Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Budapest June 2014

our team

What an amazing trip to Budapest!  I was there with a team from Roswell Community Church teaching English with the Paulus Movement. It was incredible to witness first-hand the love and commitment the missionaries have towards the Hungarian people. 

The Paulus Community Center and Location of English Camps

English camp
prepping for camp

These missionaries give so much of themselves in order to show God's love to their neighbors. They are true examples of what it looks like to give your whole self to the work of God's kingdom. They are passionate about the advancement of the gospel in Hungary, and I came away deeply encouraged towards whatever future ministry God has in store for Jordan and me. Thank you for your prayers and support of this ministry. Enjoy the pictures of beautiful Budapest below...

Roman Ruins




The Stirling (friends of my parents since their seminary days)

the market

the market

the market

the castle

fountain at the castle

Fisherman's Bastion

Monday, April 21, 2014

An Update and an Opportunity

Greetings Friends and Family,

We wish you a Happy Easter season! Jordan and I are well into our third year in Scotland (now living in St Andrews) as he pushes towards finishing his PhD in theology. The sun has finally returned to these northern shores, and we are more than eager for Summer. Our days are filled with many good things, and we savour the slower pace of this town and season of life. I am incredibly thankful to be in a job that I enjoy, and Jordan's research is progressing well. Our time in Scotland has been a blessing, and we have learned much. We find ourselves dreaming and praying about the next step as this season draws to a close, and we are feeling eager to serve God wherever He leads, knowing our deepest joy will be found in serving Him.
While it has been my primary role during this time to support Jordan’s study, I have felt deep stirrings through reading and prayer (particularly reading Augustine's Homilies on the First Epistle of John) to step deeper into God’s calling on His disciples to love and serve the world so that He can be known. God has provided me with an opportunity this Summer to serve in action, and I'm very excited.

I will be joining a team in Budapest the week of June 15th to serve the Paulus ministry whose mission is planting churches in Budapest. Roswell Community Church (a church I have rich connections with back in the States) has been partnering with this ministry for years, sending teams to help with English camps – a primary means of the church reaching their surrounding community. Americans help to draw in participants for these camps by providing the opportunity for Hungarians to practice English with native speakers. Our role will include teaching children’s classes in the mornings and adult classes in the evenings. As much as we hope to provide English skills, our main purpose is to show God's love to those who come.

I would be deeply encouraged to know that you are praying for me and the team of eight as we travel and minister in June. My hope is that we may put ourselves aside so as to fully step into God's work. What joy it would be to participate in God becoming more known in the city of Budapest. God’s Word does not return void; may we be faithful witnesses to the hope that He offers.

Our team is in need of financial support. If you would like to give to the team’s combined need of $18,000, please send a check payable to “Roswell Community Church” with “Budapest June 2014” in the memo; please do not write any names on the check. All donations are tax deductable. Your support is most appreciated. Send checks to: Roswell Community Church
, 3380 Trickum Road
, Building 1100
, Woodstock, GA 30188 (USA)

With much love and thankfulness,
Krisi Hillebert

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Daily Dose of Super Food

Our diet and our diseases have a close relationship. Although the origins of diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, arthritis, etc. may be complex, we know that what we eat either helps or hurts our fight against them.

Our response to this knowledge usually includes a laundry list of foods to avoid, which more or less can be summed up with the idea that if it comes in a package, don't eat it. A GREAT RULE! However, instead of only telling ourselves what not to eat, we should pay more attention to what we should eat. I find more satisfaction in DOING instead of just NOT doing. So I want to be purposeful about picking foods that I know will go the extra mile for my health.

Super Foods burst with flavor, color, and recipe opportunity (many of which never find their way into our grocery carts). Maybe because they are unfamiliar, or we can't think on the spot how to incorporate them into a meal, or we don't even realize HOW GOOD THEY ARE FOR US. This year I want these health warriors to become my best friends. Some of these Super Foods may already be well incorporated into your diet, and for that you should feel really good. You are already reaping their benefits. You cannot eat all the Super Foods every day or even every week, but we can slowly shift our diets to include them at our table.


Turmeric is a spice as old as human culture and helps fight over 600 health conditions, including cancer Alzheimer's, and inflammation. Check out this blog to learn about Turmeric's amazing medicinal and health properties.

Breakfast is a quick and easy way to load turmeric into your diet. I enjoy making sweet potato hash browns with fried eggs dousing all of the above in turmeric (by the way, sweet potatoes and eggs are also Super Foods). The turmeric gives this breakfast a spicy kick to wake up your palate in the morning. 

Make stuffed eggs as part of your lunch or to take to a pot luck. (Usually named deviled eggs, but my mother always said that she did not want to give credit to the devil for something good.) Instead of the traditional Paprika topping, try Turmeric. It will actually have a very similar finish as they both are warm, colorful, and peppery.  

Indian Cuisine

YOU MAY ALREADY BE EATING TURMERIC if you eat Indian cuisine. Turmeric is responsible for the yellow color often found in curries and rice. In India, where this spice is often consumed daily, Alzheimer's disease is among the lowest in the world. If you want to eat a lot of Turmeric, eat a lot of Indian.

Jordan and I have been experimenting with this cuisine and find it incredibly enjoyable to cook (especially the process of working with whole spices). Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking has been our guide into this new world of cooking, and I highly recommend it. 

This rice recipe from her cookbook and has become one of my favorites. (Aromatic Yellow RiceRice usually sits to the side and acts as host to other flavors, but this rice is a dish in itself. It's that good!

There are so many ways to cook with turmeric. I've merely offered a few simple ways to quickly incorporate it into your diet. If you have a delicious recipe that includes turmeric, please share with me as I'm always looking for a new way to eat my Super Foods.

Golden Milk is next on my list to try. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Book Suggestions For Everyone on Your Christmas List

"Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures..." 
- Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
-Robert Louis Stevenson

And Then There Were None
-Agatha Christie


-Jane Austen

Anna Karenina
-Leo Tolstoy


A History of the World in 6 Glasses
-Tom Standage

The Inklings
- Humphrey Carpenter


Life of Pi
-Yann Martel


Surprised by Joy
- C.S. Lewis

Homilies on the First Epistle of John


In Defense of Food
- Michael Pollan

Science Fiction:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
-Jules Verne

Pre-School Children:

- Andrew Zuckerman
(Incredible photographs of animals in this book!)

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
-Thornton Burgess

Learning to Read
(1st-3rd read themselves):

Amelia Bedelia
- Peggy Parish

The Boxcar Children
- Gertrude Chandler Warner


Peter Pan (not Disney, but the ACTUAL book)
- J.M. Barrie

The Secret Garden
- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Charlotte's Web
E.B. White

Pre-Teen (9-12):

A Wrinkle in Time
- Madeleine L'Engle

Little Women
-Louisa May Alcott

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
(The second movie will be in theaters this Christmas!)


- George Orwell

-Bram Stoker

The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Oscar Wilde

What about the person on my list who hates reading??

Buy them the book of one of their favorites movies. They may really enjoy reading it!