About Erin

I’m Erin, sinner saved by grace, songbird, writer, blessed wife of Kevin and mama to three bright-eyed daughters. We live in the jungles in Papua New Guinea.

I’m just an ordinary girl, a mess really, and I make a lot of mistakes, but I am also loved perfectly and radically by God.

There are hard days with tears, and joyful days filled with smiles and laughter.  Either way, every day is filled with beauty because both are opportunities to draw ever-nearer to the loving Father.

In this blog I’ll share my wanderings through this jungle life, marriage, motherhood, and the daily choice of embracing this un-ordinary life and giving up everything to follow Jesus.

And by everything I mean air-conditioning, a closet full of shoes, and ice cream.

Join me, dear friends, as I journey to get over myself, becoming less that He might become more; and walk with me as I keep writing, singing, living, until all hear.

4 thoughts on “About Erin

  1. Just read your post on A Life Overseas. Thanks for sharing. I spent 12 years in PNG with SIL and it was often hard. I finally came home very broken and emotionally spent. Unlike you, I’m single and didn’t have children to care for. However, because I’m single, I think I thought I had to do everything else! How good to know that healing is a process. Were you able to get out of PNG for a bit? I found it hard to heal in that environment and so, had to leave. Yes, Jesus is so patient with us and His love just flows to us over and over and over again. We don’t have to “measure up” in order to come to Him – that was a BIG lesson for me.

    Blessings on your life there. I had several dear friends who worked with PBT while I was there.

    • Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, I think missionary culture often makes people feel that they’re never doing enough. This is a sad reality and there are so many who leave the field wounded and unheard. We did take an early furlough back in the States where both my husband and I were able to get rest and counseling. We definitely needed it as part of our healing process. We’ve been back in PNG for 6 months now and are both doing well. Blessings to you!!

  2. Hi Erin!
    I also recently read your post on A Life Overseas and wanted to write and say thank you. I was blessed by your honesty and the truth’s you shared of God’s grace. So much of your story I felt I could have written myself. Our family came over to PNG almost 6 years ago with three little ones and we have spent most of that time living in a tribe deep in the Ramu Valley. There have been great joys in this journey but also deep struggles. There have been many days where I wondered how much longer I could keep going. I had some significant health struggles a few years ago that sent us home for 3 months, but I know the weight of stress that I was under was also a big factor in the pain my body was experiencing. It is only by God’s grace that we have been able to continue serving here and that I have been able to find healing both physically, mentally and spiritually. But each day requires holding tightly to Him. As you mentioned above, it is unfortunate that the missionary culture can add to this need for “success” and it can be difficult to find a safe environment for struggle and weakness. So thankful for a gracious and patient God that does not accept us based on our performance, but grants us tender mercy. We are heading home in a few months for our first furlough and are looking forward to a chance for rest, refreshment and to look back on God’s faithfulness these past years. Would love it if our paths would cross someday!

    • Hi Tiffany, thanks so much for taking the time to share some of your story. You know from my post how much I can relate to it. I’m thankful our God is so tender and gracious with us! Saying a prayer for you now that your furlough accomplishes all that your family needs it to! Please let me know if you’re ever in Madang, I would love for our paths to cross!

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