.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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.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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.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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