Saturday, June 9, 2012

Meet the 2012 Project 52 North Carolina Team!



Hi there! Greetings from the Project 52 North Carolina Team. This year myself and three other students have been blessed with the opportunity to serve God through working with Karenni refugees and the Hispanic population in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Let me introduce you to them!
Justin is one of the leaders of our group and this will be his 3rd year serving with Nehemiah Teams. Throughout the summer he will be working mainly in the Hispanic population in Winston-Salem as well as teaching a men's bible study. He recently graduated with a degree in Special Education from Jacksonville State University. He definitely has a heart for the Lord and loves to teach, but also knows how to have a good time and make us laugh!


This lovely lady is Breanna and she is the other team leader for our group. She will be leading the outreach in the Karenni refugee population. She is currently a student at Mississippi College studying Public Relations and Bible. She has done mission work for years but this is her first time working with Nehemiah Teams. She is the organization of our group and the one to always encourage and uplift our spirits. She is the first one to pray with us, and be a hug when we need one.

                                              
Oh Jillian. The fun and energetic goof ball of the group. Jillian is from Mississippi and attends Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) where she is studying Hospitality Management. She hopes to be a baker one day!  She is the quirky one of the group that snorts when she laughs and even generates random facts to share with us every day! She will be helping Justin in the Hispanic Ministry while in Winston-Salem. 

And to round out our team, yep, it's me! My name is Brianna Blue. I am from Alabama and attend the University of West Alabama where I am studying English Education. I will be the media person for our team this summer, and hopefully will keep you all up to date with pictures, video, and blogs about our work! 

Please keep us in your prayers as we head into our first week with the Karenni and Hispanic people groups here in North Carolina! Pray that we will be effective in sharing the love and truth of the Gospel here in Winston-Salem. Thank you so much! 

Almost there! Please keep praying!

There's been a few common questions over the past three days,

 "Are we there yet?"
" How much longer until we board the plane?"
 "Why is this line so long?" 

   After 3 days of living in an airport, we have almost reached "the end." Only two more plane rides separate us from our final destination, we are all ecstatic!
   Once we touched down in the capital it became a mad dash to get through security, customs and more security. We met up with our the driver to our hotel and that's when most of us first experienced how absolutely terrifying traffic can be. I really thought we were going to run over a couple motorcyclists and a taxi cab, but somehow he got us to our hotel safe and sound.
   We have to be back at the airport at 3 AM so a good night's rest is out of the picture. We're all in a daze and nearly fell asleep in our food at dinner. Please pray for God to give us energy, we would much appreciate it.

Please for..
  • Strength and Energy
  • Boldness and intentionality with our Cousins
  • To recognize the task that Dad has set for us more clearly.

Meet the Team: 2012 EX & EV

My name's Brandon, I'm from the great volunteer state of Tennessee and attend Auburn University! I have the privilege this summer of being the media man for the 2012 EX & EV team.

"As for me, that the words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel."

Ephesians 6:19


 So let me introduce the rest of the the team to you:

Brian

Homestate: Tennessee

And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written
"Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand."

Romans 15:20-21


Andrew

Homestate: Oklahoma

University: North Eastern State University

 And Jesus said to him, "Follow me and leave the dead to bury their own dead."


Matthew 8:22



Travis

Homestate: Tennesee

University: Lee University


May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!
Psalm 67

Chris

Homestate: Mississippi

University: William Carey College

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith."

Romans 1:14-17

Evan

Homestate: Oklahoma

University: Oklahoma Baptist University

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


1 Corinthians 13:13

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Intro to Healthcare Team


The healthcare team will provide medical services for rural villages in Mindanao, but the basis of their work is evangelism and sharing the gospel in a personal way. The rural villages are always in need of medical attention, which the team will offer, but the village people need hope in Christ who can transform lives for eternity. Team members are preparing their personal testimonies to share with Filipinos to open their eyes to the grace of God, the relationship we enjoy freely with God, and the abundance of life we are provided through Christ.

