MY PASSION IS TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO SEEK GOD AND TO LIVE OUT THEIR FAITH WITH COURAGE AND COMPASSION.

Welcome. I’m grateful you’ve landed here and hope you’ll be inspired and encouraged by what you read. I really do. I want to change the world, and I hope you’ll join me.

But I’m terrible at small-talk, so let’s just skip  it and get down to the nitty-gritty.

peppersMy name is Wendy, and I wish I could see your face and hear your story and tell you how much you are loved by a Great God. The internet seems like an awful way to meet, but I hope our lives will connect here or through some other venue because it’d be a shame for you to know all about me and I not get the same blessing. To be honest, this whole website thing is a little uncomfortable. I’m really not that important. It freaks me out a little to think anyone would put me on a pedestal or think too highly of me because I’ve still got a lot to work on.  But I also know that God has called me to some things: to help people understand Him and the Bible, to speak Truth, and to lead by example. Jesus said to whom much is given, much is expected in return, and I’ve been given much, so I’ve got a lot of giving-back to do.

 

Dodgers game 2012

So completely normal...

So completely normal…


Carpoolin' like a Boss.

Carpoolin’ like a Boss.

 

That is our little team up there. They’re my favorites. They’re in the middle of all I do and think–my first ministry and best allies. I love their guts out.  We’re a pretty typical American family, most of the time. We juggle school and church and swim practice and baseball games and trumpet lessons…just like everybody else.

 

We’re pretty normal, except when we’re not in America, but that’s a whole other story…

 

scott & wendyI married my husband and best friend, Scott, 18 years ago, and it has been a wild, amazing ride. I’m a strong-willed, risk-taking leader, and he just so happened to be a stronger-willed, bigger risk-taker who swept me off of my feet at an Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ gathering during my junior year in college. He still gives me butterflies. We’re a pretty good team.

We both played college basketball and then coached in public schools for a while until God rocked our world with a new baby and a hard journey through some dark days. But He showed up for us in some big ways, and He taught us to look at the world through His eyes and what it means to really follSAM_0707ow Him–even to the ends of the earth–because there’s a whole world of people who don’t know Him yet. Scott now leads a non-profit sports development organization, and we use our expertise and experience in sports to build relationships and give hope to people all over the world.

So now we have two smaller risk-taking adventure-seekers, and we do some crazy things. We are small but mighty, traveling the world together and befriending the least of these in places long forsaken, looking for ways to show God’s kindness.

 

 

malaysia

Visiting rice fields in Malaysia with university students.

 

Bagan, Myanmar. Summer 2012

Bagan, Myanmar. Summer 2012

 

I need you to know up front that Jesus is the best thing I’ve ever known. I encountered him as a new mother, and have been doing my best to follow Him ever since. My life will never be the same. I’m a lot of things–a wife, mom, coach, writer, speaker, friend, daughter, sister—but my relationship with Jesus overrides everything else. I love Him like crazy. And it’s hard for me to speak or write or love without Him spilling over. So you just need to know that. I can’t help it.

wendy in ghana with marijana

Ghana, West Africa, with these little loves.

That’s why I speak and write and coach: to give others encouragement and inspiration and confidence, and (I hope) a little glimpse of God in the process. My passion is to inspire people to seek God and to live out their faith with courage and compassion. So whether we meet on Facebook  or Twitter  or a conference or event or book signing or in line at Wal-mart, I hope my life will point you towards the Living God and the mind-blowing plans I believe He has for each of us.

Be blessed,
Wendy