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Blogpost 1: Introductions – Pre-Departure

Blogpost 1: A brief post to help us get to know each other. This post should include at least three of the following items:
  1. A short list of things that are really important to who I am
  2. One of my favorite Bible passages
  3. One of my personal strengths that I can contribute to the group this January
  4. My prayer for this interim
  5. A personal spiritual, learning, or experiential goal for this January in Southeast Asia

Response to 1st Post

Things that are really important to me are drinking a nice cup of tea with my family while talking about the latest events in our lives. Also running or working out are extremely important to me, because I use that time to think about whatever is on my mind. One of my Favorite Bible Passages is: Philippians 4;4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. My pray for this interim is that the group’s willingness to learn does not stop at any part of the trip.

Blogpost 1 – Kristen Winter

What's important to know about me?  Hmmm... well I love my family and my friends, I enjoy baking, and I can't help but dance to the songs on the radio.  I'm a Social Work major, so one of my passions is people!  New adventures are very exciting, and I think God has a lot in store for me this January. Continue reading "Blogpost 1 – Kristen Winter"

Pre-Trip Thoughts

Well, in a few short days I am off on an arguably even crazier adventure than last time. I'm having flashbacks to the summer of 2014 when I was writing a very similar blog post about my six week adventure to Germany with the Calvin Engineering Program. As always, I am having a hard time putting words to my thoughts and actually fully processing the fact that I will be living 15 hours ahead of my family in merely six days. Continue reading "Pre-Trip Thoughts"

Blogpost 1- Breanna Pennings

My name is Breanna Pennings and I am from Syracuse, New York. I am a junior majoring in Public Health, minoring in Psychology, with an emphasis in Health Education. Population and global health are passions of mine; throughout this trip I hope to develop a deeper appreciation of the Cambodian health culture. A few things that are important to me include (but are not limited to) my supportive family, active church body, faith-based college, constant friends, and my never-failing Savior. One verse that has been a consistant favorite of mine throughout my life is James 2: 15-17, “15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” My prayer for this interim comes from Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” As we begin our journey and step into God’s adventure in Cambodia, I pray that we may be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and those we meet.

Blogpost 1 – Kayla

My name is Kayla VandenBosch and I am a Junior with a double major in International Development and Spanish and a minor in Urban Studies. All types of travel are important to me because I believe that to know God is to know his people and his whole kingdom. I am from Grand Rapids, and my favorite activities are rowing, downhill skiing, sailing, dancing, sewing, taking good photos, reading, and experimenting with foreign dishes in the kitchen. Meeting new people and learning from their experiences is exciting for me and I look forward to doing this throughout our travels together. One of my favorite Bible passages is from Romans 12. "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Offering our bodies, and everything that "belongs" to us, is a sign of devotion and commitment to the Lord. As Christians, we are called to seek and follow God's perfect will by stepping into the uncomfortable and allowing ourselves to be transformed into compassionate caretakers of the earth. My goals for this January include: recognizing and determining ethical and sustainable development practices, practicing responsible and informed tourism, learning basic Khmer words and phrases, staying healthy (and remembering to take malaria pills!), and providing a friendly and supportive environment for those around me.

Blogpost 1 – Kyle Gontjes

Hello!  My name is Kyle Gontjes, and I am a Sophomore with a double major in Biology and Public Health.  Academically, I am interested in the reduction of health burdens and health disparity.  I'm primarily interested in the prevention of communicable disease and the promotion of the well being and health of others. Some other things that are important to me is that I enjoy deep coffee/tea talks with my family and friends, enjoy playing sports, listening to music, and experiencing life to the fullest. One of my favorite bible passages that I have engraved on my favorite mug reads: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11 My goal for this trip is to welcome this experience with an open mind and an open heart.  I hope that we may be deeply impacted by what we are about to see and experience emotionally and spiritually.  I also hope to use this trip as an opportunity to grow closer to God and strengthen my faith.