Reflections on the Trip
I believe that our trip to Cyprus was a once-in-a-lifetime, amazing, and powerful experience. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with other believers, touring a beautiful Mediterranean country, and experiencing a different culture.
During our time at the American Academy in Nicosia, the Bible teacher, George (who I believe impacted all of us), spoke to his students of how he hoped they saw the beauty of how the nine of us could come from the United States, yet feel at home with our brothers and sisters in Christ in this country. I believe this was a profound truth, spoken very simply. The kingdom of Christ is not contained by any geopolitical boundaries. Although we carry different passports on this earth, the nine of us, the alumni group that traveled with us, and the Cypriot Christians we worshipped with all have our eternal citizenship in one place—heaven.
Another wonderful part of this trip was being able to tour the country with the alumni group. We marveled at the beauty of sights such as Petra tou Romiou, the amphitheater at Kourion, and the architectural majesty of many churches. But we also had the opportunity to interact with the Geneva alumni and friends who traveled with us. It was a great chance to get to know, and become friends with, some older saints.
It was striking to experience another culture. I think one of the most memorable experiences for me was walking through the desolate, bombed-out U.N. buffer zone in the middle of Nicosia. This country lives with a border guarded by high walls, barbed wire, and armed guards running right through the middle of the island. That is something we as Americans cannot fully comprehend. I think that our song “Prayer of the Children” will never be the same to me after this trip. This song was inspired by the division within Yugoslavia during their civil war. Cyprus is experiencing exactly this kind division. With this, as with all other problems that arise in this world, the song recognizes that the only solution to these problems is to cry out to Jesus, the only solution to our problems. I believe that was the single most memorable lesson/experience in a trip filled with wonderful lessons and experiences.
- by Scott Metzger, Senior Communications Major