10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

I have been living in Santa Barbara for about seven months now, and while that is not a huge chunk of time, it is certainly enough to do a good deal of exploring and experiencing. And in that seven months, I have pretty much concluded that Santa Barbara is the greatest city ever. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s ten reasons why…

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Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Ten miles southeast of Ensenada, Mexico lies the small, poor village of Lomas Bonitas. For a decade now, my church has returned to this struggling community each summer on a missions trip. Some of the most notable accomplishments: in 2007, volunteers built a brand new church; last year, they constructed a house for the village’s Pastor Carlos and his family, who had previously been living in the church’s basement. This year, our team focused on rebuilding the children’s crumbling play structure, painting and repairing homes, and teaching the creation story through a vacation bible school program.

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