Sunday, October 23, 2016

Slap of Reality

On my short-term mission trip to the Philippines two summers ago, one of the ladies we had been discipling for several weeks asked my team and me a question. She asked, "If you have known about the Gospel for so long, why are you just now here?" Not only was that question a punch in the gut that has stuck with me to this day and will never fade, but it was also a hard slap of reality. 

Thousands upon thousands of people die each day and perish to a Christ-less eternity. They walk through life blind to their sin, to their lostness. They live in fear, with no hope. They are waiting & longing to hear the sweet name of Jesus. To hear that they are deeply loved. That they have a Savior. That they have hope. And that they have a purpose. 

They will always search, hunger, and thirst for the Truth yet never find it, unless you and I are obedient to the calling that God has placed on ALL of our lives to GO and make disciples of ALL nations. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. They are waiting. They are ready. Will you go?   -Jacob

How then can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?    -Romans 10:14

We shall have all eternity to celebrate the victories,
but we have only the few hours before sunset in which to win them.
-Amy Carmichael

Friday, October 21, 2016

Team of the Week: Nurse 2 Nurse

As an American nursing student you will seek to engage & build relationships with national nursing students at a local medical university... especially those in the Advanced Nursing Program who are staying on campus this summer to improve their English skills. Perhaps you'll have the opportunity to host an English club. All of this with the goal of sharing the Gospel with students, building life-long friendships, and helping the students improve their English. Applicants must already be admitted into a nursing program.  (National nursing classes are 99% female.)

IMB Job #: 113121
Location:  Southeast Asia
Team size: 6
Field expense: $2206 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, October 19, 2016

Is Jesus Enough?

Recently, I got home from a trip in Southeast Asia. This trip was amazing in so many ways. One of the most amazing ways was the fact that I got to spend so much uninterrupted time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer. I was addicted to God. I was so excited to get back into my life so that I could draw even closer to Him and make my every day life all about Him. Well, here I am, two months later, and I seem to have no time for Him. I have chosen not to do quiet time in the mornings because I hate mornings. So then when I do it throughout the day, that is fine, but there's always something I have to do that I am squeezing time for God in the middle of. Then, there's the nights. Some nights now I don't get back until very late and every time I actually get to sit down and do it, somehow I get interrupted, in one way or another.

I am reminded of one night while I was in Southeast Asia. I was talking with a man who had years ago converted to Christianity. He didn't want to share his faith because he was scared of persecution, but I got to encourage him and ask, "Is Jesus worth it?" It was a very exciting night for me. It really challenged me to ask myself, "Is Jesus worth leaving behind all that I have and all that I am to follow Him into the great unknown?" The answer was always yes. The answer will always be yes.

Here is where it gets difficult. Now that I have been home for a while, it has been hard "to squeeze" Him into my social life, and that is horrible because He has always been so faithful, so good, and I love Him so much. I would never want to neglect Him in any way! He is my God and my Friend and my Savior and my Redeemer and He deserves more than 10 minutes from me every day.  He deserves my all in all. Jesus is worth that.

So now since I have asked and answered "Is Jesus worth it," I must ask, "Is Jesus enough?"

Is Jesus enough? Is He enough when my prayers aren't being answered? Is He enough when my cell phone battery is fully charged? Is He enough when I've got all the friends I could ever want? Is He enough when I have to change my major? Is He enough even when life is going great for me?

Is He enough when times are hard? Is He enough that my faith move the mountains? Is He enough that my love be poured out on others?  Is He enough that I must endure hardship and be persecuted so that others may hear and live?

Is Jesus enough? Ha. More like "Jesus is enough." Every day, He is enough for me.


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Friday, October 14, 2016

Team of the Week: Coffee Club (New Team!)

Use your ag background & love of coffee to help local farmers. Be involved in coffee production from the field to the cup, learning as much as possible about the coffee business. Share any skills you have with the local coffee production business staff. While in community, you can share your love of Christ with those who are waiting to hear. You will also help with a simple English camp hosted for the local farmers. As you live daily life, there will be opportunity to invest in the lives of local young people.

Your first stop will be a joint orientation with other Nehemiah Teams. Learning the skills needed to carry out your assignment as well as team building will fill these first days. At the end of the summer you will return for a joint debrief.

