• Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 12: An Explosion of Praise

    This post was written for the weekly Five Minute Friday blog linkup. Each week, writers respond to a one-word prompt by writing for five minutes, then share their unedited writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Praise. Praising God is something the student body at my school values and knows how to do well. We have countless talented students who use their creative abilities to worship God in new ways all the time. Last night was the annual Ethnefest, the night during our missions conference when students from all over the world danced and sang and spoke to share their cultural heritage with us. At…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 5: Sharing Life Together

    This post was written for the weekly Five Minute Friday blog linkup. Each week, writers respond to a one-word prompt by writing for five minutes, then share their unedited writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Share. One of my favorite things about being at a Bible college is the way I get to live life together with other believers. We share everything: our rooms, our staplers, a bathroom, a laundry room, classrooms, friends, professors, a table at meals, and countless similar experiences. We share our joys and our struggles and support each other. Yesterday my roommate shared flashcards she had made so I could…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    Potential for Revival

    This post was written for the weekly Five Minute Friday blog linkup. Each week, writers respond to a one-word prompt by writing for five minutes, then share their unedited writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Potential. I think of all the people in the Church, especially young people, who are apathetic about Jesus, unaware of the power of the gospel. They have so much potential—my generation could rock the world with revival, but so many of us are desensitized to the wonder of the gift we’ve been given. If we understood the power of God, His immensity, His love for us, and the abundant…

  • Five Minute Friday,  Summer 2018

    When There Seems to Be No Way

    This post was written for the weekly Five Minute Friday blog linkup. Each week, writers respond to a one-word prompt by writing for five minutes, then share their unedited writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Way. The Israelites are trapped in slavery, and Pharaoh refuses to let them go. God sends 10 plagues and then splits open the sea to lead His people to freedom. Mankind is dead in sin and rebellion, destined to be separated from God forever. God sends His only Son to redeem us and restore our relationship. God makes a way when there seems to be no way. This week,…

  • Uganda

    A Gift Named Edward

    Note: This is the third in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read other posts in this series. Walking through the green field of banana trees, a soft breeze rustling the leaves, entering through a red brick gate, I let out a contented sigh. Small children chant, “You are welcome! You are welcome!” while nannies corral toddlers and cradle sleeping infants. The Parental Care Ministries (PCM) Omwana House. I LOVE babies, and after my first trip to Uganda in 2016, one of my favorite memories was of visiting the Omwana House. “Omwana” means “baby” in Luganda, one of…

  • Uganda

    A Ziploc for Everything and Everything in Its Ziploc

    Note: This is the second in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read the first post. I am almost finished packing for Uganda, and I will board a plane in Chicago on Thursday. I can hardly believe this is actually happening! God in the Details My mom and I have been working hard at making sure I have everything I need to take on this trip: sturdy shoes, sunscreen, anti-malaria pills, protein bars. One of my favorite parts of the packing process is categorizing items into Ziploc bags—it keeps everything separate, organized, and easily accessible. On Saturday morning,…

  • Uganda

    An Exciting Opportunity, A Step of Faith

    Note: This is the first in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. At the beginning of 2018, I was still praying that God would give me an opportunity to return to Uganda before I go to college in August. Ever since my trip in 2016, I had been hoping to go back, but I didn’t know of any upcoming opportunities, and I wasn’t entirely sure whether God was calling me to go on another trip this year. The Opportunity On January 22, I found out that there was an opening on a team that was leaving for Uganda on March 29.…