.Henok {Repost}.

His shivers racked his rail thin body, his teeth violently chattering against one another, causing his head to pound and his jaw to ache. Henok curled his small body tighter to the body of his best friend, Abal, who slept closest to him, feeling the trembling from his friend’s body as well. He pulled at […]

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.Our Year from the Inside Out {Part 2}.

At the one-year anniversary of our time here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we thought it would be fun to review our journey through the lens of the popular Pixar movie, Inside Out. If you missed part one, you can find it here. If you are not familiar with the movie, I will outline the basic […]

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.Breathe In, Breathe Out.

I sat down at a local Starbucks and looked up, the scene was so different from where I had found myself for the past 8 months. I had to make an emergency trip to America and found some time between it all to sneak in some meetings with my Pastor. I had seen him the […]

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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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.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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.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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.God of the Details.

It is amazing to see God bring details together – details of our past colliding with our present preparing us for our future. There is no doubt that for years God has been intricately writing our story preparing to join it with the stories of others for the purpose of glorifying Him and advancing His […]

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