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Adventures of Kerstin

John 3:30

Waiting

This week I started reading a book called Wait and See by Wendy Pope.  I'm only through the introduction and first chapter, but at this point I would highly recommend it.  It talks a lot about waiting (imagine that!) and how... Continue Reading →

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Lack of Words

As you may have noticed, I haven't been that great at keeping up with my blog since I've gotten home.  It's not because I don't want to...I just don't seem to have the words.  It's something that's been constant lately:... Continue Reading →

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“Mozambique Kerstin” or “Canada Kerstin”?

I can't believe how easy it has been to return to 'normal' life here in Canada.  I've been home for 4 weeks, and sometimes it feels like GlobeTREK was forever ago.  I could almost convince myself that it never even happened... Continue Reading →

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Dear Kerstin…

*Sometimes you just need to remind yourself of what you already know* Dear Kerstin, First of all, you're beautiful, amazing, and loved by God.  Don't ever forget that! Wow!  You made it!  You travelled the world for 8 months and... Continue Reading →

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Cookies in the Making

I went from living in one suitcase to living in another.  I've currently been in Canada for 6 days now, and haven't been home for one.  Instead, I've been travelling through Alberta and B.C. for one of my youth ministry... Continue Reading →

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Coming Home!

It is currently 6 a.m. and I'm sitting in the London airport (trying not to freeze!).  We are halfway through our layover, and there are only 2 more plane rides until I come home!  It's so surreal.  I still can't... Continue Reading →

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Muzungu

"Muzungu! Muzungu!" I can barely walk for two minutes in rural Rwanda without hearing some call out muzungu, which means white person. We are currently in an area that hardly has any white people and those who are here have... Continue Reading →

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Rwanda

Rwanda - a land of a thousand hills and a million smiles.  Except during our time there.  We arrived in Rwanda on April 11, and the commemoration for the genocide began April 7th.  The whole country was mourning.  We had... Continue Reading →

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Blink of an Eye

Every time I close my eyes, Mozambique is playing on the screen of my eyelids. Countless times a day, something reminds me of a memory that I'll always treasure.  My heart is overflowing so much that it is leaking through... Continue Reading →

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Goodbyes

*Alarm rings*  'Today is my last day with everyone here...'  *Insert rock in stomach* The last two days have been the hardest days of my time here.  I've had to say goodbye to people who have impacted me greatly.  I've... Continue Reading →

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The Reality of Leaving

I know I already wrote a 'leaving' post, but here comes another one because it's really all that is on my mind.  As much as I've been trying really hard to not think about, it is a reality.  I leave... Continue Reading →

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Leaving Soon…

In two weeks I will be taking off on an airplane down that very airstrip.  There are certain signs that keep appearing that my time here is almost finished (for this time anyways 🙂 ).  My malaria pills and contacts... Continue Reading →

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The Missionary Life Isn’t Glamorous

With the Discover team here a few weeks ago, we were living a glamorous life.  Everyday we were outwardly helping someone.  There was lots of pictures that we could take to show the good that we were doing.  At the... Continue Reading →

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Rambling

This week, I'm just going to give you a few rambles of thought.  I've started this blog post 7 different ways already, but nothing is really forming in my mind.  And I'm pretty good at rambling...so here it goes... Ramble #1... Continue Reading →

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Understanding

I am now able to follow some Portuguese conversations.  Especially if I have a point of reference.  However, when people start speaking in dialect, I might as well just throw my hands up in the air.  There is no way... Continue Reading →

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Results

"How's it going?" "Depends on what you mean...it's running well, but the results aren't that great." While this was a legitimate conversation I had once this week, it could also be used to describe the entire week.  It seemed like... Continue Reading →

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Playing

One thing I've learned in Mozambique is that you don't need many qualifications to get a job.  For example, this week I became a preschool teacher for a morning.  I'm definitely being stretched out of my comfort zone, and consequently... Continue Reading →

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Looking Around

Wednesday marked only 2 more months in Mozambique.  I try not to think about it too much, but it's still on my mind.  With the Discover group from Prairie here, I've been asked many times what I miss the most.... Continue Reading →

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Enxadas and Capalanas

Mozambique.  A country that is incredibly different from Canada.  A country that I'm trying to understand.  A country that would not be the same without enxadas and capalanas. Enxada.  Also known as a hoe.  Mozambique is run by this tool... Continue Reading →

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Mind Vomit

I've titled this post 'Mind Vomit' because that's all this post is going to be.  Just my thoughts spilling out.  It's been a crazy crazy week with a big group from Prairie arriving.  It's currently after missionary midnight, so we... Continue Reading →

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Some of the Strongest Women I Know

I want to introduce to some of the strongest ladies I know: The women of Mozambique.  When I was talking to Simon (a person on staff here), he admits that his wife is stronger than he is.  They are way stronger... Continue Reading →

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Purpose

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Change

2017 is now underway.  Another year finished and another year begins.  As this year has rolled in, I've had a lot of thoughts rolling around in my head that I'm going to try to put into words.  Earlier this week... Continue Reading →

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Provision and Care

It's 2 days until Christmas!!!  As I've been reflecting on Christmas this year, I've been thinking a lot about the prophecies.  I've been reading through Isaiah, and it's so mind-blowing how Christ's birth was prophesied.  It's obvious that God is... Continue Reading →

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I Know I’m in Mozambique When…

We've been in South African for a little over a week now.   We've gone on a safari and seen some of the amazing animals God has created, we've shopped for all the stuff we cannot get in Mozambique, and we've... Continue Reading →

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Contentment

Sitting in the sand.  Listening to the waves crash.  Looking at the stars.  Watching out for crabs.  Contentment. Sitting on log benches.  Singing worship songs in dialect.  Clapping hands. 7 o'clock in the morning.  Contentment. Sitting in a camping chair. ... Continue Reading →

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Fruit, Fruit, and More Fruit

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to... Continue Reading →

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VBS Week!

