I Wear My Hair Up

My hair is blonde and long.  Most of the time you will find it piled up in a bun.   This is related to so many reasons.  Normally it is due to the heat.  No one wants hair sticking to their neck.  Then at the hospital I don’t want to deal with it getting in my face while working or it …

Merry Christmas from YAGM!

Here is a video that includes all the YAGM that are currently serving all around the world.  We share with you our “God with Us” moments and then say Merry Christmas in the language of our country.  I hope that this finds you enjoying time with family and friends, and celebrating the greatest gift of all, Jesus birth! Much love …

What Do You Want For Christmas?

This question is so, so common.  We ask it without even thinking.  We dream about what we want. Sometimes there are the things we need but most of the time we wish for the latest and greatest. Why not dream big?  The holiday is all about dreaming. Each year growing up my family would go through the catalogs that we …

Broken Yet Beautiful

This morning I started the day by helping fix a vase.  The vase had been sitting broken for weeks.  The pieces lay on the ground.  At first I wondered why it was still sitting there and not in the trash.  Then I forgot about it.  I found the vase pieces sitting next to super glue this morning. It was time! …

Can I Cook?

“Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.” I said during lunch.  I expected a response but I got way more than that. “Why don’t you cook a Thanksgiving meal for us all tomorrow? You can make it just like home.”  Was the response my host family offered to my comment. At first I was really excited to make food for them but then I …

What if?

A friend said to me, “I just don’t want you so caught up in the ‘what if’s’ that it drives you mad.” Little did she know how much this simple phrase would speak to me. This past month has been full of these “what if” questions. What if the plague comes my way? What if we have to leave Madagascar? …

Plans Change

I like to plan.  I like to make lists.  I like to stay informed about what is going on.  But, God has other plans sometimes.  My plans have changed.  God is taking me on a new journey. Before you start thinking too much about things, let me tell you I am safe.  There has just been a detour in my …

Pulling a Moto

We left in a rush to get to Fort Dauphin.  We piled into the jeep and started at a quick pace.  Toky, Diah and two of their friends, Ando and Menja, were all in the car with me.  We bumped along for a bit and then I noticed a man bent over his motorcycle working on it.  This is a …

Death and Life

I have been at the hospital in Manambaro for a bit over 2 weeks. During this time I have seen both the beginning and ending of life. Both are things that I have seen before, but here in Madagascar it seems more apparent. Today started with loud voices coming from the hospital. A women had come in very sick the …

The Nightlight

In my room I have one lightbulb that illuminates the whole room.   While it may not be bright, it helps me to see.  I can read by it, I can find my lost pen with it, I can dig through my suitcase and find socks with it.  I find the light very helpful.  Little did I know how much I …