Plugged In

On Monday morning, following Young Life camp, Ben Cook shared a summary of the weekend’s club talks with the entire HOPAC secondary school. He re-told how Micki used a lamp as an illustration, starting with the creation of the lamp and its design to be plugged in to a power source to be able to…

Young Life Camp 2017

I returned just three hours ago from The Highlands camp in Morogoro, where we took sixty-seven HOPAC high school students for the 2017 HOPAC Young Life Camp this weekend. Myself, three other full-time Young Life leaders, a program team from the Czech Republic and Poland, a speaker from Rwanda, nearly ten volunteer leaders, and a support…

Egal, es wird gut, sowieso

The words threaten to burst from my soul, Then the page stares back at me hollow and blank. And no words come. So many thoughts swirl around my mind Then the attempts to write leaves a vacuum And no words come. I turn the music up, try to drown out the waves of emotion Pen…

GET INVOLVED: 2017 HOPAC Young Life Camp

One of my very favorite parts of every year here is Young Life camp. I’ve been involved in camp ministry for nearly 17 years now, and credit the time I spent at camp as a teen with a huge part of who I am as a Christian. This year, HOPAC’s Young Life Camp will be…

Dredz & Priorities: Setting it Straight

For the last month, I’ve been investing time and energy and money into starting dreadlocks in my hair. I’m inspired by the uber-cool Hawaiian-surfer-types with long, neat dreadlocks. I’m also inspired by my uber-cool Tanzanian friends with awesome dreadlocks of various lengths and styles. But mostly, I’m inspired by the supposed carefree lifestyle of the…

Time to Refresh

I’ve been feeling disconnected Like my service is extended Life’s a losing game of charades This drama it goes on for days I’m faking, but I’m not making Crushed by pressure unrelenting It’s unraveling bit by bit The strands of which my heart is knit I feel nothing, my tears all cried No longer breathing,…

An Adventure Worth Telling (Part 2)

Continued from An Adventure Worth Telling (Part 1) “Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien In keeping with the Tolkien theme, this aptly describes how I spent the remainder of my time in Paris. After heading back to the apartment to shower and empty my backpack of dirty clothes, T. and I set…

An Adventure Worth Telling (Part 1)

“It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” – J.R.R. Tolkien Though there were certainly points of my trip where I was struggling to embrace this mindset, I do wholeheartedly agree with Tolkien. Stories, and the conflicts that make them, are what make adventure so much fun. And what is life…

Venturing into Instapoetry

One of my Literature students introduced me to the world of Instagram poets this week, and so, in honor of the UK National Poetry Day, I decided to give it a try myself with this poem:

Unfair. Unjust. Uncool.

I’m one of the privileged by birth Unfair. Unjust. Uncool. Born white, it’s not my fault. Born white, its by default. Born American, citizenship assumed. Born American, I didn’t choose. Born middle class, automatic prosperity. Born middle class, like a lottery winner Just because I’m privileged, doesn’t mean it’s fair. Culture and socialization give me…

Airports & Aimless Thoughts

I’m in an airport for the tenth time in a month. My flight is delayed, so I’ve been sitting here for several hours surfing the web, and allowing my mind to wander aimlessly. Its nearly 1 a.m. and admittedly, I’m exhausted, so there’s not a lot of productive thought happening. [Three days later.] Obviously those…

Year 4: Week One

I am back in Tanzania for year four, and already through the first week of school. My class schedule is significantly lighter than last year, which was a pleasant surprise when I arrived on Thursday. I am still teaching English Literature for grades 10-12, Philosophy of Service and Research Paper Writing to grade 9, and…