Introducing the Healthcare team for the Philippines for the summer of 2012:

Leaders: Greg, Mississippi College; Loren, Mississipi State University; Markie, Lander University; Cade, Tennessee Tech University. 

Members: Kate, Tennessee Tech University; Lauren, Austin Peay State University; Nate, Anderson University; Ross, Mississippi State University; Kelsey, graduate of University of South Carolina Upstate; Molly, University of Southern Mississippi; Debra, University of Mobile; Amy, Mississippi State University; Rachel, graduate of Hardin-Simmons University; Kayla, Francis Marion University; Meagan, University of Memphis; Melissa, Liberty University. 

Media: Trent, Auburn University. 

As a team, we have connected from the moment we met. Personalities fit beautifully, openness and sharing hasn't been a problem, and a foundation in Christ has been laid. It's incredible how God answered prayers for this team and brought together 16 medical students, plust one media student, in a way that can't be stopped by Satan's forces. We are more than ready to board the plane and reach Mindanao. We wait in awe of what the Lord will do in us and through us.

Please offer a prayer of boldness and fearlessness for our team as we enter a new area of the world and need increased faith in the Lord. Please commit to praying for empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

Meet the Teams: 2012 Luzon Nannies

These wonderful women are headed to the Philippines! They will be in Metro Manila serving as nannies at the Gentle Hands children's home. Many of the children come from the nearby "squatter" settlements in a very poor area of the city. They have special medical needs; most are malnourished. The nannies will help care for and love these children as well as doing outreach ministry in the squatter areas.







(from left to right)
Chylsea is from Alabama. She enjoys fishing and photography, and she's really excited about playing with kids all day!
Hannah
is a sophomore from Tennessee. She likes beards (for men) and gardening. She looks forward to building relationships with the people of Manila. She prays that she would not hold to material things even when she returns to the States, but that her mindset would be like that of Christ Jesus.
Maegan is a senior from Georgia. Purple nail polish is her favorite, and she loves reading historical fiction. Her motto for the summer is Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
Rachel is a senior from Tennessee. She likes sunshine and gravy & biscuits. She plans to be a career missionary and is excited to gain more experience in doing what she genuinely loves. She asks that you pray for the Lord to move the nations.


Introducing Team P52 Urban Impact NYC

This summer, four P52 students will be living in New York City, New York, working as interns with Urban Impact New York.

Urban Impact works with international immigrants and has three centers throughout the city: The African Friendship Center in Brooklyn, The South Asian Center in Queens, and The All Nations Center, also in Queens.  In addition, Urban Impact also supports a beach ministry in Rockaway Beach.  Three of us will be serving at the immigrant centers, and one of us will be helping the beach ministry.  We will be joining hands with Urban Impact's regular staff and twelve other summer interns to teach ESL, work with children, and share the Good News of Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected, to people from all over the globe.

This is our team:

Will (Team Leader)


Will is from Rainsville, Alabama and is a graduate-level law student at the University of Alabama.  Though he's not exactly sure what he wants to do after he graduates, he would strongly consider accepting the office of Attorney General of the United States of America.  This summer, he hopes to get his selfish self out of the way and make his time in NYC all about God and the people there.

Ben (Media Specialist)


I'm from Bowling Green, Kentucky and am a student at Western Kentucky University, where I'm studying Religious Studies and Creative Writing. I'm also a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I'm pursuing a Masters of Divinity.  God has called me, after I graduate, to preach His Gospel in pastoring a local body of believers, Lord willing, until the day I die.  I pray that, this summer, God would give me the grace to delight in Him daily (Psalm 37:4) and, in so doing, bring others to delight in Him through the Gospel of His Son.

Gabe


Gabe is from Memphis, Tennessee and is a student at Blue Mountain College, where he's studying the Bible and Psychology.  God has called Gabe to full-time, career mission work, hopefully working eventually with Muslims around the world.  This summer, Gabe hopes to grow in Christ as He is growing in him.

