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JESSICA MARIE TAYLOR  Believer // Lover // Storyteller World Race 2017 Currently: Ecuador


Cold, rainy, and high above the city. The Lord is moving mountains within us this month and I'm grateful that it's this crew I'm moving with. // photo: @kaliestier // #worldrace #11n11 #ecuador #quito #jesswhattheworldneeds #optoutside

Adventure day with some of the coolest cats. Quito, you're pretty dang cool. #worldrace #11n11 #jesswhattheworldneeds #quito #ecuador

27 years ago I got the greatest blessing - a baby brother who I also get to call my best friend. Happy Birthday to my main man. The guy who's always there to help me pick up my broken pieces. My biggest supporter. The coolest guy I know. A dreamer. A believer. A gentleman. A calming force in a world of chaos. I'm so obsessed with you, dude! Although you are younger than me, the woman I am is largely because of you. You are the best brother I could have ever asked for and more importantly, you'll forever be my best friend. I hit the jackpot with you. I love you, baby brother. I'm your biggest fan. ❤ Moo #brosis

This month my team and I are working at EcuaSol, a nonprofit organization for underprivileged children. It's located in the poorest neighborhood in Quito which sits high in the mountains. It takes us 1.5 hours to get there by bus, plus about a mile walk uphill. It's cold and rainy (and we have no winter clothes! 😬). All this to say - the kids here are totally worth it. Please keep my team in your prayers as we make this trek everyday. Pray that we're able to show God's love to the staff and children here, and that we each meet our financial deadlines to stay on the race. I have $2,218 that is due by February 28. Donations can be made at jessicamarietaylor.theworldrace.org

Thank you all!! #worldrace #11n11 #jesswhattheworldneeds #optoutside #ecuador #quito #ecuasol

Where there is love, there is life. // Happy Valentine's Day from me and some of the kiddos I get to love on this month. ❤

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Death was arrested and my life began. Free! Free! Forever we're free! There's freedom in surrender. Lay it down and let it go. I'm painting beauty with the ashes. You're not alone. Stop holding on and just be held. I once was lost but now am found. Take this life and lay it down at the foot of the cross. Without your love I would be lost. Hallelujah love has won. Like the beauty of the sun, you light my life so I can see. I am overwhelmed by you. I am overcome with joy. You've taken me higher and shown me what love can do. Where would I go or be without you? Brother let me be your shelter. Brother let me be your fortress. I know that in my weakness I am strong but it's your love that brings me home. I could just sit and wait for all your goodness. You have called me higher. You have called me deeper and I'll go where you will lead me, Lord. I will be yours for all my life. // New post is up! http://jessicamarietaylor.theworldrace.org/post/a-beautiful-mess-of-songs1

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What I thought would be my favorite place to nap, ended up being my favorite place to relax, placing me just enough above the ground to get away but still low enough to admire God’s beautiful creations. Island life is my favorite. Thank you @enohammocks for going on this adventure with me. // photo: @kaliestier
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Hola from Quito, Ecuador! After 31+ hours of travel by bus plus a little walk across the Colombia/Ecuador border, we have arrived!! We are living with our entire squad (58 people) this month in a beautiful house in the mountains. We have been blessed yet again and upon arriving I literally had to hold back tears because our new home has all of the comforts that I missed last month. My team of 7 begins work on Monday. We'll be helping out at a school in the poorest neighborhood in Quito, way up in the mountains. I won't have wifi (except at local coffee shops - I'm at one now!) this month but will update my blog as often as I can. You can subscribe for updates and also make donations at jessicamarietaylor.theworldrace.org
I'm still $2,218 away from my next deadline which is February 28! Any little bit helps and I am SO beyond thankful for everyone who has helped me get this far. I'm so excited to see what God has planned for us here in Ecuador. You can also still text my phone (not iMessage) with words of encouragement - my love language! I'm stoked guys. Love you all!

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We spent the past 5 days in Medellin, Colombia for our first debrief. This is designed to provide rest, relaxation, and reflection. I didn't know how much I needed it until I got here. For me, it's been a time of deep connections, processing, and spiritual growth. I saw the Holy Spirit move in ways I've never seen before with my own eyes - doing things that could only be possible with God. I'm leaving here refreshed, grateful, and ready to see what He has planned for us. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel by bus for 20+ hours to our next adventure --- Quito, Ecuador!
Ciao, Colombia! You were so good to us!!!
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"If God has called you to be a missionary don't stoop to being a king." // Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations - this is what we call The Great Commission. Our World Race coaches commissioned us too.
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2/6/2017. Daniel faced his lions in the den and last night we nailed our lions to the cross.
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Ironically, the year that my hometown hosts the Super Bowl is the first year for as long as I can remember that I didn't watch the big game. I missed you today, Houston - and I missed football too - but as I looked out at our squad worshipping on a rooftop in Medellin, Colombia tonight, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.

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