What I'm Into (June, 2017 Edition)

What I'm Reading:

Fiction: 

Between our trip to Africa and my mission trip to Haiti, June was a SLOW month for fiction reading. 

Book I couldn't put downThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know, the title is awful. But trust me. It's so good. 

Best introduction of a new character: The Dry by Jane Harper. The way this book is titled (Aaron Falk #1) suggests it's the first in a series involving this character. I'm looking forward to more! 

Nonfiction books:

I read 3 nonfiction books in June: At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider, Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by Mack & Leeann Stiles, and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands by Nancy Ortberg.

Kid's Books:

We continue to read LOTS with Hope. This month our hands-down favorite was Pete the Cat's Train Trip by James Dean. We read it so often I'm pretty sure the whole family could recite it! 

Things I Love:

Evans Teaching In Kenya June 2017

Missions training done by local leaders! We traveled to Kenya in early June for work I'm doing on a research project for Arbor Research Group. While there, I was so impressed with the way InterVarsity Campus Fellowship uses local leaders to train its students on how to do missions. 

Hope With Rebecca In Kenya June 2017

Connections with college kids. I'm so thankful the missions leader in Kenya allowed Doug and Hope to accompany me. It was so fun to see Hope connect with the college kids. I also think it was important for the college kids to connect with her. As one student told me: "The problem with college is that we're only around other people our age!"  

Black Rhino June 2017

Safari! It turns out there's actually a National Park IN Nairobi. So we jumped at the chance to take Hope on safari. While there, we got to see zebras, ostriches, giraffes, a lion, and a rhino! 

Hope's Ladybug Backpack June 2017

Traveling with a toddler. I'm really NOT being sarcastic here. I actually did LOVE it. Hope traveled so well!   

Amsterdam Airport June 2017

Hidden gems like this LIBRARY inside the Amsterdam airport. Having traveled to and from Africa with a toddler, this is definitely one of my tips for traveling with toddlers: Explore the airports! Sometimes they've got things for kids! 

Water Table June 2017

The Water Table: Grandpa Keith and Grandma Nancy got Hope a water table for her 2nd birthday. It's been a BIG hit! 

Haiti Dorms

Haiti! I led a team of 14 high school students and 5 adult leaders on a week-long mission trip to Haiti. It was a GREAT experience that I will no doubt write more about in the near future! 

Haiti Dress June 2017

This dress from Haiti. 

Father's Day 2017

Celebrating Father's Day with Doug, who simply wanted to spend the day with his family and smoke meat. 

Father's Day With Dad June 2017

Celebrating Father's Day with Dad by going to see Cars 3 - Hope's first movie in a theater. The Bradbury's liked it. The Nelson's didn't. 

Arboretum June 2017

Walks in the arboretum on surprisingly cool summer evenings. 

Chick Fil A June 2017

Chick Fil A. This may sound like a strange thing to love... But when it's been doing nothing but raining, their playground is a sanity saver! 

Brookfield With Mom And Dad June 2017

A summer day at Brookfield Zoo with Mom and Dad. 

Kenya Dress June 2017

This dress from Kenya. 

Fly Lunch June 2017

Hanging out with students from FLY over lunch.   

Missions Book Contract

Signing a contract for another book with Abingdon Press, this one about short-term missions. (My first book with Abingdon Press was released in April: Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders.

Lindsey's Going Away Party June 2017

Our youth ministry's adult leaders. I like it less when they decide to move to Texas for graduate school but even then, we love them, celebrate them, and help them say good-bye well. 

Ap And Larry June 2017

Visiting AP and Larry. 

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Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling.

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