“For those who want to do something different, you have to step out of your comfort zone and realize you are doing something that will last a lifetime.”

In July, Ashton Hardin traveled to the heart of the Amazon with 200 university students from the U.S. and Brazil as part of ADRA’s volunteer program—ADRA Connections.

It was extreme! 30 hours by boat, hammocks instead of beds, no cell or internet connection!

Ashton, student association president, and student chaplain at La Sierra University in southern California saw the mission experience as a great way to reconnect with her faith and her global community.

By the end of the two-week mission trip, the hard work of volunteers like Ashton truly paid off: a multi-building school complex stood where there was once only jungle. 44 young students, ages 5-14, now have classrooms, a cafeteria, library, dormitories, and homes for their volunteer teachers. Soon up to 200 students will be able to attend school and have the chance for a bright, bright future!

Are you ready for your life-changing experience?

Learn more about ADRA Connections and how you can join an upcoming trip at ADRAConnections.org.

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