At the end of each trimester we have a party to celebrate the accomplishments of the kids and the ESL students.  It is a lot of fun to get everyone together.  During the party we have a potluck, give awards and the kids go up stairs to play games and the adults stay downstairs to hear a message from the Bible.  It is always a great time. 

If you know of any youth groups or church groups that are looking for a service oppertunity we are looking for a group to help with our spring party in March 2011!

Kids Club!

Every Tuesday night about 40-50 Bhutanese kids, and 10 wonderful volunteers gather for KIDS' CLUB! A fun time where we sing songs, play games, have fun, and learn about the BIBLE! (that's how the kids say it) Tonight is our last Kids' Club of the trimester before we take about a month long break to give the staff, volunteers and participants a chance to recharge their batteries.  If you are ever in KCK on a Tuesday night you should come check it out!


Many of the Bhutanese are very good at knitting and weaving.  The women have been getting together for the past couple of months to work on different projects with the hopes of selling them for supplemental income and maybe eventually making a living out of it.  This Monday and Tuesday of this week they got their first chance to sell their goods at a Fair Trade Fair at a local high school, where they made about $250, a great first chance.  We are always looking for yarn and knitting needles for the women to use and venues for them to sell their products.

Thanksgiving Break

So, I know I am behind on this... But, over Thanksgiving Break my roommate Molly (she helps with the kids on the Hispanic side of Mission Adelante's ministry), myself and Michael (a volunteer from the Hispanic side) took some of our kids down to Crown Center to spend the afternoon at Kaleidoscope.  For those not from KC Kaleidoscope is a great place that is funded by Hallmark Cards.  Kids can spend time at Kaleidoscope creating art projects and what not, and it is totally free!  I like free.  We all had a great time and it was fun to give the Bhutanese kids and the Hispanic kids a chance to hang out. Most of the pictures came from after we did our art projects.

the best room in all of Kaleidoscope....melted crayons and black lights..

a trip and a wedding...

I spent the last week out of town.....

First I got the chance to go down to Atlanta to spend the weekend with my family there.  The Bowers have treated me like their own daughter since the summer of 2005, so it was great to get to spend the weekend with them.  On Sunday morning I got to go visit Northlake, the church I interned at while living with the Bowers.  Ike Reeser, one of my mentors (and his wonderful wife Gwyn, an amazing woman of God) celebrated 25 years of ministry at Northlake.  It was wonderful to get to be there for that celebration and see my family there.  I also got a chance to talk with some Northlake people about what I am up to these days. 

Ike, Gwyn and some of the kids from their ministry over the years.
One of my favorite Northlake girls...

Sunday night I had the chance to go to Nashville and see some friends there.  I also got some quality mom time, as she was in town for a work conference (insert free hotel here.) 

We flew back Thursday night to get ready for Adam and Ashlynn's wedding.  It was a lot of fun to get everyone together and celebrate them. 
My brother and his wonderful wife.
The beautiful cake Ashlynn made.

The pumpkins that sent Adam to the hospital for stitches...and the carmel apples that we spent about 10 hours making...all in love.

All in all it has been a fun, and busy past couple of weeks.  I must say though that I am so thankful to be back in KCK and grateful to be spending time with my Bhutanese friends. 

Pumpkin Patch!!!!

This past weekend we took some of the kids out to the pumpkin patch….we all had a BLAST!

Teej Festival

On Saturday September 20th I was invited to join my Nepali friends in celebrating the Teej festival. It was a lot of fun. Many of the community members shared their talents that day through dance, song and cooking.

Only about a month late....

We kicked off the new trimester on September 14th.  I know, I know, I am almost a month late with this one.... It was an incredible start.  A lot of times the first week back from any kind of break is somewhat chaotic because we are learning or relearning routines and meeting new friends.  So, I expected some chaos when we started back after almost a month long break from Kid’s Club.  Well, we were totally blessed because it really was the best kick off we have ever had (yes, it was only our 3rd kick off, but still, it was amazing).  God blessed the night and so many ways.  We had about 40 kids in attendance, and at least that many participating in the English and Citizenship classes.  It was great to see old friends and meet new ones and working on building those relationships.  

Well, here goes nothing....

So, over the course of the summer I quit my job, and moved down to Kansas City, Kansas.  Two things that are not predictable for me, and really don't make much sense in the order that I did them in.  I feel that God is leading me to live my life in a new direction.  The letter below kind of explains why and where I am headed in the next few months. 

