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


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
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


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.

See the complete listing of 2017 teams