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Posted by Dave at October 7, 2004 09:57 AM


This is incredible! I am so glad there are people out there who actually pursue things like this. I'm sure it's been a life-changing journey; just think how it will shape your futures.

And great website! I love the design. Very professional and well-done.

Posted by: Debi at December 9, 2005 08:35 AM

Hi Eric,

my name is Raphael. I am the "The Frontiers" guy from Germany. I just wanted to thank you for the pictures. It is so nice to see the work you have been doing in Banda Ache. I know from the team there that you have really been a blessing to them. Thank you for staying with them and sharing your experiance on your webpage.

I hope you will have a nice ongoing trip and a nice welcome back home as you return.

Posted by: Raphael at December 6, 2005 06:12 PM


hey cousin... i ran across the news about your journey and site in some menno publication. amazing! i'll be sure to share it with other beaver camp staff alumni.

enjoy the day--nate

Posted by: Nate Herr at November 27, 2005 06:45 PM

Congratulations!!! You have a very well designed website. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Jane Mills at October 31, 2005 02:58 PM

Hey Dave & Eric,
Greetings in Christ! I just talked to Josh Miller and he let me know what you crazy kids are doing. Awesome! I'm very impressed. It's good to know what you're up to. My prayers will be with you both. If you're ever in Ohio, look me up. Peace, Love, Jesus.

Posted by: Andy Hook at October 31, 2005 02:12 PM

You folks came up in discussion with Dano Heatwole and Alicia Horst while were chilling on our first night of LEAP orientation. What a small (or maybe large from your perspective) world we live in. :)

God Bless you on your travels.

Oh, And a give Kurt a hug for me and tell him I met his mom at Charlotte. Seriously. Again with the small world.

Posted by: paul yoder at July 14, 2005 04:41 PM


Where in the world are you? :) You are a difficult one to get ahold of, brother. Just wanted to let you know that Jesse & I are engaged! Don't plan any year-long trips over next summer, ok? Hope all is well!
love ya

Posted by: Maria at July 13, 2005 08:59 AM

Dave, "Happy Birthday!" We are especially thinking about you today, your 23rd birthday. Your life has brought so much joy to Mom and I. We really missed you this weekend, with Kristina's graduation celebrations. Love, Dad

Posted by: Dad at June 13, 2005 09:33 AM

I am a friend of Kurt Rosenberger's who is travelling with you and an avid bicyclist who has pedaled twice across the USA. I agree that you get a perspective that is unique in this mode of transportation. To experience other cultures this way is a wonderful opportunity. God bless you in your travels.

Posted by: Rogers McLane at June 5, 2005 09:19 PM

Dave and Eric,

it was SOOO good to meet you while at Ancient Corinth. Made it to Hong Kong yesterday and now in China as of last night. Need to be careful what I write, here during next 2.5 weeks, so better post this now. 2005-05-13.

What a blessing meeting all of you! Travel safely!

Posted by: Keith Huie (from N. California) at May 13, 2005 06:29 PM

Hey guys. Just checking out the site a little bit. Looks awesome. Nice Hair! Dave, you look like Kurt Cobain.
Soak it all in well.

Posted by: andrew jenner at May 5, 2005 09:36 AM

Dave & Eric,

Just looked briefly @ your extensive website and diary for the first time. We'll pray for your safety and His guidance in your lives. Dave, thanks so much for your care of my Dad, Lester Bergey, Aug. 2004, while a patient at Grand View Hosp.

Lowell Bergey

Posted by: Lowell & Alma Bergey at April 27, 2005 08:27 PM

Thanks for letting us join your travels. As a traveler and wannabe photogrpaher myself, I am impressed. Buen viaje y via con Dios.

