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  • France in the summer is lovely. I remember the buildings of yellow stone, ancient beyond belief to my American eyes; the canals whose water lilies inspired Monet; the countryside, passing in a blur of fertile green as I peered out the window of a high-speed train. I spent two weeks visiting Paris...

  • If you wish to take your family on a one-week adventure that will affect not only your lives but the lives of thousands of children and their families, I have just the trip for you.   Last summer I was an intern with a missions program that gave me the opportunity to travel to Managua,...

  •           With the turn of a key, our sails unfurled.  Our vessel - the Kingsmen charter bus – would soon brave the vast expanse of the Eastern Seaboard.  We shuffled aboard in anticipation, unsure of what lay ahead.  We had heard about the New England Odyssey from those who had gone before us,...

  • It was April 2, 2009 and my mission’s team of 12 started out from Detroit Metro Airport. Two flights and seven long hours later, I was in Mazatlan, Mexico, packed into an old, rundown van and heading for the orphanage, Rancho de los Niños. It didn’t take long for me to appreciate this new world,...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •               The heat blew strongly onto my face as I exited the airport into Guatemala City, anxiously looking for someone holding a “Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS)” sign. A man named Willy, who I soon learned was my group advisor for the CCS Teen Volunteer Abroad Program, soon greeted me and...

  • A few years back an amazing opportunity presented its self to me.  It was around April of 2008, when David Frederick, my youth pastor, approached me about a trip to Mexico.   Our high school group would be traveling down in June right after school got out.  However this wasn't just a fun vacation...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The first time I went to Tijuana, Mexico was on a pilgramage in 2009, and it is a trip I will never forget. I was going down with my youthgroup to build houses as well as run a VBS at a church all week; I knew it would be a different experience, but I was suprised when even thee first 10 seconds...

  •   In the summer of 2007, I took a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico with my church youth group. Before I went on this trip, I talked to my friends and they all said that Mexico was pretty and that Tijuana was a lot of fun. I was starting to get excited about Tijuana. I was nervous about it at the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •     This summer I took a trip to Ohio, my father spent his teenage years there and believe it or not he had not been back in 20 years. At first I didn’t know what to expect, I had never been to Ohio and had not yet met some of the family that lived there. My dad was especially excited about the...

  • Last December, 2009, we decided to take a trip to India. This was my first overseas trip, so I was super excited. I mean, I had been to Canada before, but that’s not really counted as “overseas”. Anyway, we left on Friday evening. We landed at the New Delhi airport at around 9:00 PM (it was...

    Tags: Asia, India

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