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My latest blog post on all the new happenings in my crazy, coogie sweater life.

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No Longer About Me

Hello friends! This fall I will again be running the Grand Rapids Half-Marathon with Team World Vision (TWV). Yes, this post is asking you to give. But before you skim over this as just another person begging for your money, hear me out. This year is a little different for me. When I first started…

Now What?

The Bridge Street Mission School (BSMS) class of 2015-16 graduated on April 28, 2016 and moved out shortly thereafter. Eight months of intentional community, fervent prayer, urban ministry, and Biblical teaching are over. Now what? you ask. Well, let me tell you what I think. First off, BSMS was incredible. I couldn’t have asked for…

Understanding Leadership

Throughout the past two months I have learned many new things about leadership. We have been on a leadership-learning journey as part of the leadership track of the Bridge Street Mission School. Here are a few key takeaways for me as I reflect on my leadership journey the past eight weeks. One main thing I…

Culture Matters

This idea of culture matters has become very real and relevant to me through my recent two-month trip to Guatemala with the Bridge Street Mission School. Hopefully this article can do the same for you. This article was originally posted on Poverty Cure’s website.   Why are some companies so beloved by their employees? Often…

Guatemala – Global Phase

As some of you may know, I have spent the past two months in Guatemala as part of the Global Phase of the Bridge Street Mission School. We got back on Wednesday, March 2nd. My two months in Guatemala have been some of the most eye-opening and formative time in my life. It was a…

BSMS Update!!

Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted! A ton has happened. Let’s see if I can remember it all. From November 15-21 we were in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We took a 15-passenger van rode-trip out to visit the YWAM base there and learn about what YWAM is. We joined them for their teaching…

Because They Walk

On Sunday I ran the 2015 Grand Rapids Half-Marathon. Compared to the marathon I ran a year before, it was a breeze. I felt amazing until mile 12 when I suddenly hit a wall and had a sharp pain in my side. But I pushed through it and it went away after half a mile. I felt…

A Month In

Well, it has been almost a month since Bridge Street Mission School (BSMS) started. I can’t believe that’s all it’s been because if feels more like a couple years with these weirdos. We literally share everything (ice-cream cone, clothes, just about anything you can imagine). This year for community engagement I’m doing Resurgence Plus, an after-school…

Already Family

Family. In the four days I’ve been at Bridge Street Mission School (BSMS) I feel like I’ve found a new family. It’s amazing that we already feel so close from such a short time!         We moved into the Lincoln (our dorm house) a week ago from today. Immediately I could tell this…

Legs

When I was three years old I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My parents prayed and prayed. Our church rallied around us and surrounded us with prayer. God healed me and now I have been cancer-free ever since. Sometimes I wonder, why did God choose to save me. Why did I live while others, whose…

Lessons from Pine Ridge Bible Camp

This summer I was a cabin leader at Pine Ridge Bible Camp. It was the most fun, fulfilling, and one of the toughest summers of my life. Here are a few lessons a summer at camp has taught me.           1. I Was Like That Too I was constantly reminded this summer of how I…