.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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.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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.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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.Let It Burn.

This has been a tough week. We went through all our possessions, moved them out of the house that we had made a home, and sent them off to be sold. Sometime around day two, I was struck by the reality that Jesus’ words about selling your stuff was more than just about cashing the […]

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.Here and Now, Then and There.

We are so thrilled to be on this fund raising journey for Mercy Branch, and it has been awesome to see all the ways God has provided in the midst of this journey. It has been humbling to see the ways that God has moved people to come alongside us on this journey. Having said […]

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.Missionaries Need More Than Your Money.

It’s true. Missionaries need more than your money. While, money is vital to the ministry of a missionary, and without it, we cannot do what God has called us to do, it is not everything. We also need people who are truly invested in what we are doing and how we are doing it. We […]

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