About the Author

Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her most recent books are Breathing Through Grief and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. As one who does not have the opportunity to travel a lot, I think that this would be great! My ancestors are from Denmark and Sweden, so I would like to learn more about those countries.

    • Judy, I think it would be amazing to learn more about Denmark and Sweden. I’ve enjoyed trying some of the food from those cultures. Thanks for commenting and entering today’s giveaway! Would love to “travel” with you through Global Glory Chasers!

  2. We as a family have never been out of the country. We would love to learn about any country, but I think they would like Asian countries because of the food lol, and some of the animals they have learned about.

  3. This is a wonderful idea! I would love to visit Thailand or Vietnam. And actually after this past year, I would be happy going to almost any place in America too

  4. Our travel plans were interrupted by COVID too. Bringing Hawaii home and experiencing it as a family was a brilliant idea! My husband’s ancestors are from Germany. We would love to experience Germany and the surrounding countries.

  5. I retired shortly before the pandemic hit and Michigan locked down hard. My husband has health issues, so we have been very cautious throughout all of this. We have actually started trying to do this very thing, watching travel videos and virtually traveling through others. I would love to go anywhere. There are so many interesting places and people and food in this world God created. Unfortunately, we will probably never be able to physically do this kind of travel, but experiencing as much as we can from home would be wonderful.

  6. I love all of this! We had so much travel planned last year, for work and fun. The big one was also in December–a trip to Ecuador/Galapagos, which I’d dreamed of as long as I can remember. It was planned and booked over a year in advance. We hope to go next month–but the disappointment was huge. We chose to spend the day we would have left road tripping to some state parks on Lake Michigan–at least it was a huge body of water! It’s so important to teach out kids about the rest of the world and for them to learn that different isn’t wrong–just different!

    • I hear you, Jill. I’m sorry for that disappointment but love that you still made space for a little road trip. I grew up near Lake Michigan in Chicago. I always thought it was like our personal ocean. So pretty in all seasons!

  7. This past year has been chaos and challenging. We too have opened the cook books and read a couple new books. I would love to travel far with the grandkids. Just to experience other cultures and converse with others brings a smile and warmth in my heart. My first born has been in Bali 3 years. She has shared Balinese cultures and beautiful days with us through media. I’m ready to take our family as soon as borders open. We have also a new baby arriving in August. God is continually blessing our family.

  8. Dorina,
    How fun! Yes, we’ve all had to get a little creative when we get tired of the same four walls. I know enough French, Spanish, and German to be dangerous. Since I head up a non-profit which benefits orphans, impoverished children, and at-risk young women in Pakistan — I’ve been trying to learn some phrases in their native Urdu and to prepare some of their dishes. When we dare to open ourselves to other cultures, we become complexly beautiful in the process.
    Bev xx

  9. Dorina!
    I can not thank you enough for all the fun and work that your family has put into this project!!! My family and the Brownicity Learning Community get to benefit from your passion and expertise. You are making dreams come true!

    Shalom to you and your family.
    Bon voyage and bon appetit!

    • I love this idea!! So creative and thanks to you all for doing this! I would love to learn about Germany. God bless you

    • This is so fun! I love collaborating. Thank you for having confidence in us and encouraging us to take this seed of an idea and run with it. We are better together! And I am so proud of you that you all made lumpia! Can’t wait to see your pics!

    • Our non-profit was Christian Friendship Ministries now Haiti Gospel Outreach. It was based in the Northern mountains in Pignon. My late husband’s grandparents were the Bells – pioneer missionaries on the island – with so many from their original churches starting ministries on their own today across Haiti today.

  10. For some reason Ireland has always been on the top of my places to visit. The scenery & cute little pubs are so enticing to me. Honestly though, I’d be happy going and seeing most anywhere in the world.

  11. Thank you for sharing your experience! I’m from Costa Rica and when I read about someone who’s been here it feels great. I’m glad you had a wonderful experienced here and Central America.

    This is such a great idea, Traveling the Globe in a virtual mode.

    God bless you and your family!!

    • Hola Dina! What a joy to meet you here at (in)courage. Costa Rica will always have a special place in my heart. I hope to take my three daughters there one day. The Parque Nacional de Manuel Antonio is still one of my all-time favorite beaches. Pura vida, amiga!

  12. Dorina,

    My ancestors are from Scotland on mom’s side. When I was younger I always wanted to visit Scotland & see the beautiful landscapes. What a great idea your daughter has to cook food from other countries & learn about the heritage. God made us for community. We need it now more than ever. An adage from Sweet Tea for the Soul If you want fellowship, the first thing you have to do is get to know the fellows on the ship. The best way to have community is to learn about other cultures-their heritage, foods, etc. I may investigate some Scottish foods & cook them.

    Blessings 🙂

    • I love that you are exploring your Scottish cultural roots. My late husband was Scottish and Armenian so that’s part of our family heritage too! Let me know if you find any good recipes. It’s a privilege to learn about others and how God has designed all of us as part of His family! We are siblings!

  13. I would love to learn more about Australia &/or New Zealand – they seem so exotic and cool!

  14. I have always been fascinated by Japan…I’m not even sure why but I would love to learn as much as possible. I love the idea of exploring cultures virtually. I am originally from Portugal but would love to explore other European cultures as well.

  15. Oh, to travel the world. There are so many wonders to see! The mountains in Sweden, the beauty of Fiji, the culture of the land down under….alas, I will not make it physically out of North America due to a very cautious husband. But love this idea of traveling the globe at home and venturing this adventure with my kiddos! The history, biblically and otherwise, the diversity of nature…amazing.

  16. I could not love this more. Last spring, my family had to cancel a trip to Paris. We were going to go for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Traveling is my love language. I love alllll the planning that goes into it and learning about new cultures. It’s the best thing I’ve found to both keep me humble and remember that my way of seeing the world is not the only (or best) way. Just last week I booked a crazy flight deal for Tokyo in early 2022 for my family. I’ve never been to Japan and can’t wait to explore with my husband and two small children. I can’t wait to learn more!

    • Katie, we had to cancel our big trip to Paris last year too. It was heartbreaking after we all had participated in so much planning. And now our friends who lived close have moved. I’m still dreaming we will make it back there one day! In the meantime, we have loved learning about French culture from home and trying some delectable recipes! Excited to hear about your Tokyo trip!

  17. I love the way your family took a deep disappointment and turned it into an opportunity for joy, creativity, learning, and connection! Dorina, you are a true global glory chaser and it’s beautiful to watch!

  18. I work at an international mission board, so this sounds like fun! I would love to visit Australia some day. It’s unlikely but we have dear missionary friends there I would love to see.

  19. What a wonderful idea! I was hoping you would have a book, but a list is just as good. My family roots are in England, Wales, France, Scotland, Ireland, and possibly Native American. and I would also like to see Israel. However, it is unlikely that my husband and I will get to most of those places, since it is difficult for us to travel either by plane or ship.

    • Hi Clara, so good to hear about your heritage! My oldest daughter is 14 and wants to get baptized in Israel. I’m not sure if that will happen, but we are dreaming! Thanks for entering the giveaway!