The Big Apple

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On Saturday afternoon, I left to NYC via bus (with friend, alum and supporter XY). We stayed until Wednesday, when we boarded a 1am bus to arrive back in DC at 5:30am. 

And now, I'm writing this from an airport (layover) in Chicago! I was in DC for only 48 hours between my NYC Support Raising Trip and now, I'm en route to a training event (called Candidate Orientation). No one can ever say that Support-Raising and Itinerating (also know as Ministry Partner Development) is boring or slow! 

NYC was great! It was full of good conversations, lots of food and little sleep. Here's a snapshot of what it looked like: 

Saturday: Arrive, take train to Long Island, meet with the parents of a current student leader. 

Sunday: Breakfast with an alum, church at the NYC Dream Center, and two more meals with alums while also preparing for Candidate Orientation (lots o' pre-work online). 

Monday: Sabbath! 

Tuesday: Breakfast with Pastor Brad Reed (NYC Dream Center), lunch with a friend of a friend outside the city and then dinner with the mother of a current student leader. Then, we grabbed the bus and rode it overnight! 

I'm so thankful for Mission NYC for helping us find affordable housing and even, giving us a discount. Looking for a mission trip (activities, housing or both) in NYC? They are amazing. 

Also, I'm so thankful for two churches and three individuals that gave special gifts in the past month or so, those gifts made this trip possible financially. I'm blessed to be surrounded with generous people! 


And if you're looking for ways to pray for us, consider joining our Daily Prayer Team by joining this GroupMe group. 

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Two days in RVA


Hannah had an event for her job in Richmond, VA (aka RVA) this past weekend (8/20-8/21), and so Jeremiah (aka JJ) and I tagged along. It was great to get some family time, help Hannah with one of her events and also, to connect with current supporters as well as make a new connection. 

Here are some highlights / photos: 

A few more pictures from our time in Alabama

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As we posted in the travelogue, we're currently in Alabama (where Hannah grew up and where her family lives) for a few days, doing support-raising and also connecting with family we haven't seen in awhile. Below are some more cute pics (if I do say so myself). It's memories like these that make such a long drive worth it. And we are so blessed that some of our biggest supporters and ministry partners are also our family members.  

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And so it begins!

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As many of you know, this academic year is going to be looking pretty different for me. You can read more about it here and here, if you'd like! 

We drove through the night and got to Alabama around 6:15am (CDT) this morning. It's the first of many support raising trips, and I'm so glad that Hannah and JJ were able to come along! And, that we have so much family in Alabama as well as current supporters! 


Do you live in or near Alabama? And would you love to hear more about what we do in Chi Alpha and ways you can partner? If you answered yes to both of these, email me right here so I can take you to coffee! And don't fret if you're slammed this weekend, I plan on making at least one more trip to this area between now and November 30!

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