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Going beyond

After a heart-wrenching goodbye at the airport, I sat and wrote in my journal before boarding the plane.

The universal language.

I’m sitting face-to-face with a teenager. I want to talk to him, but I know he won’t understand me. And we’ll both draw strange faces and scratch our heads trying to figure out what the other one is saying. I didn’t know what to do. We just stared at each other for a while. He probably thought I was a strange person for just staring. And then when I was about to leave, the corners of his mouth tightened and a smile began to form.

Not by my strength

Everything is packed. I glance at the empty room where I spent 15 days. In just two weeks, I’ve become attached to the room. So many memories are in this small room with four jammed-packed beds.

Colliding particles

Life is a lot like matter. Matter is a lot like life.

Saying ‘goodbye’ is the hardest

I felt like something was tugging in my heart, pulling me a certain direction. I had the opportunity to teach English, but I was uncertain. Maybe Asia is where I'm supposed to be, but I don't know. I wish I had a clear answer.

Plentiful harvest

The area of South Asia where I served has the highest concentration of spiritual lostness in the world, but don’t let that statement scare you. While the country is covered in darkness, God’s light is shining brighter than ever.

Flooded by love

I woke up and looked around my room at two empty beds where two great people had been.

Lessons learned

It is not a question whether this summer was challenging. At moments it was flat-out difficult. 

Bringing peace to a heavy heart

Among our other tasks, our team visited people in Puebla, Mexico.

Comfortable surroundings

One thing I have found really awesome since arriving in East Asia is that it is not so different from home. We are living in a very nice westernized apartment that has pretty much everything I could want—minus Internet, so far.

From tears to joy

For most of my time in Asia, I felt a lot spiritual warfare happening.

Rain or shine

When we had our last block party of the summer, it underscored the sad realization that we only had a few short weeks left in Philly. 

Sharing our dreams

My three-week trip to East Asia included two camps—one for college students and the second one where I volunteered to serve poor children.

Counting blessings

I know the Lord blessed me greatly by placing me at Texas Baptist Children’s Home this summer.

Answered prayer

God is so good, and I am beyond excited about all his work with Elevation Church in Loveland, Colorado.
 
 
 
 
 
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