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Averi: Anticipating His Provision

Averi: Anticipating His Provision

Behind-the-scenes: Do you ever look at someone, put them in a box, and then realize how completely wrong you are? I don’t do this too often, but Averi was that person in my life. I grew up watching her in high school, wondering what it was like to have so many people...

Micah: Dreaming for the Day

Micah: Dreaming for the Day

I never learned to dream. Instead, I rapidly developed the ability to people-please and listen to what other people’s dreams were for me. When I met with Micah--an old friend--I wanted to understand how someone as passionate and extremely driven as her could possibly...

McKinzie: Trying to be Seen

McKinzie: Trying to be Seen

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit and when I rise. You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” --Psalms 139:1-3 Sometimes, I wonder, “If I asked people what they see...

Emily: Wrestling with Love

Emily: Wrestling with Love

Behind-the-scenes: This beautiful soul and I collided when we were both camp counselors in 2013--a magical year. Emily has the zest for life that only a handful of people are given, and it is what draws people to her. She reached out with a strand of hope that she had...

Katelyn: Continuing an Unfinished Story

Katelyn: Continuing an Unfinished Story

Sometimes I share the words I receive from God for the person and the direction of the interview. I would like to do that with you now. The words I got for you--Katelyn--were, “vision,” “worth,” “comparison,” and “pain.” Do any of these words strike chords in you?...

Cece: Living Loved

Cece: Living Loved

Behind-the-scenes: Cece, or Chelsea, and I met when I was 18. She was vibrant and alive, while I was still seeking my own identity and passion. Music, people, and laughter are what motivate this woman to live life richly. She currently works alongside a young adult on...

Alicia: Knowing Fear’s Purpose

Alicia: Knowing Fear’s Purpose

Behind-the-scenes: let me introduce to a passion-filled, fire cracker of a woman. Alicia currently lives in Nebraska with her husband, daughter Emerson, and a house full of teenage boys. (Don't worry. She still has Oregon coffee and Douglas fir trees in her blood.)...

Tyler: Giving Purpose to Suffering

Tyler: Giving Purpose to Suffering

Behind-the-scenes: Tyler and I are made of a similar cloth: stubborn. We met years ago through staffing a Christian camp and it became apparent we had a lot to learn from one another; however, this similarity is what has kept us involved in each others' lives for five...

McKinzie: Redeeming Orange and Black

McKinzie: Redeeming Orange and Black

As some of you already know, this season is one of looking at my brokenness straight in the face. Days have been filled with uncontrollable laughter, unwanted tears, and unexpected experiences in even more unexpected places. One of these moments brought me back to the...

Joelle: Exposing Lies & Seeing the Truth

Joelle: Exposing Lies & Seeing the Truth

Behind the scenes: This conversation is a result of my own vulnerability and God’s intervention. Prior to our meeting, Joelle and I had only met one other time at a summer camp (YAY Triangle Lake). I arrived with leftover tears in my eyes, still fighting to be...