.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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.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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.Purse Strings and Heartstrings.

Jesus had this incredible way of cutting straight to the point. He would say just a few words, maybe a little story, and cut straight through our excuses, and philosophies, our distractions, and get right to the point He was striving to make. It is a quality I am fascinated by. In Matthew 6, Jesus […]

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.Where is the Church in all this?.

This is a question that has been asked of us from time to time. As we meet with various people and explain to them what our heart and passion is concerning Mercy Branch, as we attempt to help people understand our two-fold mission (Guest House and Street Kids), the question is raised: Where is the […]

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.My Village.

I don’t know when I first realized how badly I needed it, or how intensely my soul longed for it. But I know when I realized I did not have it. My story is not one in which I turned from shocking sin to intense, unrelenting devotion to God. No, my story is one of […]

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.The Scandal of the Kingdom.

Today Tiffany wrote about Doing It Scared. It is something that really resonates with how I am feeling. It has been such an encouragement to see God move people to come around and support our journey. We did a little promotional video to try and explain what we are doing or maybe why we are […]

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.Together.

I think one of the hardest things about God calling our family out to be missionaries in Ethiopia is the fundraising part.  I squirmed during the very first conversation that Jim and I had this summer regarding moving to Ethiopia, because I knew that we would most likely have to raise money in order to […]

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.Open Letter to Anonymous.

Thank you for believing in us. It is crazy at times to sit back and realize how many people really do believe in us. We are working really hard to do everything ethically, transparently, and legally. We are trying to maximize our experience, grow from our mistakes, and make the most of our successes. And […]

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.I Can’t Do It, But We Can.

We have been working hard the past month trying to get things in place to ensure that we are doing everything properly and ethically. One of the biggest challenges has been and continues to be setting a budget. My natural instinct is to name a number, cut it into pieces, and run with it… That, […]

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