VBS week is officially finished!  We wrapped up today by showing the kids a slideshow of all the pictures and videos we took this week and they loved it!  Between making paper bag puppets, tug-a-war against the truck, memorizing the... Continue Reading →

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Comforts or Comforter?

Sometimes I just get down.  Blame it on circumstances, lack of sleep, culture shock, or whatever, but sometimes I just feel negative.  When we got the news that we had to come to South Africa for our visa's, I was... Continue Reading →

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Visas and Strangers

Visa processes are not my favorite thing.  In fact it's probably on my list of least favorite things.  My Mozambique visa has been a gong show.  If it wasn't one thing, it was another.  Currently, I'm sitting in South Africa,... Continue Reading →

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Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:1 It's official!  I've been in Mozambique longer than last time and I'm still loving it!  Starting to settle into a bit of... Continue Reading →

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New Beginnings

I'm trying to live in a new country.  Emphasis on the trying.  It's a lot harder than I thought it would be.  If I'm honest, I kinda expected myself to be speaking fluent Portuguese by now, knowing all the names... Continue Reading →

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Joy

I’ve been thinking about what to write this week, and the truth is I don’t really know what to say.  Life here has been amazing.  I’m learning so much about culture and ministry here.  We’ve been doing different things every... Continue Reading →

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Home

Well, I made it to Mozambique!  My new home for the next 6 months.  It seems so crazy to think this is where I'm actually living for a bit.  Bush life is now my life. Home is not where we... Continue Reading →

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Faith

Well, our time of fast travel is almost complete. 3 more days and I will be in Mozambique!  Central Asia was splendid.  We saw familiar faces and were able to participate in their daily lives.  One morning was spent debriefing... Continue Reading →

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Take It All In

Tired.  Exhausted.  Drained.  Words that very much describe me right now.  It feels like we've been go-go-go ever since we took off from Calgary 30 days ago - which is pretty much true.  It's been super amazing and fascinating, but... Continue Reading →

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The Gospel

Our time in Bangkok has been pretty intense.  We have been working with the MST Project (http://www.mstproject.com/), which ministers to men coming into the Red Light Districts.  We've spent time in a Red Light District, and we've spent A LOT... Continue Reading →

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Compassion

These last few days have been a struggle.  I absolutely loved our time in Siem Reap, but I felt like I didn't have a big learning experience.  Everything just felt normal and I was left wondering if I was closing... Continue Reading →

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Seeing God

Siem Reap.  A place that stole my heart in less than 8 days.  Where the people are always smiling and clouds are always threatening to rain.  Where I caught my first fish and lost to a Cambodian ball hockey team. ... Continue Reading →

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Ruth

Meet Ruth.  A child of God.  A little girl who is always smiling.  Without parents of her own, she is constantly being the big sister to all the kids in the community.  She loves UNO and building sandcastles.  She endlessly... Continue Reading →

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Trust Me

Being in 3 different countries in 4 days can be a little overwhelming.  Even though China, Thailand, and Cambodia are all in the same area, the culture is still so different.  Everything changed so drastically so fast.  In the middle... Continue Reading →

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This is China

The people we met in China were English teachers in a university, influencing the future leaders of the country.  They often used the saying TIC: This is China. For example, TIC… Where you cross 12 lanes of traffic diagonally Where... Continue Reading →

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For His Glory

Well, by the time you are reading this, I will no longer be in Canada. Bags are packed. Passport is filled with visas. And I'm ready for my next adventure! Everything has moved pretty fast in the last two weeks,... Continue Reading →

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Suitcase Living

I heard something this week about living in tents.  The Israelite's lived in tents while in the wilderness.  Why?  So they would be ready whenever God told them to go.  I was challenged to live with the mentality of living... Continue Reading →

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Be Still

I just finished the worst run of my life.  The entire time my mind was giving me reasons why I should stop, turn around, walk the rest of the way, etc.  I had to fight so hard to keep running... Continue Reading →

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Wind and Roots

3 weeks.  3 weeks and I will no longer be in Canada!  It's so crazy!  Am I excited?  Most definitely.  Yet, I can barely believe that I'll be leaving so soon.  Everything seems so surreal.  Some days I feel like... Continue Reading →

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Interruptions

I've been pretty good about routine this summer.  Depending on whether I work mornings or evening, I plan my day almost to a T.  If I don't schedule in people, I can get everything done and have time to spare. ... Continue Reading →

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I Know…

I know that God is good and faithful I know that God is working I know that God never leaves me I know that heaven is real I know that Grace is in heaven I know that Jesus wept (even... Continue Reading →

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Blessing

I read a book last weekend called "He Speaks in the Silence" by Diane Comer.  In it, she talked about the term 'blessing.'  She writes: "The word translated as blessing in the New Testament is derived from the Greek work,... Continue Reading →

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Running

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" - Hebrews... Continue Reading →

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Thoughts Unfiltered

Lately, I seem to be sucking at life.  You probably wouldn't have noticed from looking at me.  No way would I let anyone see that I seem to be falling apart.  Even if you asked me about it, I wouldn't... Continue Reading →

Learning to Be Thankful

If you were to ask me to sum up my time in Mozambique, I would tell you that it was 'filled with joy!'  Every time my mind wanders back to the people there, I feel joy.  Every time I see... Continue Reading →

Garbage City

You smell it before you see it.  Mokattam village - also known as garbage city.  There are 80,000 people whose lives revolve around garbage.  Everyday they go out and collect garbage from the 25 million people living in Cairo.  It... Continue Reading →

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