Mary Kate


Mary Kate is from Decatur, Alabama and is a student at Mississippi College, where she's studying English Literature and ESL.  Other than being a part-time aerobics instructor and glorifying God and enjoying Him forever, as she so adamantly reminds us is written in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, she has no idea what she wants to do after graduation.  She hopes that, this summer, she will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, develop endurance, and share His love with others.


We are all very excited about the opportunity God has given us this summer, and we hope that you are, too.  We ask that you would, as Paul writes in Ephesians 6:18-19 (ESV), "keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for [us], that words may be given to [us] in opening [our] mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel."  

Some specifics to be praying for:
  • that we might be unified under our common mission in Christ.
  • that God might pour out His graces on us anew daily.
  • that we might be bound to local churches in NYC, with whom we can "grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from the whole body, being joined together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so it builds itself up in love" (Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV).
  • that God might, even now, be preparing the hearts of the lost to hear the Good News of His Son.
  • that hard hearts of stone might be replaced with beating hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26) , being brought by the Holy Spirit to repentance and belief in Jesus Christ through the Gospel.

In Christ,

Ben




Meet the Teams: 2012 Mindoro Nannies

These lovely ladies are on their way to the island of Mindoro. They will be nannies at the Ruel Foundation, a children's home that cares for young children (infant-6 years) who come from bad home backgrounds, many of whom are malnourished. The nannies will also build relationships and do general evangelism in the surrounding community.





(from left to right)
Cat is a junior from Idaho. She loves peach rings and the color purple. She's excited about what God will do through her this summer, but also about how it will change her relationship with Him.
Lauren is a sophomore from Louisiana. Christmas music and the smell of coffee are two of her favorite things. Her prayer is "that God would pour out His love through me, so that when I leave they will still feel God's constant love and presence."
Megan is a senior from Colorado. Indian music is her favorite, and she is currently learning to French braid hair. Her prayer for the summer is to bring God glory and show people love in all things, whether working with the children or meeting people in Mindoro.
Tori is a sophomore from Louisiana. She likes hugs and Broadway musicals. Her motto for the summer is Luke 9:23 - "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."



Meet the Crossroads Long Island Team!


Meet the Crossroads Long Island Team! 

Josh, Jared, and Talon have gone through a five-day training in Alabama where they have been trained in evangelism, various religions, team building, and Bible study.  
They are excited to go Long Island, New York where there will be working with Crossroads Church.
They will be working with two multi-ethnic Hispanic Congregations, doing evangelism and discipleship and helping coordinate several short term mission trips.

Josh is the team leader.  He is a senior computer engineering major and math minor at Mississippi State University.  During his time in college, he has begun to feel a call to the ministry, focusing on world missions.  He enjoys travelling, hiking, sports, and problem solving.  He is praying about going to seminary in the future.


Jared is a 19-year-old sophomore at Northeast Alabama Community College where he is a nursing major.  He plans to go to seminary after graduating college.  He loves sports, especially football, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee.


 Talon is a sophomore at Northeast Alabama Community College and hopes to attend Auburn University to major in chemistry and University of Alabama at Birmingham for medical school.  He loves whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, and playing the harmonica.



"What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
-Colossians 4:9


Meet the Metro New York Team!

Meet the Metro New York Team!

Jordan, Kelly, Alisha, and Amanda have just finished a five-day training in Alabama.  They have been busy doing team building, evangelism training, worship and bible study, and learning about various religions.  They are excited to get to Brooklyn, New York City to work with the Metro New York Baptist Association.  Amanda and Alisha are going to be working with a Chinese congregation at Metro Baptist Church and Jordan and Kelly will be working with a Hispanic congregation at Park Slope Community Church.


Amanda, our team leader, just finished her bachelor's degree at Judson College in Alabama, where she was a Religious Studies major and art minor.  She enjoys painting and drawing, reading Sherlock Holmes, and drinking hot tea.



Alisha attends Calhoun Community College in Alabama and hopes to start at University of North Alabama sometime next year.  She is a broadcast journalism major.  She enjoys reading, writing, watching Castle, learning the guitar, music, dancing, and all sports.  Her favorite thing to do is meet new people and spend time with friends.













