When in East Asia..
Oct30

When in East Asia..

Is it possible to fall in love with a place after only a few days of being there? Because I think that has happened. Not that I love the heat and humidity of East Asia, or the pollution, or the lack of anything cold to drink. But I love the people. I love their receptiveness to our group. I love to see their brokenness and know that I can offer them something that no medicine or therapy can fix: I can offer them Jesus Christ. Our...

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India and the Caste System
Oct30

India and the Caste System

Upon landing in India, the first thing I noticed were the people. On average, their complexion is darker than the average American. They dress differently, the women in long saris, which are like extremely colorful and ornate togas of thinner fabric. The men dress in pants and a button-down or pants and a long kurta shirt. The most noticeable difference, however, is the amount of people sleeping on the street. The cars drive without...

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Diving In
Oct30

Diving In

This summer I have visited 3 countries, and several different cities within Italy. Prior to this summer, I had never been out of the continental United States, it has been a bit different than the last 21 summers to say the least. During my third weekend away from Rome, where we are studying for the 5 weeks, I was in Interlaken, Switzerland. This particular weekend is one I will never forget, for many reasons, but mainly because I...

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The First Month
Oct30

The First Month

After the first week of coming to Japan, everything became a whir of trying to orientate myself here. There was a lot of paperwork we had to do for both the university and for Japan, not to mention I had to buy more groceries and the store near the bottom of the hill! Still, between all of the work, there was a lot of time to go exploring with everyone. One of the places that we went to was “金閣寺,” or...

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Interesting Hindu Traditions in India
Sep19

Interesting Hindu Traditions in India

India is home to many religions, Hinduism is the largest percentage, around 80%, followed by Islam ( only 14% of the population, but with almost 200,000,000 adherents, it is the country with the second largest Muslim population after Indonesia), as well as smaller percentages of Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddists, Baha’i’s, and many more. Hinduism has over a million gods and goddesses, most of whom are manifestations of...

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Being back in the United States
Sep11

Being back in the United States

Being abroad has changed me, and it was for the better. I loved every minute of it, even though some parts were hard. I have been back in the United States for about a month now. Sometimes I still finding myself doing things that I was used to in Japan such as taking off my shoes before entering a house or standing to one side of an escalator. I also miss a lot of the food that I had there. American food is great, but I find a lot of...

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