Thursday, November 13, 2014


Well...the time has finally come! I got the word this week to move to Orlando!

I praise God for how He has provided for me over these last few months. The support raising process is difficult, lonely, discouraging, BUT also wonderful, rewarding, humbling, and SO good! God has changed my heart so much these last few months and increased my faith and trust as well. He has proven Himself faithful again and again and for that I will always be in awe! Oh what a Savior!

I will officially start my journey to Orlando on November 28! My start date at Pioneers will be that next week! What a blessing to be able to start working before the new year!

If you were wondering, I am always going to be needing new supporters to join my team. So if you have been wanting to partner with me in this or may in the future, please DO! Support is a never ending revolving door but one that God is faithful to provide in.

The matching grant is still going on so if you have not given to my account before and would like to join in on that and have your gift DOUBLED... Click here to give start giving monthly and here to give a one-time gift!

Today will you join me in PRAISING God for His faithfulness and praying for all of the details involved in moving cross country and starting this new job?

Thanks for all your love and prayers!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Multiplied: Double the Support

What a blessing it is to serve my great Savior and watch as He provides and leads me on this journey. It has been quite an adventure so far and I know that this is just the beginning! I wanted to take a minute and share with you a pretty awesome opportunity that YOU can be a part of!!

A very generous anonymous donor has given $50,000 to Pioneers-USA as a matching grant for Orlando Staff (like me!). Any gift given to a Pioneers Orlando staff member from a new donor (someone who hasn't given before, or not within the last 2 years) will be doubled between now and July 2015, or until the match is met.

This basically means that any new ministry partners will double their support. If $100 dollars is given, $200 is deposited into my support account. This is huge for me as I'm SO close to being 100% and being able to move to Orlando and start working!!

There are two ways to utilize this matching grant: 

1) If you have been unable to partner financially in the past or within the last 2 years, but have considered the opportunity, now is a great time to sign up to support me monthly and double that giving (until the grant is exhausted). Click here to give start giving monthly.

2) If you desire to partner financially but are unable to do so on a monthly basis, now is a strategic time for one-time gifts with great return on investment! Click here to give a one time gift.

This grant could not have come at a better time for me personally. I am about 300/month away from being 100% and moving to Orlando!! I pray that the gifts given through this grant will be enough to get me to over 100% and be able to start working!!

If you are able and want to partake in this opportunity, would you email me or message me on facebook(  and let me know! I get to be the middle man in this and be sure that everyone who is partaking is accounted for! 

Thank you so much for your prayers, love and encouragement! I so look forward to seeing God's hand continue to provide and may He get the GLORY for all of this!!

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!!


Thursday, September 25, 2014


I have had a lot of people ask questions about when I will be going to Florida and what I will be doing etc, so I thought I would answer as many as I can here. Hope this helps!

1. Why are you going to Florida?
Through a series of events totally out of my control, I have accepted a position with a missions sending agency called Pioneers. I will move Orlando to work from the main office there. I am going to be on their mobilization team working primarily in recruitment. I will have the opportunity to recruit short and long term missionaries to bring the gospel to the unreached. I will also have a medical recruitment aspect to my job as well, since I have my nursing license.

2. When are you going?
That is completely dependent on when my support comes in. This is a ministry position and therefore, I have the opportunity to raise my own salary. I have to have 2800/month raised before I can start my job. I am hoping to be 100% by the week of October 6th. We will see what God does! (Will you pray with me for this date?)

3. How much support have you raised?
Praise God that I am very close to the 90% mark!! I have a little over 350/month left to raise. This is beyond exciting to me and I can't wait to see who will be the final few on my support team!

4. What about your nursing?
This is a question I get a lot and one I don't have a good answer to. I am a nurse. I love nursing. I have a passion for helping people and medicine. I don't love nursing any less because I took this job that doesn't require nursing. I just know that I love my Savior more. After I graduated and before I passed my NCLEX I really laid my life at God's feet and told Him that I would do whatever I needed to do to make sure that His name was spread throughout the world. And this is what He asked of me.
He asked that I join this team whose greatest desire is to have Jesus' name proclaimed to the ends of the earth! I still love nursing and I am aware that I may lose my skills, I may not even be able to maintain my license...but I am learning to TRUST. I am excited to see how God will use my passion for Him and my nursing to Glorify Him.