Jordan is from Arkansas and is a junior at Williams Baptist College.  Her major is Christian Ministries and her minor is psychology.  She likes traveling, napping, singing, laughing, and romance.  She loves to learn different languages and learn about cultures and people.












Kelly is a junior at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  She is an art major and loves painting, drawing, and making collages.  She loves the beach and enjoys surfing, hiking, snow skiing, riding roller coasters, and eating ice cream.












"Hope does not disappoint, because the love of
 God has been poured out in our hearts..."

- Romans 5:5




Meet the Teams: Luzon Nannies

Meet the Nanny team for New Faith Family children's home in Metro Manila! These ladies will serve as nannies for the summer. They will help with homework, play time, bedtime, and everything in between.




(from left to right)
Sam is a senior from Tennessee. She loves coffee, crafts, and soccer. James 1:2-4 is her prayer for the summer: "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Ashley is a sophomore from Tennessee. She plays guitar and loves anything chocolate! She is excited about having the chance to work with teenage girls and teach them biblical truth this summer.
Paige is a junior from Arizona. Alice in Wonderland is her favorite book, and she enjoys just spending time with people. She asks that you pray for unity on the team this summer.
(Due to an injury, Anna will not be able to join the Luzon Nanny team this summer. Please pray for her continued recovery)

And...
Meet me!






I'm Media Mary, and I'll be doing all things media-related for the 2012 Mindoro and Manila nanny teams. I'm a senior from Arkansas. I like running, coffee, and I am a firm believer in the power of media to communicate the message of the great gospel of Christ. My prayer for the summer? Philippians 1:27.

Check back often for pictures and updates on what the Lord is doing in His world!

Meet the Waray Riverboat Teams

The Waray Riverboat Teams will be journeying to Eastern Samar, the third largest and Easternmost of the Philippine Islands. We will be living amongst the Waray-Waray People who live in villages, or barangays along the Oras and Dolores Rivers. Our work with the Waray will begin with a plaza presentation, where we introduce ourselves, teach the children a song, share a personal testimony, and meet the people of the barangay. We will then have an opportunity to follow-up with individual families, build relationships, study the Bible in their homes, and share the Love of Christ.

Oras Riverboat Team

Pictured from left to right:

Joe
Hometown: Newark, Delaware
Senior at the University of Delaware, studying Business Administration: Finance
Isaiah 53:5

Thomas (Team Leader)
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Senior at Mississippi State University, studying Civil Engineering
Matthew 4:19

Makenzie
Hometown: Fairfield, Illinois
Senior at Union University, studying Social Work
John 3:30

Ashlee
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying Spanish
Isaiah 43:18-19

Jake
Hometown: Scotts Hill, Tennessee
Senior at the University of North Alabama, studying Environmental Biology
Romans 8:1

Dolores Riverboat Team

 
Pictured from left to right:

Matt
Hometown: Eddystone, Pennsylvania
Senior at the University of Delaware, studying Animal & Food Science
Proverbs 3:5-6

Edgar
Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Freshman at the North Greenville University, studying Biology
Isaiah 26:4

Samantha (Team Leader)
Hometown: Clay, Alabama
Senior at Auburn University, studying Communication
Exodus 14:14


Taylor
Hometown: Bogue Chitto, Mississippi
Junior at Mississippi State University, studying Building Construction Science
Lamentations 3:19-21


Andrew
Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi
Senior at Mississippi College, studying Psychology
Acts 20:24

Tim (Media Team Member)
Hometown: Strafford, Missouri
Senior at Truman State University, studying Visual Communications
Proverbs 16:9

Meet the Teams: Agta

Introducing the Agta teams! Both groups will be in the Bicol region of the Philippines living among the Agta tribal group. They will lead Bible studies, do general evangelism, and help the Agta people with whatever work they can. They're excited to share life with the Agta tribe for 8 weeks!




(L - R) Donatello, Cameron, Cassandra, and Neal




(L - R) Clay, Hallie, and Joseph

The Agta teams ask that you pray for the Lord to open doors and for the people to be receptive to the gospel.