The Influence Conference Meet and Greet.

Profile pictureHi there, Influence! I’m Ashley P. Dickens.

The world feels surprisingly small to me. Though I currently live in upstate New York, I’ve spent more of my life living outside of America than in it. I’ve found home everywhere from frozen Eastern Europe with her spiraling cathedrals and cobblestoned streets, to the thick, sweltering heat of sandy West Africa.  My heart beats wildly when I walk down the jet way to board an airplane—as though I’m doing the very thing that I was created to do. I’ve lived in some hard places where hope wanes and poverty crushes, places where Mamas have babies that will live and die hungry. Their faces and stories have arrested and engaged my attention in a way that nothing short of Jesus Himself ever has.

You don’t have to look far to see that the world has been badly broken by sin, and I ardently believe that Jesus wants to use us to restore it. That’s why I work for HOPE International. I spend my days helping people to invest in the dreams of those trapped in poverty, and if you want to see me get really excited? Ask me to tell you some stories.

I spend my nights experimenting with a winning recipe for white chocolate baguettes, and scribbling away on this blog. I write because it helps me feel. It helps me remember. It helps me avoid doing the laundry, and something about that just feels right.

Part of the conference I am most excited about:

You! I’ve been following Influence for years, and I’m so thrilled to get to meet you. Let’s you and I grab a cup of coffee together—I would love to hear your story!

One thing I wouldn’t leave home without:

My wedding band. SWEET FANCY MOSES, that’s one mistake I don’t intend to make twice! [I’m still sorry, Kellan.] Very nearly as important: a venti caramel latte. [I said I love flying—I never said I love early mornings…]

I can’t wait to see you next week! Until then, feel free to find me on Instagram and Twitter.


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7 responses to “The Influence Conference Meet and Greet.

  1. Oh, I would love to hear some stories of HOPE International. Those stories are my JAM. I’ll be there, too — yay! Stopping by from the link up — hope to meet you next week. Safe travels!

  2. Can’t wait to meet you and hear YOUR story!!

  3. This is crazy because when I came over from the Influence link up I felt like I recognized you. I read your “about” page and realized it’s because I had read “a time to dance” about your brother a long time ago. I have no idea how I came across your blog then (before I was blogging) but I think it was through a friend on Facebook. Either way, I’m glad you’ll be at Influence and maybe we’ll get to meet up! :)

  4. natashared

    This is crazy because when I came over from the Influence link up I felt like I recognized you. I looked at your “about” page and realized it’s because I read your “a time to dance” post about your brother a long time ago. I have no idea how I got to your blog back then (before I was blogging or knew anything about blogs). Maybe through a friend on Facebook? Either way, I’m glad I did. Hope to meet you at the conference next week! :)

  5. I would love to hear more about your experiences with HOPE International and time spent abroad Ashley! It’s great to meet you here online and I look forward to hearing more of your story in person next week:)!

  6. I love Africa, myself – spent a just a little time in Uganda…not NEARLY enough! You sound witty, and I love me some witty. Hope to meet you in person this weekend!

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