Monday, November 3, 2014


Prayer and its power have been heavy on my heart lately.

My biggest prayer lately has been that I would be an intentional servant. I want to lead and serve my squad, and my co-leaders with intentionality. I’ve been asking the Lord to show me how to do this. And the answer was simple, “Pray more.”

Jesus was diligent about prayer. When Jesus walked this earth serving us, He did nothing without the Father. His days were spent in prayer, in listening, in following the lead of his Father. How can I expect to do anything here on my own, when everything that Jesus did was in surrender to his Father’s will, when his moments were spent in deep relationship with Him? Jesus was able to be intentional, because He was intentional about time with His Father. He was able to serve in confidence because He knew His Father would answer Him, show up for Him, and provide for Him.

A lot of what we do out here on the field is pray. Pray for those we encounter on the streets, for the homes we visit, for the ministries we are doing, and for one another. And I have recognized even more lately the importance these prayers have.

Whether boldly declared out loud, quickly muttered under our breaths, or recited quietly within our own hearts prayers hold power. They are powerful because they are heard. Over and over again in Scripture, I have been reading the truth that when we call out to him, he hears, and even more, he answers.

When we ask him, he gives. When we seek His heart, we find it. He is a good, good Father and He desires to give His children good gifts and to answer their calls to Him in mighty ways - it’s just who He is.

Two months ago, we spent time praying for a woman named Maria. Every morning, she gets on her knees and meets with the Father. She prays because she rests in the faithfulness of the Lord and knows she is heard by the King. Months ago she asked the Lord for one room if she was worthy, and He gave her not only a room, but a house, and even more, it was free. We also got to pray for her, asking healing for weak knees and for more provision, and although I may never again get to meet Maria in this life, I too can rest in the faithfulness of the Father. That He heard, and He is answering in ways we cannot imagine.

A lot of what we do is pray, and a lot of times, we may not be able to see the fruits of those prayers. We don’t always get to see the healing in the physical, because first He is healing the heart. We don’t get to see the provision right away because He is answering in a bigger way. We don’t always get to see how the Lord shows up or what He is doing in the places we go here in Guatemala.

But still, I move forward, and I keep praying, because time and time again, He has proved His faithfulness and goodness to answer when I call.

Keep praying. God will show He is listening in an amazing way.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

& back again

The past few years have been such a wild adventure. Because of your prayer and support I was able to travel to Kenya in 2012 where I was able to work in schools, hospitals, and churches all over the country. Words cannot describe what an incredible, life-changing experience it was. My eyes were opened not just to poverty and a new culture, but also to how mighty our God is and what an identity founded in Him looks like. Upon returning home, I felt called to go back on the mission field - but this time I knew that it was my time to lead my generation into experiencing a new culture and to discovering more about the Lord. I had the incredible opportunity to lead eight beautiful women through Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania. It was such a blessing to be a part of their journey and to see the Lord transform their lives.
The thing that has touched me the most these past few years is the journey each of these trips has been: I struggled, rejoiced, released the old, and grew into the new. I am so passionate about my generation rising up to bring His kingdom to earth while discovering what a life led by His Spirit looks like.
This year, I have the beautiful opportunity to continue to be a part of that. This September, I will lead forty-one amazing 18-22 year olds on their journey with the Lord overseas as they discover His power and grace. I will be spending nine months traveling through Guatemala, Thailand, and Zambia guiding, empowering, and encouraging these men and women to seek after the Lord and bring His hope and truth to these three countries. 
I would first like to ask for your prayers. This trip is unlike any I have gone on before; I am very excited for the challenge and the new adventure, but would appreciate your prayers for strength and wisdom! Wisdom for my two co-leaders and I to lead in a way that is honoring to the Lord; for safety; for peace for me and my family while I am away; and for the Lord’s will to be done in these countries, in the lives of my team, and in the lives of the people we encounter everyday. Pray for the joy and light of the Lord to radiate in everything we do!
In addition to prayer, if you would like to support me on this journey, you can click the "Support Me" link on the left hand side of this blog.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support over the years, it has changed my life.