Saturday, June 17, 2017

Meet the Team: City Talk English Team

Amanda, Jordan, Noel, MaryKate, Jennifer, & Lauren
Sawada Ka! We are a team of six girls teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand this summer. Here is a short summary of each of us below!


1.   Jennifer grew up in Texas and is currently studying English at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She aspires to teach English as a second language, help translate Scripture into unwritten languages, and work with those who are considered outcasts in society. The Scripture which encourages her most in this season of life is Isaiah 43:1, “Now this is what the Lord says- The one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel- Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”
2.   Amanda grew up in Arkansas and is currently studying political science and pre-law at Lyon College. She aspires to go to law school and work for the FBI. The Scripture that speaks to her most is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
3.   Lauren (team leader) grew up in Mississippi and just graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in languages. She plans on attending seminary before moving abroad as a career missionary. A verse that has been really encouraging her lately is Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.”
4.   Jordan is from South Carolina and currently studies in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She loves working with children and youth. In this season of life, Jordan has been learning a lot from 1 John 4:16-19, “And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgement, for we are as He is in this world. There is no fear in love; instead perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because He first loved us.”
5.   MaryKate is from Arkansas and is studying English Education at Arkansas State University. She plans to teach English as a Second Language in a big city one day. A verse that has been encouraging to her recently is 2 Corinthians 12:15 “I will most gladly spend and be spent for the sake of your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?”
6.   Noel is from the great state of South Carolina. She is currently a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. When she grows up, Noel desires to be a disciple maker. Recently, she has been thoroughly encouraged by Luke 18:26-27, which reads, “Those who heard it said, ‘Then who can be saved?’ But He said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’”

Please pray for the following:

  • For our Thai students to recognize that what we are teaching them are not simply good stories but life-changing truths. This is only possible through the work of the Spirit.
  • For the Thai people to recognize the futility of their idolatry. Pray they will realize that only Jesus can satisfy.

Riverboat Teams: First Days in the Philippines!

Maupay! We are the 2017 Riverboat teams in eastern Samar, Philippines. We arrived in Tacloban City on Thursday June 8, where our translators and our local IMB supervisors greeted us. The teams couldn’t have been happier to have finally arrived in the Philippines and have a warm welcome from our friends (in Waray) after nearly three days of travel. Everyone hugged and greeted each other, then got to know each other better by piling approximately twenty people into a jeepney .

We spent the first two nights in a hotel where we could have air conditioning and a private comfort room for a short time while we adjusted to the environment. Both nights we ate at a local mall. The mall was very nice and very much like an average American indoor mall. Most of the Filipinos in that area knew enough English to have an average conversation, so it was not difficult to pick up supplies.  The first morning we ate a Filipino breakfast at an eatery around the corner from where we were staying. Afterwards our local contacts assigned the teams a scavenger hunt that had to be completed at the street market.  There we found fruits that none of us had seen before, bought malongs, drank coke from a bag, and bought
Coke in a bag!
fans to keep cool. As much as it was an exciting experience, it was an opportunity for us as a team to learn to trust our translators to haggle prices for us and take care of us; otherwise sellers may take advantage of our American ignorance. After resting up and being briefed on our locations we were ready to disembark for our destinations: Hiliba-an, Oras, and Dolores. I hope to provide more updates in the near future. Salamat!

Please be praying for the team’s health, endurance, that the Holy Spirit would be moving in us as well as the people around us, and our translator’s ability to understand and translate specific dialects effectively.

-Sam

Physical Strength & Health

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

Team of the Day: Island Castaway
Country of the Day: Philippines

Pray for physical strength and wellness of team members. Pray their rest times would be refreshing and rejuvenating so the Gospel continues to go forth.

Outreach Bulawayo Update

We have been in Zimbabwe about a week. We have enjoyed exploring the town and getting to know some of the people here. It is such a beautiful city, and the people are so friendly. We have had a few ministry opportunities in the days that have passed. We worked with kids some and gave people food a couple of times. 

Please pray for the needs of the people here: spiritual, emotional, physical, etc. 
Please pray that our team will be able to minister to the people that we come in contact with.

-Heather

Getting Established/The First Week

217: The approximate number of people we have shared testimonies or gospel with through basketball, door-to-door, or any number of personal ways of communication.
1: The number of people who have given their lives to Christ that was know of, and wish to be discipled.

His name is Darwin, the soft spoken 15 year old boy who has already proven the harvest is bountiful, and we workers already feel fulfilled, knowing that a lifetime of labor is worth one soul.

