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Journey of the Heart: My Time in Togo

Every summer, I go on a mission trip through Seacoast Church. It has been my personal tradition since my freshman year of high school that has taken me to Costa Rica, Thailand, and many destinations all over the United States. This year I was fortunate enough to go to a small country in West Africa called Togo. I know that a mission trip to Africa sounds cliché, but I really felt led to be a part...

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Peruvian Cultural Immerison

Machu Picchu, llamas, and the Spanish language are things that come to mind when thinking of Peru. These ideas are important aspects of Peruvian culture, however, the country is more diverse and cultural than just these themes. In July of 2015, I had the privilege of visiting this “up and coming” tourist destination to explore and do volunteer work. Leaving from Cusco, we embarked on...

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Seven UnBelizeable Days

Last summer I went on my first international mission trip with my church and a church group from Alabama to Dangriga, Belize. There I spent seven days in the hot Belizean sun making memories and friends with the hopes of strengthening the small town of Dangriga. From the moment our plan landed in Belize City, I knew I was in for an interesting trip. Dangriga is known as the cultural capital...

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The Paper Airplane Wars

A week. That’s all I had: a week to experience a new culture, a new world, a new perspective. I assumed that the geography, culture, and people of other countries would be wildly different. What else was I to think? My perspective of life was confined to the boundaries of my red, white, and blue nation. The rest of the world was a mystery to me. It wasn’t until I landed in Punta Cana, Dominican...

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Why Tourists Shouldn’t Be Tourists

I knew from the beginning that my itinerary would not consist of sunny days spent lounging by the pool, coconut slushy in hand and sunscreen smeared sunglasses perched on my head. Despite my frequent need for such relaxation, I spent several days prior to the trip spraying a few tee shirts and pairs of cargo shorts with mosquito repellent. My tee shirts were old and stained, ones I knew I could...

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The Sovereign Joy

I couldn’t daydream in Kampala. Getting somewhere required all my concentration, patience, and if I failed to stay watchful, too much money! The clammy streets of Uganda’s capital city were ringing with clamor. People bustled along - women clad in vibrant skirts of red and yellow, sweeping the gritty roads with straw brooms; men herding cows or trundling goods for errands. Vendors squeezed...

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Where To Find Me

The most free twenty four hours I ever experienced in my life were spent on a cramped train barreling along the coast of Vietnam. I, and fourteen other teenagers, slept 4 to a car with our luggage as pillows. Well, some people slept. I went to bed at one in the morning and woke up at four in the morning to stretch, because in an hour we would all have to jump from that moving train as it slowed...

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We Are the Lucky Ones

Growing up in an indian family, traveling the almost 20 hour journey to India, was always sought out as a long and tiring one. As a child, my sister and I would dread the journey to the motherland because of the pungent smells, the lack of cleanness and luxury, as well as the heat. I never thought I would make the journey alone to India on my own will, but in the summer of 2016, I did just that. Volunteering...

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The Blessed and The Ravaged

As an American, I am extravagantly blessed with comforts most of the world cannot even imagine. I often find myself hiding from this world inside an impenetrable bubble, a bubble made up of all the “Vital” and “Irreplaceable” conveniences that I have come to expect from my culture. These conveniences often blind me to the needs of my less fortunate brothers and sisters, who languish halfway...

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How Oleleshwa and Kisaruni Changed My Life

On July 20, 2015, 17 American, Canadian, Ecuadorian, and Irish students departed from Washington DC with imaginations running wild over what they would experience in the Maasai Mara region in Kenya after over 20 hours of plane and bus rides. When my group reached our final destination of our camp in the backyard of a primary school we were amazed by the natural beauty surrounding us. Over the next...

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