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[7 Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Into the Darkness

As many of you know, my boyfriend Chris Hadsell is currently in Mozambique living at an orphanage and attending the Harvest School of Missions.  About 3 months ago, Chris headed into the African bush with only a backpack but filled with expectancy.  His living conditions are fair at best. No running water, rice & beans three times a day, mosquitoes, bucket showers, extreme heat, Malaria…the list goes on and on.  Listening to him encounter all that Africa has to offer makes me remember fondly the three months I lived there …

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[28 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Retouch the World

I have been home for about 5 months now, and very busy at work.  I have had a passion for photography for about 4 years now and never really thought about using it for anything.  While on the Race, God gave me a dream to use my photography to raise money for those in need around the world.  I spent this year taking pictures of the people and places that have touched my heart.  Since I’ve been home, I have been working on getting the non-profit organization up and running.  …

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[22 Oct 2010 | 19 Comments | ]

I have deliberately avoiding this blog for a while.  I have been back for 50 days now.  When I think about the Race, it still feels like I just got home.  I still feel like I am finding my footing and getting a grasp on this reality called “Home”. The past three and a half months has flown by, and it still feels like I am waking up in Cambodia getting ready to teach English.  The reason I have been avoiding this blog is because every time I see it, …

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[19 Jun 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Is This Really The End?

Our last month of ministry.
That concept was hard enough for me to wrap my mind around when we started ministry in Cambodia.
And now, 30 days later, our month of ministry is now over.
That idea is even harder for me to comprehend.
Not only has our time in Cambodia flown by, but when I think back over this race, it seriously feels like I’ve only been gone a month.

I could not imagine a better way to finish our time of ministry.  We had an excellent placement this month.  We have been …

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[31 May 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Good Morning Vietnam

Our month in Vietnam came and went faster than I had wanted.  I still can’t get my mind around the fact that I will be home in 30 days.  I didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived in Vietnam.  My whole squad was stationed right in the middle of Tourist Central, Nam style.  Our hotel was situated between countless souvenir shops, bootleg movie stores, and restaurants promising the best “Western” cuisine.  Stepping out of the hotel I could see countless travelers, all loaded down with their backpacks searching …

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[30 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Asian Invasion

Our first month in Asia has been absolutely incredible.  I love the culture here.
I really miss Africa, but the Thai people have made me fall in love with this part of the world all over again.  This month we were assigned to a church up north in Thailand.  We worked with a WONDERFUL pastor in his house church all month.  I think this month has for sure been my most fun yet.  Our pastor is an incredible man and he filled our days with tons of great ministry and lots …

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[22 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
Witty Nelson

Do you ever have those people in your life who you know God made to be in your life at the perfect time?  My friend Lindsay is that for me.  About 6 months ago, our teams got changed around and Lindsay and I were put together, along with Martha and Ashley – two of my best friends in the whole world (don’t worry, I’ll be writing about them later this week).

So back to Lindsay.  This girl is the most passionate, exciting, powerful woman I have ever met.  She is such …

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[14 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Africa Overview, Video Style

Since I spend most of my time behind my Nikon and not a video camera, I thought I would allow the talent of my fellow squad mates speak for me as I wrap up this last African post…
Our African journey started back in December with our longest travel day yet.  Ashley Higgins made this hilarious video about our journey from the Middle East to Kenya.

Life in Africa can be a bit challenging at times to say the least…Team Mosaic made a video about all of the “lessons” we have had …

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[12 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Three Months-No Snakes!

While I wouldn’t say that not seeing any snakes sums up my African experience…it sure does make me feel a whole lot better!  We have successfully finished our ministry in Africa and are currently in Bangkok, Thailand getting ready for three months of ministry in Southeast Asia.
So what can I say to sum up my three-month journey in Africa?  How could I even begin to sum up my incredible experiences on this wonderful continent?  I think the one word I would use would be Powerful.  I saw God power displayed …

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[11 Mar 2010 | 12 Comments | ]
Covered in Dust

I am sitting under the stars in Uganda.
The house we are living in has no power, so they are the clearest I have ever seen them.
It’s nighttime and most of my team is already asleep.
Trying to unwind, I decide to wash my feet.
As I take the wash bucket, I begin to clean off layer after layer of street dirt.
Dirt as red as Georgia clay.
It is a peaceful night and I am at rest after a very hard day of ministry.
No sleep.  Fear.  Power.  Healings.  Demons.  Muslims.  Opposition.  Freedom.  Salvations.
This month …