God called my husband, Jon, and our family to travel the world as ambassadors for His love back in the 1990s with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). We’ve traveled to Mexico, many parts of Asia, South and Central America, Europe, and all around the US.
He invited us to experience Him in new avenues and venues, giving us the opportunity to know Him and make Him known to others in places we’d only read about.
Travel educated me to new facets of God’s character and nature when I stepped outside my comfort zone. He challenged me to go outside of my self-imposed limitations to overcome the fear that diversity often brings.
My character, trust, and values grew exponentially as I followed His lead. The Holy Spirit in His goodness and kindness opened doors to experience God in ways our comfortable lives in the US kept us from. The honor of experiencing God’s big wrap-around arms of grace and mercy as I battled fear, fatigue, and lack grew levels of trust I never imagined.
So, I wanted to invite you on some journeys I’ve taken and give you a glimpse of how fulfilling following Jesus can be. I’ll share lessons learned along the way and interesting tidbits about how other cultures see Americans. It’s eye-opening, humbling, and sometimes, amusing. I’ll also be sharing poems that will help you see what was going on inside of me as I encountered these situations that brought trauma to triumph.
I want to encourage you to join with Him in your own backyard. People from all over the world are in our towns and cities you can engage with. And as you do, He will release in you a love for others like you’ve never experienced. It’s so worth it!
Berlin. At last! Long layovers and twenty-four hours of travel left me grungy, hungry, and weary. Raising my eyes to Heaven, I relaxed, knowing no airports were in my near future. Smiling to myself, celebrating we made it this far, I glanced around the noisy, heavy...