I will never forget walking through a particular slum in the Dominican Republic and being exposed to extreme poverty for the first time. I will never forget the exact spot in the Samburu district of Kenya where I experienced the holiness of God like never before or since. I will never forget the exact spot in Oaxaca, Mexico where I saw the Lord perform a miracle by multiplying a bag of shoes for a group of preschool kids. These were special moments in my life. These events were milestones in my Christian faith. And, they all happened on short-term mission trips. Jacquelyn Core, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Waynesburg University, has taken college students on weeklong mission trips to TWR-Bonaire in the Caribbean. She says "the students really grew in their faith." I'm not surprised at all. I don't know why, but God often draws us to an unfamiliar place to show us more of Himself.
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(Photo of Jacquelyn Core, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Waynesburg University)