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  • The summer of 2008 was when I went to Trinidad and Tobag. I was schedueled to stay with my Aunt Jerro in Bucco for three weeks along with my grandmother. The heat there was not necessarily hotter than in the U.S., it was just a different type of heat. The first night I broke into a heat rash all...

  • Less than a week ago, I went on a ten day trip that forever changed my life forever. About a year ago, I never dreamed that I would be standing under the Eiffel tower, watching it twinkle at midnight, or gazing at the multi-colored windows in the Sagrada Familia. I never dreamed that I would fall...

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    Tags: Caribbean
  • The slight chill was still making its way through and the sun had not yet made its arrival. However, a shade of orange was crawling through the sky.  Shopkeepers were starting to prepare for a new day. Bright colors of clothing were appearing on the racks and the jewelry was patiently waiting for...

    Tags: Asia, India
  •   Two years ago I boarded a plane with sixteen people some of whom I only knew their names. We came together and planned a mission trip to Punta Gorda, Belize with the help of Praying Pelican Missions. I had never heard of Punta Gorda or had any clue what being a missionary was all about until I...

  • In the late summer of 2010, some church members and I went on a mission trip to San Lucas, Guatemala, for two weeks in mid-August. We stayed at “La Cascada de María” (Mary’s Waterfall, a hotel) overnight and worked throughout San Lucas during the day. The hotel manager, Maria, was very cordial...

  • As I packed for our two week long trip to California I couldn’t help imagining what it would be like.  The last time I was there I was four and I hardly remembered anything except for long hours in the car and hotels waiting for me at the end of each day.  I knew I would keep these memories for...

  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /*-->*/ March 18th, 2010, I traveled all night from Holland, MI to Youngstown, Ohio to see my favorite band Breaking Benjamin live in concert; they were also playing with Chevelle and RED who I also loved. I’d surprised my ex-boyfriend Shaun, who...

  • George Bernand Shaw once wrote, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.” Up until the summer of 2008, when I visited Bangladesh after 8 years, I would have never been able to truly understand or relate to this quote...

    Tags: Asia
  •         WORLD CUP – WE DANCED IN THE FOUNTAIN   I looked back at my mom while I descended the stairs to meet with my group and could see the tears in her eyes.  She probably knew more than I did in that moment that her baby girl would come home a different person with memories that...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring

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