In Global Stories

As I begin this newsletter, I think of the many friends and family who have supported me these last two years and I am SO grateful! What an honour to partner with you for the sake of the Gospel. Can I share a couple verses that encouraged and strengthened me throughout the last two years?

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:13

This is one of the first verses God used to take me to East Africa and it continues to be a guiding verse in my life. Jesus laid down his life for me, how could I do anything less for Him? Life is more than the breath in our lungs. It’s our hopes, dreams, desires. It’s Jesus. Whether I’m here in Canada or halfway around the world, I pray that Jesus continues to shine through me and lives are impacted for His kingdom. It doesn’t matter what I go through or experience as long as God is glorified and I believe that happened over the past two years.

“But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

Hebrews 11:16

This entire chapter of Hebrews is about people who remained faithful whether or not they saw the fulfillment of God’s promises. They stayed grounded in a hope for the future and a faith that God would always come through whether they were around to see it or not. The work among unreached people groups (UPGs) is slow, taking years to see fruit. Seeds are scattered. Some are trampled, some take root before dying out, some are eaten by other things, and some land on fertile soil.

Some people get to prepare the ground, some get to seed, some get to water, and some get to see the harvest! Everyone does their part to see the promised harvest—full of trust in a faithful Father. I could tell you story after story of struggles, persecution, seemingly trampled seeds, discouragement, and the sweet, sweet fruit of a faithful Father. 

With eyes fixed on eternity rather than the temporary, God gives strength to continue through the seemingly impossible. This life is nothing apart from Jesus. God taught me so much during my time in East Africa.

I saw God move in the hearts of people. I saw miracles. I saw truth win. I saw lost people, not meant to be kept at arm’s length with suspicion and fear but to be embraced and loved. My heart was softened towards all the people in this world who live blinded by the lies of the Enemy. 

On that note, I have taken the last few months in Canada to rest, recuperate, and pray about what’s next. I feel the Lord leading me to remain in Canada for now. I’m continuing to pray about what’s next and have several opportunities I am considering. I would greatly appreciate your continued prayers as I transition back to Canada and figure out what this next season will look like.

I am SO incredibly grateful for each and every one of you who has partnered with me in this season. Together we saw the gospel planted in the hearts of East Africans. This would not have been possible without your prayers, encouragement, and support.

I will be traveling across Canada for the next month and a half visiting and sharing what God’s done and continues to do. I would love to meet up with each of you individually but understand that’s not possible. However, I’m in Alberta at the moment and will be passing through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario in that order. If you would like to meet up, let me know. I would love to connect! 

Again, thank you so much for walking this journey with me. I appreciate you and pray that God continues to use us all for His glory and His kingdom!

Reaching the nations together!

Tiara