Bonding Relationships Through Action

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  1. Hi Kit,

    I totally agree with that relationship bonds are deeper through action. We recently had a similar realization — that our closest friends are those who we’ve shared adventures with. Most of those adventures were of the overnight kind — camping, backpacking or hut trips. Others were travel adventures — in fact, we feel a very tight bond with those who we traveled with through the “dodgy part of Africa”. Even 15 years later, we can meet up with various members of our Africa tribe and pick up just where we left off.

    So, your point is well taken. Thank you for putting it into words for all of us to read.

    • You have lived an active, friend-filled life, haven’t you. Friends from the dodgy parts of Africa could be your next book title! ?

      Your point hits home with me. The picture with the article is of some of my Camino friends. Granted it’s only been a year, but the core of our Camino family keep in touch and follow each other through life’s adventures. It’s a good feeling.

      Hhmmm… That helps me understand why going to meetings is better than meeting virtually: bonding. Through bonding comes better understanding and sharing. Interesting observation!

  2. Kit, it makes perfect sense. My church has many types of mission trips, and many of them focus on youth involvement. They go all over, usually building or repairing homes. When asked why the youth of our church didn’t do this locally (the need is everywhere – you don’t have to go out of town to find it), the youth minister said basically what you are saying, but perhaps in a different way too. He believes that it is necessary to remove the kids from their normal, everyday environment – and electronics. Away from distractions where their focus is on each other, the trip, and task at hand when they arrive. Spending that time one-on-one in a different environment with a common focus forms strong bonds among the group and with the people whom they serve through their mission. And it makes impacts that affect their perspective for the rest of their lives – or I assume it must at least make an impression.

    It doesn’t mean you have to travel to a different continent to do it, but the idea is similar, don’t you think?

    • I agree with your final question/conclusion: travel doesn’t have to be to a different continent to be effective in opening one up to growth. Travel opens people up whether they go to the next county or state, much less the next country. How wonderful your church provides such opportunity for the youth. They are being of service (a good lesson at any age) and getting out of their home environment so they learn more about themselves and the world.


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