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  • In the summer of 2008, my mother, church friends and I were going on a road trip from San Bernardino, California to Wichita, Kansas for a Lao Church Conference. It was my first time taking a long road trip, so I was stoked. The first state we visited was Arizona; it was not a very pleasant state to...

  • 'Hey, how was your trip to Ghana!?' I get this a lot, and I never really know how to respond. People who ask are waiting to hear about the oppressive heat, the wild animals, and the scarcity of food. In contrast, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think 'Africa' is how frustrating...

    Tags: Africa
  • Last summer I was given the opportunity to go on a vacation. It wasn't just an ordinary vacation, it was a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas. I could not wait to go on the cruise because I had never been on one before, let alone been out of the country.   Just talking about it gets me excited all over...

  • Businessman Paul Getty once said, 'In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.' I, too, had a similar experience while my six week stay in Japan. I won a full paid scholarship from my father's work that gave me the...

    Tags: Asia
  •           Montgomery Alabama offers a variety of activities that are not only fun, but also educational. The city provides a plethora of examples of our countries past while also giving us an opportunity to glimpse into the future. As most people know, Montgomery was the capital of the...

    Tags: Alabama, USA
  • 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...

  • ‘I have a dream…’ usually those famous words are strung together with words like ‘inspiring’ and ‘powerful.’ However, the words that run through my head when my mom speaks them are “Uh- oh.” When she continued, I realized that this adventure was one that I’d like to be a part of. My mother’s dream...

  • One August afternoon my mother and I were sitting on the deck in our backyard, enjoying the sun and relaxing. I was telling her about my plans to study abroad while in college, and my dreams to travel to foreign countries to learn about their culture. At one point in our discussion, my mom turned...

  • When you wake up to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, it's nearly impossible to "wake up on the wrong side of the bed". That is reality on the little island of Kaua'i, Hawai'i. The beautiful waterfalls, hikes, sandy beaches, grottos, and mountains uniquely distinguish Kaua'i from other...

    Tags: Hawaii, Kauai, USA
  • Prior to my trip to China, I hadn’t grasped the idea that I was actually going to walk the streets of Beijing, Xi’ an, and Shanghai. But the very second I stepped out of that airport I was bombarded with emotions I can hardly put words to. I met our tour guide whose name was Sean, his English was...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring

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