Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hands On Opportunities

Interested in spending a semester in Southeast Asia? Students are needed to fill the following teams. (Most teams will help supervise Nehemiah Teams during June & July.)
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8371  Mountain Farm Intern  (Southeast Asia)
Living in the Golden Triangle, you will be working to engage unreached peoples through agriculture & community development projects. Farm work is hard but can reap a bountiful harvest!

8447  National Mobilizer  (Philippines)
Every mission movement in modern history has begun with college students. Be involved in a nationwide movement of reaching the lost & raising up the next generation of missionaries, both American & Filipino.

8443  Urban Risk Taker   (Southeast Asia)
In our city of 3.5 million there are people from all walks of life who are trapped in darkness. We need students who are ready, able, and eager to get creative and look for ways to engage our city with the Gospel. You will have opportunities to build relationships with young adults through an English language community. They are waiting to be your friends and hear about the Hope that's only found in Jesus. Though personal conversations over dinner, music, games, sports, etc. you will have the opportunity to make friends and share Truth. Through an outreach ministry and employment center for victims of human trafficking you can apply your gifts and skills to make a difference in the lives of these women and children. Other ministries may include prison ministry, working with street kids, deaf ministry, and exploring the streets of the city looking for open doors. Beyond these opportunities, we want you to discover how God wants to use you in a unique way to impact our city. Volunteers need to be disciplined and self-motivated to complete this important task.

8555  Mountain Men Reaching Hindus  (Southeast Asia)
Doing EV and discipleship with Nepali Hindus by teaching English, sports, and some trekking to villages.

8729  Gospel Spreading   (Philippines)
Come, work on a college campus & see what God can do through you! Students are open to hearing the Good News, especially if they can practice their English. Make a difference in their lives this semester. Team will work in a college in Daet where less than 2% know Jesus Christ. The only public college in the area, many students come from outlying areas to study. The goal? For them to become Christ followers, taking the Gospel back to their hometown. Spend time with small groups of believers that you could disciple & mentor as they grow in their faith. Additional ministry opportunity could include paving the trail for a Disciple-Making Movement among the Deaf in Camarines Norte.
9008  Homeschool Teacher  (Southeast Asia)
Mom and Dad are looking for someone to come and volunteer, teaching 2nd & 7th grades. The curriculum will be provided. Our children have been home schooled since pre-K. Mom and Dad run a preschool in the local country while overseeing church planting efforts. In order to free up Mom and Dad's time for the preschool and church planting efforts a volunteer with some teaching experience is needed.

Dates for 2019
Feburary 11  Arrive @ orientation site
February 15  Travel to assignment location
August 6  Arrive @ debrief site
August 9  Arrive home

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thinking back

After a month back, there still isn't a day I don't think back to those islands. The people I had the incredible privilege and blessing to meet. And the indescribable way Jesus showed Himself throughout this summer. I might not miss eating rice every meal, but the Philippines will always be in my heart. So thankful the God I serve here is the same God on the other side of the world.

Cebu, Philippines

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bug Lessons in the Wilderness

Evergreen trees, the Rocky mountains, starry nights – these are just a few of my favorite things. I’m a wilderness gal, through and through. At least that’s what I’ve always thought… This summer I stepped into a vastly different wilderness than the one I’m used to. The wilderness awaiting in Asia was unlike any I had ever experienced.

In prep for my Asian adventure, I filled my hiking pack with cliff bars, bug repellent and dry fit clothes. I also asked the the Lord for a ‘summer verse.’ I was hoping for an encouraging piece of scripture to lean on. Something along the lines of “I can do all things through Christ” or “You will soar on wings like eagles.” However, the scripture I felt whispered across my heart was Deuteronomy 8:2.
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. (Deut. 8:2)
This verse is less of an encouragement and more of a forewarning. The wilderness referenced isn’t the Rocky Mountains that I love to wander, but rather the land the Israelites hated to wander. After reading this verse, I had a knowing in my heart. A knowing that my summer in SEAsia was going to be incredible. Incredibly hard and incredibly difficult.

Read more about Leah Beth's summer on her blog.

Worth It

Worth it.

This was the very first thought that popped into my head as the wheels of flight 1588 touched the ground in Philadelphia, PA. Exactly 141 days before, I was sitting in a hotel room in New York City, reluctantly putting in an application for summer missions overseas. This came as a response to a small group I attended where we walked through Psalm 90 and focused in on verse 12 which says, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." With a heavy heart, I wrote myself a note in my Bible that said, "Don't waste your life, kid."

I can say very confidently, this summer was not a waste. At debrief, I was asked to summarize my whole summer in one sentence. To me, this seemed impossible. 8 weeks in one sentence? No way. But as I thought back over each and every person I met, only one sentence came to mind.

There is so much I could tell you about people God chose to use this summer and the way He revealed Himself to me and strengthened my faith. We could talk about perspective, about growth, about all the amazing things BlueSky has to offer, about how many kids we saw come to faith in Christ this summer, and so much more. But here is the gist of everything I could tell you... do not be afraid to follow the Lord and pursue the callings He places over your life. 

He can literally use anybody, even you. 
He can use your brokenness.
He can use your doubt.
He can use your mess-ups, your discouragements, your highs, and your lows. 
And I can promise you this... it will be worth it. Every. Single. Time. He is so so faithful, and He will never stop pursuing us.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you that supported me both financially and in prayer. Your encouragement and support meant the world, and I could not have made it through the summer without you all. I cannot wait to share the next adventure the Lord takes me on, and as I said last year when I returned home from NYC,

Until everyone sees.
Until everyone hears.
Until everyone knows.
Send me.


Read more about Amy's summer in Kenya on her blog.

Friday, August 24, 2018

My Heart & Soul

Still reminiscing over the past couple months, and still not over it. What a sweet time with the sweetest people! All I can say is that God is so sovereign, so good, and so faithful to make this selfish heart of mine a little bit more like His.  I wish so badly that I could share pictures of all the sweet kiddos I spent most of my time with because they are my heart and soul. You guys would love them!💛:)) @ Philippines


Thursday, August 9, 2018

I'll never be the same

If you ask me about my summer, I'll tell you it was the hardest 2 months of my life and just maybe the best 2 months. The Lord broke my heart and filled it up all at the same time. I'm still processing it all, still journaling, still trying to understand everything He spoke into my heart. I already know one thing, though - I'll never be the same. I look forward to sharing more about my summer through blogs!

Southeast Asia

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cheers to a summer to remember!

With an opportunity to serve with a branch of the same organization that brought my family to church 12 years ago, I got to see the Church meet His people. Overwhelmed with the power of the Holy Spirit & the passion the Church has for His Kingdom! Cheers to a summer to remember!

P52, Canada