This fall, I worked as short-term staff for Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Bridges of Life, a small mission base in Southern France. I arrived at their chateau with a willing spirit but little idea what God wanted me to do during my stay. There were plenty of base ministries I was interested in, but when the chef asked for extra hands, I tied on an apron and set to chopping vegetables. I rarely left the kitchen for the rest of my stay. It was the heart of the base, knitting the staff and ministries together with daily meals that felt more like community check-ups than quick bites. I loved watching friends pass baguettes around the table, quipping with one another just as often as they counseled and encouraged. When culture-shocked mission teams came to stay at the base, I loved comforting them with bowls of mushroom soup. When Discipleship…Continue Reading
Uncertainty and the Kingdom
One of the most common questions I get as a friend, mentor, and someone who is continually changing places is “Where should I go?”, “What should I do with my life?”, or “What if I miss what God wants me to do?”. Usually I laugh.. because I ask the same exact questions. Yet, the more that I continue to walk arm in arm with God, the more I’ve wrestled with questions like this. The more they actually become less and less about locations and time, and more about the deeper things of life. Passions, callings, purpose, dreams. Actually, the more I ask those questions, the more I come out on the other side believing that knowing for certain what I should ‘do’ or ‘where’ I should go isn’t really the right question (and not that there is right and wrong, but you get what I’m saying). My friend Dan Baumann…Continue Reading
Never Walk Alone
The last article I wrote concerned the heart motivation we all follow. I’d like to present the second major theme/ topic (which I had mentioned incredibly briefly) that God spoke to me and taught me about over the past nine months of studying the bible- community. This idea of community isn’t just about a couple of families or a few people living in a house together, but it is the idea of people needing one another and for those following Christ, the necessity of other Christians around them. I will open with this idea and expound upon it, please don’t let me lose you as this statement might shock some readers: Jesus + Just You is not enough in your life. In the beginning God created man. We know that Adam walked in the Garden of Eden with God in the cool of the day, this would seem like it…Continue Reading
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The command from Jesus to go out and make disciples is heavy on my heart right now. There are many people in this world that don’t know who their Father is. They don’t know the depths of his love for them and how he wants to mend their relationship with Him. We constantly asked God to break our hearts for what breaks His heart, in order to feel what he feels. I realize even more now that this prayer comes with a cost because he answers us. When I traveled to the river communities in the Amazon region of Brazil, I didn’t expect the amount of kids we got to hang out with. They loved us and we were able to show love to them. Some have never been hugged. Some come from abusive families. Some were shy and it took a few days to open up. Some were the craziest…Continue Reading
I am a cook-in-progress. I realize the beauty of creating a meal and sharing it with friends new and old. I also don’t exactly have a great memory as far as recipes go, so I either keep it written down somewhere or only make simple things. So, where do you go when you need cooking advice? MOM! Of course. My mom is a brilliant cook and rarely uses written recipes! One thing I learned from her is that many of the foods that are labeled as “hard to make” generally have core ingredients and everything else is added for style or a difference in flavor. Take Thai curry. Here in America, you can go to the international aisle of Target/walmart/grocery store and find the core ingredients: Curry Paste (Yellow, Red, or Green), Coconut Milk, bamboo shoots, and rice. The rest is up to you—add chicken or just veggies or maybe you…Continue Reading
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Oh the holidays! They are such a wonderful reason to bring dear friends together. One ʻcommunityʼ appetizer I love is Artichokes. It’s so filled with flavor, mainly garlic, that it’s deadly! Itʼs fun to patiently peel off one leaf at a time, taking turns and sharing. Artichokes take a while to eat, and so conversation begins to flow as we sit and share.  
Gluten-free Banana Muffins
[one_half] Ingredients: 4 ripe bananas (smooshed – this is when kids come in handy) 1 egg ¾ c raw sugar (or regular brown if thats what you have) ½ c melted coconut oil (or butter, itʼs cheaper!) 1 tsp vanilla Mix together with a hand beater (or some elbow grease!) until very smooth and a little fluffy. Then sift on top: ¾ c. rice flour ¾ c. almond flour 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp xanthum gum (it holds anything gluten free together.. makes it less crumbly) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp sea salt Fold in the dry ingredients until just incorporated and no lumps are left. Spoon into lined ( or greased) muffin tins and bake @ 350° for 12-15 mins until just browned on top. [/one_half] [one_half_last] With a house full of children, hungry young people, athletic husbands, and visiting missionaries, I need to have healthy snacks on hand. Over the years I…Continue Reading
In more than 8 years of life and ministry together, Jeff and I have seen few things as impacting for building friendship and discipleship as the sharing of food. Who doesn’t love that? We’ve come to realized people aren’t just coming to us for food, it’s the way they are encountering Jesus around our dinner table that brings them back. Friends all over the world are experiencing this too—Holy Spirit parties and intercession breaking out over scrambled eggs and waffles! Butternut and Kale Baked Frittata Recipe  Be sure and check out Bethany’s Blog called CommunityEats for more recipes   Olive Oil I large bunch Kale, stalk removed and diced 1 small Butternut squash, grated 1 large Red Onion, diced 2 cups sliced Brown Mushrooms 1 cup crumble Feta Cheese ( optional) 20 Eggs 1 cup Coconut Milk 2 tsp Chili flakes 2 Tbsp fresh Thyme ( removed from stalks) Sea…Continue Reading