Last summer, I had the beautiful opportunity to travel to Ghana, West Africa for a few weeks with a team from Lipscomb. I had previously been on mission trips to Honduras, Mexico and Ft. Worth, Texas, but this was my first destination where our main focus was on building/maintaining relationships.
We worked and stayed at the Village of Hope, an orphanage and school for hundreds of kids.
This was one of the most impactful and enriching experiences of my life. The kids, house parents, teachers, administrators and citizens in Ghana are some of the most hospitable, generous and genuine people I have ever met. Throughout the year, I have kept in touch with my Ghanian friends through Facebook, phone calls and letters. I love them with all my heart. I can’t wait to go back this summer! I have been reflecting on this verse this week so I figured I’d share:
“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched
land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a
spring whose waters never fail.”
Have you had any similar experiences? If you could travel to one place in the world to spread God’s love, where would you choose?
By spending three months in Europe last fall, I became partial to certain cities. One of my favorites was/is…(drumroll please) VENICE. Or Venezia, if you want to embrace your inner Italian. Here are some of my favorite photos I took during my short weekend in Venice.
If there’s one thing you probably know about Venice, it’s the canals and (romantic, but cheesy) gondola rides.
Imagine gliding slowly down the narrow canals in a gondola on a moonlit night to musical accompaniment. Sounds like a movie, right?If there’s one thing you should know about me, here it is: I love people-watching. I really like this photo I captured of a father and daughter feeding some birds outside of a cathedral in Venice. They were surrounded by thousands of tourists, yet they seemed completely unaffected. What a beautiful moment for me to witness. Venice is a photographer’s dream. Beauty is everywhere…literally. The people are striking, the architecture is intricate, the canals are bountiful and the food is simply irresistible. I adore Venice, in all its magnificence. If this post has convinced you it is a must-see, let me warn you to save your shekels. Italy is expensive but (undoubtably) worth the splurge.
What is your top destination in Europe? If you’ve been before, what city did you grow to appreciate the most? Viva La Venezia!