Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sister Time

Last weekend my sister, Becca, drove all the way from Columbia, MO to spend the weekend with me. Pre-Field training for Uganda has been a paradox, which I'm learning is also true of life on the mission field. Before coming to training I had perhaps an overly optimistic view of what life might be like in Uganda. I have been told the reality of missions, I've even experienced it in a small dose. I prefer to focus on the positive side of things, sometimes denying reality. Being at Mission Training International has given me a healthy dose of reality. I needed this training, and I have no doubt that God is refining me for the mission field. The refining process can be painful at times though. Having Becca come spend four days with me in-between the two sessions I'm attending in Colorado was a welcome and necessary reprieve. We had a blast hiking, skydiving, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, attending a baseball game, spending the day at a water park, and just being together. There is one-week left of language acquisition training and I have to admit I have mixed feelings about leaving Colorado. I will miss the friends I have made here and the perfect weather, but I can’t wait until next week when I will be laying on the beach with my friends and sisters J

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time Of My Life

Today I jumped out of a plane and it was the most incredible experience ever! 

Royal Gorge

I'm half-way through my cross-cultural training in Colorado. It is wonderful being here and I'm learning a ton that I know will be helpful once I'm in Uganda (and now as well). This weekend I'm taking a much needed break from class with my sister Becca, who is visiting from Missouri. Today we went ziplining and white water rafting at Royal Gorge. It was an incredible day!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Avett Brothers

On Saturday Jessica, Jessica, and I went to see the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks in Denver. No concert venue will ever be as incredible as this, and the Avett Brothers were amazing. I'm hoping to catch them again when they come through Virginia.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Before I head to Uganda I am going though 5 weeks of training at Mission Training International. MTI is in beautiful Colorado Springs and last weekend and this weekend I was able to go with some friends to a place called garden of the gods, which is incredibly beautiful. I am so thankful for the time here at MTI. It is such a joy and encouragement to get to know missionaries heading all over the world. I've just completed my first week of training and at times it is hard (thinking of the realities of missionary life), but also so helpful and encouraging too. Missionary life is full of paradoxes.