Posted by: Carey Miller at April 11, 2005 01:46 PM

Hey guys, everything looks great. I hope and pray that your experiences continue to challenge you and help you grow. I just thought of you guys after watching Motorcycle Diaries, about Che and his trip through S.America. Must be great. Blessings

Posted by: Derek King at March 17, 2005 03:04 PM

Hello , just surfed in to say hello. You have a really nice Page! if you are looking for nice sunny holidays in spain -

Posted by: mara higgins at March 3, 2005 08:46 AM

Hi Guys, que Dios les bendiga durante este viaje. We enjoy walking with you trought your web site. It has been almost 4 months since you were in Mexico. Thanks for the blessing of sharing your journals. Take care! and we do not forget the blessed time we spent together.
Blessings. Juan y Araceli

Posted by: Juan and Araceli at February 21, 2005 06:20 PM

Hi Dave (and Eric),
I'm just seeing this site for the first time. I'm looking forward to reading all of your journal pieces and viewing the awesome photos. For starters I read the Overview, Purpose et al. Stay healthy and have a great experience. Dave, how's the biking?
Mr. A

Posted by: Harry Anselmo at January 25, 2005 07:32 PM

Hi Eric!

Your trip sounds fantastic. I pray that God will continue to protect you and give you wonderful opportunities that will leave behind traces of God's love and grace.

I noticed that you'll be in Germany later this spring/summer. I'm living in Mannheim until at least the end of July 2005, if you are looking for another contact or possibility of a place to stay. Mannheim is about 20 minutes away from Heidelberg. Let me know if I can help with anything while you're here in Germany!

Blessings, Rose

Posted by: Rose Burkholder at January 12, 2005 06:33 AM

Hi Eric and Dave!
Just getting a chance to catch up on what your lives have been like while on break from teaching. God has definitely been taking care of you! Shelter and food and travel helps at every turn. I hope the rest of your journey proves as successful and the presence of God continues to be apparent.

Posted by: Martha Sachs at December 30, 2004 07:37 PM

Hi Dave, Eric and now Rachel, we're so glad you all met up safely. Hope your travels are loads of fun and you see great sights. A side note is that Lyndon and Krista Bontrager (Nicaragua) are Rachel's second cousins and is was fun to see pictures of Nica and them since Gem was there on SST. The Costa Rica narrative was very helpful since we're taking CD students there in the spring. Hope Machu Pichu is all you imagine. Stay safe, love and prayers Gem and Eldon Miller---thanks for watching out for...traveling with Rach.

Posted by: Gem & Eldon Miller at December 28, 2004 11:49 AM

Hi Eric.

At the Kennel family Christmas dinner yesterday, your Dad was telling us of your great adventure. When I got home today, spent some time browsing on your web site - the journey looks and sounds fantastic! I'll read it more carefully.

Hope you had a good Christmas. I'll certainly keep you in prayer as the journey continues.

Duane Shank

Posted by: Duane Shank at December 27, 2004 02:42 PM

Hi Dave,
Your Mom has told us about your website in Sunday School class at Franconia. How exciting!
I hope you are having a great time (I'm sure you are) and remember there are lots of people at "home" who are praying for you.
Louise Halteman

Posted by: Louise Halteman at December 13, 2004 10:37 PM

Dave and Eric,
I was great to meet you guys on your journey. Thanks for speaking at NCA! ( You guys encourage me as well as many of the students to continue seeking God's direction in our lives. God bless and remember to spend "heeps" of time in Aussieland and NZ! It will be well worth it.

Luke Rosenberger

Posted by: Luke Rosenberger at December 1, 2004 02:33 PM

Hey Eric and Dave, hope things are going well for you both. Thanks so much for hanging out with us here in El Crucero for a day and inspiring us to "be all that we can be" or something like that. You guys rock and we have been blessed by your testimony and mission. Que Dios les bendiga muchisimo y vamos a estar orando por ustedes.

Posted by: Lyndon & Krista Bontrager at December 1, 2004 11:54 AM

hey guys, how are you doing?
I hope you remember me, in case you dont, I'm the girl that you met in san pedro necta, huehuetenango in guatemala, sounds familiar???
I just want to say HI and wish you the best in everything.
I miss you so much!!!!

I realize after seeing guatemala's photo album that you didnt take my picture in san pedro necta,


I hope you're doing OK with spanish, eh Dave!!!

your always friend,

Posted by: verena at November 26, 2004 06:25 PM

Hi, Dave and Eric,

I rent an office down the hallway from your mom's, Dave - you should have seen the excitement in her eyes as she told me of this site!

