YWAM Ship Update: Day 7

It is the third day of clinics, and we have all the kinks pretty much worked out. The routine is running smoothly. I got to do sterilization today in the dental sterilization lab. I’ve been learning about this process for the past two years in school, but it was the first time I actually got…

YWAM Ship Update: Day 6

It rained really hard today. Everything was wet but nothing was hindered. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to land and triage with one of our dentists. People had crammed onto the covered porch of the healthcare building in Morobe Station. As we approached we called out to everyone that we met,…

YWAM Ship Update: Day 5

The breakfast room was a hum of excitement today. After waiting for so long, we finally get to start providing care! The dental team watched and waited as the zodiac boats started heading out to their different destinations filled with the nurses and doctors. They would bring the patients in need of mouth care and eye…

YWAM Ship Update: Day 4

We went to church on shore this morning. It was the first time we got to interact with the people in Morobe Station. Children lined up on the shore to watch as the zodiac boats made their rounds, bringing people from the ship and dropping them on the beach. They are all so cute with…

YWAM Ship Update: Day 3

Today was a day of sailing. The sea was smooth and sun was out. You couldn’t really feel much rocking. I don’t think anyone got sea sick, which was wonderful. Most of us sat out on the decks, relaxing and chatting as the breeze cooled us down. We got to see incredible scenery slip past us. There…

YWAM Ship Update: Day 2

We spent the day yesterday adjusting to the boat, each other, and our role onboard. There are 100 people on the ship representing 11 different nationalities! We have those who are full time ship staff and those who have never been on a ship before. We have young and old, retired and students, couples and…

YWAM ship update: Day 1

After 30 hours of straight travel, including four flights, three layovers, getting through customs, and a bus ride, I finally made it to the YWAM ship docked just outside of Popendetta. The country is incredible! There is rich vegetation that is thicker and greener than any land I’ve ever seen. The water is a pure…

‘Do you think that you benefited from being homeschooled?’

I recently got asked the question, “Do you think that you benefited from being homeschooled versus going to public school?” I get asked this question relatively frequently. Usually my answer will vary depending my mood that day. I’ve thought about the question but I’ve never given anyone a direct answer of how I believe homeschooling has affected…

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I work as a technician at a hospital here in Dallas. This past week I went in for my shift and began making my rounds to introduce myself to my patients for that day. I was about half way through when I walked into the room of an older gentleman. I greeted him with a…

The Gift of Loneliness and Discontentment

Spring is known as the season of change and new birth, and, until this year, the change of spring always slipped by me as relatively routine and unnoticed. However, this year, with the new season, comes a flood of shifting futures all around me. Most of my friends are graduating college and scattering to different…

Human to Human

Yesterday I got to spend the day with some friends whom I never thought I’d see again. Last May I went with a team from the Baylor Nursing School to visit our partner school in Nam Dinh, Vietnam. While there, I learned about the new masters program that is being developed at the Nam Dinh University of…

What if the Church wasn’t Church?

I now go to a church that takes place on the street. With a consistent congregation of a couple dozen from all backgrounds and no building, it is not what one typically thinks of when they think of the American church. Yet, I have learned so much about who God is and how He works from…