IMB Job #: 113217
Location: Laos
Team size: 4 guys
Field expense: $1268 plus round-trip airfare, passport costs, & required travel insurance


Dates for Summer 2017
May 29  Leader pre-training begins
June 1  Member pre-training begins
June 6  Teams travel to the field
Aug 1  Teams return for debrief
Aug 4  Students return home

Friday, October 7, 2016

Team of the Week: Heartweavers

Work with exploited women & children in red-light districts in northern Thailand. Prayer walk, share the full gospel using provided materials, build relationships, disciple and teach English praying that God will transform lives. Work with an established team focused on reaching these women and children. Volunteers need to be prepared to deal with the emotions from witnessing "up close" with the underbelly of Thai society.

Your first stop will be a joint orientation with other Nehemiah Teams learning necessary skills for your summer of ministry. At the end of the summer you will come together again to share all that God has done.

IMB Job #: 113169
Location: Thailand
Team size: 4 girls
Field expense: $2367 plus round-trip airfare, passport costs, & required travel insurance


Dates for Summer 2017
May 29  Leader pre-training begins
June 1  Member pre-training begins
June 6  Teams travel to the field
Aug 1  Teams return for debrief
Aug 4  Students return home

Friday, September 30, 2016

Team of the Week: Riverboat Evangelism

Baptism with summer 2016 team
Venture to the ends of the earth with the Riverboat Team in Eastern Samar. Ride boats, both large & small, to travel 1-2 hours up the main rivers, hiking in to villages to share the Good News. Your team will be staying in close quarters, housing in a brick or wooden building. Your daily chores will include fetching water, filtering the water, hand washing your clothes, packing your bedroll, & cooking your food... then you'll spend the rest of your day sharing the Good News with those you're living around.

Your first stop will be a joint orientation in the US with other Nehemiah Teams. Learning the skills needed to carry out your assignment as well as team building will fill these first few days. Then your team will fly to Tacloban City, followed by ground transportation over to the island of Samar. The last mode of transportation will be the riverboat to your target villages. At the end of the summer, you will gather once again in the US for a joint debrief... sharing all that God has done.

IMB Job #: 113075
Location: Philippines
Team size: 15
Field expense:  $1082 plus round trip airfare, passport costs, & required travel insurance


Dates for Summer 2017
May 29  Leader pre-training begins
June 1  Member pre-training begins
June 6  Teams travel to the field
Aug 1  Teams return for debrief
Aug 4  Students return home

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Why has no one ever told me this before? I Believe.

Two planes, one overnight boat ride, one 2-hour boat ride, a three mile backpack walk, and a two hour car ride until we got to this village located on an island in Indonesia. People wonder a lot why there are people on this earth that have never heard the gospel, and that is just one example: because a plane will not take you directly to every people group. It requires a lot of walking and random car rides, after taking many planes, in order to share with someone about this entrusted gospel.
My team of three and our translator got out of the car and walked up to this hut built on stilts. We had just previously shared the gospel with this man who was so on fire for God afterwards that he wanted his family to hear also. So we went. We walked into the hut and were introduced to a family of two boys, a father, mother, aunt, and uncle. We were then introduced to a family in a neighboring hut that consisted of a mom and her daughter. We went into their hut and sat down while they were making food and that’s when I started sharing the gospel with her. I went through the whole story and then the food they prepared was ready, but I could see something in her face that led me to believe she gets it. So I prayed in that moment for The Holy Spirit to wreck her heart.
We ate rice and noodles, the typical food in Asia, and talked about everything else. When she started to collect the dishes from us, I asked her how she felt about my story and she responded: Saya percayaI believe. She starts crying and hugging me saying again, “saya percaya, saya percaya.” Her mother then started doing the same thing right in behind her. The Holy Spirit was there. He had taken over her and her mother’s entire being and changed them right there in that moment.
Then all the men, four of them, sat down in the hut and our boys shared the gospel with them as well. They too responded, Saya percaya. I couldn’t handle it- the Holy Spirit was so heavy in that hut I just wanted to cry. Don’t worry, I did.
Later we shared the gospel with the other two women and they too believed! All eight people who were once identified as Muslims our now my brothers and sisters in Christ; are now spending eternity in heaven with Jesus.
We were sharing some more scripture with them, and as we read the Great Commission to them, one started crying and says, “Why has no one ever told me this before?” Why has no one ever told me this before.
This is reality. There are people on this earth that have not heard and will die without ever experiencing the true love of Christ. More than 70,000 people die every year without ever hearing the gospel. This is our responsibility as Christians to get the gospel to the ends of the earth- no matter what it takes. We should not live in anxiety about the persecution Christians face in these countries. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power.” [2 Timothy 1:7] It’s time we grew a backbone and obeyed the calling of Christ on our lives, and let’s start with the people of countries in the 10/40 Window who have never even had a chance to believe.
-Moriah, 2016 Explorer & Evangelist Team