5 Gorgeous Road Trips to take in Europe this Fall.

Germany is very orderly in all things and I think today was designated as the day the leaves fall off the trees. We’ve had beautiful weather and it’s a great time of year to explore the continent! This article from thepointsguy.com highlights some great destinations. The American road trip may be iconic, but the winding, […]

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WWRW: 4 Ways to Keep Up with Student Culture

It’s “What we’re reading Wednesday!” This week I wanted to share an article that reinforces some of the things we and our YouthCompass staff are intentional about in keeping up with student culture. In 20 years of working with students, there are a few things that have not changed, but youth culture is changing so rapidly […]

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Trying to bless those in need…

Throughout the year we’re looking for ways to engage students in serving others. Each winter we turn our focus to our homeless neighbors and work to provide some needed items. Here’s a quick video summary…

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20 Feet and a Coaching Legacy

Westering coached football players have greatly impacted my leadership and philosophy, and I count myself grateful for being fortunate enough to “be around.”

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How Not to Behave in 15 Countries

 Traveling over the holidays? We found this quick overview of things to consider in 15 countries. If you’re looking to book a flight or hotel for your own cultural exploration Skyscanner has some great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Add your cultural misbehavior in the comments!

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The Marathon

I’m taking some time to write this while it’s fresh in my mind, and it seems like a good excuse to sit still and let my muscles forget that we ran 42km yesterday. With the prescribed “night before inspirational movie” still playing in our minds, my family left the house for the train to downtown […]

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The Power of Play (Update)

Our lives are part of an epic, eternal story and I think fun is a big part of that. It is not an escaping from reality—but entering it more fully.

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A Weekend (Not) in Paris

This past weekend we were planning on escaping and going with friends to Paris.  There were a number of things leading up to the weekend making it clear that we shouldn’t go.  That created space and a weekend at home to catch up on a few things.  We did however feel the need to take […]

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Wondering what we’ve been up to?

Like always this is much overdue, but at least we’re consistent! Below is a link to our latest update and newsletter. We are so grateful for all of you who partner with us in this great adventure. Blessings, Brice and Julie Winter_Spring Update from the Johnsons!

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Kim Jong-Un and a missed opportunity.

Kim Jong-Un’s recent call for the execution of 33 Christians is a call to prayer and a reminder of a missed opportunity with an international school student in the 1990s. The following content is from Thomas Speckhardt, YouthCompass International. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The capital of North Korea lies over 5000 miles away from Berne, Switzerland. What does […]

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