The place God calls you to be is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet. - Frederick Buechner
I’m a wanderer at heart, an explorer, a lover of culture and people. So, that’s why I travel (it’s also kind of my job, but that was just lucky). I love waking up to a new place where I can be the stranger, make awkward mistakes, fumble my way through a foreign language and figure out if it’s one kiss on the cheek or two. It’s humbling, refreshing and reminds me not to take myself too seriously.
Traveling allows me to experience humanity’s differences. But, no matter where I go, I always find powerful points of connection. Sometimes they’re as simple as enjoying the same music or TV shows. Other times, we share deep theological beliefs and hopes for the future. Traveling can have a profound impact on our world by building bridges between cultures. It's why I continue to travel and why I encourage my students to embrace differences instead of fearing them.
Here are a few of my favorite moments while wandering in Cuba, Uruguay, France, Italy, Romania and Austria. I dearly love these places and these people. Enjoy.