5.  What have you learned through this process?
I have learned that God and His plan is so much greater than anything I could ever imagine. Every day I wake up and have a plan for myself...and everyday when I go to bed I see God's hand in my surrender of that day. HE has changed my heart in so many ways. He has shown Himself so great to me and so trustworthy. I am learning to pray with faith and learning that HE does provide our every need even if we don't know we need it. I am also learning so much of the joy of walking in obedience. I have seen my friends and family's lives and hearts changed out of their generosity and obedience to trust that in giving to support me, God will bless them and provide. And HE ALWAYS has. It's been an awesome few months!

6. How can I be a help you and what can I do?
First, I am always looking for people to partner to pray for me. I cannot do this on my own. The thought of moving cross country and starting all over again is terrifying at times. I need all the prayer I can get to do my job to the best of my ability. I also am looking for those final few who want to join my support team. I know God is working in hearts and lives and it is so fun to be able to partner in this way with families and individuals. It is a blessing I never expected but wouldn't trade for anything! If you feel lead to join my team, click this link and don't forget my account number 101401.

This has been the best, most terrifying, wonderful adventure I have ever been on and it's just beginning! I can't wait to see what God has in store next. Praise His great name with me!! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Why Not YOU? Why Not NOW?

The ANNUAL income of Evangelical Christians is approximately 6.72 trillion dollars. 

1.8% of that 6.72 trillion dollars is given to Christian causes: $545 billion.

*This is how much Americans spend on CHRISTMAS every year

Only 0.1% of the annual income of evangelical Christians is spent on MISSIONS. That is 31 billion dollars a year. (Only 5.7% of the money given to "Christian causes" in a year.)

*That is how much Americans spend on DIETING programs in a year

87% of that 5.7% goes to those who already have access to the gospel, the REACHED. That is $26,970,000,000.

ONLY 1% of the 0.1% of Evangelical Christians annual income goes to reaching those who have absolutely NO access to the gospel. THE UNREACHED.

Guys, that number... $310 million, is as much as Americans spent on Halloween Costumes in 2011...for their PETS.

This is not okay.

*Statistics found at

If you are anything like me. You read these statistics and they grab you. You sit there and think about them and you can't quite believe they are true.

And then you start to process it more and you get mad. You get mad at the church or evangelicals that do not give of the resources that God has entrusted to them.

Then after that, you decide you're going to do something.

But after a few more minutes you can't think of what to do, so you walk away and move on with your life. Probably buying something you don't really need (like Starbucks or something cute at target) and by that evening you've totally forgotten about what had so captured your attention only a few hours earlier.

It took me actually coming face to face with the unreached for those statistics to not just temporarily affect me, but instead, change the course of my life.

When a statistic is no longer a statistic but rather a face, it changes everything. Here are a few faces for you.

This is a church that took us over three hours to reach by truck on essentially hiking trails. They are desperate for the gospel and growth within their church but they have no one lead them. No one wants to live so far secluded from civilization to disciple and train these people. So instead, they wait for the missionaries to come when they can ( about every other month).

The worst part of this is, that this village is in Ghana. A country that is not even in the 10/40 window. These people are not one of the 7000 unreached people groups. They are technically the reached. So if no one will go to them... Who is going to go to the other 7000 unreached people groups that NEED the gospel?

I know that these statistics can seem overwhelming and unattainable. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed I just want to shut down. And that's how I can get when I think of my total inability to solve this problem. And then I remember that this is not my problem to solve.

Before Christ left this earth He gave us ALL one final task: make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit. That is our task. We as the church have this one task and that is all and we are all called to do it TOGETHER. We each have a role.

Just like the body is made up of many parts so are we.

Some are called to GO. Maybe The Lord has laid it on your heart or is now stirring up a desire in your heart to be one of the few that will go to these hard places to reach those who have never heard.

Please hear me, if you know that you are not called to GO, do not stop reading. You may have a role that in some ways is far more vital than the goer. You may be called as a sender. Maybe The Lord has provided you with resources that could be used directly impact the unreached.

