Dillon woman prepares for mission trip across planet
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DILLON – Crystal Taylor felt the urge to share her religion on a global level; she recently Googled “year-long mission trip” and found an opportunity to visit 11 countries in 11 months.
Taylor, 24, moved to Dillon from Allen, Texas last October to learn how to snowboard.
“Once I kind of got up here and saw that not everywhere is a conservative bubble world like back home, I saw that … God is calling me to a bigger goal,” she said.
The trip she’s planning with The World Race – a Christian missions organization – involves stops in such countries as Ireland, Cambodia, Kenya, Israel and Thailand.
Taylor said she will pray for guidance to a couple of yet-to-be-determined locations in Asia and Africa.
“Personally, I feel called to Ethiopia,” she said.
About 50 to 60 people are to be traveling through the organization at the same time, and they’re divided into groups of five to eight.
“Living as locals do in each country, they serve communities in any capacity needed, whether it’s playing with orphans, visiting the sick, doing manual labor or simply spending time loving forgotten people,” according to a World Race press release.
Taylor works at Keystone Resort, making reservations for Vail and Beaver Creek. She plans to depart in mid- June after a week of training in Georgia at the end of May.
“I’m not entirely sure where I’ll be staying,” she said of the housing situations, adding that many of the stops will be in small villages.
She said the work is to involve helping people “get to a better standard of living” and will differ depending on the country’s needs. She said some help of the groups have helped with teaching English.
Taylor, a non-denominational Christian, said in an e-mail that she’s aware of the risks involved with traveling to some of the countries, “but if taking that risk means making a difference in one person’s life and bringing them into a relationship with the Lord, it will have been well worth it.”
She hasn’t left the country before, but she has been on a mission trip to St. Louis, Mo. where she said she got “to see what poverty looks like.”
The trip costs $14,300, and Taylor – who recently began raising money – aims to raise half of that by the end of May.
She said that while friends have been encouraging, her family told her: “You’re crazy. Don’t go.”
“They don’t want me to go, but they know it’s something I’m going to do anyway,” she said.
Her website has a link where she plans to post photos and blogs to share her experiences with people back home. People may also make donations through the website, which is at http://crystaltaylor.theworldrace.org.
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