Around-the-World Family: Stories of Adventure & Grace
Over the course of nine years, our family circumnavigated the globe four times. We led teams of college students on academic, missional adventures that involved learning about culture, literature, and the relentless love of God in beautiful communities all around the world. The stories in this collection recount moments when we experienced the goodness of God on the shoulder of a friend. These are moments when we found ourselves needing to depend upon our team or on the community around us. These beautiful moments occurred when doubts and discomfort threatened to capsize our adventure, yet by an unexpected miracle of God, we were able to see differently, navigate obstacles, and take hold of a deeper sense of trust and understanding. In these moments we did not possess the necessary materials, knowledge, or strength, yet because of the grace of God, expressed through the strength and goodness of friends, we found the tools to continue adventuring.
About the Author
John J. Norton is co-founder and director of the Around-the-World (ATW) Semester program at Concordia University Irvine. The goal of the ATW Semester is to introduce students to global mission work, as well as to instruct them in thoughtful cultural engagement. John also serves the university as Professor of English and department chair. John and his wife Erica run a nonprofit organization called Bose Road Ministries that designs and leads high-impact educational experiences for churches and schools. With their three kids, Jack, Naomi, and Sheffield, John and Erica have led over 100 university students on international academic and missionary adventures all around the world.