Africa

  • "Wake up Ade, Iv'e got something great for you and I know your going to like it !", this is what I heard one faithful sunday morning of 2009. You see my father did have something great in store for me; I just didn't know yet.  Early school year in 2009 my father came to me with the idea of the...

  • The leather Souq and tannery in the Fes medina is one of the biggest and oldest of its kind in the world. Hundreds of workers wake up early each morning, before the Moroccan sun has risen in the sky, and start their day, running around and through the giant, colored vats of liquids, curing and...

  •             Saood Abdul-Kabir peers over me as I dipped a big toe into sleep. As soon as I was drowning in the blackness of sleep, Saood encroaches upon my sleeping figure and shakes it awake. This pattern was precedence for all occasions. There was no sleeping around Saood Abdul-Kabir...

  • People only care about material things. Even in my poor neighborhood, everyone made sure they have the right look by buying Jordan and snap back hats. I begged my parents for everything thing I seen advertised on television. I couldn’t indemnify my needs and wants. But my junior year winter break...

  • A couple of years ago I went on a vacation to Marakesh, Morocco. The old part of town is a labyrinthine maze of shops and stalls (called souks). I kept wandering through this vast sea of stalls amazed at the variety of small shops crammed together selling food, textiles, spices, CDs, electronics...

  • Scared, nervous, excited, and a little fearful. Everything was so surreal and I couldn't wrap my head around it all. It was actually happening, I was finally going to Israel on my very first missions trip. I would be gone from my family for 14 days, the longest I have ever been away, and to top...

  •              The last day of seventh grade came to an end, and my classmates talked about summer plans—tanning, swimming, beach trips, etc.  Meanwhile, I was worried about getting my tetanus shot!  That summer I traveled to a small village in Tanzania with my grandfather and my dad..  We stayed...

  • "We might have a problem." This was a phrase that our group of high school students certainly did not want to hear on that beautiful day in Kenya, Africa in April of 2012. We were in Africa on a mission trip, and we had just returned to where we were staying after a long day of visiting...

  • As I boarded Emirates Flight 222 from Dallas to Dubai, a million things were rushing through my mind. Worries as big as living in an utterly foreign culture for seventeen days and as small as wondering if I packed that second bottle of mosquito repellant dominated my sixteen-year-old brain. But...

  •               I peered down the airplane window watching the lights glow as I descended into the city of Tehran, Iran.  After a long 14 hour flight, I was excited to be landing in the Mehrabad International Airport. As we descended, all the women on the plane rushed to the lavatories, changing...

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