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Ministry Update – God is moving me on the to the next thing


I have big news this month: God is closing this chapter of my life at Infusion, and moving me on to something else. I am sad to be leaving a ministry I dearly love, but excited at what He has next for me. You can read more about how the Lord has led me to this in the update below.

This will affect some of you who have been faithful to support me and the girls of STEPS. Please read the update below to find out what will be happening with your giving.

During this transition, I do need your help! Find out how you can help me as I close this missionary chapter of my life.

Please email or call me if you have any questions!  (more…)

March 2013 Ministry Update


He is risen! He is risen indeed!

As I contemplate the coming of Good Friday and Easter, I find my mind going back to those very streets of Jerusalem that I walked just a couple of years ago… the path that Jesus took to the cross. And I am overcome by His sacrifice for me… for all of us.

Because of Him, I am part of God’s family (Eph. 1:5) and I get to be a minister of reconciliation for His Kingdom (2 Cor. 5:17)! And in His goodness, He lets me minister to people here in the US as well as those precious little girls in India. I’ve had some exciting things going on in that arena, so make sure to read my little blurb about that.  (more…)

STEPS Christmas Gift Catalog


This is the gift catalog for STEPS Girls’ Home in India that I mentioned in my latest Update. Please consider giving to them this Christmas season. Thank you!

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November 2012 Ministry Update


‘Tis the season!

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?? Things have been busy here around the ministry. You can read all about it in the update below, plus I will be posting a Christmas Catalog for STEPS Home. Would you prayerfully consider giving a gift to STEPS this year?

October 2012 Ministry Update


Happy Friday Eve!

I saw on Facebook this morning that my friends in northwest Iowa got snow this morning! While here in TN, I am enjoying 70-something degree weather. Have I mentioned that I love the South??

But more than just living in the South, I love the people that God has put around me here. I have incredibly sweet friends that I get to journey through life with. We get to rejoice with each other during the good times, cry with each other during the tough times, and lift each other up to the Lord during all times. We are in this life together. And our recent small group retreat only created a deeper bond with each other. And we need that – all of us. We all need people to come along side of us, especially during the storms of life.

Speaking of storms… it is monsoon season in India. Check out my update below to see a picture of the STEPS Girls in their rain coats.  (more…)

Monsoon Season


Monsoon season has begun in Chennai, India. Today was the first day in five that it didn’t rain.

Chennai has two monsoon seasons – one in the winter and one in the spring. This monsoon season is just getting started. In October, they get an average of 10 inches of rain, and in November, they get an average of 16 inches of rain each year.

So to stay dry, the girls of STEPS are gearing up for this rainy season.  (more…)

Baby Girl Poisoned by Father in Bangalore, Dies


This is why STEPS Home in India exists. To save baby girls from things such as this….

From the Hindustan Times
Bangalore, August 21, 2012

A 22-day-old baby girl was killed by her father who did not want a girl child. He allegedly fed her donkey’s milk mixed with poison at his in-laws home in the city outskirts. The incident took place in Adi Hosahalli village, near Nelamangala in Bangalore rural district, which is 40 km away from in Bangalore.

The accused has been identified as Nandeesh Gowda, 23, a native of Shira Gate in Tumkur district. He works as a mechanic in Aditya Motors in Tumkur and he was married to Savitha Gowda last year October and the baby was born on July 28.

According to the police, the incident took place around 9.30 am on Sunday when he came alone to see his family with the milk and a traditional cup.

He convinced his wife that it was donkey’s milk, which is supposed to be good. Believing her husband, Savitha fed a little quantity of the milk to the baby.

Nandish, however, forced Savitha to drink the rest of the milk and when she refused to drink, he slapped her and fled the scene.  (more…)

STEPS Girls Singing in Church


This past weekend, the girls of STEPS sang in their church. The youngest are not singing, but you will see fifteen of them here in their matching dresses. Aren’t they just too precious?

And I love they song they sing about Jesus redeeming them, because He truly has redeemed these girls from a life of no hope. Because of STEPS they have hope of a better life. They are safe, secure, and loved. They are truly blessed little girls!

Psalm 8:2 – From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise!

Great job girls!

Enjoy!  (more…)

September 2012 Ministry Update


Happy Fall!

I love this time of year! I got to go home for a short weekend and the leaves in IL are already beginning to change. And our horseback ride took us through some half-harvested corn fields. It definitely feels like fall there! Here in TN it is still in the 70s everyday (thankfully!), and the leaves won’t begin changing for a few weeks yet. But soon the mountains will display God’s handiwork as the trees begin to change colors. It is truly a wonderful time to live in the mountains.

STEPS has been growing in the last few weeks – meet the new girls in my update.  (more…)

Day 7, India Summer 2012 – Church & Sweet 16


The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India. 

July 29 –

Church starts at 8:30 and is over a half hour away, so we had to be up early today! Emmanuel Methodist Church had a guest preacher – he was very good and engaging. Normally church lasts two hours, but after the service today, they did a special time of thanking the retiring secretary and welcoming the newest addition to the pastoring staff, which took another hour. But Isaac took us out before it was through, because we had to get back to the house to celebrate Sitara’s 16th birthday!

On our way home, we picked up four of Sitara’s friends. Isaac and Tara had the party catered and, much to (Kansas team’s) Gail’s delight they bought chips! And it was the biggest bag of chips any of us had ever seen!

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Day 5, India Summer 2012 – Photo Shoot


The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India. 

July 27 –

While the other team plus Mike traveled to Changlepettu to visit the leper colony, Theresa and I stayed back. We went to the office first to a few things for Isaac. At lunch we headed back to the house. We organized what we needed for the afternoon photo shoot with the girls – we laid out all of the new dresses and hair bows. Since the girls we napping, we also spent some time decorating the new backpacks we brought the girls.

Once they woke up, Vanija sent them upstairs to us two at a time. We let them pick out a new dress, put a new bow or flower in their hair, and then took their pictures. The girls were so cute; they loved picking out their new dress. Plus, we have many more dresses, so Vanija can pass out the rest as needed.

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