Ed Stetzer and Larry McCrary are taking a team of people into Asia for a mission experience – visiting temples, talking to religious leaders, eating strange foods, etc. You can follow it at the Upstream Collective blog. Think of it as a virtual jet set tour for those who could not attend but can still be involved by reading the stories and interacting with the people.
My first experience in Asia was quite shocking. I was 21 years old and not really prepared for it. The food places looked dirty and MacDonalds was far too appealing. But after a few days our team weaned ourselves away from Western food places and digged into the best food I ever tasted.
Not only that, but it also prepared me for a lifetime in ministry and cross-cultural exchange. Hope it will do the same for the lucky people on the Upstream Collective wagon.