Sunday, May 30, 2010


"If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house," Genesis 28:20-22.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I've been inspired to start writing about the upcoming trip early, to articulate preparations before I leave in the Fall.

Some of my goals are to:
1. Experience personal development
2. Hear from God and be used by him in my encounters with other people
3. Form stories about experiences with individuals we meet
4. Hear the story of someone’s life
5. Take pictures that make statements
6. Have experiences that provoke thought
7. Learn humility
8. Gain insight into other cultures, firsthand
9. Attempt to discover “What is culture?”
10. Eat interesting food
11. Cook something from scratch
12. Successfully document events
13. Record what I learn
14. Spend a whole day in silence, in observation
15. Reflect on my greatest weakness
16. Discover my strengths
17. Know my neighbors
18. Sleep under the stars
19. Give anonymously
20. Serve, serve, serve

Opportunity for adventures

I am writing to tell you of a challenging and exciting opportunity that has been presented to me. As a senior at Concordia University in Irvine, CA, I am in the midst of the best years of my life, as they say. This cliché is becoming my reality, and my purpose is to share these amazing moments with you.

I have been accepted to Concordia’s “Around the World Semester” for the Fall 2010 term. Along with 25 other students, I will spend four months traveling abroad to ten countries not only learning of culture, but also experiencing it firsthand. As an International Studies major and Anthropology minor, this opportunity is definitely a dream that will not only come true, but also it is a dream that will be experienced in every strenuous, intense and awe-inspiring detail. My hope is to discover a deeper sense of self, others, and my role in this giant world.

My group will spend 2-3 weeks each in Argentina, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Kenya, India, Indonesia and China. I will be enrolled as a full-time student, and receive 15 credits for my semester abroad. The dates of the trip are August 16th- December 17th, 2010. During this 18-week program (124 days), we will take part in many service projects such as teaching English in China, volunteering for an Indian orphanage, serving in the slums of Kenya and Biblical and historical research projects in Israel, Jordan, Kenya and Turkey.

God has opened up a door for me to develop a greater heart of compassion for His people around the world
I look forward to this trip of a lifetime, and to sharing with you how many lives have been impacted, including my own.

Blessings ~ In Christ,
Amanda Bieniek