The adventures already countless, this summer already has story sharing with crowds of 30+, walking many miles to a spring deep in the jungle, running a basketball clinic, and much more to glorify the Father!

Here are some praises and prayer requests from one week of ministry:
  • Darwin, that he'd be discipled and willing to grow in Christ. Praise that he is saved, and is now seeking baptism. 
  • Ronald, Alex, Jasper, J.P., Maki, and many others unnamed who we are forming intentional relationships with. Pray the seed has been sown, and that it would bloom into a fruit ripe for the harvest. 
  • Pray for an upcoming opportunity where we have been invited to teach at a local high school, that God could be glorified through this. 
  • Pray continually for our team still, as we are coming to the hard and fast realization of what it means to be solely reliant on Christ for everything.
Korben and Lucas gathering children for a drill at our first basketball clinic, where over 50 people attended.
Our translator Kewin taking a selfie with many participants of our basketball camp, with John & Stephen posing!
Team leader CJ shares testimony and gospel with camp attendees 

-Take it 2 the Rim

Friday, June 16, 2017

Zambia Sports update

Yesterday Tim and I went to a district football (soccer) meet for Solwezi where he had a nice talk with Emanuel. Earlier that morning he shared his testimony with the chief of our area and prayed for the chief. Today he taught bout 25 students from Matthew 4. Thanks for praying and keep it up!

-Zambia Sports supervisor

Meet the Team: Take it 2 the Rim

Take it to the Rim is a team of five Americans and two Filipino translators using basketball to form intention relationships with communities around Batangas City, Philippines.
American team members
Roster
CJ: Team captain, second season, age 24, Small forward, 6'2", 180lbs - University of Arkansas at Monticello
Korben: rookie, age 20, Power forward, 6'3" 240 lbs, - Tennessee Tech University
Stephen: rookie, age 21, Point guard, 5'11", 170lbs, - Arkansas State University
Lucas: rookie, age 20, Center, 6'4", 220lbs, - University of Tennessee
John: rookie, age 20, Shooting guard, 6'0" 165 lbs, - North Greenville University
Kewin: fifth season, translator, 5'11, 78 kg, - BSU
Joel: fourth season, translator, 5'7", 70 kg - FEATI university

CJ's advice to rookies: "One day at a time"
Korben's most exciting thing about the summer: "leading the first person to Christ"
John's least exciting thing: "One word - Balut."
Kewin on why he translates: "Because God said so, even if you have a hard time."



Fruit Filled

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Team of the Day: Global City Outreach
Country of the Day: Southeast Asia

Pray for team members to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit as they submit to God's will. Pray that Christ alone would be evident in all they say and do.

A look into the Heart of an Island Castaway (Part 1)

Personal Journal Entry

Dear Me,

I know sometime you feel defeated and discouraged, like you are so far from the presence of God. I'm writing this to remind you that the Heavenly Father says He will never leave you or forsake you. He is closer to you than the air you breathe, and you are engraved into the palms of His hands.  
You are REDEEMED.  
God clothes you in the Righteousness of Jesus. "He became sin, who knew no sin, that we, through Him, might become the righteousness of God."  Not just SOME righteousness. GOD'S righteousness.  

So when you feel He is far away, remember He is right there hovering over you and living inside of you. When you are in the middle of the storm and trials of this life and they seem too much for you, realize they are too much for you on your own strength. And rejoice, because you don't rely on your own strength. You are strengthened by the infinite power of the Creator of the universe. Surrender it all to Him. I promise He can do a better job with it than you ever could. Stand in His peace and power and glory.  Rest in His presence.  Trust in Him.
-Me

We'll make a plan

Dumela from Gaborone!

My name is Cam and I am one of the team leaders for the Bush Boys and Girls. After long flights and layovers starting in Atlanta, we arrived in Gaborone jet lagged and all on June 8th. There was a little bit of a learning curve at first as we learned to walk the streets as we are without vehicles of our own for the next two months.

We have been cooking dinners for ourselves, although finding ingredients has been somewhat difficult. We had to go to three different stores before we found everything for a taco dinner, but nevertheless we figured it out.

There's a saying here in Africa our supervisor likes to use: "We'll make a plan." Whenever we are talking about ministry planning, we have learned that scheduling in Africa is far more different than in the States. Though there is a bit of a learning curve, it has taught us to slow down and pay attention to the Spirit.

Our first week has been full of door to door evangelism. The people of Botswana are very receptive to hearing the Word of God. We have already had a week full of children's ministry as well. The Lord has been gracious in our ministry as several people have already been raised from death to life through the proclamation of the gospel!

