summer 2019- the summer of JOY {the greatest exchange}

HALFWAY through the summer, and still pinching ourselves in disbelief we get to do this! The build-up for the summer program is truly remarkable. Katie goes in September to begin selecting these girls- we interview the girls and identify the team in November- the girls connect with their host families in January- visa interviews in…

meet the 2019 team!

It is with the fullest heart that we want to introduce you to the 2019 Greatest Exchange Team! All nine of these girls have jobs for the summer.  They have completed their paperwork, and are applying for their visas in the next couple of weeks.  They are all meeting regularly, preparing steadfastly, and so excited that…

crossing oceans to move mountains {may 2017}

ELEVEN DAYS before the girls get off the plane and arrive in Jacksonville, Florida. The girls are messaging us daily asking about what to pack, tips about going through customs….and telling us over and over again how they can’t believe it’s really happening. This next week is quite busy for us as we prepare for…

following along the red sea road {february 2017}

truly can’t believe that we are moving into our FOURTH summer. As I look at the girls in these pictures, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to know them and their stories.  All nine of them have participated in our Greatest Exchange adventure. Their lives are changed- the trajectory of their future is different.  Their…

and we’re back {december 2016}

and we’re back! We are back safe and sound, and had an amazing trip to KZ.  We are so grateful for a FRUITFUL (and fun!) trip to see so many people that we love! First and foremost. there was something different about this trip.  After going back and forth now for the 5th time- to…

here we go again! {november 2016}

“I’m so happy that I spend this summer here. It allowed me to meet some wonderful people. This summer changed me…we will never be the same.” {Aiman, Summer 2016} We are still so humbled and grateful for the relationships we have built. Our world has become just a little smaller, as pieces of our heart…

celebrating the season {september 2016}

praises and celebrating the season. ““This was literally the best summer in my life. I’m so thankful. My favorite part about the whole program is that you all give such big opportunities to Kazakh girls, and make their heart bigger and give the feeling that every dream is real.  I want everybody in The Greatest…

summer 2016 recap.

To say we had a jam-packed summer would be an understatement!  We visited Disney and Sea World, served at VBS, played games with our host families, cooked enough Kazakh food to feed an army (literally!) and spent hours talking late into the night.  What a joy it was throughout the course of the summer to…

paying it forward. {july 2016)

Two and a half weeks.  That’s how much longer these girls are with us here in Jacksonville. Tomorrow will be nine weeks since they’ve arrived.  We so wish that you all could be there for every single step and witness the journey that these girls go on.  The fear and nervousness when they step off…