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Bearing Fruit | Team 4

Bearing Fruit | Team 4

Three brothers from our team were staying with a host family which included two parents and an 18 year old daughter who lived at home (she was going to college remotely due to Covid-19). On the surface, we couldn’t tell that this family was any different than any...

The Power of One | Team 10

The Power of One | Team 10

We have been in the Sioux Falls Diocese in South Dakota for awhile now. One of the great opportunities we have as a diocesan team is that we get to put on retreats as well as something called an Encounter Event. It is basically a short retreat for all age groups. This...

Meet Our Thirteenth Team Member | Team 9

Meet Our Thirteenth Team Member | Team 9

Our team has a strong devotion to "Mama Mary" as Andrew (team member) has taught us to call our Heavenly Mother up in Heaven. One of our favorite ways to end night prayer or "after retreat prayer" is by singing the Hail Mary. We also love praying the scriptural rosary...

The Gift of Sisters | Team 7

The Gift of Sisters | Team 7

What does it mean to be a sister? To some, the word sister is simply a female sibling. Some think of a religious sister. For a long time, that’s what I thought too. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my sisters, I always have, and I always will, but it never registered in...

Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit

The other day, I was having a casual conversation with someone about the weather. We experience many different kinds of weather here in Minnesota, but the two of us agreed that wind was our least favorite. Upon further reflection, I realized that I liked wind less...

World of Woundedness | Team 2

World of Woundedness | Team 2

Greetings from NET Team 2!  Saint Paul writes that “all have fallen short of the glory of God, all have been freely justified through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:23)  For the last few months we have been traveling through the eastern Midwest,...

Ministering Virtually | Team 5

Ministering Virtually | Team 5

Greetings from California!  Our team has been focusing on virtual retreats and random evangelization. At first there was definitely some sort of uncertainty when it came to moving all of our ministry online, especially in the midst of the pandemic. But to our surprise...

Now Is The Time | Team 12

Now Is The Time | Team 12

Being in New Brighton Minnesota has been a wonderful and spiritually enriching experience for us here on NET team 12. We have really gotten to know the beautiful community here at St. John’s and our ministry is flourishing even under the scary shadow of Covid-19. One...

Pandemics, Priorities, and Prayer | Team 3

Pandemics, Priorities, and Prayer | Team 3

Oh how the Lord provides in all times, even the most uncertain times. As taboo as the phrase “global pandemic” was 10 months ago, it has rapidly become a normal part of daily vocabulary and human experience. Needless to say -- ‘adapt and overcome’ has been an...

God is Still Good | Team 1

God is Still Good | Team 1

Hello from the homies based in West St. Paul, Minnesota! The home team has been very busy in these first couple months of ministry as we’ve taken the world of technology to our advantage by continuing some retreats virtually, finding new ways to minister to and love...

Before You’re Ready | Team 11

Before You’re Ready | Team 11

Diving into the unknown can be exciting, intense, and challenging. Taking the plunge can push and pull you in different directions, and lead you to places you have never been before. When this happens, one can feel out of place or uncomfortable, but those feelings are...

Thanksgiving in 2020

Thanksgiving in 2020

I was listening to a podcast recently #classicmillennial and it was brought up that this Thanksgiving is going to look different than previous years.   My family’s Thanksgiving usually consists of family coming over mid-morning, eating so much good food that my mom...

Discerning NET & What I Learned | Team 6

Discerning NET & What I Learned | Team 6

Hey hey. I’m Austin, and I love my life. I always have loved my life, but right now I really love my life. I have had a whirlwind of a life and I am just now starting to understand that I have no control over it, only God does (and thank goodness for that).  In high...

In Love with Life

In Love with Life

I love life. I think I might be in love with life. I am such a fan of the fact that God saw it fit to bring me close to Him when He did, and I so badly want to soak in the goodness that He has to offer me, even in this imperfect life on earth. In theory, I want to be...

Gain the World. Forfeit Yourself.

Gain the World. Forfeit Yourself.

Hi. My name is Megan, and I’m a college drop out. Oof. I never thought I would ever say those words. Allow me to give a little more of my back story. I’m the daughter of Portuguese immigrants, neither of whom went to college. Because of this, I was expected to go to...

