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The Difference a Cow Can Make

difference a cow can make

Most of us in America take cows for granted. We can easily run to a grocery and purchase milk, butter, cheese, and an assortment of meats. Not everyone, of course, partakes in dairy products or eats meat, but the average American consumes around 600-650 pounds of dairy products each year, only fifty or so fewer pounds than vegetables and fruits combined.

So why all this talk about cows?

It doesn’t take a cattle or dairy farmer to recognize that cows can make a huge economic impact. Especially where resources are scarce, owning cows can introduce a productive food source into a community.

At JE, we are proud, then, of our productive partnership with the International Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (IACCS) and the work they are doing specifically in Uganda. The trips you have taken with us have allowed us to help purchase ten cows for orphanages in the region, bettering their economic livelihood, even if only in this small way. Praise God!

Check out these pictures to see something of the impact we are able to make together:










We are particularly proud of our partnership with IACCS because of the difference they are making beyond this. Last year, they purchased five cows, three of which have produced calves. They built a children’s church, gave away several bicycles to teachers, provided shoes to children who had never owned any, and supplied orphans with toothbrushes and toothpaste.

IACCS now has over 200 schools from 16 districts in Uganda, ministering to over 61,000 students with 2,034 teachers.

Will you pray with us that God would continue to use IACCS in meeting both the physical and spiritual needs in Uganda and elsewhere? 

What is God doing through JE in Uganda?

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Arriving in Kampala

It was night as we drove through the dimly lit streets of Entebbe on the way to Kampala, and I had hit sensory overload. I was in the would-be driver’s seat of this British model minibus. With the window open, I was hit with blasts of cool crisp air and smells of delicious meat — only to be followed by the pungent odor of burning plastic. It seemed to cover my face.

The jet lag finally caught up with me, and I dozed, waking up as we reached the hotel. It was very simple, but as the week went on it felt more and more like the Ritz.


Uganda 1 Worshiping with our Brothers and Sisters

On Sunday we joined  Passion Christian Assembly for worship. The church gathered on the fourth floor of Care Medical’s clinic, the flagship Christian clinic for our ministry. The service was a very sweet and moving time with fellow Christians. Worship was a joyful experience with singing, dancing, and testimonies of God’s goodness, and the sermon was preached, somewhat surprisingly, by our lead doctor, Kasadha Emma.

After the service, we departed for our first city and spent the evening sorting the medicines we were to give out that week.


Serving Those in Need

The primary objective of our team, led by Engage Hope, was to partner with local Christian doctors to assist them in hosting medical clinics strategically planned for specific villages or regions.

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For the next two days, our team traveled down overgrown dirt roads in order to host medical clinics in rural villages. In these first two days, we saw around 1,300 people, meeting both physical and spiritual needs as the Gospel was faithfully shared with everyone coming through the clinic. Our team saw the Holy Spirit at work as God began to draw many people to himself in those two days.  

Feeding the Hungry

On Day 5, we drove to a part of Kampala situated on the edge of the city’s slums. Here, there was a sort of community center, abandoned by the government, which African Hearts employed to host regular meals for the children living in the slums.

The small house was already filled with boys lined up in old pews waiting for us. There were young boys who appeared to be only 5 or 6 years old, on up to older boys who looked to be around 18 years old.

But they were all hungry and dirty, young and old alike.

Most smiled at their guests welcoming our team with hugs and cheers, while others lay quietly against the wall still intoxicated from the petrol they were addicted to sniffing. (This addiction plagues many of those living in the slums.) The director of African Hearts stepped up to the front of the room and engaged the crowd with the love and firmness of an older brother filled with compassion. Laughing and smiling, he led our team in songs and engaging the children.

Due to safety concerns, only a few of the men in our group were allowed to walk back into the slums and see the crushing poverty that the children lived in. I must admit, it’s hard to put into words what I saw that afternoon. I have seen slums in Brazil, Philippines, and Mexico, but I was still not prepared for what we saw.

I praise the Lord that there is a team of men with African Hearts that engages these children and works to free them from the addictive hold this slum has over them.

