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"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...Tags:
Unlike North America, Europe does not labor under the constraints of polite society. The European approach to life is simple, straightforward, and natural. This summer, the American Music Abroad took young musicians to play in different countries. While on the trip through various parts of...Tags:
I had the opportunity to go down to Kiln, Mississippi in July of 2006, nine months into the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Our church arranged a Mission Trip in efforts to help with the Hurricane Katrina Relief. It was the most humbling experience of my life. When I think about...Tags:
24 days seems like it is going to last a lifetime. Not in Israel. Not on my trip. Despite the fact that I savored every moment and took none of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences for granted, it still flew by at neck-breaking speed. As hard as it is, I will try to capture even a small ounce of my...Tags:
I walked out of the gated yard and into the cobblestone street without shoes on, looking for Joni. It was the summer before my junior year of high school, and I found myself in the country of Albania in Eastern Europe on a mission trip with my church youth group. We were to stay for two weeks, one...Tags:
I love Disney, and I was rather upset when my parents broke the news to me that we could not go to Disney World for fall break. The very next day, my school's campus minister announced in our morning assembly that an extra spot just opened up on his fall break mission trip team, and he needed...Tags:
On August 28, 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed the glorious city of New Orleans. This specific date will live on forever in my memory. I remember many of my teachers talking about the devastation, my parents trying to explain things to me, and watching the constant news and stories on television...Tags:
Why was I doing this? I couldn’t even see the mountain my dad, my sister, and I would attempt to climb that day. My dusty hiking boots slid over the icy parking lot that was barely visible in the gray-blue glow of dawn. Wasting no time, we started into the trees. The forest was eerie so early in...Tags:
From the beginning, I knew this trip was going to be different. Instead of the GPS, my Dad got out a creased map from the bottom of the glove box. No wild water rides, no Disney daze, no cheap thrills. We were preparing for a road trip to discover the wonders of the Great Lake State, Michigan....Tags:
I had never really traveled, never had any unique experiences other than our usual summer camping trips. But, one day, my mom presented me with an opportunity to go to Costa Rica. To me, this “opportunity” didn’t seem real, it was more like something that would simply be cool to do, but never...Tags: