The USA has 62 protected areas known as national parks. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been caring for these special places, with more than 318 million visitors each year. It’s beautiful to see them preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources for the playing, learning and inspiration of this and future generations. The state of Arizona has three (Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Saguaro) National Monuments with many others in neighboring states. People come from all over the world to experience what we have in our backyard.

Over the past 30 years, ISC has regularly led trips with international students to these parks. Road trips to places like Yellowstone create wonderful memories and friendships that stay strong. ISC recently took a group of Japanese students to the Grand Canyon. They had to return due to Covid-19 and really wanted to visit before departing. Each time we visit these parks we hear people “ooohh and aaaahh” in wonder, in lots of different languages. Of course they also take lots of pictures, eat local food and experience the best in America.

Visit Zion, or any Nat’l Park to be refilled with the beauty and wonder drained away by the Covid-19 global pandemic. The name Zion is taken from the Bible and means sanctuary or refuge. Be rejuvenated! Find rest as you sit, hike, sleep and eat inside these wonderful outdoor havens. Take comfort! In these nature reserves you can see God’s care in the minute details of plants, animals… even fungi. Be encouraged! Broad strokes of glory are displayed in grand creations. And as you’re playing and learning, be inspired by what you see… the laws of nature, and the hand of a very creative creator. If you’re feeling down, look up!