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Serving Others

The next two days our team ran two more medical clinics in the surrounding Kampala area. Just as at the other clinic, every person that came through heard the Gospel. We saw around 700-800 people total, and again God was faithful in adding many new brothers and sisters to our number.

On our final day in Kampala, part of our team assisted with AWANAs at Care Medical, and painted a new room at the clinic so that  they can meet the government requirements and become a malnutrition care center.


Partnering with JE and Food for the Children

Throughout the week, we were also able to spend time with the children that are sponsored by the JE Food for the Children program. It was incredible to get to meet the children and see that they were receiving good care as well as a Christian education.

In Uganda, without an education, it is extremely unlikely that someone will ever get a job beyond a manual labor position, and they will most likely remain steeped in destitution. Your support of JE allows us to provide an education for these children and offer them a chance at a life beyond poverty, beyond addiction, beyond the slums.

We would love for you to join us in bringing Christ’s love to Uganda. Consider how you may be able to join in. Together let’s make a difference for Christ.  

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By Jon Dooley, Europe Coordinator

As part of JE’s Food for the Children program, fifty Ugandan children receive an education and have their basic needs met. In addition, the program pays for a weekly meal to children living in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Your travel with JE goes to support these programs and helps our ministry partners bring hope to children living in poverty without a future.

A Travel Agency With Heart

For 18 years we have guided student groups to every corner of the globe.  As a 501 c(3) non-profit, our goal has been to encourage our student groups to “Make a Difference” everywhere that they go, and our vision has been to “Change the World Through Student Travel” by using the proceeds of our student travel programs to financially support worthy ministries around the globe.

Through the years, since we are in the travel industry, we have continually received requests for “non-group” travel bookings.  As we have grown, the number of requests for high-quality travel experiences has continued to grow.

While we are still focused on providing the best Christian Student Travel tours possible to student groups from all over the world, we are proud to announce a new travel service to accommodate those non-group requests, and more.

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Fundraising With Teespring

How to Use Teespring to Make Great T-Shirts and Fundraise for Your Trip

If you’ve ever tried to make your own t-shirts, you know that it can end up being a complicated process.  First, you have to come up with a cool design, figure out what type of shirt to print on, then you have to figure out how many t-shirts you’ll have to order to keep the cost low enough.  After that, you have to make an upfront investment, order a bunch of shirts, and then convince people to buy them from you.

At Joshua Expeditions, all of our travelers get a free t-shirt for going on their JE Tour.  We hope you love that t-shirt, but we also know that you aren’t going to wear it on every single day of our trip.  Many of our student groups make their own trip t-shirts.  We love seeing these!  It makes a great photo op, shows trip unity, and makes everyone easy to find in a crowd.

What if you could design and print your own t-shirts without any upfront cost, risk or hassle?  What if you could use your custom t-shirt idea as a fundraiser?  Well, you can!

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Our Company Prayer Time

Every Monday morning, the JE staff gathers together for a time of prayer.  We believe that being saturated in prayer is of vital importance to our mission to change the world through student travel.  We are entering one of the busiest travel seasons of our year, and being covered in prayer during this season is absolutely integral to what we are trying to do.

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Teacher Appreciation Week


Our Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway (Now Closed)

Teacher Appreciation Week Imagine if we celebrated our teachers the way that we do our celebrities, athletes, and business leaders.  It’s fitting that Teacher Appreciation Week this year falls during the middle of a busy political season, numerous NBA playoff series, and right after a ridiculously over-hyped boxing spectacle.  Let’s be honest, our teachers deserve far more media attention than any of these public figures that end up clogging the airwaves of our TVs and Facebook feeds.

At Joshua Expeditions, teachers are at the center of what we do.  Teachers are the ones who fearlessly join their students on Joshua Expeditions tours around the world.  It is by their example that students learn that “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof”.  We believe that student travel can change the world, but we also recognize that this can never happen without the leadership from our partnering teachers.

As a small token of our respect and appreciation, we are giving away 12 $25 Starbucks Gift Cards at the end of Teacher Appreciation Week.

