Carrie Ngangnang
36 years old
Orange County, CA

Interruptions and Healing

Most of the time when Jesus healed, performed miracles and had life altering encounters with people, it was unplanned and an interruption in His day.

My favorite interruption story is found in Luke 8. Jesus is on His way to heal a sick girl when someone in a large crowd touched the hem of his robe. He stopped and asked who touched Him. Despite the emergency of the dying girl before Him, Jesus stopped, turned towards the woman who touched Him and the Bible tells us “she told why she had touched Him…” We don’t know how long the woman poured out her story to Jesus. We do know she was physically healed of chronic bleeding the second she touched Jesus’ robe and we see by Jesus’ response to her sharing when He says, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace” she found healing in her soul.

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God's Adoption Plan is Jesus

I was not yet a mom when I spent a week at a state run orphanage in Moldova.

That Time Pain & Joy Collided in a Court Yard in Congo

Years ago I found myself standing in an open area wedged between two buildings with a young boy who had a fierce case of the giggles. I would simply look at him and he’d crack up. I will never forget the sound of that sweet laughter or the dark almond shaped eyes of that little boy. He wore faded and worn pink overalls and his bare feet danced around the concrete floor as he laughed.

The memory and sound of his joy-filled laughter is forever etched in my mind. It wasn’t just the sweet laughter that marks this moment unforgettable; it was the culmination of so many emotions and thoughts that this particular place triggered within me.

Tags | Global

Teaching my Son to Be a World Class Christian

It was seven years ago today I returned from a trip to the beautiful Sub-Saharan African country Malawi. You can read more about that trip in past posts here and here.  

In the seven years since that experience, I married a wonderful man from Cameroon, began a new career in the pharmaceutical industry and had a sweet baby boy named Justice. With all of that change, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel abroad since Malawi and I miss it like California misses the rain.

Nine years ago I loaded up my car and high tailed it to America’s north east to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS), leaving southern California in the dust. That decision came about after an incredible life changing experience visiting Kinshasa, DRC in 2003.

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Tags | Global

Learning to Pray for my Son

Recently I read Mark Batterson’s Praying Circles around the Lives of Your Children. In the book, Batterson shares some personal stories of praying for his family, specifically each of his children. He shares some helpful suggestions of ways all parents, regardless of life stage the children are in, can pray for their kids.

 

The 7 prayer tools he suggests are:

 

·         Praying the promises of God

·         Making prayer lists

·         Creating prayer mantras

·         Praying a hedge of protection

·         Forming prayer circles

·         Praying through the bible

·         Passing on blessings

Batterson believes prayers function as prophesies. Praying parents have the opportunity and privilege of scripting the future of their children with their prayers. I find this absolutely incredible. And weighty. And exciting. And daunting. And even more exciting.

I took away a few learning’s from the book that I’ve quickly adapted into my daily routine. For starters, Justice wakes every morning with a song of thanksgiving for the day that the Lord has made and we clap and say “yay” and rejoice in it together.
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Moses and the Tent of Meeting

The third and final post in the series on Moses’ supernatural encounters with God is a personal favorite in scripture.

Moses and God Upon Mount Sinai

In the last post, and first of a series of 3 on Moses and the supernatural encounters he had with God, we looked at the story of the burning bush.

Did the Burning Bush Really Happen or Was Moses Hallucinating?

Moses had an unusual upbringing to say the least.

Learning Grace and Love from a Baby

Justice is 16 months old now. His personality is beginning to reveal itself and I'm starting to see glimpses of the man God created him to be. He's observant and pays close attention to detail, noticing nuts and bolts, light bulbs and wall clocks. He's relational and playful with our friends’ kids. His greatest joy is to pick up handfuls of dirt which he then meticulously transfers to a nearby location only to drop the dirt, watching its granules slip slowly between his pudgy baby fingers. He's full of life and joy and I absolutely love being his momma.

He's also full of opinions and never hesitates to tell my how he really feels. Like, when he kicks his legs at turbo speed in protest to being carried indoors after so many outside adventures.

Sleep Baby Sleep

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31

I haven’t slept in over a year. Some days I am tempted to tape my eyelids open. It’s my son Justice. He’s just not a sleeper. If you’re a mom you know just how many sleep “experts” there are out there and varying opinions of how to help your baby sleep through the live long night. Have you read author Ava Neyer’s take on sleep training? It’s hilarious because it’s true – no matter what the so-called experts say, some babies just don’t sleep. End of story.

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General
I drink coffee, read books, and travel. My car, Black Jack, is my sanctuary. I live for adventure. Speaking of adventure, I am recently married. If I could call Yogurtland home I would. We should save the Earth because it's the only planet with chocolate.
Activities
Board of Directors member with My Refuge House, a safe home for girls rescued from sexual exploitation.
Interests
I'm eager to see the world know Christ. I am passionate about equipping cross-cultural servants with encouragement and resources as well as teaching and communicating the bible.
Books
Yep. I love them!
Education
B.A. Psychology, Vanguard University, CA M.A. World Missions and Evangelism, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Work
Currently work for a Pharmaceutical Company in Regulatory Affairs and I'm still trying to figure out what that means.