Monday, August 14, 2017

A Summer Summary.... Sorta

I’ve tried to sit down and write a post about this summer every day this past week. I’ve pulled up a blank document, clicked “play” on my CHILL Spotify playlist (creative title, I know), made a cup of tea, and tried to force myself to process everything the best way that I know how to do. But each time, I freeze. I’m left merely staring at the screen wondering how in the world I am supposed to articulate the messy emotions, the heart-wrenching stories, the dark days, the bubbling laughter of my students, the beautiful faces, the slow lessons, the darkness but also the glorious brightness of my two months teaching, living with, learning from, and loving a group of refugee women. How desperately I wish each and every one of you could relive this summer in my mind for even a few minutes. I wish you could look into the eyes of a child who assumes I’m Muslim because Islam is all she knows, see the buried glimmer of hope in the face of a woman burdened beyond belief when she hears there is a God whose love is perfect (very unlike the love of her husband), feel the hospitality of students who stole a piece of my heart when I met them, see the extent to which people are brainwashed by a false god and his false prophet, witness the fervency of a new believer who finds truth after a lifetime of lies. I also wish you could taste a kidney meat pie from the halal market next to our classroom on “meat pie Monday”, sip the sweetness of tea lovingly prepared and served amid the squeals of children, and feel the love I felt walking down the streets of my summer home while greeting students in their shops.  Read more....

Urban Muslim Outreach
South Africa

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It was worth it

Wild, crazy, incredible summer. Spending 52+ days in Eastern Samar with a team of students, travelling on boats, hiking across islands, and preaching the gospel to the unreached was a huge opportunity for us. It wasn't always easy and had plenty of ups and downs, but in the end every bit of effort put in by the team was worth it. God reached out to so many people and touched their lives in amazing ways. Being able to witness that firsthand was a huge blessing, and now that we're all home, I'm sure everyone's hoping to see that opportunity again soon. Thankful that we've all made it back safe, and for the work God did in so many towns and regions this summer. Huge thanks to everyone for the prayer and support for our teams, it meant so much. 

-Nat Lloyd
Riverboat Team
Samar, Philippines

Friday, August 11, 2017

Life-Changing Summer

We made it home from the Philippines! What an amazing, life-changing summer we have had serving the King. We are so thankful for the many people that supported us and prayed for us throughout the summer. We are thankful for Nehemiah Teams and for our teammates. We are excited to share all the things God did this summer in the Philippines and in our own lives and hearts.

-Trey & Meghan Dickey
Riverboat Team
Samar, Philippines

*Trey & Meghan are married and served as team leaders. They did a great job! If you are married & considering serving with Nehemiah Teams... please contact us & we can help you find a team that is a good fit for you.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

You formed my inward parts; 
You covered me in my mothers womb. 
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well. 

-Psalm 139:13-14

These verses ran through my thoughts all summer as I worked at a maternity clinic in the Philippines and thought about how God was intimately aware of each baby I came into contact with. Over and over I got to see how marvelous the works of my God are. The things I learned and saw this summer are priceless to me, and it makes me more excited than ever to follow after a God like this.  You are worthy of Your name, Jesus.

Mercy Midwives, Philippines

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Deep calleth unto deep

His feet is where I want to be; 
His heart is what I want to see. 
God is beautiful and so gracious. 

I have experienced the Lord in ways I never had imagined I could. It blows my mind that every time you feel like you know a part of God, He takes you deeper and it makes you fall more and more in love with Him. "Deep calleth unto deep" - the depths of my soul cries out to the depth and inexplainable purity of who God is.

This summer I learned MANY things. So many that it will take weeks to even be able to decompress it all. 64 days... 8 weeks in villages of the Philippines sharing the raw Gospel everyday has not only blessed others with hearing His truth but blessed me in my understanding more of who I serve. I can't wait to share more about what God has done this summer and what He is still doing in the hearts of many!

-Lauren P.
Advance Team
Bohol, Philippines

Friday, August 4, 2017

Going home & ready to share

This was hands down one of my favorite nights.
We played Uno with my translators and host family and the punishment for losing and having the most cards left over was putting ash on our faces.
This was the end result of two games and this was just one of the thousands of stories that I have to share about my time as a summer missionary in the Philippines.
There were so many hard days but y'all there were so many good ones too. I'm in the process of transitioning and readjusting to life in the US. But I'd really love to chat with whoever wants to hear how the Lord moved this summer.
Pray for me as I adjust into the US!

Mountain Harvesters Team
Butuan City, Philippines

Safe Travel Home

It was the Lord our God Himself who brought us... He protected us on our entire journey... Joshua 24:17

Pray for team members and facilitators as they travel home. Pray for team members as they adjust to their home culture. Pray for them as they share their testimonies of God's goodness of this summer with friends and family.