Asking the Hard Questions

“Becca, I need to talk to you ASAP. Call me when you get the chance; it’s important.” This message appeared on my phone screen as I was making a presentation. What could she possibly need to talk to me about that is so important? That question confused me for the rest of the presentation. “Becca, I have…

What’s the Big Deal about Travel?

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve got the travel bug. I just spent the last hour listening to a podcast about travel, and I, myself have gone on numerous travel experiences. Two of my most impactful trips were my nine-month trip to the Dominican Republic and my three-month trip to Costa Rica….

What I Would Say to myself in my Hardest Moment

Looking back on my 3-month trip to Costa Rica, I really enjoyed myself. I had fun. I learned. I experienced another culture in a way that I never would’ve been able to experience otherwise, and I made friends with a family that loved me and cared for me throughout the whole time I was there….

Work Hard, Rest Hard

I have transitioned from the slowest, most culturally-challenging summer of my life to the most fast-paced, information overload semester yet. What have I gotten myself into?

A Letter to the Weary

Sweet Friend, I know you feel like you can’t do it anymore. I know you feel stressed, down, and depressed. The joy of life may be hard to see right now. I know, it sucks. Friend, while you are going through this, I want to remind you of something. God is not finished with you…

A Day in Shiroles

1:00 am – Receive my “good morning” call from the roosters that never dare to venture behind our house. 3:00 am – awoken by my host Mom listening to Christian music and praying with amazing faith, I remind myself of just how much I have yet to grow . . .

Present 

Today, my team and I are resting at a house near the Mennonite church we attend, away from our host families and away from our new “normal.” It’s a perfect time to bond more with my group. And yet, while I have the perfect opportunity to pour into others, I want to retreat away from…

Rest in the Work

Relaxed doesn’t mean lazy. “It seems like they have no care in the world. I wish I could be like them, with no stress whatsoever.” – Average person going on a mission trip Wrong.

Sleepless nights 

Have you ever had this happen to you? The moment you’re sick with a cold and need sleep the most is the moment that you cannot fall asleep? I’m having one of those nights. Instead of getting the rest I need, I’m just sitting in bed until the wave of exhaustion wins over my stubborn…

New Beginnings 

Today is day 37 our 82 day journey. We have officially moved from the big city of San Jose, to the small, rural area of Shiroles, just next to the Panama border on the north eastern side of Costa Rica. As the group paired up and set out to live the local way with their…

Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

I have been living in Costa Rica for more than two weeks, and I haven’t been sharing much about my experience. So, naturally, this is the blog post where I tell you all about my amazing experience in Costa Rica, the amazing host family that I have, and the wonderful adventures that I’m going on,…

Showered With Blessings

The rain is just so . . . relaxing. As I am typing this, the pitter-patter of the rain on the roof has left me and my host family in calm daze. Some are quietly working, while others are being soothed by the rain as they rest and dream. Drip. Drop. Drip. Drop.