Sunday, December 11, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 8

Layla Murphy

Layla Murphy didn’t set out to be a teacher in Southeast Asia. But spiritual hunger for God’s word among the people to whom God called her has shaped her ministry and fine-tuned her focus.  Read more & watch video

  • PRAY God will continue to bring students who want to grow in their knowledge and love of Christ and that they will also be willing to share their faith with their countrymen.
  • PRAY for immigrant factory workers, who have come to earn money to send back to families in their homeland, that while they’re “strangers in a strange land” they would gain spiritual freedom by becoming followers of Jesus.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 7

Bethany Amber

When Bethany Amber’s parents felt God’s call as missionaries to South Africa, their high school daughter wasn’t just along for the ride. See how she touches the lives of South African children in her own unique way.  Read more & watch video

  • PRAY for Bethany as she finishes her high school education. Her switch from South African schools to the American educational system requires her to squeeze two years’ work into a year and a half to prepare for college in the United States.
  • PRAY for her South African friends from the school she’s left, that their relationships would continue and she can continue to be Christ’s light in their lives.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 6

Cregg Family

Darkness often reigns in megacity life. One missionary family in South Asia, however, has cause for hope for individuals in the city of 22 million where they live. Read more & watch video

  • PRAY for women in the red-light areas of the city, that Christians can impact their lives and help them find a way out.
  • PRAY for Christians within the business community of this megacity of 22 million as they actively share the gospel in their places of work.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 5

Dove Family

As Zack and Jennifer Dove work to encourage church plants in their part of Norway, their boys are adept at opening doors to relationships. Prayer, though, is the real key.  Read more & watch video

  • PRAY for the new church plant in Sandefjord, as believers there reach out to the community and draw seekers into something fresh.
  • PRAY for the house church in nearby T√łnsberg as believers there boldly share their faith and for a multiplying movement to take hold.
  • PRAY for an awakening and revival among existing believers: that they would see fruit through sharing their faith and seeing people follow Jesus.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 4

Haun Family

Death often comes to the rural hospital where Dr. Heidi Haun practices. But she and husband William have planted their lives in Ghana not just to bring physical healing, but to testify to Christ’s love and salvation, all the more pressing when life hangs in the balance. Read more & watch video

  • PRAY for wisdom and strength for the national medical staff and administration of the Baptist Medical Centre as they serve an overwhelming number of patients every day.
  • PRAY Heidi and William will manage time wisely to avoid exhaustion and burnout as they work their time-consuming jobs in surgery and media.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 3

David & Hanna's Story
David and Hanna Harris* grew up in Baptist churches, but these days they visit Jewish synagogues, study Hebrew, and take part in Passover meals. As IMB Journeymen they moved from their small town in Kentucky to a megacity in South America to share gospel truth with Jews living there. Part of the process is learning the language and culture of those they’ve come to reach.  Watch video
The center celebrates Jewish holidays such as Purim and Passover, but always uses the opportunities to bridge to New Testament gospel truths.
Since the first Jews immigrated to this city in the nineteenth century, there has been a thriving community, now numbering more than 200,000. The Harrises, both 25, work at a Messianic Center in the heart of the Jewish community. The center celebrates Jewish holidays such as Purim and Passover, but always uses the opportunities to bridge to New Testament gospel truths. David and Hanna hope that “the veil will be removed from their eyes, and that the truth of the Messiah be made abundantly clear to them.”
  • PRAY Jewish leaders will come to know Jesus. If the leaders come to know Jesus, it would radically change the community.
  • PRAY for the equipping of Messianic Jews, those who have embraced Jesus, so they will learn how to share the truth of the Messiah with their people.

*Names changed

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week of Prayer: Day 2

The Copland Family

Nick and Shannan Copland use modern tools to meet people and forge relationships in the ancient Italian city of Verona.
Through websites they’ve established, Nick and Shannan, IMB workers, find common ground on social media for “meet-ups” with people who share interests—outdoor life and Italian cuisine being two. Relationships are natural keys in sharing spiritual truth, especially in a postmodern city like Verona—beautiful and wealthy but spiritually impoverished. Friendships formed during mountain hikes or evening meals often lead to sharing about Christ.  Read more & Watch video
Their “meet-ups” have become popular, resulting in Nick and Shannan being tagged locally as the couple who bring people together.
Friendships formed during mountain hikes or evening meals often lead to sharing about Christ.
  • PRAY for Nick and Shannan as they continue to build relationships and share their lives in this northern Italian city.
  • PRAY the Coplands would understand where best to focus their energy and efforts as they balance several ministry initiatives.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Some days....

