1. Stephanie

    Love to travel too. My next big adventure is looking forward to taking my girls with me so that they can experience the world’s many perspectives. The organization I work for, Mission Discovery, takes children as young as 5 on mission trips across the country. What an awesome experience to see God at work as a family. I can’t wait to see God open their eyes to how marvelous He is…both at home and away. =-)

    • Gretchen Jones

      Stephanie, that brings so much joy to my heart! I went on mission trips when I was younger, and I can honestly say that God used that to open the eyes of my heart to see His love for people, and that He is SO much greater than we often think Him to be! His world He’s created is just a beautiful reflection of His character and incredible creativity. :) I pray that your girls get a love for travel, and most importantly, a hunger and deep love for Jesus!

    • Marisa Combs

      I love Mission Discovery! That’s the company that took me on my first trips! I spent several summers with Maury and Jimmy in Mexico. “Pick your nose on this side of the border. Pick your nose in the Good Ole USA. Pick your nose whilst you can ’cause when you step off that van…” :-)

  2. Marisa Combs

    I’ve always heard that about Israel, and your post made me want to go that much more! Loved this light-hearted Friday message, friend!

  3. Heather

    I love to travel, but find myself doing it alone more as I am in my 30’s with no strings attached. I would like to branch out and see more of the world – does anyone know of good worldwide mission groups the I might plug into, so that I can volunteer a couple days of a trip and meet some locals in the process? Some places on my bucket list include Quebec/Montreal, Austria, British Isles, Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Israel.

    • Gretchen Jones

      Hey Heather! Long Hollow offers many mission trips right now to Haiti and Uganda. They are going to be adding more trips to other countries soon! I’ve only been on mission trips through the local church, however, I have seen many organizations that offer trips! Precept Ministries (with Kay Arthur), goes to Israel on a teaching tour. I’ve heard that is incredible! Amazima Ministries (with Katie Davis) offers trips to Uganda to visit Katie and her beautiful children she’s adopted as well as the orphans (http://www.amazima.org/visit.html). The International Missions Board offers several trips to various places, too! (http://going.imb.org/) There are SO many ways to get to where God has called you. Don’t let the idea of traveling alone and being in your 30’s stop you. KNOW that God is ALWAYS with you, and embrace the adventure of traveling the world, seeing His creation, and meeting His people. You never know who you will meet and what He will do once you take that leap of faith! Praying God opens doors for you to go on mission for Him!

  4. Julie

    I love to travel too, Gretch! Thanks for taking me in several adventures with you through this post!! My bags are packed…let’s roll!

  5. Jessica Manuel

    Oh Wow Gretch! I love how much the Lord has allowed you to travel! So beautiful! The only thing was Africa was not on that list :) one day…

    It is a beautiful thing to be able to experience the Lord is all places, not only America! He is EVERYWHERE!

    • Gretchen Jones

      Jess, I would SO love to go to Africa! That is most definitely on the list of places to go to! :) He is everywhere! Thank you for being such an encouragement and for having fresh vision that our life is completely, 100% about His glory and His fame alone!

  6. Annemarie

    Gretchen, I lovvv this post! I’ve got the travel bug too and loved hearing ab your adventures and all God has shown you! Here’s to your next adventure! Where do u want to go??? I’m there!!!

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