This year, we will be giving away 10 of the gift cards to teachers, and 2 of the gift cards to non-teachers.  We want to celebrate the incredible lessons that teachers have taught us, the ways that they have impacted our lives, and the educational and spiritual impact they have had on us.

To enter, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and answer one of two questions:

  1. FOR TEACHERS: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from teaching?
  2. FOR NON-TEACHERS: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from one of your teachers?

The Responses That We Received Were Amazing

If you are in need of some serious inspiration, wisdom, or reassurance that teachers are the best, then check out our collection of entries, here.  We loved hearing from teachers about what they have learned in their career.  There were a few over-arching themes to the answers we received.  Many teachers expressed the need to love each child individually, and expressed their belief that every student has the capability of being a “diamond in the rough”.  We were also glad to see that many teachers expressed that their faith in God is strengthened by teaching, and seeing students mature in their faith.


“Let’s be honest…every week should be Teacher Apprecation Week! #teacherappreciationweek”



Winners of the Giveaway

Look for an email from Joshua Expeditions with details on your $25 Starbucks Card!

  1. Laurie Beard
  2. Alicia Porter
  3. Amberly Robertson
  4. Tyler Amidon
  5. Scott Towns
  6. Donna Barrios
  7. Dave Crawford
  8. Marcela Keefe
  9. Debra Clark
  10. Rob McDonald
  11. Heather Campbell
  12. Mika Edwards

**Special Announcement**

We were so moved by all of the entries to this contest.  The responses were heartfelt, poetic, and full of wisdom.  Since we believe that ALL teachers deserve to be honored, we are actually going to award every single person who entered this Giveaway a $10 Starbucks Card.  YES.  Every. Single.  Person.  It’s the least that we can do to honor the teachers that we have the privilege of working with throughout the year.  From everyone at Joshua Expeditions…thank you for all that you do!

Some of our Favorite Entries: 

Diamonds in the Rough

A Word Fitly Spoken

The Owner of an Ice Cream Store

We Are All Broken and Need Grace


Senior Trip Ideas

Senior Trip Ideas At Joshua Expeditions we believe that Senior Trips are one of the most amazing things that you can give your students.  After all the hard work, all the test taking, all the extracurricular activities, their time at school has come to an end.  The beautiful thing is that Seniors are also so full of hope and expectation, because the next chapter in their life is just beginning.

Senior Trips can be a great way to give your matriculating students an experience to broaden their horizons, as they are on the precipice of journeying into the world at large.  If you don’t know where to start when looking for Senior Trips that really change lives, we’ve put together a list of Senior Trip Ideas for you.  Travel is a powerful thing, and we believe that a great trip can not only broaden a student’s global perspective, it can also lead them closer to Christ. Read More

When a Cancelled Flight Leads to Changed Lives

The last major eruption by the Turrialba Volcano was in 1866.  As one of Costa Rica’s largest volcanoes, it attracts visitors year round.  In fact, brave visitors used to be able to hike down into the main crater, but in 1996 small rumblings started to increase and time spent at the summit was limited to 15 minutes due to increased gaseous activity.

This past March 12th and 13th the Turrialba Volcano woke from it’s slumber, and started spewing flumes of ash into the air.  The three eruptions that happened over those two days are regarded as the most significant activity in the last century.  As a result of the significant amount of ash in the air, the San Jose Airport was completely closed, with over 100 flights being cancelled.

What happens when a Joshua Expeditions group is scheduled to depart Costa Rica on the day the airport is shut down due to an unprecedented volcanic eruption?

Lives are changed.


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The Reality of Travel Emergencies and How We Respond

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Unless you were living under a rock, you surely heard about the attacks that happened in Paris on January 7th when two Islamic militants forced their way into Charlie Hebdo headquarters and killed 11 people.

While the search for the terrorists, and the subsequent international response, kept most people glued to CNN, we had other things on our mind. Read More

Our Christmas Present

At the beginning of this December we asked our friends and travelers to tell us how they were giving back this Christmas season, and we also included the offer to nominate an organization or ministry that means something to you.  At Joshua Expeditions, our “Christmas Present” this year is to donate $1000 to one of those organizations.

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