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Winterim Trip Blog

Haiti Trip Update #5

January 14, 2017

Greetings from Haiti - Maddie English and Tania Zhuang report on their ministry yesterday, "We finished up work at the construction site and afterward we went back to th...

Greetings from Washington D.C. - On their final day of the trip, the Washington D.C. trip visited the Holocaust Museum. While there, some of the students were priviledged wit...

Haiti Trip Update #4

January 13, 2017

Greetings from Haiti - Ashlyn Pacer and Bethany Hoogerheide write, "We started off working on the new school and sifting sand until lunch. We split into groups with tran...

Greetings from Scotland - Brad Thornton writes to conclude the trip, "What an amazing day - God is good, and we conclude our trip with full hearts, exhausted bodies, and...

Greetings from Washington D.C. - Leah Rinker writes, "The Washington, D.C. Winterim trip were able to tour Capitol Hill. During their visit, they met with Congressman Pe...

Haiti Trip Update #3

January 12, 2017

Greetings from Haiti - Samantha Wolfe and Julia Nelsen write, "Yesterday we started the day participating in the flag ceremony at the school. They sang their national an...

Greetings from Costa Rica - Nate Leman writes to conclude his updates on the trip, "On our final day, I heard: 'That was the best session ever!' I heard that ...

Scotland 2017 Trip Update #9

January 11, 2017

Greetings from Scotland - Brad Thornton writes, "Today may have been the most exhausting of all days, but I sit in bed writing this with a full heart.  God is at wo...

Mediterranean Trip Update #9

January 11, 2017

Greetings from Barcelona - Evan Jasper writes to conclude their trip, "Today was a busy day!  We first visited Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona.  We went ins...

Greetings from Costa Rica - Nate Leman writes, "Our day started like a slow walk and ended with a full-out sprint! We were spent and grateful. The word joyful kept being...

Haiti Trip Update #2

January 11, 2017

Greetings from Haiti - Ryan and Caleb write, "Due to school being cancelled, we started the day with construction. Our team divided up into groups in which we sifted san...

Greetings from Indiana - The boys basketball team has had a great time bonding together as a team. They have spent some time visiting college, such as Taylor University an...

Scotland 2017 Trip Update #8

January 10, 2017

Greeting from Scotland - Brad Thornton writes, "Another great day in Scotland.  It's been a blessing watching this group grow together and love each other well....

Iceland Trip Update #6

January 10, 2017

Greetings from Iceland - Catherine Tilly writes one more time to report on their time in Iceland, "Today we left the western peninsula and headed back to Reykjavik with ...

Mediterranean Trip Update #8

January 10, 2017

Greetings from Barcelona - Evan Jasper writes, "Today we saw two majestic sites: Montserrat and La Sagrada Familia.  Montserrat is a place of pilgrimage and is visi...

Costa 2017 Trip Update #6

January 10, 2017

Greetings from Costa Rica - Nate Leman writes, "I feel strange saying that every day is better than the last, but truly...it is. Our high/low moments at the end of th...

Iceland Trip Update #5

January 10, 2017

Greetings from Iceland!  Catherine Tilly writes, "After breakfast we braved the icy winds to shoot Sunrise at Kirkjufell. Then as we reached the edge of the western...

Greetings from Guatemala - Steve Willemssen writes to finish his reports from the trip, "We are back at El Faro for our last night here! We had yet another great day tod...

Peru Trip Update #6

January 10, 2017

Greetings from Peru - Mr. Holtrop reports back for one last time about their group's chocolate experience. They made their own chocolate: they started with crushing ...

Greetings from Scotland - Brad Thornton writes, "Easily the highlight of the day for me was seeing the work our students did this morning as part of the school assembly....

Greetings from Barcelona - Evan Jasper writes, "We toured Barcelona today, the one of the biggest city in Spain (with 2 million inhabitants).  First, we visited a p...

Greetings from Indiana - The boys Varsity and Sophomore basketball teams traveled to Indiana today for their Winterim trip. The boys participated in internships last week and...

Greetings from Costa Rica - Nate Leman writes, "We got the boys out for a short morning surf session. The tide was low and the waves were smaller, but it was an amazing ...

Greetings from Guatemala! Steve Willemssen writes, "We are nearing the end of our week in Guatemala! Today the weather has been chilly (about 70 degrees - sorry for comp...

