Rest

Sitting here, I can’t seem to keep my eyes open. Rest. It is something I am so bad at so much of the time. But I know I need it. When I can feel the heaviness of my eyes in the middle of the afternoon. When I can’t read for more than 20 minutes without…

Back to The Book

The other day I was reading a good book. THE good book, actually. And I read something rather odd about a piece of dark magic. That is a Harry Potter, Tom Riddle reference if you missed it. It is ok though. Because it really isn’t about dark magic, but God speaking through His Word. Let…

Is That You, God?

Sometimes I don’t know what to do. Sometimes I don’t know how to feel. Sometimes God leaves me on my knees, crying out “why?”. Sometimes life doesn’t make sense. The past couple weeks definitely haven’t made sense. It has been a massive rollercoaster of highs and lows, good and bad, beauty and brokenness. Let me backtrack…

Coming in Hot

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

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…

Trying Times

Injuries are annoying. My left foot has been hurt the past week and a half. Honestly, it has been some of the hardest and most trying times of my life. I know that may sound trivial, but for me it’s a big deal. When you are used to running every day, even just one day…

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 Half-Way

We are currently at the halfway point of our two-month Guatemala trip and halfway through Phase 2 of Bridge Street Mission School. We (half of the BSMS gang) flew into Guatemala City around midnight on January 3rd. Since being here we have all learned and experienced many different things. Although it would take me far…

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…

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…