7 Things You´ll Learn From Living with 7 Women

7 Things You´ll Learn From Living with 7 Women

I’m Jessica. I came to be a missionary in August of 2016 and have been here ever since. Since I’m a visual kind of person, here’s a picture of me with my parents on arrival to illustrate that moment. I was 22 years old and fresh out of college. From that first year I...

Homesick

Homesick

It is a really crazy time to be alive. As I write this, the worst pandemic in over 100 years is happening. Healthcare, political, and societal structures are being pushed and tested in a way they never have been before. In following our religious and political...

Jesus Weeps With Us

Jesus Weeps With Us

Life is crazy, in the here and now. We are all grieving - the entire world. In most of our lifetimes, there hasn't been a collective world grief. We're all grieving people, time, and lost opportunities. We're grieving our families and friends who are far away, our...

So Many Emotions

So Many Emotions

There are 27 Different Types of Emotions. Well, that is what Google tells me. That we as humans have 27 different types of emotions and I think I have felt them all and I am sure you have as well. Some extreme, some hardly existent, some suppressed, some...

Doughnuts and Feelings

Doughnuts and Feelings

Here we are in the Easter Octave.  How do you feel?   Feelings. Maybe that word makes you shudder, maybe it confuses you that I give it emphasis here, maybe you already feel yourself losing interest in this blog, maybe I feel tired of writing it after a sentence.  No...

Don’t Give Up So Easily

Don’t Give Up So Easily

Back when I was in college, my campus’ center had lots of activities for all students to participate in. I worked for the rec center so I knew the people putting on the event and wanted to hang out with them because I love new adventures and people. One of these...

Contentment & Wild Gratitude

Contentment & Wild Gratitude

Luke 10:38-42 “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks;...

God With Us

God With Us

“The secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.” -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” -Psalm 150:6 In the book of Isaiah 43:1-3, it says: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name:...

Lead with Love | Team 8

Lead with Love | Team 8

The most impactful encounters often end up being the ones you least expect. They involve going out of your comfort zone, surrendering your pride in case of rejection and are often with people you wouldn’t expect. At least, this has been the experience of Team 8. ...

BOLDNESS! | Team 14

BOLDNESS! | Team 14

Be BOLD. Especially in prayer. This is something we figured out rather quickly on the road.  Some time after we arrived at Saint John the Baptist we were wondering what our team patron saint should be. Several of us had devotions to Our Lady of Guadalupe and were very...

16 Real & Honest Truths

16 Real & Honest Truths

This post is going to be a reminder. A big fat list of things; some are short, some are long, and sixteen is an odd number. Yet, these little reminders have convicted me lately, and this is what I have to offer. The reality is, whoever reads this post (or is writing...

God Always Provides | Team 7

God Always Provides | Team 7

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 Greetings from NET team 7! We pray that you had a wonderful Christmas season, rejoicing in the...

Valentine’s Day, Mixed Signals, and True Love

Valentine’s Day, Mixed Signals, and True Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Red and pink garland, heart-shaped waffle makers and conversation candies line the aisles of our favorite stores. It’s the time of year when stores, TV shows, and movies especially like to tell us what love looks like. Don’t...

New Year, New Mercy!

New Year, New Mercy!

I love a fresh start! I take them as often as I can get them. Monday mornings. The first of each month. New semesters, seasons, new projects at work, I see these as chances to take into account the past, look to the future, and start over with a clean slate. So, I do...

The Power of God | Team 5

The Power of God | Team 5

A few weeks ago we went to do a retreat at a school. It was a crazy day because our teammate’s host dad discovered the trailer was broken. It was Oliver’s day off and Jeremy was supposed to be helping with the retreat, but as the van and trailer man he had to help fix...

Echoes

Echoes

We live in a noisy world. There are so many things that vie for our attention and time. From media to work, our lives are full of so much noise. I recently finished reading a fantasy book series. It was very well written and it provided a great alternative to...

The Wait is Almost Over

The Wait is Almost Over

It is so crazy to me that we are already halfway through Advent. I know that it is just over 4 weeks, but I always feel like this season passes a lot faster than Lent or Easter. It's so easy to get caught up on the business of the season; buying gifts, finishing a...

My Thanksgiving Life Hacks!

My Thanksgiving Life Hacks!

I have a really blessed life. Yet, it has not been completely easy; I have memories of awful heartbreak, the crying over Calculus homework I did not understand, being scared that my family was going to leave the faith, finding myself without a best friend, and even...

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