24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who … Continue reading From the Ground Up
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” -- Isaiah 55:12 During my May Retreat in Cuernavaca, we had a 36 hour tech-free time of silence. Some of you reading … Continue reading Running the Labyrinth
“This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” This phrase came into my head the other day and I wanted to know which verse in the Bible it came from, the full context. So I did what any good missionary would do and I consulted my Bible, which actually means I asked … Continue reading This is My Daughter
I feel as though it has been a long time since I have written a blog. I last participated in the YAGM March Photo challenge to help you all get a little glimpse into my life here in Mexico through snapshots and little tidbits. It feels like I haven’t written much because I didn’t have … Continue reading Growing Up and Growing Closer
Hello dear blog readers! This month, many of my fellow YAGMs have been participating in a #YAGMPhotoChallenge for the month of March. Every day of March they were challenged to post a photo matching the theme of the day. I knew I would be horribly inept at keeping up on a day to day social … Continue reading March Photo Challenge
Sometimes I really miss the United States. Despite my objections to many political or social issues, ultimately, it’s the place where I grew up. There’s a sense of familiarity and home to the United States. When we went on the Border retreat, I felt it almost immediately upon arriving in the US. However, after being … Continue reading Binationalism, Beauty, & The Blueberry Cafe
During my retreat to the Border with my country cohort, we only crossed the Border on foot twice, once in each direction. On our way from Mexico into the United States, I watched my country coordinator walk ahead of me, show the Border Patrol Agent her passport, answer a question (maybe two?) and get waved … Continue reading What Are You Bringing?
Many of us are pretty familiar with the story in the 6th chapter of the Gospel of Mark when Jesus feeds the 5000 (read here). Jesus uses 5 loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5000 people and then, on top of that miracle, there’s enough food left to fill up 12 baskets. As … Continue reading Working Towards Miracles
I didn’t have a restful night of sleep and I walk into work hoping it might be an easy day—folding toilet paper, cutting vegetables, speaking Spanish with someone who has the patience to talk slowly and clearly. I ring the bell and wait. A volunteer opens the slider on the door, verifies it’s me, and … Continue reading Sometimes, there’s darkness.
The first time I can remember being introduced to the idea of a radical Christianity was at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering during Thursday night in the Superdome when Shane Claiborne gave a sermon. I’m linking it here (it’s only 30 minutes) so that you can watch it and be amazed by his beautiful illustrations … Continue reading I Can’t Keep Quiet