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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 ...
Celtic Footsteps Pilgrimage
Celtic Footsteps Pilgrimage
For years I wanted to travel to Ireland but I did not want to do the normal tourist gig. I didn’t want to travel by bus with a ton of people I didn’t know, stopping at so many places each day that I wondered where ...
Adventure for my Soul
An Adventure for My Soul
When I talk to people about adventure I quickly learn that it means something different to each individual. To me adventure is a complete experience that engages all of my senses. I’ve had an adventurous soul since I was young. In fifth grade I was ...