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I am completely blown away and at a loss for words when I think of all that has happened to me and through me with 1,000 Miles For Albania. Tomorrow marks the final day of this year and this chapter in my life. I have learned so much about myself,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
This week has been an amazing week full of God's continued provision for the country and churches of Albania! Even in the final days, God is providing even more support, encouragement, and sponsors. I prayed at the very beginning of this journey that God would provide a sponsor for each... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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1,000 Miles for Albania... Complete. It's been a full year of vision casting and ten months of running, in and out of a boot twice, mile after mile accomplished, days of joy and laughter, days of pain and frustration. This past Saturday, I finished the final 26.2 miles of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
If someone asked me what I have learned most from this journey, it wouldn't be discovering correct running form, learning how to pace myself in long distances, how to choose the perfect shoes, or even figuring out how to fit running each day into my already crazy schedule. As I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
I cannot believe that it is only one week from the final steps of 1,000 Miles. I remember reading a quote at the very beginning of this journey that said, "A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step." While this quote is completely true, the first step was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
Today marks the final month of my journey of 1,000 miles. I have so many mixed emotions about this year coming to an end. I have had such a focused calling this year. I have been driven to listen to God's heart and follow His voice. It's been a part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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Living in America, more times than not, means that we have more than we need. It also means that we are usually in a better financial position to help those in need around the world. So, with generous hearts and in the Spirit of Christmas, I thought it would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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Albania is full of many wonderful cities. Each has its own unique scape and feel. Lushnje is one of the cities that I visited while in Albania. One of the church plants is there and now the House of Hope is also in Lushnje. Lushnje is a humble place. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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Chloe and I have been at home today just getting things picked up and spending some time together. She is all about coloring right now and finds pens, markers, chalk, and crayons all the time and then she creates her beautiful masterpieces on any piece of paper she finds around... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
It's amazing what your mind can do. I've had many moments this past week thinking about how much control your mind can consume from the rest of your body. It seems that when a part of you is not able to be as usual, the part that takes over is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
It's been a long time since I've been still. I've had such a rigorous schedule running for the past nine months and while I've had rest days, I haven't had them several in a row. It just feels so weird to not be running right now. To be honest, I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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Today didn't turn out the way I planned for it to... that seems to be the story of my life right now. I've had moments of my own little pity parties and then I've had moments of perspective and dealings within my heart from a loving Heavenly Father. I've been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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For the past couple of weeks, I have had some pain in my right ankle and decided to go have it checked this morning. I found out that I have the beginnings of a stress fracture in my ankle and I will have to go into a boot for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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"For Sale" These signs are all over cars in Albania, but very few buildings have them. This is the door to a second floor in the same building of the church in Tirana. The church is on the third floor and has been growing so quickly between their services and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
One thing that I've constantly thanked God for this year is how clearly He spoke to me with starting 1,000 Miles for Albania. It wasn't an audible voice or anything like that, but it was a gut-wrenching feeling, an ache deep within my soul, and a huge series of conformations... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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These are pictures that Dhurata sent me of the children who are in the feeding program which is now called House of Hope. They are currently serving 9 families and 12 children in all which is a huge beginning for helping the Roma people in Albania! They were able to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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I began 1,000 Miles for Albania in March 2011. God has blessed this ministry in so many ways and He has opened my eyes along with many others to a country that has always been very close to His heart- even throughout the many years of communism. Albania was set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
It was the second day after we arrived in Albania. Our team went out for lunch and a bit of sight seeing before heading to the first night of English camp. I had given my sunglasses to the missionary that was with us because she didn't have hers and we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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I have less than 3 months left to train as I finish out 1,000 Miles for Albania with a full marathon on December 10. As part of my training and running my miles, each Friday or Saturday I run my long run for the week. My long runs are now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
It was hot outside...96 degrees... the middle of the day... a long run ahead of me... I truly had one of the most profound moments while running a few weeks ago. It was really hot and hardly any breeze to keep me cool as I ran along the path in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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My runs are getting longer and longer these days and it's somewhat a mindgame for me at this point to finish out a long run strong. Before I knew I loved running, I always loved cooking. I love creating new recipes and tweeking ones I find in cookbooks. I love... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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This is Fitije Halili, a pastor in Albania. I had the privilege of speaking at her church the day before we left to come home. She had invited us over to her home in the morning before service began and we were able to have time to get to know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania
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This whole year has been about having audacious faith...faith to move mountains...faith to rescue a country in need...faith to run 1,000 miles...faith to allow God to use me... I am over half way in my journey of 1,000 miles and as I am heading for the finish line, I really... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at 1,000 Miles for Albania