John Chau

Ever met someone who was just different? It was a flurry of introductions when the 50 of us college students landed in Tel Aviv, grabbed our bags, and loaded onto a bus. I don't remember the first moment I met John Chau, but as the 10-day trip through Israel continued, it became clear to me … Continue reading John Chau

26 Things To Know About Israel

The nation of Israel is so unlike anywhere else I've been. I mentioned in my last post that I've experienced the most culture shock here, and I believe that has translated to learning the most lessons as well. I've promised myself to never stop learning. Having that degree on the wall (or stuffed away in the … Continue reading 26 Things To Know About Israel

How Far a Smile Will Go

I've taken smiles for granted. A smile makes you feel welcome in a foreign land. A smile excuses you for your broken Hebrew asking where the bathroom is. ("Ei-fo ha-she-ru-teem?" Just imagine a tall blonde with an American accent pronouncing each morpheme at a snail's pace like the server wouldn't catch it otherwise.) A smile … Continue reading How Far a Smile Will Go

Faith to Move

The waves lapped against the side of the boat, lovingly named Sea Note. 53 American students stood transfixed by the scene all around them. A cool, sea breeze was embraced with widespread arms and content hearts after a record-setting day of heat. God himself seemed to breathe out grace and love on this eclectic group brought … Continue reading Faith to Move

I don’t suggest this traveling schedule…

Now that my time as student staff at Centennial Institute, my universities' public policy think tank, is over, I have free time to pause and write out what the near future holds (as well as dreams for the far out future.) I'm currently typing this on my iPad at 38,000 feet with my best friend … Continue reading I don’t suggest this traveling schedule…