Iceland Trip Update #4

January 8, 2017

Greetings from Iceland - Catherine Tilly writes, "We left Reykjavik for the western peninsula this morning. Our wonderful bus driver, Gisli, surprised us with a sunrise ...

Greetings from Barcelona - Evan Jasper writes, "Today was a big travel day, and we thank God for His safety!  We traveled to Barcelona, where we took a subway to Ca...

Peru Trip Update #5

January 8, 2017

Greetings from Peru - The group sent a few pictures of their time horseback riding in the mountains! Kiernan Mack writes, "We were back in Cusco and the students were...

Greetings from Edinburough- Brad Thornton writes, "Today was a bit of a slower-paced day, though it was much needed as we are at the midway point of the trip and feeling...

Greetings from Washington DC - Leah Rinker writes, "We made it to the hotel safe and sound! We went to the Smithsonian museums for the rest of the afternoon. We saw Capi...

Greetings from both Cap Haitien and Santo Domingo - Both of our trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic arrived safetly yesterday. Both groups are visiting the 25 orphan...

Iceland Trip Update #3

January 7, 2017

Greetings from Iceland - Catherine Tilly writes, "Today we toured the Golden Circle, geysers and hot spots, and the incredible Gullfoss waterfall. We hiked at Pingvellir...

Greetings from Costa Rica - Today, the leaders woke the boys and began our group surfing about 7:30AM again. Then they participated in beach clean-up at Playa Grande National...

Greetings from Guatemala - Steve Willemssen writes, "We are back at EF after another great day. We spent the day in the town of Livingston. We partnered with a church th...

Greetings from Scotland! Brad Thornton writes, "It was yet again another full day as we had an opportunity today to spend time in Edinburgh for the day.  We were dr...

Greetings from France - Evan Jasper writes, "Today we explored St Paul de Vence, an old, quaint medieval village near Nice.  It is one of the oldest sites in the Fr...

New York Trip Update #3

January 6, 2017

Greetings from New York City - Matt Hockett writes, "For our second morning in NYC, we were treated to a tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre. Opening over a century ago, i...

Iceland Trip Update #2

January 6, 2017

Greetings from Southern Iceland - Catherine Tilly writes, "Outstanding day 2! A full day in Southern Iceland. Sunrise at the Skogafoss waterfall, hiking at the the Solhe...

Hello from Guatemala! Steve Willemssen writes, "All is well here! What a great day! We spent the morning and early afternoon at a local orphanage. Be assured that you wi...

Hello from Scotland! Brad Thornton writes, "We had another action-packed day and are all tucked away with our host families for the evening.  Once again, it has bee...

Greetings from Costa Rica - Nate Leman writes, "Our set of waves this morning was amazing! We started the day at 7:30 by getting ourselves sun screened, hydrated and ...

Peru Trip Update #4

January 6, 2017

Greetings from Machu Picchu - The Peru trip took a train ride through the mountains and spent the day exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu! The group said it was, "AMAZIN...

Greetings from Nice - The Mediterranean group is having a great time in Nice! They spent time learning the local culture, and even toured a perfume factory.  Evan Jas...

Greetings for New York City - Matt Hockett writes, "After dropping off our bags at our hotel on 49th street, we rounded a corner and got our first glimpse of Times Squar...

Greetings from London - Brad Thornton writes, "We had another great day of touring London and are back in the hotel for the evening.  It was nice having a bit of a ...

Greetings from the beach - Nate Leman reports that the boys have arrived safe and sound, and they spent half an hour on the beach as the sun set! Perfect timing. He also r...

Iceland Trip Update

January 5, 2017

Greetings from Reykjavik, Iceland -  Catherine Tilly writes, "We saw the northern lights from the airplane as we flew over Greenland on our way. We spent the day ex...

Peru Trip Update #3

January 5, 2017

Greetings from Cusco - The group is having an incredible time. Here are a few pictures from the Inca Agricultural Center, visiting an alpaca weaving demo, and a "new ...

Greetings from Guatemala - Steve Willemssen writes, "All is well in the 85-degree tropics! This morning we traveled to a nearby indigenous village. We painted their s...

