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Meet One Heartland

I was introduced to One Heartland (then Camp Heartland) through a workplace volunteer program. Once a year, we would pile into a coach bus and travel to Milwaukee on a Saturday morning. Once we arrived, we staged a day-long carnival for the camp participants. During one of those visits, a camp counselor (shoutout to “Even Steven!”) suggested that I apply for a summer staff position. I took him up on the offer, and history was made. My summer at Camp Heartland was impactful for a number of reasons. I have a chronic medical condition that required daily pills, so I Read More

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Nilwona: A True Story

I am in a season of transition, and it has resulted in quite a bit of personal reflection and inventory. At various times in the past few months, I have been given opportunities to share bits and pieces of my story with others. It never fails, people are amazed at the things I share. There are many pieces of my life that I have been quite transparent in communicating. However, there are other parts that I’ve shared in a more opaque way. (Thanks, Rev. Carey, for that nugget of wisdom!) Over the past couple of weeks (and more specifically, the Read More

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Meet Spark Ventures

I didn’t get my first passport until I was 31. A few years later, I’ve collected a small handful of stamps; this is partly due to Spark Ventures. I learned about Spark during the application process for a short term missions trip to Zambia. Since then, I’ve served on two of Spark’s Transformation Trips (in conjunction with North Park University’s Global Partnerships Program). While I’m in the States, I continue to support the work of Spark and Hope Ministries by volunteering my time, talents and money. I made a special $50 “Lent” donation to Spark (read why here) that will Read More

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Blogging for the greater good (or What I’m Doing For Lent)

This year, I wanted to do something different for Lent, something more impactful and meaningful. I decided to put my money where my mouth is…literally. There are seven weeks in the Lenten season (including the week of Ash Wednesday), this equals a total of 46 days. I decided to pick a different charity for each week and donate $50 (46 rounded up). Every Friday, I will post information about the organization for the week,┬áincluding an interview with a representative (founder, CEO, staff member, etc.). Though $50 is not much, I’m hoping to do two things: 1.) lead by example and Read More