Some days are harder than others.
Some days I want to hop on a plane and leave.
Some days I want to cry.
Some days I wonder my purpose here in America.
Some days I question everything.

Today is one of those days.

But sweet reminders on my Instagram like this remind me of so many things.
They remind me of awesome memories.
They remind me of the people I have grown to love.
They remind me of the seasons of life that I got to be there.
And most importantly, they remind me of who God is.

This is why we go, this is why I go. My heart is in Indonesia. And I can't wait to be back. 

-Wess
Southeast Asia, Summers 2015 & 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Team of the Week: Tip of the Spear

GO into a new area to build relationships and give a verbal witness while demonstrating a life witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Be a bringer of light this summer!

The team will work a new region that has very little opportunity to hear the Gospel. This country is less than 1% evangelical Christians. There are large areas and communities without a credible Gospel witness. Your team will be sent into this area to build relationships and give a verbal witness as well as demonstrate a life witness. This country doesn't allow evangelism, missions trips or missionaries. You will be tourists seeking to understand the culture and enjoy the natural beauty. You will operate very independently from long term personnel for security reasons. You will be gathering data for long-term personnel and national partners about the local communities and places of "light" and "darkness," names of seekers and believers, and making an assessment of the comnunities receptivity to the Gospel. 

IMB Job #: 113178, 113177 
Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: Each team has 6
Field expense:  $1499 plus round trip airfare, immunizations, required travel insurance, passport & visa costs, etc.

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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, November 16, 2016

Sharing is a reminder

This past weekend I had the chance to share about my short time in the Philippines this summer and even shorter time in Macedonia a couple of years ago. 

My dear friends from across the globe, I just want to say I still love you and I am still praying for you all the time. Having the chance to share what God has done in my life reminds me just how much He loves each and every person he has created.

-Sara L.
Philippines 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Team of the Week: Farm Community Intern (NEW TEAM!)

Living in a highly restricted area of the Golden Triangle, you will work alongside a group of former head-hunters to engage unreached peoples through agriculture, construction, business & community development projects. Base out of a sustainable farm community, spending days doing farm chores & other days helping with village extension projects &
outreach events into the local village communities. Through these events you will help to share the Gospel with unreached peoples while encouraging the national believers working in this region. Absolute necessities are a willingness to work hard everyday, a love for interacting with people (even if they don't speak your language), & the ability to live in rustic conditions without complaining. The language barrier will be significant. But if you work hard to show people how much you care for them, you will have a fulfilling & fruitful experience among those who've never heard the Gospel before. Farm work is hard but can reap a bountiful harvest! (Agricultural background/experience is not a requirement... but is a definite plus!)

IMB Job #: 113222 
Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 6
Field expense:  $1599 plus round trip airfare, immunizations, required travel insurance, passport & visa costs, etc.


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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

Sunday, November 6, 2016

NT/P52 Get Together

Fall. Friends. Food. Fellowship. Future.

Enjoying the weekend in northeast Alabama! 

Pray for the participants as they will be sharing in 13 local churches on Sunday morning (Nov 6th), during Sunday School time & in the worship services.

Pray that the Lord will use the stories of their experience to mobilize others & challenge them to be World Christians.
Nehemiah Teams property sign unveiling

Nehemiah Teams Training Center with staff... it's official!

John Potter giving a tour of the property... so thankful for his partnership

Friday, November 4, 2016

Team of the Week: Hope & Health (NEW TEAM!)

In partnership with a local hospital & Baptist Women's ministry, help meet medical needs of women & children. Use your pre-med/nursing or social work training to show compassion for the health of nationals and see their hearts soften to hear the Gospel.

IMB Job #: 113382 
Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 7
Field expense:  $2100 plus round trip airfare, immunizations, required travel insurance, passport & visa costs, etc.


