Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: I Cried in the Red Light District

By Kaleigh Ward I remember the very first time I met Jo.  I spotted her the second we entered the bar.  She commanded the room, exuding confidence and maybe even a sense of power.  She strutted her stuff, calling to male passerby, and kicking tail on the pool table. Our first night with her, she…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: 20,000 Prostitutes and I Can’t Save One

By Kaleigh Ward I thought “saving a prostitute” would be easy.  I did.  When we showed up to our ministry here in Thailand and spent a few days being educated on sex trafficking, I couldn’t wait to get out in the bars and start offering these girls hope, love, and a way out of the…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: I Want to Come Home

It’s true. This month has held the biggest challenges of the race so far, and the race as a whole has been very difficult. I started out the month falling in love with some precious Cambodian children.  After just a few short days, through a rather traumatic whirlwind, the rug was pulled out from under…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: When God Doesn’t Show Up Like You Hoped He Would

By Kaleigh Ward | Blind eyes opened.  Lame feet walking.  Death to life.  Visions for strangers.  Prophetic words for friends.  Sitting in the Lord’s presence often, overwhelmed by His power and the intimacy we share. That’s what I expected life on the World Race to be like. Instead, I find myself struggling to stay awake…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: A Man After God’s Own Heart

By Kaleigh Ward I hear that fall is arriving back home.  It’s 90 degrees here, so do me a favor, and curl up by the fire in some flannel pajamas with a mug of hot chocolate while you settle in to read this blog.  Get comfortable and get focused, because I want don’t want you…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: My Taxi Driver Was a Hero

Note: Kaleigh is no longer in Malasia, but for safety reasons she can’t share a lot of details from her current location. This post is from last month while she was still in Malaysia. It’s a long post, but the story is incredible! God is at work in the world! — Tiffany By Kaleigh Ward…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: The Manila Skyline and the Gospel

By Kaleigh Ward Hello from the Philippines! The ministry we’re working with this month is called Kids International Ministries, and I am blown away by their multifaceted impact on the community.  They have a Christian school, a children’s home where they seek to find adoptive parents for kids, a home for abused teen girls, a…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: A Hug in Hilton Head

— Today’s post was one of Kaleigh’s last before she flew to the Philippines THIS week! Please join me in lifting her up in prayer. — Tiffany By Kaleigh Ward My toes were buried in the sand, the sun was browning my skin, and I was surrounded by the sound of crashing waves and delighted…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: When God is quiet.

By Kaleigh Ward Sometimes, when I have my morning devotionals, God speaks loudly and clearly to my heart.  He brings me to humble tears or exuberant dancing or quiet wonder.  I sit in the stillness, knowing He is God, or I write furiously in my journal, filling up page after page with everything I am…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: Fearful Fits and Shaking Sobs

By Kaleigh Ward Ever since I applied to the race last November, I’ve been dreading the month of August. I imagined it would be a painful limbo.  I would watch friends start new jobs or return to the college I loved so dearly.  I would work through a long, tedious to-do list of everything I…

Devo: Lessons on Forgiveness

By Kaleigh Ward Sometimes, my morning quiet time consists of doing a Bible Study workbook (woo Beth Moore!), reading the Psalms, listening to a sermon, or journaling about God’s faithfulness. This morning, my quiet time was a time of wrestling with God.  Sometimes, when I’m hurting and confused, God and I have to spend extra…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: Sex, Men and Laughter — My Normal

By Kaleigh Ward Tonight, I watched a documentary about prostitutes in the sex trafficking industry around the world. Racers often do outreach in the red light district in Thailand, and I wanted to better understand these women’s lives, what they face on a daily basis, and how they respond. My heart is heavy as I write…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: I am no wimp!

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon an old world race blog where a past racer talked about her experiences at training camp.  (I will be going to training camp for a week in July to prep for the race.)  As I read her poem, I quickly began to realize that camp is not going to be the…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: Not Always Excited

The World Race: 11 Countries.  11 Months.  Living out of a backpack.  Experiencing new cultures.  Seeing the world.  Living in community with incredible people.  Getting to watch God move in new and wonderful ways.  It sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? In fact, one of the more common responses I get from people my age about…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: The Giver and His Gifts

Kaleigh wrote this post during her last week of Furman last month: This week has been one of the most joyful weeks I’ve ever had!  As of Wednesday, I am completely done with all college assignments.  DONE!  I have no more papers, tests, or assigned readings.  Because I don’t graduate until next Saturday, I have…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: Why I Shouldn’t Be a Racer

When God first asked me to surrender my plans and go on the World Race, I came up with several reasons I shouldn’t go.  I proceeded to present God with a list of all the reasons this was a bad idea. 1. I’m really not the “backpacking, camping, roughin’-it” type of girl.  I’ve never slept…