Meet the Team: Grace

Hi, I’m Grace I will be going into my senior year at Shabazz City High School. This year I am looking forward to continuing to work on improving the school district for my fellow students of color. Last year I was on a district wide committee and attending a number of events in efforts to improve district conditions. After my senior year I plan on going to college to become a Social Worker and working with foster kids. I am so excited to have the opportunity to go to outside the country, see other cultures and meet new people. I look forward to building new relationships and spreading love as well as growing in the relationship I already have with the team.


Meet the Team: Ashton

Hello everyone! I am Ashton, an upcoming senior at Middleton High School, and this is my first year going to Romania! I have traveled to Alaska and Missouri for mission trips in the past, and I can’t wait to build a deeper relationship with God during this trip as well. My older sister Morgan has been to Romania twice, and from her stories, I have never been more excited to meet new people. Since you will be hearing a lot about us getting to know people in Romania, here is a list of random facts so that you can get to know me better. 🙂

– I love grilled cheese

– I am a twin

– I have a pet pig

– I am learning ASL

– I still sing songs from the wiggles sometimes

– I have perfect pitch

– I beat my entire family at just dance

– I have been told repeatedly that my laugh sounds more like a yell

– I do not like mayonnaise

– I am so excited to travel with such an amazing team!!

Other things that I enjoy: singing, music, theatre, Kip, soccer, The Beach Boys, and my dog captain.


Meet the Team: Nikki

Prompt: A short bio of who you are


A thought process –

Ugh. I hate writing about myself. What am I supposed to say beyond, my name is Nikki, this is my first time going to Romania, and I’m going to be a junior next year at Middleton? Is there any other way to do this…?

  1. Something witty and smart… like a section of a non-existent research paper?

    1. Give them an excerpt from “If I’m Helpful, Maybe They Won’t Send Me to Antarctica: A Study in Family/Group Dynamics” by Nikki Yu (aforementioned non-existent research paper)

    2. Write an abstract? Hmm, I should have started that a couple days ago.

  2. Write a bio using just song lyrics

    1. Kinda cool, I have quite the variety of song on my ipod (mostly 70s to 90s pop. Thanks parental units!)

    2. But wait, I’d have to explain each song I use and I’d still be writing this on the plane to Romania.

  3. Outsource the brainstorming and writing to my sister

    1. Hmmm… that’s not a bad idea. She likes writing way more than I do and she’s actually good at it.

    2. But, this could contribute to the bafflingly persistent difficulty people have in telling us apart, so maybe not.

    3. I doubt she’d even do it, never mind.

  4. Let my cat walk back and forth on the keyboard

    1. Heh.

  5. List all the ideas I had for a bio in the order that I had them

    1. Cons: too short

    2. Pros: hey look, I’m done

Meet the Team: Andrew

Hey there e’rebody, I’m Andrew! I’m gonna be a senior this year at Middleton high school, and I am super pumped to be able to serve in Romania this summer! This will be my third trip to Romania, and I couldn’t be more excited to renew the relationships that have been built over the years and spread God’s love with such an energetic and dynamic team!

There’s a few things that you should know about me, I’ll try to keep it quick; I am a part of choir and theatre at Middleton, which replaced my involvement in baseball freshman year (a bit of a Troy Bolton moment there), I have been playing the piano for about 7 years, and I have recently taken up the upright bass (it’s a long story). Also, one might say I’m a pretty big fan of a little puzzle called the Rubik’s Cube.

I do want to say thank you for all of the support from the many gracious friends and family members of everyone on the team, without whom this trip would not be possible. And you’ve even decided to take some time and read this blog, which is also pretty awesome. Anyway, please continue to keep us in your prayers, and see you in a future blog post!


P.S. – Always, always keep your head in the game.

Meet the Team: Kip

Hello everyone! I’m Kip and I’m going to be a senior this year at Middleton High School. I’m a huge fan of sports, and I enjoy playing golf and basketball. I also love listening to music, like I could basically listen all day and not get bored. I don’t know how to actually play any instruments, so it’s a bit weird how that works out. Some random facts about me include:
* I have a twin brother who looks very different from me
* I have had upwards of 13 cavities (yes I do brush my teeth)
* Oranges are easily my favorite food.

In regards to the trip, this is my second time going to Romania and I am indescribably excited. I’ve seen God do amazing things through the ministry we’re partnering with (Open Roads) last year and I can’t wait to see what He has in store this year. I am so excited to be able to create new relationships and also continue the ones I created last year.
During the two weeks that we are gone, prayers from you guys are extremely helpful. Please pray that we as a team can find what our purpose is in Romania and that we can stay present so that we can hear God’s voice.
Thank you so much for reading my little addition to the blog, and feel free to comment on any of our blogs throughout the trip!

Meet the Team: Luke


My name is Luke Stevens, but I may be referred to as Sweeney, Weenies, Pukas, or even Stormy. This is my second time on this amazing trip and I’m so excited to be going back.

Same as last year, I am the sole representative of Waunakee high school on this team. Actually, I just graduated high school in June and am off to Taylor University this fall! It is a small school in the middle of the corn field widely known for it’s Silent Night tradition (look it up).

Important things to know about me are that I enjoy all food and most music. Most of my nights include driving around and listening to music. I love hiking, hammocking, swimming, reading Harry Potter and watching superhero movies. If you have any questions about the greater MCU or HP worlds, I’m your guy because I’ve studied them more than I should admit. I also enjoy sushi, lacrosse, Kipp, guitar, How I met you mother, New Girl, and more.

Anywho thanks for reading about me and the other posts on here!

Meet the Team: Leah

Hi friends! My name is Leah and I am going to be a Senior at Memorial high school next year. This year I am blessed with the opportunity of returning to Romania for a second time! I can’t wait to catch up with all the Romanian students and leaders from last year, as well as beginning to build new relationships. God used this trip to develop my faith is big ways last year and I am both anxious and ecstatic to see all he does this year. Please pray that I would be on the lookout for the ways God is going to work on the trip and that I would ground myself in his Presence.

While I’m sure Romania will be the highlight of my summer, I have been keeping plenty busy with lots of fun things so far. I have been running cross country in attempts to get back into shape after a long off season, nannying two awesome kids, reading Harry Potter, hammocking, leading worship for Madison Missions, and spending lots of time with friends. Other things I enjoy include (but are not limited to) ukulele, singing, musical theater, Kipp, forensics speech, ultimate frisbee, Stranger Things, and mac and cheese.

Thanks for reading the blog and stay posted throughout our trip!

Meet the Team: Cade

My name is Cade and I will be a senior at Middleton high school next year. I am very excited to be going to Romania for the second time this year. Some things about me are that I play the trombone, I work at Pick n Save, I enjoy Kip and I like listening to the music of Taylor Swift.

Meet the Team: Isabel

Hi everyone!! My name is Isabel and I am going to be a junior next year at Middleton High School. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to go on this trip, as this will be my first year making the journey to Romania. I did however go to Joplin MO last year, where I helped build a pavilion for the local church. I have heard nothing but positive things about this trip, and how it will impact me. I am really looking forward to see what God has in store for our team.

Here’s a few things about me, I have a 2 year old dog that I am absolutely obsessed with. Her name is Luna.  I would tell you her breed but that’s a mystery, she’s a rescue, but if I had to guess maybe beagle boston terroir? In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends. I’ve also managed to teach myself how to play ukulele in the past couple of months so that’s pretty cool. In the winter I do gymnastics for my school’s team. My favorite event is balance beam.

I’m very excited to be able to share this journey with you! Thank your for all the love, support and prayers!