I pray that soon the statistics will change and the culture of the church would change with it. How incredible would it be if we all learned to live on less and give more. If 99% of the funds given to missions were going directly to the 7000 unreached people groups?! Can you imagine the joy and contentment in fulfilling the Great Commission in our lifetime?

I have realized something about myself these last few months. I am far too easily pleased. All it takes is the "next best thing" for me to be distracted from the task that God has given me.

So what can we do? How do we begin to conquer this task before us?

1. Take a perspectives class. Prioritize learning more about missions and the unreached

Link to Perspectives Classes near you:

More information on the Joshua Project:

2. Take a good look at your budget and honestly evaluate your giving in the light of eternity and our remaining task. Ideas for giving: tithe above and beyond to your local church, contact a missionary you know is going to the unreached and ASK to join their support team. ( could you imagine their delight having someone ask them if they could help them get to the nations?!?), give to an organization that is actively engaging with the unreached.

3. Honestly ask yourself:why not me? Why not now?

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little,
when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, when we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ. -Francis drake

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Will YOU join me?

Hi Friends!
I am on the "home stretch" of my support raising and I need YOUR help. Will you join me? Will you take a serious look at your budget and commit to giving monthly so that I can start my job with Pioneers?

I need just 10 more couples to commit to my date night challenge and I will be 100% funded (!!!!!!!!!!) to go to Orlando and start working to get the GOSPEL to the UNREACHED.

Right now, I need 4 couples to commit to giving $50/month. When you really think about it, that is a pretty cheap date ;).  Giving this amount a month might translate into going to a park and eating a packed lunch instead of going to a movie and then a small meal. I know that this could be a sacrifice, but it's only ONE night a month and you still get to spend time together and you might find it's more fun to be creative with dates and spend your money towards advancing the gospel to the nations!

I also need 6 couples to commit to giving $25/month. That is literally one meal at Panera for two people ONCE a month that you would give up. Or one person's meal at Olive Garden.

So, I am challenging you. COMMIT. Do It. Have a conversation now with your loved one and commit to one date night a month getting creative and having an "alternative" date night where you pack a dinner and spend time praying for the unreached around the world.


1. Click on this link: and be sure to enter my account number 101401. And then follow the directions to have it set up withdrawal once a month.

2. Be sure to send me your email address so that I can add you to my monthly email list. I will send you an unreached people group every month that you can be praying for and raising awareness for amongst your friends and family.

3. Share this challenge with your friends and family!! The more the merrier and the sooner I will be able to move to Orlando and start my job of getting missionaries to those who need the Gospel!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Discouragement turned to TRUST.

Life does not always go the way we planned. I guess that's all part of surrendering our lives to God's control and allowing Him to plan our steps. I have seen that in a few ways these last few weeks. Unfortunately many times my first reaction to my plans changing is discouragement and wanting to give up rather than reliance that God knows and He is in control. BUT, that is all part of the sanctification process and luckily the discouragement doesn't last too long and I'm back in reliance on Him. (so thankful for grace!)

The first discouragement turned trust. My goal date to leave for Orlando was August 12. However, obviously that is in 5 days and I am not in the process of packing and going on my way to Orlando. The Lord clearly showed me about a week ago, that I am not supposed to go yet. For one reason, I am not 100% funded to go. But also, that means I would only have 5 more days at home, with friends and my church. I am just not ready to go yet. SO all that being said, my tentative move date is now September 18 (or sometime in that week). One of my best friends has her wedding the week before so I will be able to stay home and join all the festivities and then have a chance to be with my Indy family again before I move. 

