It’s been 19 years since my last pilgrimmage of any sort, back then to the Holy Land of Israel. I’ve been inactive in church for all that time ever since, having left Singapore to study in Canada for six years from when I was 15.
The idea of heading to World Youth Day 2016 came over a breakfast discussion late last year with my sis, and having began on an interior journey that was a long time coming after a series of life changing events, it finally culminated in an unforgettable albeit exhausting 16 days for me in central Europe.
It required a huge leap of faith as I did not know a single soul heading onto this trip, with a group of 170pax from OYP. But as God would have it, I made so many new friends and learnt so much more about community in a critical season of my life as I continue to figure out my true identity.
From the Youth Arise! International workshops and seminars in Zory right down to the WYD proper, it was a spiritually enriching experience, and a true eye opener that can only be achieved through hardship and leaving my comfort zone.
Here are some of the more memorable photos I took over that 2 week period.