One big highlight that’s happened since my last blog post was our staff and volunteers got to take some of our English students to the Grand Canyon. Many of our students already lived in Phoenix for 2-3 years, but had never seen the canyon before. So a group of 18 of us climbed into one car and one fifteen-passenger van and took a day trip. It was an incredibly fun day to travel with our students and get to know them outside of the English class. We had fun taking pictures, hiking, and enjoying the incredible views. It was special to see our students blow away by the beauty and vastness of the canyon.
One of my favorite parts of the day was whenever we took a group picture. Every time we gathered close together, I couldn’t help but smile and think to myself, “Man, we probably look like a pretty interesting group up here.” Between all of us in our group we represented the countries of Afghanistan, Myanmar (former Burma), Colombia, and the United States. I don’t think a group like that happens a lot at the Grand Canyon unless there’s a random tour group traveling together. It was really special to know that even though we all came from different places, all of us in our group were friends and connected by the English class. I was reminded yet again how God uniquely connects people and their stories together and how much better we are because of it.