With this new move date, my goal is to be 100% funded by the end of August. Then I can just enjoy a few weeks with my family and friends.I have had a few people ask about what it means to be 100% or what I am raising support for. So I thought I would answer that really fast. I am essentially raising my salary to be able to work for Pioneers on their mobilization team. Without support, I would have no resources to be able to do my job of recruiting missionaries to reach the unreached. My job (and the rest of my team in Orlando) is vital in the process of getting well trained missionaries to the field so that the whole word has the chance to hear the gospel. SO that is what I am doing right now. Asking my friends and family to join me. To partner with me in bringing the gospel to those who need it most. Right now, I am a little over 50% funded; BUT, I am looking for more families/individuals that will commit to giving monthly. Anywhere from $50-250/ month. It sounds like a lot, but we as believers have been called to giving of our God given resources generously and giving towards the advancement of the gospel. If this sounds like something you want to do, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me ( I would love to share more with you one on one!!) just sign up to give here: Be sure to use my account number 101401. I also have a date night challenge going on now that you can participate in if you don't have any extra money in your budget to give towards missions. You can read more about that here: Date Night Challenge. Will you pray with me? That the Lord will bring just the right families into my life to partner with me. Also, that I will continue to seek God in this. That He will be my first thought as I go through this journey. He has proven so faithful and I praise Him for that!

Mom with her beloved grandson Spencer. 

The second thing that is definitely a discouragement but God is redeeming concerns my mom's health. She has so patiently and beautifully endured three sets of treatments for her cancer. Thankfully the last two treatments haven't been anywhere near as bad as the first but still, it is not fun for her. She has lived with nausea, fatigue, aches etc for the last few months. We were hoping and praying that after this last treatment, she would be done for a while. But this last CT scan showed that she is improving but is not where they want her to be. Because of this, they want to do two more treatments. While this is definitely not the news we wanted to hear. (and was quite discouraging for all of us) We are choosing TRUST. We know that this is no surprise to God. He created her perfectly and we know that this is what He wants of her right now. She is incredible and has accepted this next challenge with grace and beauty. She will begin her next set of treatments on Monday, the 11th. Will you pray for her? Will you pray that the side effects will be minimal and that she can feel like a good mom and grandma? She does an incredible job but I know it is so hard for her. I pray for supernatural strength and encouragement for her. 

Thank you for joining this journey with me and my family. WE are seeing everyday HOW faithful God is and it is many times because of words and encouragement from you our "village". We love the community that God has given us and we know we could never walk through this alone!!! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Date Night Challenge

Do you and your spouse or significant other prioritize a few date nights every month? Do you try to go to the nicest restaurant around to enjoy for the night? Or maybe you aren't in a relationship but set aside money for special outings for yourself throughout the month. 

Well, I have a proposition for you. What if you used that night and the funds you would have spent and invest them in supporting my ability to work for Pioneers and mobilize students and adults to reach the unreached with the gospel. I am not asking you to give up your date night or time together. BUT instead one date night a month, pack a dinner and go to a park and enjoy that time there together, instead of at a fancy restaurant. 

Here is the exact idea of this "date night challenge":

1. Once a month you choose to pack a dinner (or go to McDonalds and get a large diet coke in my honor ;) ) for your date night instead of going to a "fancier restaurant". 

2. You then have it set up that every month, the sum of whatever you saved from dinner that night (anywhere from 25, 30, 50, even 100) is automatically put into my support account with Pioneers. 

3. Every month, I will send you an unreached people group that you can be praying for and sharing about throughout the month. 

4. You invite your friends and family to join you in the challenge. 

The goal is two fold. One, the more friends and family you invite, the sooner I will be fully funded to start my ministry of recruiting short and long term missionaries to the field. Also, this is an opportunity for you to educate your friends and family about the spiritual need for the gospel in so many communities around the world. 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE UNREACHED AROUND THE WORLD? Click this link for a past blogpost, as well as go to Joshua Project.'ve read this far and you want to accept this challenge. What now? 

1. Follow this link: and make sure to put in my account number 101401.Fill out the form and give whatever you believe you would be saving on your dinner by packing dinner instead. (Even if it is 10 is NEEDED and SO appreciated...but feel free to give more ;) )(if 10 couples or singles gave $10/month that is $100/month toward my need) 

2. Then, be sure to give me your email address so that I can add you to the email list and send you a new unreached people group to pray for every month. 

3. Tell your friends and family. Challenge them to join you in using your date night to advance the Kingdom and reaching the unreached with the gospel! 

4. If you are on instagram or twitter (I guess facebook now too) use the hashtag #marysdatenightchallenge so that I can see the pictures of your date night and how you are educating your kids, family, and friends on the unreached. 

I praise God for how He is working and I pray that you will ACCEPT this challenge and become as passionate as I am about getting the Gospel to those who need it most!!