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Hello from Roma!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

We have made it safely to beautiful Italia and have just finished a very full day of sight- seeing in Rome. Our tour guide, Enrico, and our bus driver, Tonino, have been taking us along very narrow cobble stone pathways to some of the most famous sights in the world. Today we experience the Colloseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, and several other lovely places.

     Tomorrow we head out to the Vatican bright and early for our reserved tour, then on to visit with some Italian college students for a chance to hear from them about how school works for them. The people here are very friendly, the food is naturally wonderful, and we are just getting started!

To check out a few photos from today’s excursions, visit

In Him, Natalie

Turkey Pictures

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Rather than post pictures here I have posted them on my facebook…you can view them by clicking on the following link:

Enjoy 🙂

This afternoon we went to the sport club to prepare it for painting as well as did some cleaning.  The people were very nice and we enjoyed spending time with them.  We had a nice Turkish dinner and dessert.  We are getting ready to head out to our host family’s house.  Tomorrow we will spend the day painting at the local sports club and tomorrow night we will catch an overnight bus out to Cappadocia and then will return to Ankara on Saturday night at 12:30pm so I don’t know that we will have much blogging time between now and then.  We are LOVING every moment of our trip here and are learning SO much about the culture and the people here.

Writing For the Team,

In Him,

Kim 🙂


Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Greetings from Turkey!!!!

We’re now into day 4 and we’re still not sure what day it is…The last 3 days have been full of adventures and WALKING….everything you go to in Turkey involves a lot of walking which leads to sore calves.

What we’ve learned since being in Turkey…

1) Islamic people are exactly like Americans. The impression we are given in the states of them is not at all what they are actually like.  We met a man named Achmed when we were in Istanbul and he took us to his store and served us tea and coffee.  Very hospitable! AND we <3 apple tea!

2) Attaturk changed everything…and when I say everything I mean everything! This morning we went to the school where the Farleys (host family) teach and they had an entire play/holiday to celebrate him and what he did.

3) Driving…well there really are no lanes.  They drive where ever they like and however fast they like.  ALSO Pedestrians do not have the right of way.

4) Turkish Men…well…they REALLY like American women!

5) In the same way we have heard terrible things about Muslims, they have learned terrible things about Christians.  They believe we are out to take over the world and Islam.  Because the Turkish believe this, the best way to reach them is by building a relationship with them and show them that we love them, even if they do not become a Christian.

We have seen so many pretty places and had so many laughs.  We have so many stories we could not even begin to write them all down.

We will post pictures soon!

Sending our love back home to the states!

Writing for the team,

Kim 😀

Fiji Update: Thursday

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

So sorry in the delay of posting.  We have been having trouble getting the correct password!  But all is well.  Everyone is safe and here!  So far we have built most of a pig pen and done some gardening.  A few of us have been working in the kindergarten.  The weather is hot but we have been blessed with unusual amounts of wind and breeze.  Our family here at Momi are wonderful and we love getting to know them.

Last night the power went out but we so enjoyed dinner by candle light.  It was a fun experience learning how to adjust.  The spirit of the team is high.  We are all working hard and playing hard.  Please keep us in your prayers.  Health and endurance will be needed.  Tomorrow is our last day working on the pen.

-All for His Glory, Kati

We are here!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

(From Tuesday) Family & Friends!  We all have arrived safe and sound.  No major problems, but it was a fun journey.  We are settling in today and begin our ministry tomorrow.  Please keep praying as we begin this adventure.  All our love!

Turkey…Already been an adventure!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Hey Everyone!

Greetings from Turkey!

Our pilot on the way to Dublin where we would have our connecting flight was quite interesting and the landing was a little rough to say the least.  But we arrived in Turkey at 5:30pm Turkey time which is 10:30 Indiana time only to sit in traffic for 2 hours on the way to our hotel…we’re definitely all feeling a little bit exhausted! Had dinner in the hotel…the boys were adventurous and had different types of Kabobs…we ordered cheeseburgers which ended up being Lamb burgers and very interesting sandwiches with a pink meat which is still to be determined.  Tomorrow we will be visiting the Blue Mosque, The Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace.  AND we will leave for the overnight train to Ankara at 9 pm tomorrow night. We will post videos and pictures on Wednesday as we will not have internet access tomorrow night.

