Saturday, August 6, 2016

Challenges in coming home...

If you know somebody coming home after living in a different country for a couple of months (aka NTers) love on them. Listen to them, act interested, set up coffee dates, pray for them, and be patient with them. One of the biggest challenges I have faced coming home after living overseas for the summer was transitioning from living like a minimalist to.... not. 

In this pic I'm holding a basket with clothes in it. Those are all the clothes I had for two months. I could wash all of them at once. And I LOVED it. Every aspect of it. (Side note: contentment comes when worry goes away. That's a battle for all females I know for sure when it comes to outward appearance.) Coming home to having much more than that made me angry honestly. Extremely angry. (Which isn't good, I know. I have had to work through that.) 

There's a lot more I could say about that, but the Lord molds people into who He wants them to be through times like that. Two months isn't that long at all, but it can leave it's effect on someone without outsiders ever knowing. So love on those around you who did just come back or will be back soon. It is a struggle.

For those who stay months or years longer, you are my heroes. I respect you more than most on this planet and want you to know that I am praying for you, by name if I know you personally. The cost is great but the rewards are greater.

-Carley H, Riverboat Team, Philippines

Friday, August 5, 2016

What Overwhelms You?

At Nehemiah Teams debrief we are asked to come up with a one sentence response to the question "How was your summer?" My answer? "It was powerful, because the Lord showed me that even in the darkest and hardest places His light shines and His kingdom comes."
Though I am overwhelmed by the lostness and darkness of Laos, I am even more overwhelmed by the Lord's patience, kindness, love, and mercy. We truly serve a good, good Father who will never forsake us or the people of Laos. The task in reaching Laos is great, but our God is greater. The Lord is in Laos. The Lao people are His people, not the enemy's. There will be Lao people worshipping Him for all eternity (see Rev. 7:9). Thank you Lord for a life-changing summer, and most importantly thank You for who You are.

-Jacob B., Village Homestay Team

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Zambia Sports Team Video

Josh and Joseph served in Solwezi, Zambia for two months. They worked in the secondary schools doing sports ministry and teaching Bible studies. They also taught weekly Bible studies at our home and participated in weekly Christian radio shows that reached thousands of people in the area. Get a glimpse into the ministry of the Zambia Sports Team.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Don't believe the lie...

You know you've been through Nehemiah Teams when you have a dream that you are Jim Elliot.
Spending the past two months in Southeast Asia has been a life changing experience. Not only did I get to see God's incredible work on the other side of the world, I came to better understand how He is calling all Christians to share in His heart for the nations.
This is still far away, but I want to encourage anyone who is a college student to consider spending their summer abroad on mission through Nehemiah Teams. Never believe the lie that God can't use you in His mission for reaching the lost people of the world because you are still a student. God wants to use this generation to reach every nation!
-Matthew L, Urban Trekker Team

There's a difference...

There's a difference between knowing Jesus and knowing about Jesus. When you truly know Jesus, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.

Southeast Asia

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Messy but Beautiful Business

Over the last 2 months I have seen the undeniable truth of God's heart for the nations found in scripture in such tangible ways while in Thailand. I saw a city so lost and enslaved to idol worship, sex, and money. There were many days I walked the crowded streets of Bangkok convinced that this place was too far gone for The Lord to save. However, it is so clear, and God has been so gracious to reveal to me in spite of my lack of faith that indeed this city is not forgotten. He is working in mysterious and creative ways because He's the God who loves his people. He has always been a God at work to redeem his people and reconcile them back to themselves. It's a messy business but it's beautiful. God, I believe and I have seen your unchanging heart!

-Conner R
Urban Rescuers Team

Monday, August 1, 2016

Riverboat & Mountain Trek Summer Video

Take a few minutes and watch an overview of the ministries of the Mountain Trek & Riverboat teams
from Leyte & Samar, Philippines.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Don't waste Your Accidents

Last week as I was pulling into a parking spot I turned too sharply, and my back tire cover broke the plastic tail light cover on a pickup truck in the space next to me. Face palm. Due to various complications, it cost not only the money for the tail light replacement, but multiple hours and meetings with the other party and the traffic police to figure out the solution.  I found myself frustrated and thinking that the problem could have been easily fixed in 15-20 minutes if I had my way.

While sitting with the other driver and the traffic officer in the station I told them that I was a missionary in the area. They asked the normal questions like how long have you been here and where have you gone. However, when we were almost done the officer asked me, “Since you are a missionary, do you have any words of wisdom from God to share with us?” I replied that I did and proceeded to share the gospel with them, which led to the officer asking 3 questions related to salvation that he had clearly been wondering about before. The next day we gave him a gospel tract and he sent me a friend request on Facebook.

1 Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” God continues to teach me about this. I was frustrated over some lost time and money, which in the grand scheme mean nothing. He has greater and eternal purposes He wants to use us for.


Read more about Joe & Elizabeth's Journey to the Philippines on their blog