Bon Appetit from Malawi.

Bon Appetit from Malawi. Many people have asked questions about what the food in Malawi is like, so this blog is going to answer some of those questions. We have really enjoyed the food here. Fresh and organic vegetables and fruits are the centerpieces of our dishes. Meat is also fresh, however some cuts are

Light Broke Through.

Light Broke Through. Our very first night in our new home was an eventful one. The first thing we noticed was that the fridge and freezer weren’t getting enough power. Then we noticed that many of the lights were acting funny. By the time we sat down to dinner every light in

More Filling Than A Thanksgiving Feast.

More Filling Than A Thanksgiving Feast. “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my

The Greatest Gift During The Hardest Days.

The Greatest Gift During The Hardest Days. Some days are harder than others when living on the opposite side of the world than your family. Today is one of the hard days. My Great Aunt Deby went to be with Jesus very recently. After a long battle against Pulmonary Hypertension, she doesn't

Am I A Heifer Or A Lamb?

Am I A Heifer Or A Lamb? Weird question, yet an important one. I started reading through the minor prophets recently and came across Hosea 4:16, from which I drew that question. Before I share that verse with you, I want to give you the context. The book of Hosea is a

One Thing I Seek.

One Thing I Seek. What one thing do you consider more important than everything else? What do you spend your time, energy and emotions on? For me, my honest answer usually is my family. God has given me the incredible responsibility of tending to my family. I have the joy of coming

Our Typical Day In Malawi.

Our Typical Day In Malawi. A lot of people have been asking for details about what our daily life is like here in Malawi, so  I’m going to give the curious minds a run down of a typical day for us. Keep in mind that this will continue evolving drastically as we

Do My Prayers Even Matter?

Do My Prayers Even Matter? Does prayer really change anything? Though my head screams “YES!”, I’m convicted that my heart has been saying no. For months now I’ve allowed my heart to believe the lie that prayer won’t make a difference. It’s not that I’ve thought God isn’t powerful enough to meet

Praises And Prayers.

Praises And Prayers. We are two weeks into our Malawian adventure. It’s been wonderful and it’s been hard. Today’s blog is going to be very simple as I’m going to tell you a few of the wonderful things and a few of the hard things we’ve experienced. Praises 1. The people God’s

Thoughts From 36,000′.

Thoughts From 36,000'. In my seat a little over seven hours into our fourteen hour flight, Clara is finally asleep. So far she has slept one hour since she woke up fourteen hours ago. Josh is with Ella Jane across the plane and a few rows back. Ella Jane hasn’t slept much

Anticipating BIG Things.

Anticipating BIG Things. Two days until take off. WOW! I can hardly believe it’s already here. During all the emotion and bittersweet feelings of the last several weeks, we have been anxiously anticipating September 12th. At four o’clock that morning we will be leaving Josh’s parent’s house with ten suitcases, three carry-ons,

The Importance Of Our Church Family.

The Importance Of Our Church Family. Yesterday morning was emotional and joy-filled. Our pastor and church family sent us off with a prayer during both of the morning worship services. Bellevue has been Josh’s home since he was born and mine since I was nine years-old. We’ve been saying all along that

Focusing On The Present Task.

Focusing On The Present Task. I’m continuing my thoughts on finishing strong that I began last week. Last week, I talked about how in order to finish strong I want to cherish every moment. This week I’m focusing on the present task. For those who like updates on what’s currently happening, we

Cherishing the Moments.

Cherishing the Moments. Three and a half weeks. That’s how much time we have left in the States. That’s how much time we have left with the family, friends and church family we love. That’s how much time we have left in the place we call home. As our time here draws

Our Shepherd’s Promise.

Our Shepherd's Promise. This week we wrap up Psalm 23 with a life-giving promise. A promise that our Shepherd will never leave us. A promise that He wants good, not harm, for us. A promise that His character is good and merciful. A promise that we get to enjoy His presence in

The Future Focus.

The Future Focus. I only have one more verse of Psalm 23 to discuss, but I’m taking a break from that passage today. Josh and I are currently on a plane on our way to San Francisco. The U.S. board of Malawi Children Mission (MCM), the organization we will be partnering with,

Our Shepherd, Our Host.

Our Shepherd, Our Host. As we continue in Psalm 23, we see a change in perspective. David stops relating to God as his Shepherd, and instead refers to Him as his Host. God is not only our Shepherd, He is our Host. Let’s see how Psalm 23 refers to God as our

Nothing To Fear.

Nothing To Fear. We are continuing our study of Psalm 23 this week with a focus on verse four. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4 NASB The

Restored To Our Shepherd.

Restored To Our Shepherd. Today’s post continues our walk through Psalm 23 and focuses on verse three, which says, “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.” Psalms 23:3 NASB Imagine you just had an affair then had the spouse murdered to cover your

What Does My Shepherd Do?

What Does My Shepherd Do? As we continue our study of Psalm 23, I hope and pray you find a deeper understanding of our God as Jehovah Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd) in the encouragement below. “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” Psalms 23:2 NASB

I Shall Not Want.