Writing for the Team,

Kim 😀

My Promise to You…

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Hey all, thanks so much for following our trip. As we embark on this journey I promise to have this site updated about three times a week with the hopes of six times in total. Please be praying for us as we hope to serve and minister to the people of Fiji. Tomorrow is our big day of travel that will include long flights. Please be praying for safety and relaxation as we prepare ourselves for service.

To Him be all the Glory, Amen.

-Kati Hock

Welcome to the GoGrace Italy Blog!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Hello family and friends!

This website is where you can check what we are up to when we head out to Italy in…drumroll…. 10 days!

We will be posting pictures and updates about our trip as often as we can so check back soon for some lovely stories about our adventures in beautiful Italia.

In Him,

Natalie, Italy team blogger

One more day

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Today was the day I had been looking forward to all week. We went to two of the most enchanting places in the world: Bath and Stonehenge. I think group consensus was these two sites were everyone’s favorites. I sat on a bench in the middle of Bath for probably an hour just listening to a local musician play his violin for tips. The music really set the tone of the whole ancient city: it was eerie and intriguing. The Roman baths were reflected so well in the tone of the town. It was pretty amazing to be so close to something that was around 2000 years old! It got even more amazing from there when we went to Stonehenge. The monument itself isn’t as immense as the pictures make it look, but it so mysterious. Definitely a site you need to see in person!

I think by now we are all just very tired! Tomorrow we have a day full of Shakespeare as we visit Stratford on Avon and see his mother’s home. I think we may even get a chance to put on a leather glove and let a falcon land on our arms, which probably sounds more exciting to some than others.


What Happened to a Group of Americans on March 20, 2011

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Hello Readers,

Mary is the name.  I am a part of the Go Grace trip to Britain.

I admit, I’m a geek.  I geek out fairly easily.  March 20th was no exception.  We got to explore both Westminster Abbey (where a lot of dead people are) and the Tower of London (where a lot of people were killed).

When we got off the Underground, Dr. Sauders told us we would be coming out right under Big Ben and Parliament.  We nodded and smiled.  The day before, we had been across the street from Parliament.  All of us almost passed out because we were only a few feet from Big Ben.  *snap*  *flash* Great photo opportunity.

When we got to Westminster, we waited a couple of minutes to get into the church.  During those few minutes, I began to feel very mortal.  This church has been around for at least 700 years.  It survived fires, bombings, and being subjected to the elements.  Yet there it stood and there it would stand long past the time I was dead.  I know that we are mortal bodies and immortal souls, but just the outside of this church could quiet me from the movement and noise of London.

I found the tombs or memorials of all the people I wanted to see.  William Wilberforce and Pitt the Elder and Younger were right in front of you when you entered.  Henry V and several other kings were scattered across the church.  Queens and their favorites were here and there.  The Coronation chair was in repair, but one was able to see it through a window.  Chaucer was chilling with Tennyson and Browning.  The inventor of the pianoforte was sleeping next to two musicians.  I even got to see the oldest door in England.  (This makes me wonder what is the oldest door in the world and the second oldest door in England.  Who keeps track of these things?)

After a very British lunch of KFC, we went to the Tower of London.  I must pause for a moment in respect to my camera, whose first battery died while I was taking pictures of the edge of old Roman London.  *pause*  Okay, continuing on with bloody tower and all the dead bodies!

We went on a tour of the Tower being lead by a Beefeater.  (No, not even the Beefeater’s know why they are called such.)  We were told the history of the fortress from the Traitor’s Gate to the chapel.  In the chapel were hundreds of bodies and only about five were able to be identified.   (These five were Anne and George Boylen, Katharine Howard, Jane Grey, and one other that I cannot remember or find.)

After paying our respects to the dead, we visited the royal jewels.  Royal jewels.  That is all.  Ignore the drool.  The greed has passed.

We saw the armory and the torture chambers.  We even got too walk across the top of part of the walls!  The ravens ignored us but obviously loved the attention.

We returned to Parliament and Big Ben to see it all lit up.  Go.  See it.

I loved this day.  Both of these places were full of history and made me reflect on God, life, the universe, and everything.  I am very glad I went on this trip.



Shout Outs – Mom – I am eating well and often.  I have not been given mad dragon disease.

Dad – I got to pass by the house of where one of the members of Queen was born and raised.  J

Annie – I walked all over Henry VIII and Charles Brandon.

Brooke – I have a picture of crumpets, but alas, they do not sell them in a way that is legal.  I have something else for you though, since crumpets are just crumpled shortbread cookies.  Hope you are having fun in Florida.