STM is not just about the experience of new a place, culture, language and food. And it is also more than sharing our ups and downs with others in our local church. It is the combination of these two joys in my Christian life that makes STMs so valuable. Even with those who are so different in their thinking, mannerisms and humour, we become one as we share our faith in Christ.
Through this experience, this is what sticks with me even many years after my last STM; a greater picture of the body of Christ. And this awareness allows me to draw my attention away from things of this world and look forward with urgency to God’s Kingdom.