Saturday, June 11, 2011

They took us to Jail.... to minister!

The Healthcare and Water Filter teams went to the Butuan City Jail yesterday to visit with the inmates.

The jails here are really different from what you imagine a jail would look like. It was a lot more laid back then American jails. All we had to do was get our hands stamped to get in. Most of the inmates got to wear regular clothes. When we got there most of the guys were watching a NBA game on their TVs. The crimes varied from murder to a bad check. It was very open, the men and women were not separated, and there were even kids of the inmates there. 

We started out with some group exercises with the inmates on the basketball court. After, we gathered in the shade and introduced ourselves individually in Cebuano as best as we could. 

Then Sergio D., a member of the Water Filter team, shared his testimony with the help of a translator to the inmates. After Sergio finished the translator, Algi, shared his testimony.


The Healthcare got to give check-ups to the inmates and workers. Brittany B. one of the Healthcare team leaders said, "It went pretty well, it was like organized chaos."

As the Healthcare team did check-ups, the Water Filter team got to socialize with the inmates. Some of the team and the translators played a game of basketball with the inmates, while others helped organize coffee beans. They said they got beat pretty bad but still had a good time playing.




Both teams seem to be doing well. We have been very busy the last couple of days, but we are hanging in there just fine. Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers.  God Bless!

Kenya Teams Have Made it to Nairobi!

Hello everyone! We arrived in Nairobi at 5:30 yesterday morning. We are currently staying at a hotel type thing that we had reserved to stay in before we left for Sudan.  Today we will be checking out of this place and heading to Eugenio and Jane's house who are the nationals we will be staying with.  They live in the bush, outside of the city, so we will be staying on their property in the tents we thankfully packed.

Although our plans have changed and we will no longer be in Sudan, we're excited to see what God has planned for our team in Kenya.  Our hearts are broken for two reasons: the lives of the children we were going to work with and the death of a vision.  We have been through very intense security training during our orientation and we have become more and more aware of the increasing danger in some parts of our world.  I was excited to see what effect the instillation of the water filters would have, excited to think that that act of service would be what revealed to some of the villagers what the love of Christ really looks like. I was also excited to meet and pour into the children, ready to build relationships with the villagers.  And now I feel utterly helpless.  It's so hard for me to grasp why we have received such grace as being born into a culture where the gospel is readily available and where I'm not at risk of the government coming and torturing and killing my family.  And it kills me that as an American with all of the resources I have been blessed with and how I am fully aware of the need and brokeness of so many in the nations and even across the U.S., yet, I do minimal to nothing to reach out to those people when the Bible, which I claim to fully believe and put my hope in, questions in 1 John 3:16-18 if we have the such resources and see the need and do nothing, how does  God's love abide in us?  Not that we must care for these people so broken and in need of hope out of guilt or to ensure we are saved but such actions are clear evidence of our salvation (James 2).  However, in light of all of the evil that has become so much more real to me because of the Sudan situation, I am so thankful that I serve a God that is bigger than the almost unfathomable depravity that is evident in our world today. But I know that He will triumph.

While my heart is still in Sudan and breaks every time I hear new reports of violence, I am excited to see what God will do in Kenya.  It is going to be extremely good for me.  It will be completely out of my comfort zone since we will be going from our organized plans in Sudan to plans that are still up in the air in Nairobi.  I am extremely thankful that God had us "going to Sudan" initially, even if He had intended for us to be in Kenya this summer, since I know that so many people that were praying for our team and the people of Sudan will now be interceding on behalf of the children of Hope for Sudan
The Cebu Basketball team has reached their first destination. Right now everyone is settling in and adjusting to the culture (and the heat). We’re meeting some of the local leaders and learning when and where we can play ball. Please pray for us as we get started and for the local pastor we’re staying with as he has so graciously opened his home to us. We’re excited to see what the Lord will do this summer!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Meet the Team: Thai Tribal Dorm


I'm Amy from Knoxville, TN.  I attend Carson-Newman College where I'm a senior studying Special Education. I am so excited to have this opportunity to teach English & share Christ as I love on the Thai people.!

I'm Kaitlyn from Greenville, SC. I'm a sophomore at Clemson University. I'm going to Thailand this summer to teach English in some tribal dormitories. So excited about what God is going to do!


