U n i t e d K i n g d o m
When the opportunity presented itself to study abroad in London during the winter of 2016, I did not hesitate to
apply. I was ecstatic to be able to return to this marvelous city; I first visited the United
Kingdom in the seventh grade. I completed my educational career in London, creating a full circle for
my life-long studies.
The program’s itinerary entailed learning about the writings of American Modernists during the duration of their
stay in London. Only ever knowing London with the perspective of a child made it enjoyable to return to an adult
point of view. I was able to connect the literature with historical sites, to be able to grasp the purpose and
background of each landmark fully.
This location is not a fairy tale place with kings and queens, but instead,
it is just another city (and a marvelous one at that). A way that literature has entered into my life in my eyes is
when we traveled to Bath, England, where Jane Austen wrote Sense and Sensibility. Being able to visit and
experience her home was a surreal experience that I shall never forget.
C o l o m b i a , S o u t h A m e r i c a
Fusagasuga & Inírida
During the summer of 2015, I traveled to Colombia, South America with a group called DiscipleMakers for a
missions trip. We interacted with the Piapoco Tribe, as well as learn about the process of Church planting and
discipleship. We were introduced to the Piapoco people by full-time missionaries, who have been reaching out to
the Piapoco people for more than 40 years.
Our group interacted with the Piapoco tribe and were informed about what phase of outreach the missionaries
are in, as well as learn the process of translating the Bible with the Piapoco.
The women in our group attended an all women’s Bible study with the Piapoco; the tribal women are at a point
where the missionary did not have to teach the whole time, but different women from the tribe could teach from
the Bible. It takes years to get to this point of outreach.
For the second half of the missions trip, we traveled to Fusagasugá, a town in Colombia, to El Camino Academy.
El Camino Academy is a school for prospective missionaries through New Tribes Missions. Our team dedicated
time to the school by doing a vast array of jobs to improve the campus, such as painting, fixing fences, gardening
etcetera. Our group learned about what missionary school entails, and we were able to audit a class, and several
attend seminars. One of my favorite parts of the day was waking up before anyone else and had the chance to read
in the hammocks outside. It was a chance for reflection and prayer.
This trip holds a special place in my heart, and always will.
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I will be adding individual posts about my time in Greece, Italy, France, Turkey and more locations.
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