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The Moment of Wonder That Birthed A Campaign
The Moment of Wonder That Birthed A Campaign
I recently attended a Wonder Voyage communication team gathering at a local Dallas coffee shop. The meeting room we met in is nicknamed "the library" because of the sheer volume of books on the shelves, but every book spine faced the wall. Thousands upon thousands ...
Culture Shock at the Grocery Store
In 2014, I moved from Texas to Scotland. I fully expected to find many cultural differences between my old and new homes, but I did not anticipate experiencing true culture shock. That changed on a quick trip to the grocery store. I had a list of ...
Sharing the Wealth
Sharing the Wealth
It started as an easy fundraiser suggestion: what if we took a break from flipping pancakes and selling snacks, and simply had our youth pilgrims raise money for their pilgrimages and mission trips the way that adults do - explaining what they hope to experience, ...
A School Trip as Pilgrimage
Over the last 20 years, the private Christian school I teach at has offered a trip to Washington D.C. every other summer to our 7th and 8th grade students. It has been a fruitful trip, allowing students to see as much of the nation’s capital ...
Why Missions? Three reasons mission trips are vital
Why Missions?
As a teenager, I felt a call to mission work but the church I grew up in didn’t have mission trip opportunities. Many years later, as an adult, a pastor at the church I was attending came to me and asked, “Would you like to ...
Be Still and Know
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein Spending time outdoors has always been the best way for me to clear my head or gain understanding. As a child, my best thinking spots were in the woods behind our ...
TAPS
TAPS
On a large expanse of green grass, impeccably neat rows of white crosses cover 172 acres, acting as grave stones that bear the names of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. When the youth and adult leaders from St. ...
Should I Take My Child On Pilgrimage?
Should I Take My Child On Pilgrimage?
This summer, my eight-year-old daughter asked to join me and 17 members of our church on a Wonder Voyage pilgrimage to South Africa. At first I hesitated to bring her because I was focused on the ways she might impede the goals of the experience. ...
Adventure and a Stowaway
Adventure and A Stowaway
This summer I led a team of students to Belize to help run a soccer camp. As a Wonder Voyage director, I love to spark curiosity. During a break I led the kids on a hike to explore a nearby park. We came to a ...
The Other Side of the Fence
The Other Side of the Fence
I got a job working with the youth group of an Episcopal church in 2004. The youth and their mentors had begun fundraising for a pilgrimage they wanted to take to Italy in 2005. The parents of the students had found a travel agent to ...