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  •       In July of 2008, I received the chance to participate in a mission trip to the African country of Uganda. As a sixteen year old, I agreed to travel on three planes and pass thru three different countries by myself. This was my first real mission trip and my first trip outside of the country,...

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  •      A couple years ago, I attended my high school's bi-annual music trip. All students who participate in band or chorus are eligible to attend, so there were quite a few students who went alone on the trip, whether I liked it or not. The destination for that year was Florida, a place all tourists...

  • Welcome to Niagara Falls. That's what the sign said after three hours on the road from Toronto International Airport. Yes, after three consecutive hours of “Myspacing” friends on my Blackberry Storm and drowning out the whirring wind with my iPod, the rented Ford pulled into the tourist town of...

  • What I remember now, after everything has passed, is standing still on a Tokyo train, eleven thirty-five pm, and time marching on. We were riding home—the Kobokan community center, placed in a tired little neighborhood near the Hikifune station (as places are judged, in the city). Even this late,...

    Tags: Asia
  • Taking a vacation to the South Pacific was a new, unexplored experience for me. Growing up in small town Nebraska I have never experienced even seeing the ocean. So when the opportunity to take a school trip to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji presented itself, I accepted the challenge....

  • In the summer of 2009, I was part of a mission team that traveled to Guatemala. Before I left, I looked forward to the infinite amount of ways I could serve and care for the deprived people of Guatemala.  I pictured broken down people, uplifted by the Christians God brought them.  It didn’t exactly...

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  • Get me out of this car. Here I was, in route to what was probably going to be one of the most exciting trips of my life. Ten hours, in a five person truck, with my mother, father and younger brother, driving through the middle-of-no-where snow-covered wilderness in upstate New York, with zero cell...

  • The sweat pours off my forehead, my maroon polo sticking to my skin as I sit in my uncomfortable chair on the airplane, looking mournfully around me as it sets in that for the next 16 hours I will not leave this tiny space. I take in a deep breath, steadying myself. China, I think, China will be...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring

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