To the Nations

KENYA
 
In June of 2011, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Kenya for 2 weeks with an organization called the Mocha Club.
 
 
The Mocha Club is an online community of people giving up the cost of 2 mochas a month – or $9 – to fund relief and development projects in Africa. Everything you need to know can be found on their website:
https://www.themochaclub.org
 
My two weeks in Kenya changed my life in a lot of ways. I blogged several times while I was there, starting with this one. Feel free to read them for a glimpse into my heart for Kenya and what I learned in those two weeks. 
 
A few years after this trip – 3 women from my team started a non-profit organization called Love for Kitui. (http://www.loveforkitui.org/#!home/mainPage)
There are 3 main projects within the vision of Love for Kitui –
1. The Orphan Project
2. The Well Project
3. The Building Project
This is an amazing community with amazing people, and I cannot wait to be a part of what God has for them! Check out the website to learn more!!

Our Mocha Club team in the village of Kitui

GUATEMALA
 
In the summer of 2012, I felt God calling me to Guatemala with an organization called Adventures in Missions. My team and I lived in Puerto Barrios for 2 months and did a variety of ministries. You can see what God did through my team and read about what God taught me on this journey through my blogs from the trip:
the battle cry
there’s no place I would rather be
nada es imposible
what does love look like?
a kingdom that cannot be shaken
this crazy life
hunger, healing, and baby smiles
you only live once!
home.
 
These 2 months changed my life in a whole new way, and re-affirmed the passion God has placed in my heart for the nations. I have learned a lot about myself and I am learning to walk into the inheritance God has for me. I have a new passion and love for experiencing new cultures, and I hope I get to experience more!
my sweet boy, Diego

my sweet boy, Diego

Our team, and Guatemalan brothers

Our team, and Guatemalan brothers

 
SOUTH AFRICA
From January to June 2013, I studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa! This was undoubtedly a life changing experience in many, many ways. I learned a LOT and was challenged in a lot of ways. I met some incredible people from so many different nations, and really caught on to a bigger glimpse of what it looks like to be part of the family of God. I learned more about what love really is, and what it looks like to live in Kingdom culture. I was faced with the reality of the world we live in, the hurt, the poverty, and the desperation. I got to hug sweet kids who just wanted to feel loved, I got to climb mountains, surf in the ocean, ride an elephant, soar above the city in a paraglider, learn words in new languages, and most importantly, got to meet and cherish many new friends. I am thankful beyond words for the love and generosity of so many I have met here, and cannot express how blessed I feel to have had this experience!
To read more about my time in South Africa, the blogs start with this one.
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