Home is wherever I’m with You

                We have open mic nights here at Zion café every Friday.  This night usually consists of all of us girls singing terrible renditions of our favorite karaoke songs while our Thai friends sit and laugh. I actually really love it because I get to sing Disney princess songs. Shocking, I know.                 Last Friday, the night was winding down and 2 of our girls, the lovely Sarah and Savannah, hopped up to sing “Home”...

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Hospital Conversations & A Heart of Contradictions

Note: I realize this blog is pretty long, but it's worth it if you'll hang in there with me!    It’s happened before-just a little stomach flu or food poisoning…nothing to worry about. Little did I know that this seemingly harmless sickness was the beginning of a three day escapade in the hospital, followed by a yet to be determined amount of days resting at our guesthouse. Skipping the medical details (you’re welcome), suddenly Alys, Sarah, and I were walking to the main road to flag down a tuk-tuk in order to take us to the ER, where they took my vitals,...

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Make him recognize me

Make my face familiar, make my voice familiar, make him recognize me.  Bar ministry has not met any of my expectations. And thank God for that. I've realized that my expectations for working in the bars were extremely narrow. I intended to show love and share love with the women being sold. But God intended more for me. God intended for me to make an impact on the women but he surprised me with his insistence in making an impact on the men.  The women are slaves to others' desire The men are slaves to their own desire I began to notice that I did not need to do much more than...

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Are you there, God? Its me, Callen.

What am I doing here? What do I do everyday? How is it already July 11th? Why do I feel like I am just getting started? Do I even know anyone from Thailand after a month and a half? What will I tell people when I go back home? Will I disappoint them? Why did Emma break her good ankle? Why is Sierra in the hospital right now? Why do I feel defeated when the Bible says we are “conquerors?” Why is the whole team getting sick? Why haven't I witnessed any “miracles?” Why does nothing happen when I pray for healing? Am I doing something wrong? Am...

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Childlike Faith

We only have 2 weeks left? Next week is our last FULL week? When did that happen?  I can't decide if this trip has gone by quickly or slowly. Training camp seems ages and ages ago, but it doesn't seem like we should be going home so soon either. Even though we will be flying home before we know it, this trip isn't over yet. God can and will do so much in our last couple of weeks! But today I was thinking about what I would miss most about Thailand and the sweet little girl, Faa, who I see every week at the slums instantly popped into my head.  I know you aren't...

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What the Heck God??

Let me just set the stage for you… It’s 4pm on Monday in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A lot of people on my team decided not to do ministry today because they felt like the Lord was calling them to spend time with Him. I, however, was super excited about ministry and heard Jesus tell me to expect big things. My lovely teammate and dear friend Callen also felt called to do ministry so we decided to go together. We prayed and asked the Lord for direction and then went off to the bars.  About a minute into our walk we find a lady making ice cream sandwiches (like literally ice cream...

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