Shawn Small

After a decade working in parish youth ministry Shawn started Wonder Voyage Missions. Over the last 15 years, WVM has led thousands of pilgrims to over forty countries. Shawn is a storyteller and an award winning filmmaker. He is an author who brings the gift of engaging narrative to our journeys. Shawn is dedicated to creating voyages that give people abundant opportunities to encounter God.

Church of St. Cavan
Thin Places
From the bottom of the hill, I spotted dozens of stones peppered across the rise like the slanting teeth of a stone giant. I had come to a graveyard that was puzzlingly established on the top of the sandy mound. The gravestones I spotted below ...
Lectio Divina 101
Every so often, Wonder Voyage travels back in time when a team has the opportunity to live in a monastery that has existed for hundreds of years. There is a significant connection to our roots of faith when we pray in places that have absorbed ...
The Way of Wonder
Introducing “The Way of Wonder” Pilgrimage Curriculum
After thousands of hours preparing for and leading pilgrimages across the globe for a quarter century, the Wonder Voyage staff understands that the biggest difference between teams who experience wonder and those who don’t is the level of team preparation. Over the years, groups that ...
A painted stone with the word gratitude.
A Note Of Thanks And Gratitude To End 2022
When the worship began, I broke. I am talking about that full-blown, sobbing, tear-soaked, sloppy kind of crying. I was in Honduras watching Antonio, my adult adopted son, speaking in front of a hundred people gathered for church.  I met Antonio when he was twelve.  ...
A Friend Makes All The Difference
A Friend Makes All The Difference
This summer’s been tough. Wonder Voyage has facilitated sixty trips. The travel challenges post-Covid have been legion. There were days I received more than a dozen urgent calls with last-minute readjustments in itineraries due to our changing world of travel. All those vital adjustments came ...
Two jars with lit tea candles in them sitting on a wood stump at night.
Wonder Moment: Saying Goodbye
Moments of wonder can happen anywhere at any time. This summer, one snuck up on our team from Georgia. The moment was brief. Standing like a human Stonehenge, silently embracing one another, my team was as quiet as elves. A gentle wind accentuated the peacefulness ...
Wonder Filled June
Wonder-Filled June
10… 9… 8…. 7… 6… Sitting in the Wonder Voyage office at the beginning of June is like manning the computers at ground control of a shuttle launch. The countdown has started. The buzz of anticipation is in the air. The launchpad is cleared. With ...
Doorkeepers of Wonder
Voyage Guides: Doorkeepers of Wonder
There is a wonderful little story hidden in the Old Testament about the day the Ark of the Covenant checked into an Airbnb.  Well, maybe that’s a little too modern of a reference but it’s not far from hitting the mark. King David decided it ...
Morocco Woes for Boundless Expeditions
Morocco Woes for Boundless Expeditions
As our flight from Madrid to the U.S. caught air we had no idea that we would be one of Spain’s last commercial flights to the States for months. A few days prior, we were lounging in a luxurious tent camp along the northern border ...
Don't Be A Religious Tourist
Don’t Be A Religious Tourist
There are a handful of people we befriend who redirect the trajectory of our lives. Mike Yengo was one of those rare change agents for me. Mike had a supernatural vision of Jesus while he was high. Jesus laid hands on him and told him ...