Sam and I look forward to hearing about the rest of this amazing venture you two have embarked upon! Way back in 1973 we lived for four months in Tegucigalpa(as leaders of an SST group of students from Goshen College). Sam was asked for this because he had been a VSer in Honduras - for two years in the early 60's - lived and worked first in Tocoa and later in Sante Fe along the coast near Trujillo. That GC term was amazing.

Our son Tony also lived a year after graduation from GC in Costa Rica writing for an English lang. C. America newspaper(as an unpaid intern)and then worked three more years in Guatemala with La Casa - Sam and I managed to visit him both places - unforgettable...

Our interest in the Southern hemisphere deepened as Sam spent time there during his sabbatical year and with my sisters and families living for many years in Mexico - we visited them there several times. Alice (and Claude) Good did Bible translation work with the Trique Indians in the Oaxaco area and Emma (and J. Mark Frederick)worked in Bible training and church planting - first in Puebla and then in Mex City.

You will meet so many wonderful people and learn so much. Just do stay together ~:o) Traveling with another person adds safety and comfort - and perspective! I am delighted to know about your travels and glad for the chance to "go along for the ride" here!


Helen Lapp, director of MARP* & admin. of SOOP*
and member at Plains Menn.

*Menn. Assoc. of Retired Persons)
*Service Opportunities for Older People
- spelling it out for you!

Posted by: Helen Lapp at November 18, 2004 11:20 PM

Hey! how are you guys!
I hope everything is going well. Im praying for you. Thanks for visiting Mazate.
God Bless you,

Posted by: Gaby (from Mazate) at November 9, 2004 05:14 PM

It's great to see you off and running. Praise God for a friend who will travel with you to the border. Blessing to you as you spread the sweet
smell of God's Love through Jesus where ever you go. Love DAD

Posted by: Eric's DAD (chris) at October 11, 2004 07:23 PM

Dave, Mary and I attend Doylestown Mennonite with your grandparents. Your Mother gave me your address this morning and although she is excited about your trip and proud of you, she has some understandable, motherly concerns!

I am eager to hear of your journey. I spent the first 15 years of my life in Tanzania and Mary and I served with Church World Service in Algeria between 1965 and 1968.

A friend, Roddy Moyer, provides us (through his parents) e-mails from Nairobi, Kenya where he pilots for Samaritans Purse.

May the hand of The Great Protector be upon you and grant you opportunity and satisfaction.

Bill and Mary Leatherman

Posted by: Bill and Mary Leatherman at October 11, 2004 02:13 PM

I am impressed! You guys are amazing! Getting all of this together, and really following through with it! I am really impressed!
I just wish that I could go along! (I am struggling with extreme jealousy right now!) :-) However, thank you for setting it up so that we can follow you while you are on your journey! That helps make it seem like from time to time, I will be traveling with you in a limited, laptop sort of way!
Eric and Dave, may God bless you and go with you as you begin on your journey, seeking to bless Him and others you come across during your travels. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Posted by: Kim Garrett at October 8, 2004 06:43 PM

Wow, you guys are quite planned and prepared for this. Much thought has been put into this trip. I'll be praying for you guys as you set out on this journey around the world. I look forward to reading you updates and seeing pictures.

This is my prayer for you guys, "Pray also for me, (Eric and Dave), that whenever I (you) open my (your) mouths, words may be given me (you) so that I (you) will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I (you) are ambassadors in chains. Pray that I (you) may declare it fearlessy." Ephesians 6:19-20

Declare the name of the Lord as you travel!! <><

In Christ,
Renee Nissley

Posted by: Renee Nissley at October 7, 2004 10:05 AM

Guys: You certainly are well-prepared it appears. When I was your age I travelled 62 days with Ginny through 19 countries by land seeking out every development program we could find, following in reverse much of the path you are taking, from Buenos Aires to Belize (didn't have time to traverse Mexico). Historical highlight was the Cuzco/Macchu Picchu visit, also closest we came to being harmed on way out to Lima, in 1972. Flew from Medellin to Panama. We will follow your web trail, may God be with you.

Posted by: Don L. Ranck at October 7, 2004 10:03 AM
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