I am a believer in Jesus Christ, a soon to be adoptive mom and a sometimes writer.
I believe in living simply and loving radically and am passionate about the Church reclaiming its role as protector and provider for orphans and widows.
James 1:27 says pure and faultless religion is to care for orphans and widows in their distress, but we have too often neglected this imperative. Both children and women in our world today badly need for the Church to lead the way in building a new paradigm of orphan and widow care.
My journey towards this passion has been curvy and twisty, but I am so thankful for each twist and each new leg of the journey and can't imagine who I would have become without all those twists.
I grew up in Lubbock, Texas and then moved to Abilene, Texas where I studied social work at Abilene Christian University and learned about PUMP Works in Portland, Oregon. I spent my summers with them and eventually moved to Portland after graduation. I then spent two very hard and very wonderful years in Portland before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado to breathe for a while.
There I got involved with the ONE Campaign and Bread for the World, changing and challenging my faith in awesome ways and eventually twisting the path towards Peace Corps. Peace Corps sent me to South Africa where I served in the amazing rural village of Mmametlhake for 20 months before moving to Johannesburg to work for Oasis Haven. At Oasis Haven I met "Hannah," the little girl who will hopefully soon become my daughter, and the road twisted once more to bring me back home to Lubbock, Texas to pursue an inter-country adoption.
This blog is a compilation of stories from my journey, thoughts on God and the Church and exhortations and encouragement for you to discover how you can be an answer to the global orphan emergency.