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.

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 ...
5 Lessons From Returning To Travel
5 Essentials of Post-Pandemic Travel
My wander-must (some people call it wanderlust but for me, it is a must, not a lust) has been off the charts.  This last year and a half have been a rough season for travel addicts. Trapped like hamsters, we’ve learned to explore locally and ...
The COVID Seas Have Calmed: Our International Adventure
For adventure travelers, Antarctica is one of the ultimate must-visits. What keeps most tourists away from a frolic with the penguins is having to cross the dreaded Drake Passage, the most treacherous expanse of water in the world. Waves can easily top forty feet as ...
Sublime Moments
Sublime Moments
In 1757 the young Irishman Edmund Burke published the obesely titled, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. Burke explored why humans long for moments that both terrify and awe us like riding a raft through a rushing ...
Summer 2021 Recap- Reconnecting With Wonder
Summer 2021 Recap: Reconnecting With Wonder
There is often a moment at the end of Olympic races where the winning athlete exerts every ounce of strength, speed, and will to cross the finish line and then falls to the ground in utter exhaustion and overwhelming joy. As summer comes to an ...
Entering the Story - An Essential to Pilgrimage
Entering the Story: An Essential to Pilgrimage
The Jesus we worship is an amazing storyteller. He wrote our universe into existence, but he also took the time to personalize a story for each of us. At Wonder Voyage, we want to help every pilgrim dive deeper into the story God is narrating ...