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All the Way to Siberia and Back

By Dee Dixon What an awesome experience! What a great mission! What an extraordinary team! I attend Central Church of God in Charlotte, which sends mission teams all over the world. When the opportunity to go to Siberia was announced, I responded to a “still, small voice” and signed up, not realizing the profound impact this journey would have on me spiritually. …

AFS Intercultural Programs USA: Crossing Classrooms, Crossing Cultures

By Angela Lindsay Learning doesn’t always happen in a single classroom. In fact, some of the most important lessons are learned in different and unexpected environments. AFS Intercultural Programs USA (formerly the American Field Service) gives students the opportunity to not only expand their academic knowledge; it also provides intercultural learning experiences that bring global cultures together by helping students connect, transforming the lives of thousands of students, families and individuals every year.…

Ask Lashawnda: Advice for Everyday People

By Lashawnda Becoats Lashawnda Becoats People ask me questions everyday. Sometimes it’s because I’m the editor of Pride magazine. Sometimes it’s because they know I’m a certified life coach. Sometimes people follow my fabulous adventures on social media. I love helping people so I decided to create an advice column based on the questions I get.…

It’s OK to Travel Alone

By Lashawnda Becoats This year, I went to Amsterdam to see the world-famous rainbow-colored tulips at Keukenhof Gardens. They were everything I imagined. I loved Amsterdam, but Brussels was the star of this story. There would be no story if two of my girlfriends hadn’t backed out on our planned trip to Jamaica more than a decade ago.…