Day 34: My Son

by McKenzie Buller A few of us celebrated the 4th of July by biking 20 minutes to a beach and spending an hour or two enjoying the beautiful Hoi An. For dinner we did the most American thing possible and stuffed our faces with burgers, fries, and pizza. Although it was true American celebration in […]

Day 33: My Lai

By Samra Gebretsadkan. My Lai is located in Southern Vietnam, two and half hours drive from Hoi An. Not many foreigners visit the site, which says a lot about the history of it. March 16, 1968. Helicopters showed up to the town dropping off armed young men that were taking orders to kill everyone. 9 […]

Day 32-34: Hoi An

by Kassie Klein. An Overview of Hoi An For those of you unfamiliar with Hoi An—as I was before arriving in this city—this is a city best know for its tailoring. Countless shops advertising “Custom Tailoring” fill the streets of Hoi An. From our hotel, we were a 20 minute walk from the Thu Bồn […]

Day 28-29: Ninh Binh

By Megan Kroeker.          Goodbye Hanoi! Yesterday we began with a 2.5 hour drive to the Phat Diem Cathedral. I was expecting the traditional European-style cathedral that somehow happens to look exactly the same no matter where you are in the world. This was not the case. The most impressive features of this cathedral included a […]

Day 26-27: HaLong Bay

by Kelsey Lowrey. Hello this is Kelsey! This morning we headed off to Lan Ha (or Ha Long Bay) in basically one of the fanciest buses we have all ever been on! We got to take a nice ride in our limo bus while 4 others got a luxury van (this van had massage chairs). […]

A Safe Place

This week’s Connections is a selection from the new book by Yvette Jones. Be Extraordinary! Devotions for Ordinary People Who Want to Live Extraordinary Lives is “a devotional for those who want more than normal Christianity of following tradition; it is for those who desire to turn up the temperature in their walk with the […]

Day 21: to Vietnam!

by Loren Friesen: “Paul! Paul! Let’s go, we’re gonna be late! Cmon!” Paul checks the clock. “Loren it’s freakin 2 AM.” “Oh..” My middle of the night sleep talking that woke both of us up, fueled by the fear of oversleeping our 5:45 AM departure time from the hotel, didn’t constitute the ideal way to […]

Day 16-17 – Nanjing

By Taylor Benton. During our time in Nanjing, we visited multiple places including the Ming Tombs and the Nanjing Massacre Museum. The Ming Tombs we’re surrounded by a large park filled with trees, semi-cleaner air, and animal statues. These statues served as guards for the first Ming Emperor who was buried there. When we visited […]

Sowing Merced Community Connections via Fresno Pacific University

Having been an active member of the educational community of Merced since 1980, my commitment to serving the people of Merced County by providing access to educational excellence and the Fresno Pacific Idea comes naturally. Since joining FPU as full-time faculty four years ago, my plan for accomplishing such has undergone numerous permutations as a […]