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

    Day 26: Moment

    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: Moment. “Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” –Robert Brault It’s amazing how much can happen in one brief moment. So much can be communicated in a glance or a hug or a sentence. In a moment, your life can completely change—or end. As I look back on my brief lifetime, I can see the moments that were…

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    A Vineyard or a Graveyard

    Note: This is the fourth 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. One night in Uganda, a group of university students came to our hotel for dinner. The students are part of the first graduating class from the ministry’s schools and are now pursuing higher education. This dinner was a special occasion for the students—they were dressed up, had their nails painted, and all wanted to get pictures taken with each other and our American team. We had a buffet dinner and conversed with the students, learning about their majors and career…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    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.…