Don’t Think You Can’t Travel Abroad

“Angie in Verona” by Ben Hanus. Verona, Italy May, 2015.

I have had the great pleasure of helping to launch a new church in Janesville called Mercy Hill Church-Rock County. This location is one of three that collectively go on missions trips to various places around the world. One of these missions trips is an annual trip to Italy in the Spring/Summer to help prepare for, organize, and run an English school for children of our host church, International Christian Fellowship-Padova, and the surrounding area.

Growing up, I always wanted to travel the world for work and pleasure. I didn’t know what kind of work I’d be doing or where it would take me, but I’m starting to see these questions answered. I have been to Italy twice on missions trips, and Belgium and Netherlands once for a travel study. I plan on continuing to travel to share the gospel of Jesus and His love for us. Ideally, I would find a career I love and that takes me around the world, immersing me in cultures not yet known to me.

Like I said before, I grew up wishing to travel the world, especially to Italy. However, I didn’t believe it would ever be financially feasible. The way others spoke about visiting other countries made it seem far too expensive and dangerous. Now I know that, if you really focus on organizing fundraisers and saving money, it is financially possible to go abroad. Furthermore, travel abroad is not necessarily dangerous, (usually it is not.) But, I would like to make a point that it is nice to have someone in the destination country, or someone here who is knowledgeable about current safety concerns, who can keep you updated on travel safety.

Traveling abroad is possible. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise.

Where have you traveled that you initially thought was impossible? Or, where would you like to travel? How has that changed your perspective on life and other’s cultures?