Jul

17

Guatemala 2016 | Compelled By Love

A nightclub in Orlando. An airport in Istanbul. A bakery in Dhaka. A crowded street in Baghdad. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. And now today I have to add a peaceful protest in Dallas. Sadly, by the time that this is posted there will likely be more names and more places. Lives ending, families shattering, communities […]

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Jul

15

Guatemala 2016 | Finding Light in the Darkness

This past week I have been blessed with beautiful weather in Northeast Indiana and have been able to get in a lot of morning runs. Running as the sun comes up casts many shadows across the road and at one point my own shadow startled me! This incident got me thinking about light and darkness […]

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Jul

13

Guatemala 2016 | Always Beginners

In January 2011 I traveled to Guatemala with Spring Arbor University as an undergraduate. At that time we explored many of the same areas Cohort 19 will be exploring in a few short weeks. As I consider our upcoming journey I am very eager to re-encounter the beautiful country I fell in love with five […]

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Jul

11

Guatemala 2016 | Paradox

I am in a season of processing paradox. For a girl who has seen the world in terms of black and white for as far back as my memory goes, this is proving to be incredibly hard, while at the same time, incredibly transformative. For example: Much of my days are spent “looking for light” […]

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Jul

09

Guatemala 2016 | On Pilgrimage

In about two weeks I’ll be venturing out on a pilgrimage to Guatemala. Actually the pilgrimage has already begun, or at least the preparations are well underway. Airline tickets have been purchased, passport dusted off, packing list consulted, inoculations received. And I’ve been doing some reading. Lots of reading. You should see the stack of […]

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Jul

06

Guatemala 2016 | Preparing My Heart for Guatemala

As I prepare to head to Guatemala in three weeks, I keep wondering if I have read enough, studied enough, and prayed enough. I keep looking for a common thread in my reading as are many others in my cohort. One fellow classmate says that courage is reoccurring in her reading. I think I have […]

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Feb

01

Trust in the Slow Work of God – Video Blog

Andra (Cohort 17) and Becca (Cohort 19) reflect on what they’ve learned from Nathan Foster’s residency course: “Transformation of the Personality: Helped by God and Invited to Help Others.” Becca (Cohort 19) is an SAU alumna currently living in Spokane, WA. She works in  Student Success at Whitworth University, providing academic coaching and  supporting students in their college journey. In her free time, Becca  loves to travel with her husband Jon, watch Dr. Who with friends, and hike.     Andra (Cohort 17) is an enthusiastic, creative coffee & tea drinker, who loves working with college students and […]

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Jan

27

Anam Cara

“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom After beginning our online […]

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Jan

12

My Precious…

I’m a bit of a Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fan. Well, to be completely honest, those who know me well would likely say that words like groupie, devotee, and zealot more closely describe my relationship with LOTR than “fan.” I’ll get carried away if I attempt to share even some of the reasons for […]

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Jan

04

Embracing the Paradox of Loneliness as Gift

In my work with mostly Millennial/Gen Y college students, I regularly remind myself that their paradigm is very different than mine. My silver hair should be reminder enough! Yet, my world view has become so entrenched. I have to consciously remind myself to step out of my mental map that has been shaped by my […]

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