surrendering fear – being released – receiving abundance
In the fall of 2018 we will open the doors of Haven Seattle. Haven Seattle is a community focused on serving international students, Third-culture kids, and those in need of connection in the Seattle area.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
― Nelson Mandela
I’m Amanda. I’m deeply flawed. I’m a storyteller.
Like a little girl trying to walk in my Momma’s high heels, I’m often unsure and unsteady. Yet I am passionate about wringing out every ounce of zeal in my daily life…to burn like a super nova for His glory… while practicing the art of lingering to savor all the abundance He has provided.
Some mothers say that after they had children they lost their identity. Instead of being ‘Sara’ or ‘Mary’ they are now ‘Kevin’s mom’ or ‘Steve’s mom’. Well… around town I’m known as ‘that mother with 13 kids‘. I’ve been blessed with 2 through marriage, 3 by birth, and 8 through adoption and I couldn’t imagine life without any one of them! My husband Douglas and I feel mostly that we’re going through life with our hair on fire!
I have a messy past full of brokenness that brought me to the end of myself and to the beginning of the reality of God’s grace, and His grace transformed me. Now I live my life fighting for people, both kids and adults, to see their value and to be released fully into the potential God created in them. For the last 10 years we have been the most unlikely band of cross-cultural workers…mostly just taking up space while living in China. Yet in those years I have been forever changed by learning from and loving those we once thought we were going to “serve.”