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Headed to Haiti

Y’all, I can hardly believe that I’ll be in Haiti in just…

Child Trafficking: The Modern Day Slave Trade

Child Trafficking: The Modern Day Slave Trade

Right now, there are around 27 million slaves in the world. Let that number sink in for just a moment. And when I say “slaves”, I mean real slaves: people who are owned by other people, forced to do whatever they are told without pay.

How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here?

Over the past few years, God has led me on an unexpected and amazing journey. Since I was 12, I wanted to be a choir teacher. I know God placed that desire in my heart even then. So as I grew up, I pursued this dream.

A New Journey

Hello, everyone! I’m writing this blog today so that I can document this unique chapter of my life and share it with all of you. I hope to give you a better understanding of this transition I’m going through, and inspire you to “take up the cause of the fatherless” in your own way.

Post-Trip Processing

Post-Trip Processing

Hey everyone! I’ve been back home for 5 days. We are now faced with processing all that we saw and experienced in Africa. Last year, it was HARD. When I returned home last summer after my first trip to Africa, I was totally broken.

Saying Goodbye to Family

Saying Goodbye to Family

Right now I am sitting in the Washington DC airport. Our journey home began at 7 am on Saturday morning. We took a 3 hour bus ride from Gisenyi to Kigali, ate lunch, and went to the airport. We had to say goodbye to 6 of our team members that morning.

This Is Why We Go

This Is Why We Go

Today was our last day of ministry in Kigali. Our time here has flown by, and we are all sad to be leaving so soon. But today was a day full of hope for the future. Last year when we visited Noel Orphanage, there was a separate area for the special needs children.

The Answer

The Answer

Today we spent time at Noel Orphanage. I mentioned the other day (Monday) that we stopped by Noel briefly. It was eerie how quiet and empty it seemed compared to the chaotic, packed facility it was last year. The reason it’s so much emptier now is that most of the children, age 7 and up go to boarding school and no longer live full time at the orphanage.

Muzungus in the Mist

Muzungus in the Mist

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful hubby! 3 years ago today, I married my best friend, and neither of us had any idea Africa would be such a huge part of our lives. I am so blessed and honored to have a husband who loves God more than anything and desires His glorification above all else.

Mission Trip Cardio and Empty Orphanages

Mission Trip Cardio and Empty Orphanages

In spite of feeling sickly, I was still excited about seeing Gasharu village after hearing so much about these new children. First I’ll give you some background: In April, Best Family Rwanda welcomed 30 new children from Gasharu, ages 2 to 11, into their family.