I mentioned visiting churches while on vacation in Hawaii last week. I also got to check out Kauai Community College a little bit. And I had actually Googled to see if I could find a college minister or college ministry on Kauai to connect with, too. (I didn’t.)

I haven’t made that last one – connecting with college ministers – a true habit when on vacation, but it is something that’s always in the back of my mind. Last year in England, my wife and I both got to meet up with some great people who oversee UK ministry and the worldwide International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. It was phenomenal, fun, and a great way to get an “insider’s tour” of Oxford, to boot.

Another thing about going to Hawaii is that it reminds me of the last time I was there, for a friend’s wedding in 2006. At the time, I called that trip “the biggest road trip ever” because I drove from Texas to L.A. and then flew from there. It was actually a wild trip – including getting my car smashed when I wasn’t in it – but I also had the chance to visit a handful of campuses (and this was before I started exploring college ministry “full-time”).

I don’t know how often your work or your “normal life” take you to other places. But in both cases, I can’t encourage you enough to fit in the occasional campus exploration or (better yet) connection with a fellow campus missionary. Our abilities are enhanced by learning about different contexts. But not only that – there’s something these sorts of far-flung connections with our compatriots does to our hearts, helping us love our work all the more.

(If you’re interested, the wild story of the original “biggest road trip ever” is here.)