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South Korea – Winter Olympics 2018

March 11, 2018

Last year when I first moved to Wisconsin and met all of our fabulous athletes on campus, one of them asked me if we could take a missions trip together sometime. I said yes and then a few months later she asked if we could plan a trip over Thanksgiving. I looked at flights but it was such a short time-frame and flights were really expensive, so nothing seemed feasible. But several weeks later we had a missionary from South Korea at our church and he presented an opportunity to join Wings Bearing Precious Seed to hand out Gospels/the plan of salvation at the Olympics. I had wanted to go to Vancouver with an outreach team when the Winter Olympics were there and it hadn’t worked out, so this was an opportunity that I was definitely interested in. Alyssa and I prayed about it and God opened the door to join the team even though the trip was just a few months away. We didn’t know any of the other team members before going, but we definitely got to know them over the week we spent together.

We made so many memories. Had so many laughs. Had so many new experiences. And got to spread the Gospel to over 19,000 people and 40 different countries.

All it in all it was a great trip. There were challenges, but for the most part everything went smoothly and I’m so glad we were able to go.

A few pictures of the trip, somewhat in chronological order-ish. Just taken with my phone so they aren’t the best.

On our way!

We made it!

I lost another suitcase to Asia. =(

Well we didn’t make it to a raccoon cafe but we stumbled upon a cat cafe. But with a $12 entry fee, we didn’t go inside.

Incheon Airport’s cool globe infinity mirror

Alyssa and I with the missionaries. And a photobomb by one of our other group members. =)

With our fabulous Korean hosts

Hitting the street food vendors in Seoul on our last night

Twice we had Korean BBQ. Both experiences were amazing.

Super excited to get to see an event. And it was snowing when we arrived, ha.

Alyssa, Regina and I celebrating our gold and silver medals. =)

Go USA!

With a few of our group members. Found out that the guy on the far right has been to Lighthouse with the Cola Wars team, ha.

Views out the window of Alpensia Ski Resort

Korea dessert – bingsu. Amazing.

One of the Olympic Villages

Blurry picture of our Wed night service at the lodge where we were staying. It was a full house.

One of our 2 Korean BBQ nights.

Colorful streets

What we did a lot of: hand out literature.

There were so many colorful places to take pictures. I kept pulling out my phone as we walked around town.

Church selfies on Sunday. =)

Hanging out with Soohorang. The official mascot.

In front of the train station.

Sightseeing after church

Early morning explorations on our first day in Korea.

I don’t know who they were but they were colorful so I took a picture. =)

 

Inside the venue where the Opening and Closing ceremonies arena was.

Everything is transformed for the Olympics – even the storm drain covers.

Our entire group at the airport before parting ways for different flights.

*I also got to cross off a bucket list item: attend an Olympic event.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2018 4:22 pm

    What a great experience – Getting to go while the Olympics were in progress is even better. Wonderful pictures. Good for you. Thanks for sharing.

  2. March 11, 2018 5:26 pm

    Amazing photos. Looked like a fun time.

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