Friends, family, and followers,
I would like to begin this post with heartfelt gratitude for all of the donations, prayers, and thoughts during the past few months preceding and during the Japan global team trip earlier this month. Without all of you, it could not have happened as it did, and I am so happy that you were willing to come alongside our entire team and participate in the trip with us.
Now, realizing that the readers of my blog include people of many backgrounds and faiths, from readers of Beneath the Tangles, to my YouTube followers, to my friends and family, I’m going to attempt to provide a rather broad recollection of the events of the trip with this in mind.
As of the time of writing, it has now been about a week since we all returned to Liberty University from Japan, and most of us (myself included) are still trying to fix our internal clocks from jet lag. The entire experience was amazing, though it feels like a blur now, and so in an attempt to overcome my inadequacies in presenting all parts of the trip fairly, I am going to try to approach my retelling of the events of the trip in chronological order. So, without further ado, here we go!
Our entire team except for Ashley Haygood, our Liberty representative team leader, who was taking the picture. From left to right, back row: Victoria, James, Allen, Bob (our team leader), me, Ashley (not to be confused with Ashley Haygood), Robert (not to be confused with the Robert on staff at the church), Andrew, Tyler. Front row: Ciara, Rachel, Olivia, Micayla.