Greetings from Cinque Terre, Italy -  Bob Vishanoff writes, "On the way to the Cinque Terre this morning, we drove past Carrara, Italy.  Carrara has a lot of m...

Peru Trip Update #2

January 4, 2017

Greetings from Cusco!  The Peru trip traveled by plane to Cusco, Peru. They toured the city and enjoyed some entertainment at lunch. They visited the mountains of Cusco ...

New York City Trip Update

January 4, 2017

Greetings from Aurora, IL!  The New York Trip saw the first of their four theatre shows today. What an inspiration! Immediately afterwards, they all started talking...

Greetings from London -  Brad Thornton writes, "We just got back to the hotel after what one described on the walk back as "the longest day of my life." &...

Greetings from Cinque Terre -  Bob Vishanoff writes, "Since we arrived in Milan on time and there was little traffic we had the unexpected opportunity to explore Mi...

Guatemala 2017 Trip Update

January 4, 2017

Greetings from El Faro, Guatemala!  Steve Willemssen writes, "We are at El Faro, safe and sound, and full from an amazing dinner! We had a very smooth day of travel...

Costa Rica 2017 Trip Update

January 4, 2017

Greetings from Wheaton Academy!  The Costa Rica trip spent the past three days preparing for their trip. They learned about oceanography, dissected a shark, bonded as a ...

Scotland Trip Update

January 4, 2017

Greetings from London!  Brad Thornton writes, "We have arrived safely in London!  The flight and transfer to the hotel went well and without a hitch. We are pr...

Greetings from Florida!  Elizabeth Swoboda writes, "The girls' basketball team has been in Boca Raton, FL since Sunday night. We have been enjoying getting...

Greetings from Milan!  Bob Vishanoff writes, "We're in Milan, after a perfect flight and connection.  God is good! Stay tuned for more updates."

Peru Trip Update

January 4, 2017

Greetings from Peru!  Our group toured Lima yesterday, enjoying town squares, ocean views, and local parks!  Watch the movie below for pictures:    ...

Guatemala Trip Update #6

January 19, 2016

If you would like to watch a video summary of the Guatemala trip, please click here!  The video is incredible! 

We wanted to check in and give you an update on our trip thus far. The team has been respectful everywhere we have gone. We have recieved compliments on how polite they have b...

Haiti and DR Trip Update #6

January 15, 2016

Update from Haiti team (Written by Rebekah Kaufman): Today we woke up and headed over to the work site for our last day of construction. Some of us painted, some continued t...

Guten tag from Berlin, Germany! We just finished our last 2 days in Eastern Europe – it is hard to believe our time is coming to a close. What an adventure it has been....

Our local guide Edina led us around Budapest today. She gave an interesting stat, saying there are 2 million people in Budapest and 10 million in the country total. Our firs...

Costa Rica Trip Update #6

January 15, 2016

This morning the girls got up early to hit the road with yogurt parfaits in hand. We drove to the south side of the Tamarindo Beach. Ready to get on the catamaran, our van bec...

Washington DC Trip Update #2

January 14, 2016

This blog post explains some of the photos posted in the previous Washington DC blog post:  I wanted to a send an update on our week so far! The days have been packed! ...

Ahoj (yes, pronounced ahoy!) from the Czech Republic! We arrived safe and sound last night (Tuesday) after a five hour bus ride. Our first step off of the bus was in Prague,...

Update from the Haiti team (written by Lars and Josh): To start the day, we split up to go help on the work site and on the Kids Alive compound. Soon after, we went into dif...

Update from the Haiti team (written by Lars and Josh): To start the day, we split up to go help on the work site and on the Kids Alive compound. Soon after, we went into dif...

Eastern Europe - Blog #7

January 14, 2016

Waking up at 6:00am did not deter all of us from another phenomenal breakfast at our hotel before we left. These students have been phenomenal at getting to places on time thi...

Washington DC Trip Update

January 13, 2016

Our students in Washington DC had a fun day on Capitol Hill today!        Below is a picture of our students with Congressman Peter Roskam: Be...

Costa Rica Trip Update #5

January 13, 2016

(Post from yesterday)  On day 5 of our excursion in Costa Rica we did three things: we got to attend a yoga class, do a church service project, and surf into the sunset...

Boys' Basketball Trip Update

January 13, 2016

Our basketball team went to a Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks game tonight at the Barclays Center in New York!

