Author Archives: Rachel Shomali

Catching up: VLMCC Summer Intern 2017

Hello again! It’s been about a year since I’ve posted anything here, but was encouraged by Pastor Rebecca Littlejohn to update you all on my recent endeavors. I had the privilege of serving as a Summer Intern at Vista La Mesa Christian Church (VLMCC) in San Diego, California, for the last two months. As this […]

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NYE ‘Feels’

The National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida – what an interesting few days! Minerva and I did not know what we were signed up for, but it turned out great. The relaxing atmosphere of NYE was a welcomed contrast to the intensity of each camp. As the two Palestinian Peace Interns, we were paired up for a […]

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Expectation vs. Reality

Initially going into the summer, I was a little anxious about my internship in the USA. I did not know what to expect from the camps I was going to, and what the campers would be like. I thought it highly likely that I might find some existing prejudice towards Palestinians specifically and Arabs in […]

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Dear American History Teacher

What were you thinking?   At one of my camps this month, a camper in my cabin saw me using deodorant. She said, “I thought you guys didn’t use deodorant.” I was a little confused so I asked, “What do you mean?” “My history teacher said that you guys don’t use deodorant and don’t shave.” […]

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Power, Love, and Self-discipline

This has been one of the longest weeks of my life, by far. Crossing time zones is never fun, but I think I’ve finally adjusted to the western time zone! Yay! We learned so much and met so many amazing people during our training week. What an honor it was to meet global missionaries, DPF […]

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