Casablanca, Morocco

I traveled to Casablanca for meetings the last week of February. I’m not real great at taking pictures when I travel. My apologies. Here are a few, minus the one of the camel head at the meat market.

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Time to go!

I and eight young ladies head to NYC on Saturday. We’ll spend the week (March 1–8) working with the South Asian Center in Jackson Heights (Queens) and the West African Center in Brooklyn, helping with ESL classes and homework clubs. We’ll also explore the history of immigration in America even as we serve today’s immigrants. Please keep us in your prayers.

In September…

School started in September and so did our mobilization team trips to college campuses. My campus visits included Massachusetts and North Dakota.

Northpoint Bible College // Haverhill, MA
1381899_404848749616135_379343513_nAbout one hour north of Boston is Haverhill, home of Northpoint Bible College. One of our team members was on campus teaching an intensive course, “Engaging Muslims,” to a dozen students.

I had the opportunity to speak in a couple classes, sharing some of my story and the exposure trip opportunities we have in 2014. One of the girls from our trip to Madrid, Vanessa (previously a student at Northpoint) joined me to share about her experience in Madrid and how to changed her course. It was fun to reunite with her and to see how her story impacted her friends and fellow students.

Trinity Bible College // Ellendale, ND
From Massachusetts I traveled to North Dakota to join Trinity Bible College during GO Week, its 1262838_198450883659727_625287393_oweek of missions focus. The week was filled with promoting 2014 trips and challenging students to think about the lost, not the where of missions but the who.

One highlight for me was spending the afternoon with the new “Pack Your Bags” program now on campus. PYB is a eight-month missions-based mentorship program that includes training and mission trips. I had the chance to share my journey as well as answer questions.

In August…

Two big events happened in August: General Council in Orlando and vacation/friends’ wedding in Portland, Oregon.

We can mostly skip over the humid details of GC in Florida, other than the fact that I got to spend a lot of time with my sister and her family. And I also connected with a number of young adults and university/college folks about potential trips for 2014. You know, all that work and networking stuff.

The joy of August, though, was my vacation in Portland right after General Council, where I had the joy of witnessing my dear friends Shelby and Russ get married. They are such good friends that they planned the wedding for the week that I was there (two birds, one plane ticket west).

It was the most glorious and fun wedding that I’ve ever been to (no offense to any other friends’ whose wedding I have attending). The backdrop was Mt. Hood. That takes the cake right there. And there wasn’t wedding cake–it was all about the ice cream. And 13 dozen Oregon-shaped cookies made by yours truly. Such fun with friends from Nashville and beyond, all meeting up in Oregon to celebrate our friends. It was perfection.

I returned to Springfield ready for the school year to begin. And it did….