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Malawi- Kingdom Workers

Dear friends,

Today is the first of a series of posts about my experience in Malawi, Africa with non-profit organization called Kingdom Workers. Our mission was to learn, encourage, share, better understand the disability ministry program in Malawi, worship with those in the village, and finally sing our praises with 500 children at Bible school, teaching them songs in English. Beyond that goes prayer, personal growth, and shaking up how I think about many things.

Today is a letter to the children that have left the biggest impact on my heart. Each child is paired with a volunteer for their disability ministry. I think of each one of them often and am so honored to have met them.

Dear Isabella, Happiness, Emma,Toca, Neduzanyani, Chifuniro,

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Life update: preparing for Malawi

Hey Friends!
On a previous blog post I touched on an adventure that was always coming up/in the future and this weekend its actually happening! Currently trying to find calm amidst all the nerves and excitement as I prepare to get on that big jet plane and head out for a two week mission trip to Malawi, Africa. This post is definitely more personal in the fact that I don’t share a lot about my life, but I am so excited to today as I prepare and process all that is to come.

For some perspective my husband and I live in a sweet farm house surrounded by fields, lots of outdoor kitties, and a beautiful big lawn that my husband so kindly mows.. thanks bud! Anyway this is my bubble/home/safe place and the thought of leaving that comfort and most importantly the husband that made this place home has been super hard. So here I am preparing to go beyond all my comforts and learning to think beyond my personal needs and the bubble.

Truth is it is so hard to not think about yourself, which is so selfish, but I quickly realized this problem when all my discomforts were falling into the same category of all that I would be missing from home. It didn’t account for all the ways I could serve, grow, and be strengthened, that was all overshadowed by what I thought was my needs, but was actually just the wants and desires of my comfortable life.

Around the same time I was first looking into different opportunities to serve, we had a visiting pastor at my church who was from Syria and talked about comfort zones. How it’s good to be uncomfortable because so often those uncomfortable situations lead to so many incredible opportunities for growth that we wouldn’t even know could happen. My advice for myself is to focus on those words, focus on the why and everything learned already, and finally look for the good when fear and doubt comes creeping in. The realization is that I will truly never know unless I try it, and knowing myself I will never learn unless I pursue an opportunity that forces me to prepare.

So thank you to all those who have supported me, encouraged me, prayed for me, believed in me, and especially to my husband who is just incredible in so many ways and is always there for the good, the bad, and the ugly versions of myself as I process through all these things. And finally thank you for all your support and for showing up by being here. If you have anything that you are wrestling with, any questions about this experience/ process, or even some advice comment down below! I would love to hear from you. Also it means so much to me that you took the time to read this, so as a reward you get to see the newest additions to our cat colony!!

Meet Marco and Karla

Can’t just say I’m going for a walk gotta combine going for a walk and exploring with a parade of kitties – I call it catventures. 🙂Have a blessed day!

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Malawi just the beginning

The idea of a mission trip has always been on the back burner of my mind for years. Always “that thing that I should totally do someday” and this summer I just decided life waits for no one lets go for it! Okay it definetely wasn’t that easy a lot of research and prayer leading up to that realization, but here I am gearing up for a two week trip starting the end of September of this year to Malawi, Africa.


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Brunching in Brooklyn

It was amazing to create in a big city again even if it was just for a day. If you ever find yourself in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, looking for breakfast check out egg the french toast was incredible.

Now I’m really wanting that french toast after writing this… So if anyone has an incredible french toast recipe, you know where to find me (right below in the comment section, Facebook, Instagram, whichever suits your fancy. Thanks!)

As always thank you so much for checking out my work and for all your support. Feel free to comment below any thoughts or questions or let me know your favorite brunch zones! I would love to hear from you!

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Life lessons – Grandma edition

Hello Friend!
Today’s blog starts with a quick story. My grandma is incredible with plants like mastery level plant lady. She keeps everything alive and saves every sprout for it to start growing in a cup. I’m full of questions when I visit because I love flowers and hope to pick up on some of her knowledge on keeping my poor plants alive. 

The gift is all her own, but what I did take away is if you truly care about something it requires time, patience, and energy to nurture it and someday if you are lucky it becomes instinct.  My grandma can’t simply walk by a plant or garden she will literally start weeding it, even if it’s not her own. My grandma’s passion for gardening is something deep and now engrained that extends beyond a hobby. 

For me it’s not a list of goals that I wish to obtain for this next year, but I wish to take that passion that my grandma subconsciously shows and place that in things that matter in my life. To not simply walk by those gardens filled with weeds but to patiently care for them and nurture them daily.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas season and happy New Year!
-Sophia

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