Scotland Trip Update #5

January 13, 2016

Here are some great pictures of our Scotland trip!  Read more on Jen Underwood's blog HERE

Updates from the Haiti team (written by Eva):  We started the morning visiting the students at the Kids Alive school. We rotated between classrooms and showed each of t...

Our day at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau will always haunt our hearts and minds. It is no longer a story in a textbook. We stood where so many stood.  It is real ...

Being led by our tour guide in the morning, our walking tour first took us to the Royal Palace. In the palace is Kraków cathedral where we saw the resting places of man...

China Trip Update #8

January 13, 2016

Our final day of service was a good one. Nearly all of us have spent extended time with the kids here. We are honored to be able to teach, encourage and love them. Several of ...

Costa Rica Trip Update #4

January 12, 2016

On Costa Rica Day 4, we got up way earlier than any normal human being in Costa Rica should get up: 6:30 am. :) On the way to Pura Aventura, the place where we would zip line,...

Scotland Trip Update #4

January 12, 2016

Yesterday morning we held our first assembly at the local public secondary school. We showed an introductory video made by our three senior guys; one of the group members shar...

China Trip Update #7

January 12, 2016

Our day started...slowly...we all were slow to rise as the tiredness of our pace began to show.  But a nice Chinese breakfast and time spent talking to God about the ac...

We receive these updates from each trip tonight:  Update from DR team (written by Audrey Onufrock):  Today our team had the opportunity to take a break from the ...

We woke up at 4:45am this morning and set off to Auschwitz and Birkenau. This blog is going to be simple and brief to what we did and more developed on what we said and though...

Colorado Trip Update #4

January 11, 2016

Today we ice climbed as well as hiked Garden of the Gods. We finished the night watching college football!  - Chris Felinski     

Guatemala Trip Update #5

January 11, 2016

Hello everyone, We are at El Faro for our last evening here after a really fun day at the waterfall. I'm super impressed with all of the guys in every aspect.  We...

Hello from Rome! It's hard to believe that I am writing our final update of the trip.  We maxed out on our last day, leaving at 7:40 AM and returning to the hotel a...

Dobry dzień from Krakow, Poland! My oh my, what a busy couple of days it has been. Last we wrote, we were about to head off to Poland (we have clearly made it) on a...

China Trip Update #6

January 11, 2016

We were assigned various teams and were active all day.  Here's a quick over view of each teams activities today:  - Foster Home- this team worked directl...

Update from the Haiti team:  Today we left for the guest house at 7:30 so we could greet the students before school started. We then watched the flag raising ceremony. ...

We spent an entire day in Prague. This city has maturity and age but is bustling with new life. It has been the most touristy place we have visited so far, with an estimated 7...

Hello from Rome! We finally arrived back at the hotel after being away from 7:40 AM - 10:30 PM.  It was a long day, but we saw a lot and were grateful for awesome weath...

Scotland Trip Update #3

January 10, 2016

Well, we did see Stirling Castle and the William Wallace monument on Friday, but Billy (named after Wallace himself) was not our guide/driver. Instead, we rode with Graham, wh...

Guatemala Trip Update #4

January 10, 2016

Day 4 - Puerto Barrios  As always, thank you for all of your prayers for our group!   The gentlemen are doing extremely well. All continue to be healthy...

Costa Rica Trip Update #3

January 10, 2016

Day 2: Today we got woken up by Mrs. Gagliano and Mrs. Roush dancing in our rooms. We went to breakfast at 8:00am and then got free time where most of the girls played card ...

China Trip Update #5

January 10, 2016

We have safely arrived at New Day, our partnering orphanage, after a nice Sunday meeting and good lunch at a indoor/outdoor mall.  We went through orientation and got s...

Haiti Trip Update

January 10, 2016

The Haiti team landed safely in Haiti. The picture below was taken at O'Hare at 3:15am!  It was hot and busy at the Haitian airport. They spent their first night ge...

Hello from Rome! Yet another beautiful day no the trip - God is good and shown us His glory numerous times throughout the trip.  We woke to the boat rolling through the...

“Jó napot!” Good day from Budapest! We cannot believe we have already spent two full days in this wonderful city in Hungary. Did you know it is actually two...

