“Places I had read and studied in my classes came to life”
On January 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM, my flight took off from Fresno-Yosemite International Airport bound for Munich, Germany. Like my journey toward reaching AMBEX, I had a few layovers along the way, yet ultimately I made it. During my three months in Germany, I had the chance to travel all over that beautiful country. I looked over Bavaria from the windows of Neuschwanstein castle and stared in awe at the Brandenburg gate in Berlin. I walked the streets of Wittenburg and peeked inside Luther’s study at Wartburg Castle. Our adventures extended past Germany into Austria; in Salzburg I skipped along with my fellow “AMBEXers” through the city of Salzburg to sites where “The Sound of Music” was filmed. We journeyed into Italy, where I got lost wandering Venice and climbed to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence.
“I got lost wandering Venice and climbed to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence.”
Besides traveling for class, I also had the chance to do some independent travel. With some of my classmates, I traveled across the beautiful country of Spain; in another week I toured the amazing cities of London and Dublin. For my final travel week, I marveled at the cultured elegance of Vienna. It was three months jam packed with seven European countries, thousands of miles, and an infinite amount of moments I will never forget. Ninety days later my plane landed back in Fresno, late the night of April 18th. Although Fresno hadn’t changed much since January, I had. I grew intellectually and spiritually during those three months in ways I’m still discovering, even today, and will continue to discover in the years to come. I cannot begin to express my thanks for your charity. Your kindness made my final semester of college so much more meaningful to me, as well as a time I will always cherish. Intellectually, my knowledge of Europe, its people, and its culture grew as I had the chance to see and experience it firsthand. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and was stretched spiritually in ways that encouraged me to lean all the more on my Savior. My semester spent in Germany was one of the hardest of my college career, but one of the most worthwhile.
“It was three months jam packed with seven European countries, thousands of miles, and an infinite amount of moments I will never forget.”
Places I had read and studied in my classes came to life, and the realities of our world today grew so much more real to me in ways that would have been impossible in the United States. As someone who hopes to work overseas at a US embassy or consulate someday, I treated this experience as a “test” to see whether or not I would even want to live for extended periods of time in a foreign country. My time at AMBEX encouraged me to pursue this path all the more, and I am excitedly pursuing this goal. Thank you for helping me attend AMBEX this past spring. Your investment in my life was a tremendous blessing, and one I know the Lord will use in mighty ways toward furthering His kingdom. Thank you so much, and may the Lord bless you always. In Christ and with a Thankful Heart,