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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

Friday, October 28, 2016

Team of the Week: English in Africa (New Team!)

Are you looking a way to immediately gain access into the hearts of people who don't have access to the Good News? People all over the globe are increasingly fascinated with American culture & the English language. Come teach ESL in West Africa.

Students will be involved in ministry based out of the Grand Yoff Baptist Center in Dakar, Senegal. The center is located in one of the poorest and most densely populated neighborhoods in the city. Ministry will be multi-dimensional. Student volunteers will spend time at the center connecting with students who are learning language at our ESL center. Responsibilities include teaching English classes, leading conversation sessions, organizing fun activities for socialization and interaction, and building relationships with students. Volunteers will also be expected to spend time in the community of Grand Yoff. They will explore strategies in story-telling and evangelism, visit in homes, and build relationships with the community. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn basics in the local language and implement that in ministry and relationship building. There will also be room to utilize special gifts and talents of student volunteers as means for effective ministry.


IMB Job #: 113131
Location:  Senegal, West Africa
Team size: 4 (2 guys/2 girls)
Field expense:  $1719 plus round trip airfare, immunizations, required travel insurance, passport & visa costs, etc.


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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 26, 2016

Get whipped into shape!

Not sure what to do this summer? Why not go on mission?! 
Nehemiah Teams is an incredible organization that sends college students all over Asia, Africa, and more! God has used Nehemiah Teams to not only change the lives of those that students reach on the field, but God has used it to personally change my life. Before going through NT, I knew I wanted to be a missionary, but I had no idea how little I cared about lost. I had no idea how little I cared about reading God's word and talking to God. When I went on Nehemiah Teams, just the orientation was enough to whip me into shape spiritually and emotionally. NT helped me realize how much I lacked a personal relationship with Jesus. It helped me to grow so much closer with Him, and it allowed me to be used by God to help others find Jesus Christ.
Go!! You won't regret it. If anything, just apply and see what God does!
-Alex

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.

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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.

-Alex

Read more from Alex's blog @ http://alexgraceanthony.blogspot.com/

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

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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

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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

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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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Man of Sorrows

This past weekend, several organizations in Mississippi came together to worship and talk about missions opportunities. One of the first songs that we sang was "Man of Sorrows" by Hillsong, and all that I could think about was this room at 6AM. 
Many mornings last summer, my team and I sat at this table and sang that song after our quiet time before we began our day. It is a beautiful description of the Gospel and something that we desperately wanted to be able to convey in our place for the summer.
As students begin the processes of summer missions, be in prayer for those who will serve in their hometowns and who stay within the States sharing the Gospel, and also pray for the ones who will go far away, to unknown places and unreached people groups. Pray that they too will know the beauty of this message and share it with courage.
-Bekah O
Philippines 2015
Man of sorrows Lamb of God
By His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid
Silent as He stood accused
Beaten mocked and scorned
Bowing to the Father's will
He took a crown of thorns
Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Hallelujah
Praise and honour unto Thee
Sent of heaven God's own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree
Now my debt is paid
It is paid in full
By the precious blood
That my Jesus spilled
Now the curse of sin
Has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
See the stone is rolled away
Behold the empty tomb
Hallelujah God be praised
He's risen from the grave

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Team of the Week: Urban Catalysts

Be part of pushing back darkness in Indonesia. Go deeper in your walk with Christ & put on the full armor of God. Daily opportunities to engage people with the Good News. It will not be an easy summer, bit it will be very rewarding.

Your team will be focused on walking the Spirit, praying diligently, boldly sowing the Gospel, working alongside national believers, finding areas of receptivity to the Gospel & making disciples. It can be difficult to get deeper in spiritual conversations using English only, so partnering with national believers is a must. Though the majority would claim to be Muslims, many are involved in mystic practices & dark magic. The area is known for a particular form of magical martial art. Many come to this area searching & praying for power & influence over spirits & people.

