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They Blessed Me in Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico is an awful place. Driving through this city for the third time, for my third mission trip, doesn't make it any easier to see. The houses I see from the major highway are made of multicolored plywood and makeshift roofs. It is full of run down stores that make me wonder if they ever looked appealing while they were still in business. But this isn't even the hardest part. This...

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One Island, Two Worlds — Dominican Republic

One Island, Two Worlds - Dominican Republic, June 2009 The town of Cabarete in Dominican Republic is one of fascinating beauty and disparity. Although far less of a resort destination than the country’s counterparts of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, where visitors are practically locked out from the outside world, it is a well-traveled destination. The area holds many of the world’s...

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Weekending in Washington

     You are a young professional and very stressed, reading this newspaper bleary eyed and desperately seeking to know enough current events to avoid being labeled by your boss as one of those-GenYers who spends too much time glancing at his own reflection, consumed in the new-age narcissism of his generation.  You work hard, right? Millions work hard. To rise from lowly intern, you need to...

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To Soar With Courage

  Every year, regardless of school, work, or any other distractions, my best friend and I make time for a new adventure.  We vow to never visit the same destination twice, for there are too many unseen places in the world to explore.

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Etch in Desolation

 Squinting at the sudden onslaught of light, I stepped out of the van into a dry, dusty scene.  Poverty and desolation rose to greet me, and, astonished, I almost knocked over the unfortunate person climbing out after me.  I gawked in amazement at the new world, unable to comprehend the crude,...

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Florida/Bahamas Summer Trip 2009

In the summer of 2009, my family and I took a 10 day trip to Orlando, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and a 3 day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas (the cruise being included in the 10 days). The first place we arrived was Orlando. Pulling up to the condo, Bahama Bay Resorts, I saw beautiful palm trees, other breath taking condo's, as well as sand. When we pulled up to our condo, I noticed it was right by a small...

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A Little Slice of Heaven

I left on my mission trip to Haiti expecting to have a memorable and life-changing experience. At that point I thought of Haiti solely in terms of "the poorest country in the western hemisphere." Naturally, I expected to have my perspective altered through serving the Haitian people and caring for the little ones. I prayed that I would have an impact on the people...

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Spring Break ’09 Nightmare!

My senior year in high school was 2009 and I wanted to do something exciting for spring break. My parents, who belong to a service-organization called The Lions Club, happened to have a club visitation to a Lion’s Club in Freeport, Bahamas during my spring break. To me that sounded like a perfect excuse to get away and travel somewhere new. With...

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Žilinska Lyžovaka Slovakia

Last week the Horeny family - close family friends - invited me to Avilina for the weekend. Avilina is a small city in northern Slovakia situated not far from the Czech and Polish borders.  Nestled amongst the hills of the Mala Fatra, Avilina is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery....

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My story

In Arizona I experienced a drought that had nothing to do with the weather. Instead it was a drought of lifelessness. Every teenage girl and boy seemed to be identical clones of one another. Differences between them were hard to discern. At this point in my life I found myself very thirsty for something that my city of twelve years could not find or offer me. That something was at first unknown...

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