12th Nov

5 Minutes of my Day/Night: Bugs and Belugas

“If you had to eat a bug – what bug would you choose to eat?” – I ask. “Eww! Betani, I don’t eat bugs!” “Bugs are nutritious!” “No, they are dirty and can make you sick!” “I would eat an ant, because it’s so small I wouldn’t even taste it!” It’s late at night and […]

23rd Sep

5 Minutes of My Day: Picking Thorns

We have just arrived in Haiti and we’ve booked it to Manze Marie, a mountainside village just outside of the city of Jacmel. We’ve just spent the past 45 minutes driving one of the roughest (if not the roughest) road I’ve ever driven. But now, here I am, standing at the church, overlooking the beautiful […]

07th Jul

5 Minutes of my Day: 9 Months is a Life

  “Chale a cho”. ([Even] the heat is hot) My phrase for the day rolls off my tongue to the kids at the orphanage. They laugh at me, as they play football in long-sleeve hand-me-down sweaters. It’s moments like this that I love…I get to just be fully present in the moment, these slow-paced, beauty-filled moments. […]

20th Mar

5 Minutes of My Day: Evan

I’m here in Miami for our first day of ministry. The team is hustling about, Liz is running around, ensuring everything is flowing well.. and things are kicking into gear for a big week of VBS ministry at the church. I’m a floater, here to help wherever. I find myself being pulled into the largest […]

29th Jan

5 Minutes of My Day: Barriers of the Heart

Eric and I are sitting in the car at the airport. We’re in the middle of our trip-leading season, mid June. It’s hot, humid and the country is full-to-the-brim with people, missionaries, relatives visiting, tourists and adventurers alike. The airport is a mess, people walking on top of one another it’s so packed. We are […]

02nd Sep

5 Minutes of My Day: Sandy

I’m 6.5 months pregnant now and my feet look like they belong to the body of a sumo-wrestler. I’m sitting here in Miami at the church partner we’re working with. They have a nice little house church – complete with A/C and fans! The team is going on their 5th hour of ministry today, with […]

30th Jun

5 Minutes of My Day: A Day at Mona’s. 3/3

This post is a continuation of another, go here to start at the beginning. Go here to read the previous post. I’m walking around the grounds, searching for Dave. I finally give up when a few team members come to me needing the bathroom keys. Eric and I escort them to the bathroom, which are at […]

23rd Jun

5 Minutes of My Day: A Day at Mona’s 2/3

This post is a continuation of another, go here to start at the beginning.  The feeding ends. As the chaos dies down, I am sitting with a little one on my lap. She’s just started walking within the last few months and she’s scarfed down an entire man-sized portion of rice and stew. But she’s not acting […]

20th Jun

5 Minutes of My Day: A Day at Mona’s 1/3

It’s a rather special week/day today, Eric and I are serving together on a trip. I’m running around ahead of Eric’s teams making sure everything is prepared at their next ministry location before they arrive. I drive into the orphanage gates and laugh, it’s packed. It’s almost 2:00 and you know what that means? Feeding program […]

12th May

5 Minutes of My Day: Oh Belido

With a full day’s errands swirling chaotically around me, I put the car in park and knock on the gate. I step into the orphanage–it’s been a whole month since I’ve been here. I rush past it everyday as I complete food deliveries, or get water, or run to town for meetings.. always busy busy. I […]

11th Mar

5 Minutes of My Day: Dancing Mama

When the house mothers danced their way into the middle of our circle and led us in worship, we danced until we couldn’t any longer. In sweet unity we breathed in the fullness of Christ and grasped tightly to the moment, so full of life.

19th Feb

5 Minutes of My Day: Different Colors, One People

He tells me, “your skin is not like mine. It is white, mine is black. But we are the same. You cut me? I bleed red. I cut you? You bleed the same.