Well hello, blog readers! I’m Hannah and I’m so so excited to be going to Romania (and out of the country) for the first time! I am one of the four proud non-Middleton students on the trip and will be a senior this year at Memorial High school. My favorite foods are pancakes, watermelon, guacamole, and lasagna and I know every word to every High School Musical song in all three movies. When I’m not flying across the ocean to foreign countries, I enjoy running cross country, playing soccer, performing musicals, and inviting myself and large groups of people over to the Hershberger’s cabin. The past two years, I’ve gone on Blackhawk’s West Virginia missions trip, and I’m looking forward to trying something new and stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit. After hearing story after story about previous trips, I can’t wait to go and experience it all for myself. Please pray that strong relationships would develop quickly while we are on the ground in Romania. As a first time team member I am anxious, nervous, and also very excited to meet so many new people and have to talk to some of them through translators. Please pray that despite language and cultural barriers, we would be able to connect with everyone we meet there and clearly reflect God’s love. Thanks for all your support! Hannah
Hey everyone! I’m Eden. I will be a senior this fall at Memorial High School, and this is my second year on the Romania team. I’m over the moon to be returning to Romania this year and seeing many familiar faces! The Open Roads ministry is doing amazing things in Craiova, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
I have been involved in Blackhawk’s youth ministries since I was in middle school, participating in Home Groups, weekend retreats, the Alaska trip, Madison Missions, Servant Team, and more. My other extracurriculars include playing violin in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Student Senate, and two educational programs, TEEM and PEOPLE. I am currently an intern at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and at UW-Madison’s Law School, and I am hoping to attend UW-Madison next year. Some of my favorite pastimes include watching superhero movies, taking photos, learning new languages, and traveling.
As we depart to Romania, I ask for prayers for safe travels, good health, and most importantly, many touched hearts. Comments on this blog are always appreciated:)
Thanks for reading!
Honestly I don’t think I can accurately depict myself and my motives for going on this trip in a few sentences, but please enjoy this jumble of facts and stories that share a little bit about me.
I recently came to the realization that I am at a severe risk for a laughing attack when I laying on my back. Seriously laying down puts me in a giggly mood; Even the lamest of jokes could result in a side cramp from minutes of laughter. It’s a pattern that has popped up throughout my entire life but the first time I really remember if affecting me was when I hung out with my siblings and cousin one summer day when I was about 8. We were playing a game where one person lays on their back and looks up, while another sits in front of their head and stares down. After a few minutes the face of the person looming over you suddenly switches, and it appears upside down. Their hair looks like a beard, their chin a forehead, and you and your partner laugh at each other’s goofy appearance. One day playing this game resulted in me laughing for upwards of 10 minutes straight, unable to stop picturing my cousins lovely features turned upside down and oddly distributed. This inclination to laugh has followed me to frisbee tournaments, swim meets, Blackhawk retreats, and hopefully it will follow me on this trip too.
I love music. I’ve played piano since I was six, I’m in my school orchestra, I’m not ready for my day unless a pair of headphones find their way into my bag.
I used to swim competitively, partly I think cause I’m a secret adrenaline junky, and also because I loved the principles it taught me. Because I swam I’ve learned to be confident, determined, to have integrity. I do miss it sometimes, but now I teach kids to swim who hopefully can learn the same lessons from me.
My older sister Kira has been on this trip twice, and had the opportunity to return to Romania this past spring while studying abroad in Spain. I’ve heard so many stories from her and others who have been on the trip. I can’t pretend to understand what they’ve experienced while in Romania, but I’ve heard enough to open a huge part of my heart to the orphans Open Roads is working with. And I’m ecstatic to finally meet them.
I’m Athena and I will be a senior this upcoming fall. I am super excited to be going to Romania for the first time this summer. On this trip, I am looking forward to seeing how God is working around the world. I have heard a lot about Open Roads from friends and from taking part in the Global Outreach club, which the last few years has raised money for Open Roads.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking (althoughI’m slightly disappointed by the lack of mountains in the area), making food (especially ice cream, or anything that is a bit weird, or better, weird ice cream), and nerding out about biology. During the school year, I keep busy with clubs including ModelUnited Nations, Student Council, Global Outreach, Book club, Future Problem Solvers, and ultimate frisbee (yes, it is technically a club). You also may spot me hanging out with four-year-olds in Next Gen on Sunday mornings, or in the occasional Family Fusion show.
My prayer requests for this trip are for good health all around and that I am able to build meaningful relationships with those in Romania and on the Blackhawk team. Thank you so much to all those who have supported me and the team.
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Heyo, my name is Noah and I am super excited to be a part of the team this year! This will be my third time going to Romania and I’m pumped to have the opportunity to continue the relationships that I have built in the past.
After we get back from Romania I will be going into my senior year at Middleton High School. In my spare time I love playing soccer, ski jumping, playing the viola, listening to music, and rewriting songs. I have about 4 rewritten songs including Holy Ghost and Jesus (to the tune of Hot Cheetos and Takis) and Jordan Bell’s Shirts (to the tune of Jordan Belfort)—I’m still working on the music videos 🙂
While we are gone I ask for prayers that we have safe travels and that I can be fully present while in Romania.
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Hello! My name is Adia, and I will be a Senior at Memorial High School this fall. My hobbies include running, traveling, and drinking coffee. Here are some more random facts about me:
-I love reading -I speak Spanish fluently -I’ve travelled to Europe many times since I was seven weeks old -I LOVE chocolate -I hate milk – unless it’s in my coffee 😉
I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to go to Romania. I know that this trip is definitely going to be challenging, but I can’t wait to step out of my comfort zone. I love to be pushed past my limits and to grow as a person and most of all, as a Christ-follower. I’m excited to see what God has in store for us for this trip!
Have a blessed day!