How To Become A Story Archeologist

Just as every person has a story to tell, every location also has its own story. The beauty of travel is that we can collect these stories and make them part of our own. It’s like collecting little treasures everywhere you go.

To do this effectively, however, we have to set aside preconceived notions from our cultural norms and dig into the culture of the people and the location to which we are traveling.

In Session 5 of The Way of Wonder, teams learn how to leave behind judgementalism in exchange for curiosity so that their team may become Story Archeologists.

“To find hidden story treasures, you must embrace curiosity and reject a judgemental attitude. People who long to learn and grow naturally engage in curiosity. Self-involved people tend to be resistant to ‘others,’ to change and difference. When you make statements like, ‘that’s dumb,’ ‘I don’t like that,’ and ‘this is boring,’ you stand in judgmental shoes. You’ve made a decision before you’ve cracked the surface of what might be your hidden treasure.”

The Way of Wonder walks teams through how to recognize the judgemental thoughts that often pop up when we are experiencing a new culture. It helps your team become story archeologists who are constantly looking for what God is teaching us through the story treasures we collect on our journeys. 

We are here to make your next pilgrimage or mission trip a one-of-a-kind experience. If you haven’t done so, download your free copy of The Way of Wonder curriculum. And when you’re ready to start collecting stories within your team, contact the Wonder Voyage office.


Jamie has been involved with Wonder Voyage for over 15 years. Her passion is connecting givers with worthwhile project as our Legacy Director.

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