Dear Friends,

These words ring familiar for many of us, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35). Over the past few months, God has been giving these words new meaning in my life. For many years I have felt that these were God’s commands to me, that it was my job to live these truths out, but since January I have seen them lived out in the lives of other people, people who haven’t even heard The Gospel. Those people are the Bhutanese refugee community living in Kansas City, Kansas.

The plight of the Bhutanese refugees began back in the 1980s when the new ruler of Bhutan discovered that the number of Nepalese living in Bhutan were becoming the majority. To cleanse Bhutan, those who were not originally from Bhutan were exiled to the border of Nepal. The government of Nepal did not want to accept them as citizens, and so they languished in refugee camps on the border between Nepal and Bhutan until the United Nations intervened and started moving the refugees in 2008, many landing right here in Kansas City, Kansas.

The life of a refugee is not an easy one. Refugee camps are dismal places where shelter is of a makeshift nature, and many do not have running water or electricity. Families must apply for resettlement through the United Nations. If resettlement is granted, refugees spend a couple of weeks learning some western customs before boarding a plane to their country of resettlement. Once they arrive in the United States, the refugees are given six to eight months of services to help them acclimate to our society before they are required to obtain employment and become responsible for their own living expenses. They are also required to start paying back the cost to travel the U.S. This transition is completely overwhelming for someone with limited knowledge of English and western customs.

For me, the call to ministry is not new. I knew God wanted me to share His love with others from the time I began to follow him. In high school, I had the opportunity to serve as a youth ministry intern. While at Lipscomb University in Nashville, I was blessed with the chance to learn to do ministry in the classroom, in foreign countries, and at the Northlake Church of Christ in Georgia. During my 3rd summer working at Northlake, I was introduced to the refugee community that was just a few miles from the church. It was hard to believe that there were so many people, from so many places, living just blocks from the building. The refugees there were such joyful people, yet many had lived in conditions that I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. They were in exile, not allowed to return to their homes for many reasons, including wars and ethnic cleansing.

When I returned to Kansas City this past fall, I wanted to continue to work with refugees. In January, I had the chance to begin working with the Bhutanese Outreach Project at Mission ¡Adelante!. During this time, I was welcomed into the homes of many of the Bhutanese families in the community, yet I was a complete stranger to them. I have had the chance to serve on Tuesday nights in the Kids Club program as a group leader and organizer, using all of my past experience and training to teach these kids about God and his Kingdom. Therefore, I am overjoyed to announce that I have been offered and have accepted the position of Director of the Bhutanese Kids Club Outreach at Mission ¡Adelante!.

In accepting this position at Mission ¡Adelante!, I will become responsible for our Tuesday night Kids Club Bible Study program where we are introducing the children from the community to the Gospel from the creation of the Earth through our redemption in Christ. I will also work to develop an afterschool tutoring program to help enhance what our kids are learning in school and encourage them to pursue education after high school. Additionally, I will provide support for the school, assisting the school with communication with the parents, and acting as an advocate for the students.

In August I took a major step in what I feel God is calling me to do, and moved to urban Kansas City, Kansas, to live in the community with my Bhutanese friends. This gives me the chance to serve in a cross-cultural ministry context. In Luke 10:2, Jesus says “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” I feel this to be especially true for the Bhutanese refugees living in KCK. They are ready to hear the Gospel, and are beginning to see the freedom of life in Christ as they begin their new life in America. I am excited to get to become part of their everyday lives, and help them to succeed.

As Director of the Bhutanese Kids Club Outreach I will be responsible for raising funds to cover my salary, pension, payroll expenses, healthcare, and a portion of the ministry budget. Mission ¡Adelante! has set my monthly support amount at $3,600. This is the amount I need to raise in order to begin serving as full-time Director of the Bhutanese Kids Club Outreach!

Would you please pray and thoughtfully consider being a part of my support team? Whether this means supporting God’s plans for me through prayer, monthly financial giving, or occasional contributions, any and all support is equally appreciated.
If you feel led to support me and the Bhutanese Outreach Program, your donation is tax deductible, as Mission ¡Adelante! is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Checks may be sent to Mission Adelante, Inc. 22 S. 18th St., Kansas City, KS 66102. Please note my name on the Memo line.

Out at the lake with a few friends before school started.

a year of changes

Over the past year God has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined, He has stretched me, grown me, and challenged me to step out in faith. Even more big changes are coming...check back in just a few days.


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