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  • Being raised in a middle class family, I took a lot for granted. I had grown to believe that many things in life -- ”televisions, computers, grocery stores, restaurants -- ”were customary, even necessary. But six weeks in the underprivileged Toledo District of Belize dramatically changed my...

  • The call of the rooster and the quacking of ducks awaken me instead of an alarm clock. No, not an alarm clock, for an alarm clock would require reliable electricity. Yet living in Chad, the heart of Africa, at the foothills of the vast Sahara desert in the Sahel, one must become acquainted with...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • When my dad approached my brother and me about a two-week road trip to Oregon -- in an R.V., with my grandparents tagging along -- I wasn't too keen on the idea. '"e'll kill each other," was my initial reaction. My brother wholeheartedly agreed, and even my dad shrugged in acknowledgment. Still,...

  • Several Christmases ago my family and I took a trip down to Florida to visit my Grandma Betty and Grandpa Steve. On the way down my Mom managed to convince my Dad to take a side trip to Washington DC for educational purposes. Unfortunately for us this just happened to be around four thirty, right...

  • You may think that a fun and awesome family trip would be to somewhere like Disneyland, but for me, the perfect family trip was when I went to Six Flags with my whole family. I have gone to Six Flags before, but never with my whole family. One evening, two or three weeks before the trip, my family...

  • Traveling with family has its benefits, but nothing is better than exploring Peru by yourself with nothing but a backpack, a cell phone, and a wad of cold hard cash. Over the course of this year I’ve become addicted to traveling by myself, exploring the country I grew up in. So when I heard that my...

  • Appalachia? Appalachia Kentucky? You’ve got to be kidding me. I can’t imagine anybody in their right mind spending their entire Thanksgiving break there. I mean…it’s just mountains and shacks and really poor people right? Wait- WHAT? It’s a missions trip? See, I knew it wasn’t the trip for me. I...

  • I was there when her heart stopped. Terrified, and eyes riveted to the red line snaking across the ECG monitor, I felt myself die with the frail girl, Ding Xiao Yien, lying before me. But this "artificial death" had been deliberately executed, and the steady hum of the heart-lung bypass machine...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •               To some people, family might mean mom and dad and siblings – to me, family means about fifty energetic kids who are always up for anything. I already have a large family. With six of us (my mom, dad, two sisters and a twin brother) we are definitely over the room capacity for most...

  • This past June, my church Youth Group traveled to Leona Vicario, Mexico for a week long mission trip. Our group of forty-four had never left the country for a mission trip, but spent months preparing for the cultural differences. We arrived at Detroit Metro Airport at 4 a.m. and landed in Cancun...

    Tags: Caribbean

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