by Austin Painter
“I had so many great experiences in Europe and grew during my travels in more ways then I could express, especially spiritually,” recalls Justin Smith, a senior from Glencoe, Alabama. “One of my favorite experiences was going to a church in Wembley just outside of London. We worshipped with people from 3 different continents and what I guessed to be between 5-7 countries. It was really cool knowing you were from all different parts of the world, from all different cultures, and you shared a love for Christ.
Another thing that Justin really enjoyed was the Life of Paul class and visually seeing, not just reading about in Scripture, the footsteps of Paul’s journey. “We read about Paul's entire life including where he had been and what he had done. Knowing you are at a place where Paul himself had been gives you the strangest feeling; it's a whole new way to relate to God's message.”
Seeing God while traveling through Europe is not hard to do. Justin feels like he saw His handy-work every turn he took. ”Whether it's while you're sitting on top of the Swiss Alps eating lunch, or splashing in the crystal blue water of the Mediterranean Sea, it's cool to stop and admire the diversity of God's creation. Seeing God through these sights really helped us put things in perspective when we would get stressed about missing a train or wondering where we might sleep the next night.”
I am so thankful for my time in Europe, not just for the friends I've made, the sights I've seen, or the crazy stories I now have, but for the opportunity to see God in a different way and enjoy the way he shaped me and my faith through the entire experience.