Mission Trip or Pilgrimage: A Definition

Mission Trip or Pilgrimage

Short term missions has become big business. Wonder Voyage started twenty years ago because, at the time, a good number of trips through mission organizations were being carried out in ways that were were unnecessary, unethical, and in bad taste. The only pilgrimage offerings, at that time, were from travel agencies that booked a local…

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The Birth of the Encounter Moment

The Birth of the Encounter Moment

The word Encounter was birthed on Wonder Voyage’s maiden trip 20 years ago. This is the story of how Shawn and Michael Fleming coined the term following a divine experience in a mile-long underground tunnel in Ireland.

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An Tobar Nua Book

Kelly Curry, Susan Curry, and Shawn Small

In 2001, I was preparing to lead five groups from the United States to Galway, Ireland on pilgrimages. There was one big problem. Even though I had visited a good bit of Ireland, I’d never been to that part of the country. Through a mutual friend, I learned about Kelly and Susan Curry, a couple…

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Acres of Diamonds

In 2012 I had the privilege of producing and directing my first documentary film Ru: Water is Life.  We raised appr. $30,000 and shot for two weeks in South Sudan. The experience was beyond anything I could have imagined. By 2015 Ru: Water is Life had been in 15 film festivals, was screened to tens of thousands…

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Where is Jina (The RU DVD)

The number one question we hear after a screening of RU is: ‘Where is Jina?’  This video was taken a year ago, before the current South Sudan conflict.  As of now, Jina is safe in a orphanage near the Uganda border but life is tough in South Sudan.  Please pray for her safety and the…

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