IMB Job #:  113104
Location: Indonesia
Team size: 4 (2 guys/2 girls)
Field expense:  $1313 plus round trip airfare, passport costs, & required travel insurance

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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

IMB Southeast Asia Video

Nehemiah Teams has opportunities to serve in most of these Southeast Asian countries during June-July 2017. As specific teams are highlighted over the next several months, be praying how you can partner by GOING, SENDING, and PRAYING.
video


See the complete listing of 2017 teams

Friday, September 9, 2016

26 verses??

Most people who have grown up in church know that we need to be memorizing Scripture. We are told to hide God’s word in our hearts over and over again. Out of all the people raised in church, I have found very few people actually have Scripture memorized (other than John 3:16). After signing up to go to the Philippines, I read online that the organization I planned on going with would require us to memorize 26 verses over the course of the summer. I pride myself on being transparent in these articles and because of that I have to admit my first reaction was not a positive one. If I’m being completely honest I might have groaned and hoped that this was only a recommendation. Go ahead and judge me. I deserve it. 26 verses seemed like a lot and memorizing verses can be challenging. Obviously, I’m writing this article because my view has changed quite a bit. This is what I have learned about memorizing Scripture
There is power in Scripture. The Bible is God’s word and therefore just like Him the Bible is extremely powerful. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is God breathed reminding us that what we read in the Bible comes from Him. We have access to this power. It doesn't make sense for us to not do everything we can to keep this word with us at all times. In the Philippines we had to hike up huge hills in extreme heat. It was not an easy or enjoyable thing to do. During almost all of the hikes, I silently trudged up the hills reciting Scripture. There was a turning point in the summer where reciting these verses wasn't just so I could get them done and win the debrief competition (we did win by the way). But it was to experience the power of what the Scriptures say. When I wanted to sit and rest it was the reminder from Romans 10:14 that gave me the energy to walk to the next house. If I didn't spend that time reciting Scripture I probably would have fallen on the ground out of exhaustion and refused to move ever again.
I learned this summer that the best way to mediate on Scripture is by memorizing it. I spent so much time with the 26 verses I learned this summer and I can see the difference it made in my life. I have a new understanding of these verses that I would have not been able to comprehend from just reading over them during my quiet time. Memorizing is so much easier when we understand what we are memorizing. When I applied the Scripture to my life the task of memorizing the verse didn't seem so difficult.
We can easily defend our faith when we know what the Bible says and where it says it. I know my first reaction when someone tells me that the Bible says something is to ask where. If a person can't tell me I will search for it. I love hearing the wisdom of other people but I want to know that it is Biblically correct. When someone asks us where in Scripture we find what we believe and the best we can do is say it's in the New Testament somewhere, it hurts our witness. I spent so much time this summer showing people where in the Bible it says the only way to heaven is through Jesus. A lot of the times when people understood that what I was saying came from the Bible and not from me that is when they really started paying attention.
Hopefully, I will have the chance to go into countries where I can't have a Bible with me. I want to know enough Scripture that no matter where I am, Bible or no Bible, I can still spend time meditating on the word of God. It is important to keep what the Bible says with us at all times so no matter what situation we are we can depend on what it says.
This summer changed my mindset of memorizing Scripture. Since coming home I have continued to memorize Scripture and I have continued to learn about how powerful actively memorizing Scripture can be. I am happy that I had the opportunity to be required to memorize God's word and thankfully it has completely changed my life.
-Cassidy Winters
Read more from Cassidy... www.theodysseyonline.com/@cassidywinters



Thursday, September 1, 2016

How can they believe..

Never would I have thought a picture like this could make my heart race. All over the world there are tons of unreached people groups who are hungry and thirsty for God's love. This summer I was able to live among just one of those groups. God has spoken to me through these Filipinos in more ways than I can understand, and because of that, this summer was one that I will never forget.

-Kate
Tropical Campus Disciplemaker, Philippines

"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 10:14-15

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In love with God's Word

I had a chance to video chat with Kuya Ding, one of the many great friends that I made in the Philippines. He told me that the Bible we gave him was the first Bible that he had ever owned. This was the first time he was able to open the Bible and read it by himself. He told me that he and his his wife have fallen in love with reading God's Word. 

God is always at work and will always be at work... even when we don't see it.

Please pray for Kuya Ding and his wife. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to speak to them through the scripture.

-Jadon
Impact Cebu, Philippines