Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving of one another as God in Christ forgave you.
-Ephesians 4:31-32

Sunday, April 17, 2011


So there isn't anything on our blog yet-- but the team blog has been set up!

Kara is the official communicator of our team- maintaining the team blog and keeping in contact with the Office of Christian Outreach (OCO) back in Wheaton throughout the summer.

My (this) blog will be full of my own musings and personal reflections whereas the team blog will be about our team as a whole with Kara mostly posting and Cheyenne, Jessica and I writing when we feel like it!

Kara came up with the precious name "amsterdamsels" for our all-lady team!!

Keep in touch,

Backpacker's Guide to Amsterdam

Just thought I'd share a link to a website I've been reading about the types of people I'll meet in Hostels in Amsterdam!


Thank goodness tipping isn't necessary with a 17.5% sales tax! eek!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Big News!!

So- This really doesn't have much to do with my YHM experience but will for sure be on my mind this summer.

Today I found out that I have been accepted to Wheaton's HNGR program!!
HNGR stands for Human Needs and Global Resources. HNGR is a super unique program that combines service, learning, internships, home stay, language and culture study in a six month long internship in a Third World Country.

Let the HNGR office explain itself:
"In partnership with host organizations worldwide, HNGR combines classroom study with field-based service-learning internships in which students participate in transformational initiatives that enable people to live whole, secure, and productive lives. HNGR aims to promote in students a commitment to confronting human needs through their lifestyle and vocational decisions. Since the Program's inception, more than 600 students have participated in HNGR internships in 65 countries worldwide."

All year next year I will be preparing myself for six months living by myself in a community in the Third World.
This. Is. Big.

This also now means that I am a double major with a "certificate" in Human Needs and Global Resources. This is a very heavy course load and will take a lot of time and effort to complete.

I'm going to be picking a country, organization and thesis for my work. I plan on doing an internship in holistic and sustainable Water Development in Latin America.

Check out the program's website:

This is a life changing experience and learning opportunity that I have been given. Seriously friends this is HUGE.

Please pray as I plan out this exciting and unique experience.
After this summer and after HNGR I imagine I'll be a totally different person-- a mature woman of the world.

I'm excited for my life!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's coming....

So there hasn't been much to update--
But this evening at dinner I was talking to this year's cabinet chair and she said:
"You know, there's less time until you leave than you'll have in Amsterdam!"
It's coming up so fast!
Keep praying,