Blog Post 1 – Jared Haan

Hello, My name is Jared Haan. I am a junior at Calvin and am majoring in electrical engineering. I am from Munster, Indiana. In my spare time I really enjoy going to music concerts, hiking, camping, and just being outdoors. I am really excited to travel and experience a totally new country and culture. Exploring the beauty of God's creation is one of my passions, and I can't wait to take advantage of this opportunity. Continue reading "Blog Post 1 – Jared Haan"

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: 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