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.

Celebrating John Spencer
The seed of Wonder Voyage dropped into my heart 27 years ago. I was sitting in Voyage Guide John Spencer’s backyard. Together, we dreamed about creating an organization dedicated to sacred travel. As we celebrate John’s birthday, I wanted to share a passage in my ...
Celebrating Mary Ann Connor
Most of the groups we take out have unsung heroes behind them. Behind most good youth ministers, teachers, chaperones, or team leaders is an administrator who takes care of all the vital details necessary to pull off a trip. These quiet background folks, sometimes staff ...
Shaking Against the Altar
Shaking Against the Altar
Wonder Voyage is celebrating 25 years of connecting people with wonder. This year, the 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. ...
Celebrating Chris Larson
There are certain people stored in your brain’s warehouse that immediately evoke a place in space and time when you recall their faces. You have woven an incident you experienced with them to legendary proportions. That moment is when you remember your personal  Mona Lisa. ...
Celebrating Colby Gardener
“There ain't anything that is so interesting to look at as a place that a book has talked about." -- Huck Finn in Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer Abroad Exploring Mark Twain Caves We edged through the rough stone passages. We had to pay attention since there was just enough ...
Celebrating Jason Wendel
Jason Wendel joined Wonder Voyage in 2000 as a summer intern. He has remained a faithful and vital member of our team. Since our beginning, Wonder Voyage has shined with our fabulous website, created, maintained, and ever-evolving through Jason’s genius. He gave us a professional ...
Celebrating Antonio Duarte
When the worship began, I broke. I am talking about that full-blown, sobbing, tear-soaked, sloppy crying. I was in Honduras watching Antonio, my adopted son, speaking in front of a hundred people gathered for church. The moment burst with wonder and the head-shaking knowledge of ...
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 ...