He uses our heartbreak, hurting and pain to create an intimacy with Him where He shows us the world through His eyes. Our hearts learn to break for what breaks His.

Recently, I spent a week with a senior leader from my team, traveling through Europe. We spent a lot of time in meetings, but also on planes, trains and in taxis, where we talked about more than just work.....and how each of us started working with people living with HIV.  He shared a lot about … Continue reading He uses our heartbreak, hurting and pain to create an intimacy with Him where He shows us the world through His eyes. Our hearts learn to break for what breaks His.

He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.

About a year and a half ago, I felt the Lord really putting on my heart that he wanted me to learn more about Him. More than what I was learning in my LifeGroup and at church. And, to do so in a more structured way. But I just kind of tossed it off and … Continue reading He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.

Learning and relearning His ways.

God teaches me things.  Then, what typically happens is......I forget (or ignore) what He's taught me. And then.....He has to reteach me.  (Sometimes it hurts more the second time...why don't I just learn my lesson?!) Probably because I'm so darn stubborn. And, I'm a know-it-all, with an ego.  With Him and in general. I can … Continue reading Learning and relearning His ways.

Sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit continue the work.

Leena laughs at you when you ask her what her plans are (for the day, for the week, for ServeTrust).  In one of my many question-peppering conversations while on the bus in India, I asked her....how does she plan for what's next.  And, she laughed at me.  For Leena, it's not about planning.  It's about … Continue reading Sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit continue the work.

Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.

I spent more than a decade working in international development. In those years, I learned how to help in the developing country context.... and, what can be destructive. Essentially.... in order to do things that improve someone's life, you do it alongside them... teaching and mentoring in a way that provides sustainable change. Going into … Continue reading Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.

Train up and empower others to be His disciples alongside you. We all have our own unique gifts. Let’s use them to glorify Him, together.

When I lived in DC, I had the opportunity to learn about myself and grow....A LOT.  Honestly speaking, I didn't have a choice.  Part of it is just what happens in DC....and/or being away from home. But a whole lot of it was God and the opportunities He put in front of me. (Even living … Continue reading Train up and empower others to be His disciples alongside you. We all have our own unique gifts. Let’s use them to glorify Him, together.

Trust. It’s fundamental to sharing the gospel.

God has a funny way of teaching us what He wants us to know and understand. With me, He has really wanted me to understand the role of trust, connection and relationships in sharing the gospel and who He is with people who do and don't know Him. And, in the creative way He [always] … Continue reading Trust. It’s fundamental to sharing the gospel.