Friday, December 30, 2016


T-minus 24 hrs and I am on that plane towards Benin! The bags are almost packed and I am getting excited and nervous all at the same.

As 2016 comes to a close I find myself once again thankful and humbled by all the ways God has orchestrated the past 12 months. I started 2016 off in Madagascar, came home in February and started work at my previous job in March. It was all an adjustment period but I was able to get connected to a local church, volunteer, enjoy lazy summer days, and celebrate my birthday in Northern Ireland. I have sat around many tables in many homes, restaurants, and places spending time and having good conversations with all of you that my hearts is overflowing. 

"When you receive a gift the blessing of God comes to you but when you give a gift the blessing of God flows through you." Pastor Jeremy Zeigler

Spending Christmas at home was also a highlight of the year. I was able to engage in and be present for all the events and activities that I longed for last year. I have received many good gifts over this past year. I'm not even really talking about the monetary ones either although they are greatly appreciated. It has been your generosity with kind words, time spent, prayers, love and laughter that has filled my heart up. I have literally been made speechless at times by the support from family, friends, my Redemption Community Church family, colleagues at White Plains Hospital, and even my hairdresser! I know that in times of challenge I will have to draw from all of this for strength but I am confident that the wisdom, love, support, grace, and kindness that you have given will flow through me and spill over into the lives that will cross my path over the next six months.

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

Thanks to your generosity I have actually exceeded my fundraising goal and any further donations that are made will go directly to Mercy Ships. THANK YOU! 

Some of you have been inquiring about an address to send cards and packages. Just be aware that packages can get costly for me to receive so keep them light or feel free to send a card which I truly do enjoy receiving :)

[Full Crew Member Name]
Mercy Ships AFM
Crew Mail
P.O. Box 2020
Lindale, TX 75771-2020 USA

The following video is all the evidence you need to see that " hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things" and that the gifts you have given will flow and meet the needs of so many other people. I pray you all have a Happy New Year!