Forever Changed

By Kelley Spotnik, Journey Church Team 2013-2014

Tia and Kelley    

My first serving opportunity at the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde in Huánuco, Peru was in August, 2013. I co-lead a team of 10 from Journey Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; we had the privilege of building a roof over the laundry area and painting the bedrooms. We also participated in art class and enjoyed some dancing and volleyball with our new friends at the Hovde House. Each day our team and the residents had lunch together and engaged in some wonderful conversations as we worked on improving their home. The staff and residents are such a joy to be around. Continue reading “Forever Changed”


More than a New Profile Pic

By Ryan Juskus, volunteer in San Martín in 2004


There is a joke about a short-term humanitarian volunteer who visited an East African country to spend time serving kids in an orphanage.  While there, he took lots of selfies with some of the orphans.  When he returned home, he described the experience as “transformative,” so much so that he used one of those photos as his facebook profile picture for a whole two weeks!

The joke, of course, is that if such an encounter were so transformative, then it would have led to a lifestyle and vocational commitment to identify and combat the root causes of human suffering and injustice in our world today.  And such a commitment would cause him to ask the hard questions about his own country, privilege, and complicity in unjust systems that create or maintain broken relationships.  In other words, transformation would have included more than a transformed facebook profile.  It would have included a transformed lifestyle and spiritual life.

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