We began our day waking up at 6:45 to grab some breakfast and start driving by bus to Dresden for Sunday church service. Within Dresden, there was a prominent Catholic Church ...

It has been great to hear from a Germanic perspective - he highlighted the significance of the Germans having embraced their responsibility in the war. He made it clear that G...

China Update #4

January 9, 2016

We sat down once. Other than that - which happened at dinner we were in a variety of vertical and ambitions strides:  the full sprint; the jog; the walk; the queue up s...

China Trip Update #3

January 9, 2016

After all our hiking today (and there was a lot - more on that later) Connor, DJ and I were in the pool swimming and chatting. Connor said "I've seen pictures of the ...

Costa Rica Trip Update #2

January 9, 2016

This morning, at 7:09, we woke up to the wonderful voices of Roush and Mrs. Gagliano singing and knocking at our door. After waking up and getting ready for the day, we had a ...

Colorado Trip Update #3

January 9, 2016

Here is the Colorado trip after their hike at Echo Lake. They did their hike in snow shoes--and many of the students had never done that before!  - Chris Felinski 

Guatemala Trip Update #3

January 9, 2016

Thank you for your continued prayers!   We had a wonderful day in the poor, rural village of Baltimore. Many, many children of all ages gathered when we came. We...

Scotland Trip Update #2

January 8, 2016

We’re in Scotland! Yesterday we began the day with tube travel in peak morning traffic (one Londoner told me the government is considering all kinds of options to decr...

Colorado Trip Update #2

January 8, 2016

Here are some photos from Vail yesterday. Going through "Narnia" of the Vail Ski Resort.    The boys also learned how to make BBQ chicken and mac...

Leaving El Morro after praying for the people we have met in PR.   - Beth Mitchell 

Costa Rica Trip Update

January 8, 2016

We made it! God is so good. The trip was seamless. The sunset was amazing. The girls are happy, bonding, ... Today we had breakfast and now will walk beach to see sea turtle n...

  Hello from somewhere in the Ionic Sea!! It turns out that the internet connection is decent here on our ferry to Italy, you just have to pay a bit for it!  It ...

Greetings from Budapest! 

After a great couple of flights, the Eastern Europe Jasper group set off for a day in Berlin. The first stop was lunch, where many of the students and chaperones decided to ta...

Hello from Athens! We came back to the hotel exhausted after a full day of touring Athens.  My wife has a fitbit – she tracked at 18,000 steps today, which equate...

Hello from Athens! As I write this I am in the lobby of the Titania Hotel having just come down from the rooftop that offered an amazing view of the Acropolis. It is spectac...

China Trip Update #2

January 7, 2016

We woke early due to Jet-Lag, but felt rested and ready to go. Our hotel has a fantastic breakfast buffet - everything from waffles, crepes, pancakes, sushi, omelettes, fruit,...

Guatemala Trip Update #2

January 7, 2016

We had another great day of ministry today in the city of Puerto Barrios. We started in the public children's hospital where we sang and played with kids in several differ...

Hello from Thessaloniki! Our first full day in Greece was great!  We woke up this morning and had breakfast in the hotel and then boarded a bus for a 2 hour drive ...

The girls basketball team is having a great time in Puerto Rico!  - Beth Mitchell

Greece and Rome Trip Update

January 6, 2016

Hello from Thessaloniki! We have arrived safely at the Capsis hotel.  Travel was smooth today and the attitude of the group was great.  We are very thankful for a ...

Guatemala Trip Update

January 6, 2016

We had a great day of ministry in the town of Livingston today.  We visited a church-planting missionary couple from Guatemala City and did some ministry in connecti...

Scotland Trip Update

January 6, 2016

Dave and I (Jen) are in the UK, leading a trip for 16 high school students from Wheaton Academy. SO, for the next week and a half, my blog will have the extra purpose of updat...

China Trip Update

January 6, 2016

We are here! Our flight from Zurich arrived on time in Bejing and we promptly set off to explore! Our first stop was the Temple of Heaven, which is a park in south central...

Colorado Trip Update

January 6, 2016

Our Go West Young Men Colorado trip had a great day on the slopes!  They are learning how to prepare meals as well. Tonight's dinner was tacos! (see picture below)....

It is exciting to see everyone back after a long break. Today is our training and preparation day. As we gathered to talk about important details about the trip, we also had a...