I have had a love for the world and all its interesting countries and cultures from a very young age.  It probably had something to do with the fact that I grew up in a church that was very active in missions and there were missionaries who came through often to share about the countries they served in.  I also have memories of this booklet our denominations sent out that had all their missionaries pictures in and the list of where they served.  We would pray for them nightly as kids during our bedtime prayers.   I would look at their names, and where they were and wonder what it was like in the place that they lived. 

As a teenager I was teased by my friends because my favorite Christmas present one year was the globe I had asked and hoped for.  I still have that globe and it remains special to me,  because it represented the endless possibilities of interesting people, language, and culture that I hoped one day to see and explore.  The world was my oyster, a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Years later I count myself so blessed because I have been able to travel to many countries across Europe, South America and Asia and even lived in Europe for a season.  One of greatest gifts that I have recieved is that it has opened my eyes, enlarged my heart to the people of this world.  We are all so very different, but all made in the image of our Creator, and that is a beautiful thing.

Gardeners of the flower gardens at Doi Inthanon in Thailand. These gardens and towers honor the late and beloved King and Queen of Thailand.

 

Mallorca, Spain
Nuns at the Wedding Church in Cana, Israel.

 

Genesis 1:27-28

“So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Barcelona, Spain

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