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.

The Birth Of The Encounter Moment
The Birth Of The Encounter Moment
Ask anyone, even years after their Wonder Voyage trip, what they recall about their journey, and chances are their answer will be an encounter moment. If not the most endearing quality of Wonder Voyage, Encounter Moments are unquestionably the most memorable. Combining various elements such ...
Celebrating Laurel Coote
Laurel's first Wonder Voyage came as her world crashed around her. In the summer of 2009, as the nation fell into recession, her thriving business of ten years died. No clients. No income. Laurel said, “I fell into the deepest personal abyss of my life ...
Can wonder voyage buy you lunch?
Can Wonder Voyage Buy You Lunch?
Can Wonder Voyage take you to lunch? We’re not kidding. We’d love to break bread with you and introduce you to a world filled with wonder. I have just released my newest book, Into the Wonder. It is an invitation to walk with a guide ...
Celebrating Eric Neubauer
Standing in front of the sandy yellow Comayagua Cathedral, once the spiritual heart of the Catholic Church in Central America, Eric pondered a world turned upside down. This Church was a gem of Colonial design. It represented the pain of forced faith and, at the ...
Celebrating Michael Flickinger
Michael Flickinger, affectionately known as Flick, is the most rounded member of the Wonder Voyage community. Flick first attended Wonder Voyage in 2001 as a recent high school graduate. His team was a conservative evangelical Minnesota church on an Irish pilgrimage.   A few years later, ...
The Meaning Behind The Name- Why Wonder Voyage
The Meaning Behind The Name: Why Wonder Voyage?
Wonder Voyage is celebrating 25 years of connecting people with wonder this year. Our blog will be filled with stories of our staff and partners around the globe. We can’t wait to connect you with the stories that make up the heartbeat of our organization. ...
Happy Birthday, Ken!
Celebrating Ken Janke
Our eyes, already engaged in the remarkable surroundings, nearly popped out as we visually absorbed the seafood platter. The silver tray overflowed with succulent lobster, fried hake, mouthwatering crab, steamed clams, and luscious langoustines. It was a feast set for royalty. Tall windows flanked our ...
2024 - are you ready?
Are You Ready?
Standing at the top of a 12,000-foot Himalayan pass in the Kingdom of Bhutan, I hiked with a few friends to get to a remote village on the other side of the mountain. I stopped to catch my breath, take in the view, and once ...
The Hidden Kingdom: Boundless Expedition into Bhutan
We arrived at the magnificent Punakha Fort, where the PhoChu and MoChu rivers meet in a zesty convergence. The warmth of the bright sunlight caught us off guard, all of us assuming the middle of the Himalayan Foothills was cold. The weather was ideal. The ...
A Reason to Celebrate
A Reason to Celebrate
The approach of Wonder Voyage’s 25th birthday has me sentimental. Nostalgia takes over my mind as I reflect on where we came from at the turn of the century. We founded Wonder Voyage with next to nothing: no money, no technology, no website, no supporters, ...