The goodness of the Lord – Kate

As a senior in high school, so many eras in my life are coming to an end. I’ve said goodbye to sports, to teachers, and soon to my friends and even Chapel Hill itself. But the goodbye that I’ll have to say this week stings so much more than all of those. I was leaving…

Home Bittersweet Home (Kate W)

We are back in Chapel Hill at last. Our last day of travel somehow ended up being the most eventful, complete with a flight cancellation and a night spent asleep on the floor of JFK airport. But even after the joy of seeing family and the relief of being in our comfortable home after nearly…

Open Arms, Open Hearts – Kate W.

There’s something to be said about a group of kids who have so little but give so much, a group of kids who can open up to someone when so many others in their lives have abandoned them. The kids here in Slobodskoy have shown me a new definition of bravery by making themselves vulnerable.…

Defying Expectations – by Kate W.

As on every trip, people have expectations. But before this trip, we are always warned that we cannot be confined by our expectations. We need to be flexible and not surprised if something on the schedule disappears. It’s an adventure, and it’s all worth it. It’s only been a day, and our trip is already…

Beauty from the Inside – by Kate W.

Author:  Kate is a seventh grader and on her second trip to Russia, this time traveling with her dad and older sister. She loves her mom very much and knows that she is traveling with us in spirit. Today we are touring Moscow. The churches here are so beautiful. But being in Russia has taught…