Left: My name is Lily. I attend Tennessee Temple University but was born and raised in Laramie, WY. This summer, I am most excited to see the culture and learn the language of the people we are living among.
Right: I'm Megan and from Knoxville, TN. I recently graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am extremely grateful for the provision and support provided in order for me to have this opportunity this summer.
Hey Ya'll! We are finally in Mindoro! We arrived around 9:00AM and we are so excited to be here! Exhausted? Yes! But we are so ready for God to use us!
This summer as we serve with Ruel Foundation. We area a team of "nannies" and will be helping at a children's home to take care and play with around 20 kids! We will be helping in changing diapers, playing with them, bathing them. etc. Also, we will get the chance to spend some time with some youth at a local church. We are super pumped about this summer! Prayers:
That we will patiently adjust to the language and temperature barrier.
Katie, Tonya, & Tori :)
"Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
I write on behalf of the Waray Riverboat Teams on the last day of our orientation. After five days of training, the anticipation to be there already spiked off the charts. Five days and we are exhausted, but also better equipped, accustomed to bucket bathing, used to (& forgiving of) the perpetual Chaco smell, and—thanks be to God, who is sovereign and good!—I can say in total honesty on behalf of all the riverboat teams that WE LOVE EACH OTHER. It is evident already that God has hand-picked these teams and been preparing us all for this season.
Five days is plenty of time for personalities to shine through and team dynamics to begin to take form, so I've asked each of the teams to introduce themselves and each other. Below they name one thing they are thankful for, and what they bring to the table according to their teammates.
Josh - Wynne, AR / East Arkansas Comm College beauty in nature (crazy ideas, crazy redneck, determination) Daniel - Vaiden, MS / Mississippi State University oxygen (great leadership, Renaissance man, good at everything) Josh - Graceville, FL / Graceville High God giving me the ability to serve unreached people groups (laughter, creativity, the goofy guy, prayer)
Jacob - Vicksburg, MS / Hinds Comm College God's creations (energy, comedy, The Man)
Caleb - Ovett, MS / William Carey support from family & friends & my Savior to be able to do this mission (funny sayings, entertainment, mellowness)
Kaitlyn - Greenville, SC / USC Upstate
opportunity to serve in the Philippines (precision, humility, calm & organization, kindness & compassion)
Destinie - Marietta, MS / William Carey how God can make me smile :) (positive attitude, keeps everyone laughing, passion, focus)
Morgan - Springdale, AR / Arkansas State University not having to shave my legs all summer! (spunk, thoughtfulness, comic relief, random moments of laughter)
Evan - Fort Payne, AL / Not currently in school air conditioning (worshipful heart, spontaneity, strength & smiles, sings like an angel)
Katie - Aztec, NM / Lee University the joy of the Lord, my Mama (compassion, focus, nurturing nature, sweet voice, a wonderful team leader)
Hannah - Spring, TX / East Texas Baptist University Houston Rockets (love for & joy in life, passion about the Lord, dry humor, musical talent, smarts) Jordan - Yazoo City, MS / Mississippi College steak (crazy face, boldness, a good laugh & sincere love, sensitivity to the Spirit) Kaylee - Marietta, GA / Ole Miss naps, Netflix, nutella (confidence, good conversation, knowledge of the Word, sarcasm, laughter, strong spirit) Joshua - Foxworth, MS / East Central Comm College friends & family (kind heart & laminated passport, khaki camo, wisdom, steadiness, humility) Hannah - Memphis, TN / University of Memphis joy (braided hair / sweet "dreads", great wisdom, leadership, toe thumbs, sincerity)
Media: Ruth - MK from Tokyo, Japan / Winthrop University peanut butter I am a team of one, but really that means I get to claim all three teams as mine. I am immensely blessed.
We are the dynamic duo from central Mississippi. Daniel attends Holmes
Community College and Connor attends the University of Mississippi. We are both
excited to see what God will do this summer in Southern Thailand.
Wherever I go, the King goes.
Wherever the King goes, His kingdom comes.
Wherever His kingdom comes, the powers that be must submit.
Daniel’s life verses are Ephesians 2:8-10. Connor’s life verses are
Hebrews 11:25 & 26.
“Missions exists because worship does not.”John Piper
Orientation is almost over & we will head out to the Philippines
tomorrow afternoon! We are so excited to be working at the children’s home this
summer & also getting a chance to help disciple local youth.
Katie (team leader) is 21 years old, from Pontotoc, MS, & attends
Mississippi State University. Katie’s favorite verses are James 1:27 and
Tori is 18 years old and from Salado, Texas. She attends Oklahoma
Baptist University. Tori’s favorite verse is Hebrews 12:28-29.
Tonya is 19 years old and from Hazelhurst, MS. She attends
Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Tonya’s favorite verse is Philippines 1:20.