Thursday, December 8, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 5

Dove Family

As Zack and Jennifer Dove work to encourage church plants in their part of Norway, their boys are adept at opening doors to relationships. Prayer, though, is the real key.  Read more & watch video

  • PRAY for the new church plant in Sandefjord, as believers there reach out to the community and draw seekers into something fresh.
  • PRAY for the house church in nearby T√łnsberg as believers there boldly share their faith and for a multiplying movement to take hold.
  • PRAY for an awakening and revival among existing believers: that they would see fruit through sharing their faith and seeing people follow Jesus.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 4

Haun Family

Death often comes to the rural hospital where Dr. Heidi Haun practices. But she and husband William have planted their lives in Ghana not just to bring physical healing, but to testify to Christ’s love and salvation, all the more pressing when life hangs in the balance. Read more & watch video

  • PRAY for wisdom and strength for the national medical staff and administration of the Baptist Medical Centre as they serve an overwhelming number of patients every day.
  • PRAY Heidi and William will manage time wisely to avoid exhaustion and burnout as they work their time-consuming jobs in surgery and media.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 3

David & Hanna's Story
David and Hanna Harris* grew up in Baptist churches, but these days they visit Jewish synagogues, study Hebrew, and take part in Passover meals. As IMB Journeymen they moved from their small town in Kentucky to a megacity in South America to share gospel truth with Jews living there. Part of the process is learning the language and culture of those they’ve come to reach.  Watch video
The center celebrates Jewish holidays such as Purim and Passover, but always uses the opportunities to bridge to New Testament gospel truths.
Since the first Jews immigrated to this city in the nineteenth century, there has been a thriving community, now numbering more than 200,000. The Harrises, both 25, work at a Messianic Center in the heart of the Jewish community. The center celebrates Jewish holidays such as Purim and Passover, but always uses the opportunities to bridge to New Testament gospel truths. David and Hanna hope that “the veil will be removed from their eyes, and that the truth of the Messiah be made abundantly clear to them.”
  • PRAY Jewish leaders will come to know Jesus. If the leaders come to know Jesus, it would radically change the community.
  • PRAY for the equipping of Messianic Jews, those who have embraced Jesus, so they will learn how to share the truth of the Messiah with their people.

*Names changed

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 2

The Copland Family

Nick and Shannan Copland use modern tools to meet people and forge relationships in the ancient Italian city of Verona.
Through websites they’ve established, Nick and Shannan, IMB workers, find common ground on social media for “meet-ups” with people who share interests—outdoor life and Italian cuisine being two. Relationships are natural keys in sharing spiritual truth, especially in a postmodern city like Verona—beautiful and wealthy but spiritually impoverished. Friendships formed during mountain hikes or evening meals often lead to sharing about Christ.  Read more & Watch video
Their “meet-ups” have become popular, resulting in Nick and Shannan being tagged locally as the couple who bring people together.
Friendships formed during mountain hikes or evening meals often lead to sharing about Christ.
  • PRAY for Nick and Shannan as they continue to build relationships and share their lives in this northern Italian city.
  • PRAY the Coplands would understand where best to focus their energy and efforts as they balance several ministry initiatives.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Some days....

Some days are harder than others.
Some days I want to hop on a plane and leave.
Some days I want to cry.
Some days I wonder my purpose here in America.
Some days I question everything.

Today is one of those days.

But sweet reminders on my Instagram like this remind me of so many things.
They remind me of awesome memories.
They remind me of the people I have grown to love.
They remind me of the seasons of life that I got to be there.
And most importantly, they remind me of who God is.

This is why we go, this is why I go. My heart is in Indonesia. And I can't wait to be back. 

Southeast Asia, Summers 2015 & 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Team of the Week: Tip of the Spear

GO into a new area to build relationships and give a verbal witness while demonstrating a life witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Be a bringer of light this summer!

The team will work a new region that has very little opportunity to hear the Gospel. This country is less than 1% evangelical Christians. There are large areas and communities without a credible Gospel witness. Your team will be sent into this area to build relationships and give a verbal witness as well as demonstrate a life witness. This country doesn't allow evangelism, missions trips or missionaries. You will be tourists seeking to understand the culture and enjoy the natural beauty. You will operate very independently from long term personnel for security reasons. You will be gathering data for long-term personnel and national partners about the local communities and places of "light" and "darkness," names of seekers and believers, and making an assessment of the comnunities receptivity to the Gospel. 

IMB Job #: 113178, 113177 
Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: Each team has 6
Field expense:  $1499 plus round trip airfare, immunizations, required travel insurance, passport & visa costs, etc.


Dates for summer 2017
May 29: Leader pre-field training begins
June 1: Member pre-field training begins
June 6: Teams depart for assignment
August 1: Teams return for debrief
August 4: Students return home

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sharing is a reminder

This past weekend I had the chance to share about my short time in the Philippines this summer and even shorter time in Macedonia a couple of years ago. 

My dear friends from across the globe, I just want to say I still love you and I am still praying for you all the time. Having the chance to share what God has done in my life reminds me just how much He loves each and every person he has created.

-Sara L.
Philippines 2016