My name is Clara and I am a student at Wheaton College. I’ve been given some amazing opportunities to travel and learn this year and this is my blog to keep my friends and family updated.

During the month of June I’ll be participating in a fellowship program through Humanity in Action (HIA). I’ll be spending the time in Warsaw, Poland with other American and European students “exploring national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.” It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m excited to see what I’ll learn and how I can use that knowledge well.


Beginning in July, I’ve been given the awesome opportunity to spend 6 months in Amman, Jordan through Wheaton’s Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) program. The program sends individual students to Christian communities around the world where we have the chance to live, work, and learn with international development organizations. This year, 26 interns, including myself, have been sent out from our communities in the US to churches, organizations, and families all over the world. It’s super exciting! I’ll be interning with an organization called Caritas Jordan. Right now one of their biggest initiatives is working with Syrian refugees in Jordan. I’ll be working with one or some of those programs.

hngrcaritas jordan

I feel very blessed to have been given these opportunities to go and learn. I hope and trust that God does really great things through this time and all the time before and after. I don’t really know what to expect from either program, but I expect that lots of things will happen and that I’ll be changed somehow. One of my favorite HNGR sayings is “You don’t think your way into new ways of living; you live your way into new ways of thinking.” That’s what I’m hoping for – the “living” aspect of the next 8 months.

Thanks for journeying with me!


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