.Our Year from the Inside Out {Part 1}.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of our time here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has been a very emotional year, one that has seen mountaintop experiences and deep valley encounters. So, to try and help others understand the rollercoaster of emotions the past year has presented, I thought it would be fun to do […]

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.Stars, Stripes, and Eagles.

At every turn we are reminded that the world is more and more globally connected. As recently as 20 years ago [a blip on the radar of human history], it was nearly unthinkable that a person who had not traveled beyond their home country would know much more than their own surroundings. I am 35 […]

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.Why We Do It.

Each day we wake here in Ethiopia, we strive to make progress in our efforts to get legal status so we may formally begin our work. It is not a small task, and it is not for the faint of heart. There is rejection at every corner. This is compounded by a few sad realities. […]

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.My Journey with Jesus.

I got the text Friday morning, “Meet me where the raw meat hangs in Bisrat Gabriel across from Negash.” It was my mentor, a twenty-plus year missionary who has done it all here in Ethiopia. Secret Professor in an underground seminary when Christianity was banned in Ethiopia, check; Administrator of a huge organization, check; Cambridge […]

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Mercy Branch News

It has been an exhilarating time here in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The culture has been brimming with excitement of the New Year (Ethiopia is not on the same calendar as America). We have had Doro Wat (A spicy chicken stew, the national dish of Ethiopia), sang songs, and enjoyed spending time with our neighbors. It […]

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.My Thoughts on the Church [Does She Care?].

I have been thinking so much lately about who we are… us. You and me. Together, I think we are making a difference in the world—I really do. I have seen so many both on my side of the world and yours decrying God’s people on the North American continent. Sentiments like, “Wake up American […]

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.For the one.

Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, […]

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.Owning Our Mistakes.

I could reference a host of blogs and articles and past experience to tell you why we are here, in the US right now. I could point to ways in which we are far ahead of the curve, and ways in which we are vastly behind. There are people saying it costs $150,00-$250,000 and three […]

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.Something We Can All Believe In.

Simply put, Mercy Branch is founded on a dream that there is something we can all believe in. Something good, something right, something just, something worth sacrifice; time, energy, and all the hurts, pains, and joys that accompany it all. I don’t know exactly when, but at some point after I chose my career, landed […]

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.You, Me, and Mercy Branch.

God has been pressing on my heart for months now just how much Mercy Branch is collaborative work. When we began thinking through the call that God was placing on our hearts, we felt begged out. We were fresh off the heels of asking people to help us fund our youngest son’s adoption expenses, then […]

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