I would like to introduce you to......

I would like you to meet….a very special summer missionary. My little sister!! I have always enjoyed seeing her amazing walk with God and her willing heart to serve others in anyway she can and I have always known she would eventually show up on my continent, and now, in just a few short months she will do just that! She is going to Kenya with the organization, Empower a Child during the month of August. She will be doing outreaches in the slums of Kibera and outlaying villages with a group of volunteers, they will also volunteering at orphanages, and helping tutor during after school programs. I am so excited to say the least! This will be her first overseas trip. The first time I went on an overseas missions trip, it completely turned my world upside down and changed me in more ways than I can tell you, so I can’t wait for her to have the same experience. But there is even more exciting news, after Kenya, she will be flying to…..Madagascar!!! She is going to stay with me for two weeks and help out with CYIAs, 5-Day Clubs or whatever we happened to be doing over those two weeks. I am looking forward to seeing her and even more excited to introduce her to my world and the beautiful country that has changed me. Right now my little sis, um…her name is Christa, is working on raising support. So, if you are in need of a summer missionary, and who doesn’t need at least one of them every year, I would love to give you the opportunity to consider adopting her, whether through financial support and/or praying for her. She has about half of her support right now and needs about an additional $2600. If you would like to think about making her your summer missionary for this year, check out her website or shoot me an email with any questions. You can find all the info you need at, christadawn7.wordpress.com. I can’t wait to see how God will use her this summer, how He will work in her life, and of course, I can’t wait to hang out with her. For those of you who don’t know her, let me introduce you with a few pictures. :)
Sometimes she color coordinates her clothes with mine or ends up with the same hair cut. Ok, she would tell you this is just an accident, but I am not letting her off that easy.
She goes shopping with me and we gawk at prices together. The best shopping trip of the year is around Christmas time when we make a day of it.
Or there is our shared love of icecream and rootbeer floats that has sent us on emergency grocery store trips and has brought us together in the kitchen for late night snacks.
            This is the look I always strive to get from her. On Facebook, that look, looks like this, -_-                    It doesn't get much better then that.
                          There are more trips to the lake than I can count, and these are always                            filled with adventure when you are with Christa.
                               Our times together seem to always involve taking pictures.                               Probably since she almost always has a camera in hand.
This is the infamous photo shoot, we hung the camera in the tree and set it on automatic. Only to learn it was set to take like thirty pictures in a row. Yeah, we have a ton of photos just like this, but were are many where we are completely confused as to why it is still taking pictures... :)
                                       Somehow, she doesn't share my mountaindew obsession.                                   But that is ok, it just means I don't have to share.
We can end up looking a lot alike at times which explains the excited hugs from strangers I sometimes get at church when they think I am her. Or when people would ask her when she will be heading out to Madagascar.
So there you have it, you have now met my cute little sister. And, Christa, I can't wait to see how God uses you this summer and I will be sure to be waiting for you at the airport hold a huge sign with your name on it and jumping up and down screaming, no matter how culturally inappropriate that will be. ;) 


The Week in Pictures

I think the best way to tell you about Christian Youth in Action is by showing you some pictures. We had an amazing week and learned a lot!
The first three days, the teens learned the 5-Day Club songs, complete with motions.

They learned everything they would need to know to prepare and teach a club.
And they learned the games they would play with the children. 

We spent time prepare for clubs in teaching teams and individually.

The first day, we thought having five teens across the backseat was a lot.
Then after getting 19 people in the back of a small pick up truck, we realized we were wrong.
Then we went out in teams and the teens put everything they had learned into practice.

There were songs

Bible Lessons,

Time for the kids to learn about missionaries,

More songs,

Memory Verses,



the teens did a readers theater version of the missionary story about John Paton.
And of course games.
Each day, the teens counseled many children who accepted Jesus as their Savior.

On the last day of club, there were some very happy children who had
had a great time that week during club.


God did so many amazing things through out the training, we had great weather, hard working students, great club locations, and everyone made it to and from club everyday even with some transportation problems. Best of all, even though it was the first one that we have done here in Madagascar and there are definitely things that we will change for next time, God was right there helping us make changes as we went and bringing everything together. Thank you so much for praying for us during CYIA! We appreciate you!