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  • My trip to Nigeria was truly enlightening.  When we arrived at the airport in Lagos , the temperature immediately hit me.  I wasn’t sweating, but I could feel the air, it was as heavy as a blanket as we walked through the tunnel off the plane and into the airport.  We grabbed our luggage and had to...

    Tags: Africa
  • During my freshman year of high school (2005), I experienced a life altering divorce between my mother and my step father of eight years. It was devastating, and to me, seemed really out of the blue. Especially since we had a trip to Hawaii planned in June, which I had been looking forward to all...

  • The summer of 2007 - the summer after my freshman year.  My youth group at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church decided that we would take our mission trip that summer to the gloriously humid city of New Orleans. I had been on various trips in the past - from Alabama to Michigan to Arkansas - but I had...

  • When I was 13 years old I took a trip to Armenia, which is the country my family comes from, and that trip changed my life. For the first time, I viewed the world through a different lens, and was able to better understand how lucky I am to live in America and be blessed with so many things that...

    Tags: Africa, Europe
  • Set deep in southern New Jersey is a quaint, quiet town named Mullica Hill. It’s location is a mere half-hour from big cities such as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Newark, Delaware and only an hour from Atlantic City and other shore towns. Not many have heard of the town, but those who have...

  • Night had fallen when 20 of us found ourselves in the middle of excited chaos as we stepped off the plane in Quito, Ecuador. We were a group of volunteers, led by an organization called SIFAT. We had come with a purpose: to love these people, spread hope to them, and to help them in any other way...

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  • It was March 2007 in Gatlinburg Tennessee. My parents, brother, and I were all on our family vacation trip. The car ride there was pretty uncomfortable seeing as how we were all stuffed in our mini van with piles of suitcases for 11 hours. We arrived at the Bluegreen resort in the late afternoon....

  • I traveled without the luxury of staying at a five star hotel. A hot shower was jumping in a lake 3000ft above sea level, a comfy bed was under a tent, gazing up at the clear night sky, and bathroom tissue was the foliage around me. To call this travel would be an understatement. A more appropriate...

  • Would it be worth the ten dollar hours spent scraping gum off the burning sun-baked Californian pavement? A wiped out bank account was evidence enough for the sorry tale, the result of a spontaneous decision to fly to a foreign land. Speeding in a plane above dark waters, these doubts wove their...

    Tags: Pacific

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