I Shall Not Want. Last week I started a series of posts on Psalm 23 by telling my personal story of salvation. I wanted to lay that foundation because as believers we have the undeserved privilege of calling the all-powerful God of the universe our Good Shepherd. This week I want to

The Lord Is MY Shepherd.

The Lord Is MY Shepherd. Psalm 23. It is one of the most well known passages in all of Scripture. For those of us who grew up in the church and memorized it at age five, it can even seem tired and void of impact. At least that is how I have

How to Find Rest by Elisabeth Elliot.

How to Find Rest by Elisabeth Elliot. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Elisabeth Elliot is a spiritual hero of mine as well as our oldest daughter’s namesake. I love learning from this incredible woman who models self-sacrificial abandon to the will of God. I was scrolling through some of her messages

God Can Be Trusted.

God Can Be Trusted. “The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalms 9:9-10 NASB As I’ve been searching scripture the

Here I Raise My Ebenezer.

Here I Raise My Ebenezer. As I’ve been reflecting back for the last several weeks writing how the Lord brought Josh and I together, I have been reminded of just how good God is to me. So today’s post I am “raising my Ebenezer”. The line from the famous hymn, Come Thou Fount, says,

Our Love Story Part 3.

Our Love Story Part 3. Josh ran from the Lord until one day at the end of April in 2012, his running came to a climax. He woke up that morning and told my Mom that he would not be coming to our class. For the majority of the school year this

Our Love Story Part 2.

Our Love Story Part 2. January and February rolled on with a different feeling than the fall. There was a flirtatious air to every conversation and laugh that hadn’t been present before. Everyone around us new something was different and I was beginning to feel it too. I recall one particularly flirtatious

Our Love Story Part 1.

Our Love Story Part 1. In December 2010, I sat on a bus on our church’s High School Winter Camp. My best friend and I were together, as per usual, but there was a guy we had never seen before sitting near us. He was by himself so we decided to make

Naming Clara Anne.

Naming Clara Anne. This post is fitting for today since we are dedicating our sweet baby girl to the Lord in front of our church family this evening (4/29/18). I’m continuing last week's post by giving you a deeper insight into our family. Last week I shared the meaning of Ella Jane’s

Naming Elisabeth Jane.

Naming Elisabeth Jane. As we ask you to join us in our journey to Malawi, we want you to know who we are. We are the Crooms. Josh and Merribrooke married in 2014 and now have two beautiful baby girls. Ella Jane will be eighteen months this week, and Clara is five

Four Prayers.

Four Prayers. “Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and

I Want My Promised Land.

I Want My Promised Land. Since I was young, I’ve known the account of the Israelites. My mighty Savior delivered their entire people group from captivity in Egypt. He promised He would give them a new land to make their home. It wouldn’t be any ordinary land. It would be a land

I Don’t Feel Brave.

I Don't Feel Brave. The post below was written by Merribrooke during the first week of Josh's preparation trip to Malawi. We pray that it is a blessing to you. My brave husband is having an amazing week. He made it safely to Blantyre, Malawi, our new home. Since then he has

God is Working, Even if You Don’t Know It.

God is Working, Even if You Don’t Know It. Josh and I had the privilege of visiting two Bellevue Life Groups on March 4th, 2018. Josh shared our heart, our call and the mission God has set before us. While he was speaking, he shared a small portion of how I heard

The Missions Conference.

The Missions Conference. Each year our church, Bellevue Baptist, holds a missions conference. The object of this conference is to highlight various ministries and give people information on how to get involved. We are so honored for Intentional Gospel to be a part of this year’s conference! We have a booth set

Me? A Mighty Warrior?

Me? A Mighty Warrior? I wrote this post two and a half years ago before facing one of the most trying situations I’ve ever experienced. As I reread it today tears filled my eyes because it hit me how faithful our God is. He equipped me for the situation I faced then,

My Good Master.

My Good Master. My last couple of journal entries focused on what God is teaching me. This one focuses on who He is. I cannot serve a God that I do not know. I’m sure that is one of the reasons A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think

When the Call is Hard.

When the Call is Hard. This week Josh and I took a big step towards making our life-changing move to Malawi happen. We moved to the apartment next door! That may not sound like a big step, but it’s huge. See, the apartment next door is a fully furnished apartment for missionaries.

Do I Love?

Do I Love? With a new year just beginning, Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, and a major life change just around the corner, I think now is the perfect time to evaluate how well I love. I’ve been studying 1 Corinthians 13, The Love Chapter, and I want to share what has been

Why the name “Intentional Gospel”?

Why the name "Intentional Gospel"? While taking an adventure on a vintage train car, Josh and I discussed our dreams for what we wanted this organization to be. We knew we wanted Christ to be glorified and the Gospel of Christ to be proclaimed to all the nations. With that in mind,

Two Unmistakable Calls.

Two Unmistakable Calls. “I’ve found my calling.” I believe we have grown calloused to the word, calling. We have accepted it meaning simply the thing we believe we are meant to do with our life, but the concept is much deeper. By definition a calling has to have both a caller and