I Am Wanted

Growing up, I had a pretty normal life with a family that loved me and looked out for me. My mom struggled a lot with her health and was in and out of the hospital. It was getting really bad when I was ten, where my mom could not take care of her children anymore. […]

I Don’t Want To Change

My life was pretty simple and I was okay with it. I grew up in a Christian family that went to church every Sunday, attended Christian school and acted as if everything was “good.” Except it wasn’t real. When I was in grade school, we left the church I grew up in and TV church […]

The Fear That Consumed

When I was a little girl, I had an unnatural fear of death.  Not the kind of fear that all young kids inevitably face – the fear of one day growing old and slowly fading away. No, I was paranoid. I had to wash my hands three times after touching anything that I hadn’t deemed […]

“Left, Right, or Straight?”

Adventure. What comes to mind when you hear that? It makes me excited and ready to go! I think of traveling and seeing beautiful things, trying to communicate with people who don’t speak my language, and eating delicious, yet strange, food. This year has definitely been a year full of adventures for me. I have […]

I met Jesus on my first mission trip.

It was the summer right before my senior year, and I thought I had my life figured out. I knew God existed, knew I needed to be a good person, but was hesitant about this whole Christianity thing. I knew plenty of Christians – and didn’t like most of them. But as I crossed the Ohio River in a church van, I had no idea that the course of my life was going to be drastically changed.

A Simple Question

“Are you tourists?” The city was called Solikamsk. I was walking with my Russian translator, lagging a bit behind the group because everything around me called to have it’s picture taken, when a woman handing out flyers approached us. Apparently she overheard us speaking in English because she asked: “Are you tourists?” I was surprised. […]

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