missions & relief projects

do you want to know something really shocking about me?

i thought so.

i don't have any desire to move overseas. if i'm truly honest with myself, i don't. and it's not for lack of trying either. i've taken perspectives (an amazing and life-changing class!) twice. i do my best to keep updated on what is going on in the world. we are blessed to attend a mission-focused church. but i still don't want to move overseas. i like america.

you can start booing now.

let me clarify by saying that i would move overseas. in a heartbeat. i understand that God loves the world and it's people way more than i love america. and i'm all about following God wherever he leads me. we moved to iowa city in faith, and that was a great step for me. if God wants us overseas, we'll know and we'll go.

but i don't know if we'll ever move overseas, honestly. this is quite possibly the reason why i love those who are passionate about missions and relief work. because i'm frankly not passionate about going myself. but if someone else is, i get so excited.

we are blessed to have many people in our lives who are passionate about many different people groups. i'm so thankful for them-they make me fall in love with the world. they help me see the world the way God sees it.

bryan and i have become eager to help fuel these passions financially, especially since we don't have a specific goal for ourselves when it comes to missions.

how can you contribute?
  • compassion international has organized some swift and trustworthy relief efforts. consider making a one-time donation to meet critical needs.
  • support your friends or family who are going.
  • consider taking perspectives in your area and evaluate your role in world missions.
  • support a missionary through gospel for asia.
  • pick up a copy of operation world and pray for nations.

this week, i'm giving away five handmade crafts from lullabies for africa!

simply leave a comment on this post if you'd like to win these hairpins!

i'll randomly select the winner at the end of the week!


  1. I'm determined to win something!

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  3. Hooray for blessing the nations! It fills me with joy to hear about your excitement to contribute from home. And I love handmade fair trade items. =)

    However, bobby-type pins are not quite what my hair requires, so maybe I should reserve my contest entry for a different craft.

  4. I like these little bobby pins. :)

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  6. I don't think the hairpins would go with my style, so I don't wish to win them....

    However, I feel the same way about missions. Sort of. The very idea of going overseas terrifies me, but I'm willing to go if God wants me there. I doubt I'll ever go, but I said the same thing about moving to Iowa City.

  7. i'm the same way.. luckily i've just been offered the opportunity to go as far away as you can, but still be in the united states... sort of ;)

  8. Am I too late? I love the movement and passion right now for our orphans of the world.

    (btw: these would look awfully cute on my little girl.)

  9. The best of friends are those that get excited for you, even if it's not their thing.
    Thanks for encouraging me when we met a couple weeks ago telling me that even if my family isn't on board that there are lots of people in IC like yourself who are going to love me, pray for me, cheer me on and send me out if that's what God says to do.