in the course of their time with us.   Read More...

  • Speak to the Well

    “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” Isaiah 44:3 I sat there, sweating, dirty, tired and frustrated. It had been a pretty hot day for Haiti, and on top of that we had been working pretty hard. We were having some issues with the pump in our well which required us to pull 155 feet of PVC pipe full of water out of the ground.   Read More...

  • God as a Father

    My first trip to Haiti was incredible and was so much more than I was expecting. Having been on missions trips before, I was expecting some general things: I was expecting that devotional time would be powerful, that the children would be amazing, and that I would cry a lot. What I didn’t expect, however, was that God would show me a fundamental part of his character.   Read More...

  • Hineni

    Does Jesus still stir individuals to action? Does He still call people to risk their security, to cast away their comfort, and to live a radical life? Has our God slipped away to a passive observer who allows Christians to live as they please with no purpose, or have we pushed aside God for a life that we choose?   Read More...

  • One is a Crisis

    “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone!” Mark 16:15, NLT This scripture is something I’ve heard a thousand times and something I have always held as a value; however, it is something I’m unsure if I’ve ever understood until now. Right now I’m visiting Texas for a short furlough from work in Haiti. I was able to see my family and loved ones for two weeks, and after that I had the pleasure of traveling with Mike and Mandy Reiszner to Guatemala.   Read More...

  • Behind the Mountains, There are Mountains

    Across the street from the Coreluv guesthouse in Gonaives is a mountain. It’s not the tallest of mountains and I don’t know the name of the mountain. In the daylight one can see small homes scattered across it.   Read More...

  • Live Life Wrecked

    Before I take anyone to Haiti, I give them this warning: Your life will be wrecked. Someone inevitably asks me what that means. I tell them something happens to you when you physically become the hands and feet of Jesus to the least of these.   Read More...

  • Why?

    As I sat here pondering about what to write about, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Actually it was more like a punch of empathy and compassion to the gut. A punch that sparks such emotion you literally feel like buckling over onto the floor only to cry out, “WHY?” WHY are there so many orphans, so much poverty, so few resources, so many deaths?   Read More...

  • On That Day, Everybody Ate

    After packing up our family and journeying to Haiti for a good portion of the summer, I was privileged to take away beautiful pieces of tapestry in the form of everyday life that molded and changed the very moral fiber of our souls. There are so many things I can recall and write about; truly I can pinch myself with the reality check that we actually DID what we as a family have dreamed and talked about for years! As a mother and a wife, there aren’t many moments GREATER than serving the Lord to...  Read More...

  • You Make Beautiful Things Out of the Dust

    I have recently fallen in love with this song by Gungor. Its compassionate lyrics and simple melody stir my senses to recognize beauty in the things and people around me. We should take time each day to IDENTIFY GOD in our surroundings — not only in the beautiful things, but in the less attractive things as well.   Read More...

  • The Beautiful Letdown

    There are so many aspects of my life that have changed since our decision to ‘defend the orphan’ full-time in June of 2011. The excitement I've felt by witnessing the hand of the Lord open doors and move mountains for us has far outweighed my fear of failing. I cannot imagine the disappointment Peter would have experienced had he never allowed himself to be stretched beyond his human ability into the realm of the miraculous by stepping out of the boat.   Read More...

  • Really?

    Tonight we gathered with our team here in Gonaives, Haiti on top of a balcony overlooking the mountains. Each of us was asked to reflect and share some ways this trip has made a personal impact on us so far. Immediately I knew I needed to share what God spoke to me on day one.   Read More...