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Quezon City, Metro-Manila, Philippines
I am a runner, pastor, sociologist, teacher, and missionary. After living in Chicago for 6 years, I discerned a call to go to Manila, Philippines to live and work among the urban poor, and combine my passions for ministry, running, and the oppressed. After serving in the Philippines in 2012 and 2013, I returned to the United States for two years to finish my dissertation, get ordained, spend time with my family, and work at a neighborhood center in Kansas City. I have recently returned to the Philippines this year (2016) to work again with Companion With the Poor as a missionary. Each day I look forward to how God will direct my steps as I live into His work of restoring a broken world.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Manila Monthly: A Filipina Debut, A Savings Cooperative, and Social Work Students

September 16, 2016

As with my first two months here in June and July, this past August has been another full month of ministry, church visits, and discernment as I continue to settle back into my role with Companion With the Poor. In addition to a one week trip to Thailand to fellowship and pray with 30 other Global missionaries with International Ministries (one of my partner organizations in the US), and more work on the book Journeying With the Poor, I was also able to visit another 15 churches with my team as part of our survey of our 40 CWTP churches. For my reflection this month, I want to share three experiences that jumped out to me during our church visits.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Manila Monthly: Creating a Rhythm of Work, Prayer, Rest, and Play

July 11, 2016

I have been here now in the Philippines for just over a month and a half. It has been a great journey so far, and in many ways is a continuation of my work in the Philippines in 2012 and 2013, and even my work back in the States in Chicago, Kansas City, Springfield, and Los Angeles. I am excited to be back and settling into a new rhythm.