I'm Rebekah from Mandeville, LA.  I am a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, studying Secondary English/History Education. I'm excited to teach English this summer & to share God's love!

I'm LaRanda from Rainsville, AL.  I am a sophomore at Northeast Alabama Community College. I'm super excited to teach English to the Thai people.  So pumpede for what God is going to this summer!


Hey everyone!  My name is Bailey and I'm a senior majoring in American Sign Language Interpreting at Troy University.  I have lived a lot of places but right now my family is in New England. I am so excited to see everything that God is going to do in Thailand this summer... it is going to be amazing!

Dichan chuu Catherine!  I'm 22 year old from New Orleans, LA.  I attend Louisiana State University and am studying History & Secondary Education. I can't wait to meet everyone in Thailand and serve Christ however He leads!


Meet the Team: PacRim Ag


Matt attends Virginia Tech and is from Maryland. He is studying industrial design and plans to work as a product designer after graduation, with an emphasis on designing humanitarian projects.

Mark studies Physics & Math at Montana State University.

Tray studies architecture at Virginia Tech. After graduation he hopes to move overseas and help meet impoverished people's physical needs by designing & building houses; using this as a tool to share how to overcome the poverty of the spirit.


Adam attends Liberty University and is studying Intercultural Studies. After graduation, he plans to listen to God's direction and do whatever He tells him to do.





Meet the Team: Kenya Water Filter Team

Olivia:  I attend the University of North Alabama., majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics. My team & I are excited about what God will be doing this summer in Kenya.

Kaitlyn:  I attend Clemson Univeristy (Go Tigers!), majoring in Civil engineering but switching to Sociology. I am extremely excited about facing the unknown in Kenya & seeing what God has planned for us there.

Savannah:  I'm a sophomore at the University of Mobile majoring in Elementary Education.  I'm so excited to be a part of this team and can't wait to see what the lord is oing to do in Kenya this summer.




Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Agta Team - 2011






Agta Team






Team 1:  Left to right
Chelsea, 19, of Blue Mountain College.  Mission verse – John 17:3
Team Leader Macey, 21, of Chrleston Southern University.  
Mission verse – Isaiah 52: 6-12        
Michelle, 20, of College of Charleston.  
Mission verse – Colossians 3:1-4
Donnatello, 21, of East Central Community College.  
Mission verse – Jeremiah 1: 4-10

Team 2:  Left to right
Kelley Beth, 20, of Mississippi College.  
Mission verse – Isaiah 40: 28-31
O’Neal, 20, of Francis Marion University.  
Mission verse – Isaiah 50:7
Team Leader Kari, 20, of Northeast Alabama Community College. 
Mission verse – Ephesians 6:10-17 





Cebu Basketball Team



Joey
School: University of Miss
Hometown: Batesville, MS
Favorite Verse: “He must become greater; I must become less.” - John 3:30

Derek
School: North East Alabama Community College
Hometown: Rainsville, AL
Favorite Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” - Colossians 3:23

Philip
School: Macon State College
Hometown: Macon, GA
Favorite Quote: “Every morning I set myself on fire for God, then I go out and let people watch me burn.”  - John Wesley

Landon
School: North Carolina State University
Hometown: Tyner, NC
Favorite Verse: “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” - Mark 8:35

Alex
School: Auburn in Montgomery
Hometown: Enterprise, AL
Favorite Verse: “Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’” - Exodus 20:20

Dapitan City

Dapitan City Team



Haley 
School: University of South Carolina
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Favorite Verse: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39

Jamie 
Winthrop University
Hanahan, SC
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8

Habitat Team-Mindanao


Habitat Team:
(Member name) - (Random Fact) - (Scripture)
Tanner - He is an Eagle Scout - 1 Corinthians 9:24
Dan - he is a singing nursing Major - Psalms 75:26-28
Crenshaw - He is in love with Mariah Carey - Philippians 1: 12-14
Jeremiah - He loves Mountains - Romans 10:13
Thomas - He likes to fish - Philippians 1:16

Ruel Foundation Team - 2011

Ruel Foundation Orphanage




Left to right
Candace, 20, of Mississippi College.  Mission verse - Jeremiah 29:11
Team Leader Mabry, 22, of Mississippi State University.  
Mission verse - John 15:16  
Hannah, 20, of Mississippi State University.  
Mission verse – 1 Peter 5:12
Katherin, 20, of Louisiana Tech University.  
Mission verse – James 1:27

Water Filter Team- Mindanao

Filter Team:
(Member name) - (Random Fact) - (Scripture)
Adam - He served 5 years in the Marines - I Thessalonians 1:16-18
Johnny - His parents are the 1st generation Christians/Immigrants of his family - Philippians 1:12
Sergio - He is a civil engineering major - Colossians 3:2
Andrew - He has sleep walk in downtown Atlanta - I John 3: 16-18
Micah - He is a Computer Science Major - Psalms 73:26

Healthcare- Mindanao

Healthcare Team:
(Member name) - (Random Fact) - (Scripture)
Etienne - He is from Mexico and loves reading - Isaiah 42: 6-7
Jordan - He is a middle child - Romans 12:1
Samuel - He has been licked by a giraffe - Psalm 86:8-13
Shelby - She has never had a salad - Hebrews 12:1-2
Heather - She has hands the size of an 8 year old - Matthew 11:28
Amanda - She can speak "Pig Greek" - Acts 20:24
Lissa - She can stand on her head - Isaiah 40:12-31
Liz - She can flare her nostrils real wide - Galatians 5:1
Hannah - Her appendix attacked her when she was 17 (She had it taken out) - I Peter 5:7
Megan  - She loves Dr. Pepper - Jeremiah 29:11
Kayla - She killed and ate a chicken last week - II Peter 1:3
Hailey - Her favorite day is Wednesday - James 4:8
Katie - The feel of velvet makes her suffocate - Philippians 4:8-9
Brittany - She is Fluent in Spanish - Colossians 3:1-4
Angela - She likes Koalas - James 1: 5-6
Jilian - She loves to bake - Acts 2:25-26

Open Door Orphanage Team 2011

Open Door Orphanage



Left to right
Sara, 19, of Blue Mountain College.  Mission verse – 1 Peter 2:9
Becca, 18, of Mississippi College.  Mission verse – 1 Peter 5:10
Team Leader Derek, 21, of Mississippi State University.  
Mission verse – 1 Peter 3:13-22
Victoria, 19, of Central Alabama Community College.  
Mission verse – Romans 1:6

New Faith Family Orphanage 2011

New Faith Family Orphanage



Left to right
Heather, 19, of Lee University.  
Mission verse – Isaiah 40:31

Shelby, 19, of University of South Carolina – Upstate. 
Mission verse - Jeremiah 29:11

Team Leader, Kaitlyn, 20, of Meridian Community College.  
Mission verse – Isaiah 26:343

Gentle Hands Orphanage Team 2011

Gentle Hands Orphanage





Left to right
Becky, 21, of Itawamba Community College.  
Mission verse – Philippians 4:6-7


Maddie, 22, of Vanderbilt University.  
Mission Verse – Isaiah 43: 18-19

Team Leader, Micah, 21, of Mississippi State University.  
Mission verse – Psalms 94: 19  
           
Cory, 24, of Stephan F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches Texas. 
Mission verse – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Introducing EX & EV Team: TNT


Tyler 
Age: 19
Junior at Mississippi State University
1 Cor. 2:1-5

Tyler 
Age: 18
Sophomore at Itawamba Community College
John 14:12, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 139
“I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future.”

Introducing EX & EV Team: Olympus

Brandon 
Age: 22
Senior at Auburn University
1 Cor. 13

Daniel 
Age: 20
Junior at Louisiana College
1 Peter 1:3-9

Matthew 
Age: 21
Senior at Athens State University
Joshua 1:1-9

Introducing EX & EV Team: Lightning


Zach 
Age: 19
Sophomore at Mississippi College
Romans 1:16-17

Adam 
Age: 19
Junior at Louisiana Tech
Phil. 1:6

Introducing EX & EV Media Man

Josh 
Age: 22
Graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi
Matthew 24:14

Orientation 2011

154 students from 22 states & 63 colleges.... 15 facilitators.... 21 churches.... 85 buckets... 1000 feet of clothesline... 60 hours of evangelism, culture, language, & security training. The result?? Check back at the end of the summer.