Continue to pray for salvations as we continue our ministry!

-Cam

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What In Language Nation?!?

"I ni che!

That means "Hello" in Bambara, or "Hey y'all" if you're from the South. We are now in the midst of language learning here. The Bambara people group we are working with is the largest people group in our country with over 5 million people. To try and reach and interact with them more intimately, we are doing our very best to learn Bambara. However, it is like drinking from a fire hose trying to retain enough of it to have a conversation with only 3 days training. But God speaks every language, including Bambara, so we will make every effort to do so as well that His name might be proclaimed and glorified amongst the Bambara people.  (Even if we look frizzled like this while doing so)."   

-Rachel

Meet the Team: Bush Boys & Girls

Greetings from Botswana!
Back row: Cam, John, Reuben, Kenny, Rachel
Front row: Anna, Maria, Kelsey, Mikayla, Taryn
We are the Bush Boys & Girls Team and we would like to introduce ourselves. We will be spending the summer in the beautiful country of Botswana, ministering to local churches and believers. Here is a little bit about where we come from and what we do in the US.

Maria: University of South Carolina, Freshman, Journalism Major
Mikayla: Mississippi College, Senior, Christian Studies Major
Reuben: University of Alaska Anchorage, Sophomore
Taryn: Blue Mountain College, Junior, Business Administration
Anna: Auburn University, Junior, Global Studies
John: Arkansas State University, Junior, Plant and Soil Science
Cam: Florida State University, Senior, Marketing
Kelsey: Western Kentucky University, Senior, Non-profit Administration
Rachel: University of Alabama Huntsville, Senior, Nursing
Kenny: Southern Seminary, Masters of Divinity

We appreciate your prayers!

Desire for the Truth

Team of the Day: Mercy Midwives
Country of the Day: Philippines

Pray for the unsaved to have a desire for God's truth. Pray for teams to proclaim this Truth clearly, unashamedly, and out of a desire for God to be glorified.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17:3
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Meet the Team: Outreach Bulawayo

We are the Outreach Bulawayo team working in Zimbabwe, and we have three members.
My name is Heather, and I will be writing the majority of the blogs for our team. I am originally from Georgia but I am currently attending Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:8, and my favorite color is purple.

Lindsay is from Indiana attending Purdue University. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13, and her favorite color is yellow. 

Katie (team leader) is from Mississippi, studying at Delta State University. Her favorite verse is 2 Timothy 2:22, and her favorite color is blue.

Meet the Team: Northern Thai Challenge

Hello from Thailand!
Since spending a week here in Phrae, the two of us have adjusted to the time change (but not the climate quite yet!) and have begun doing ministry among the Northern Thai people. Here is a little bit about each of us in our team of two!

Brandon: From Tylertown, MS, Brandon is pursuing a degree in Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. He hopes to go on to medical school to become a doctor. Brandon enjoys playing baseball and fishing. His focal verse for this summer is 2 Timothy 4:5, "always be sober minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."

Brick: From Hattiesburg, MS, Brick is looking to get a degree in Cross-cultural Business Management at William Carey University. Brick is praying through how he can use business as a platform to do full-time ministry either in the United States or internationally. He enjoys outdoor activities like biking and hiking as well as playing a few instruments and reading the occasional book. His focal verse for this summer is 2 Corinthians 2:14, "but thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere."

Our ministry consists of supporting the local church and missionaries to make disciples in the city of Phrae. We are doing this by taking part in church services and bible studies in the week as well as going throughout the city making initial connections and relationships with people who have never heard the gospel. Some of our avenues of doing this is through prayer walking, meeting people in restaurants and cafes, and playing sports (soccer, badminton, table tennis) with locals. We need your prayers as we search for those who are looking for a savior and for those who do not yet recognize their need for a savior.

Please pray that...
1. We will be sensitive to where the Lord would lead us to share his good news. We cannot cover the entire city and need wisdom to decide where we will go.
2. The Lord will bring us into contact with persons of peace in this city.
3. The language barrier will not be a hindrance to the spread of the gospel (our adequacy in Thai is poor to say the least!)

A Hop Across a Pond

11pm to 8am a couple days later. It would be an understatement to say our travels to West Africa was draining.  However, the long flights and layovers allowed our team to get to know each other better.  From watching movies to pass our time to finding the correct terminal for our flight, God used every second of it to make me enjoy being around my teammates.

To add icing on top, we were able to have some spiritual conversations with a couple of people along our journey. Please pray for a man from Zambia. Please pray for another man from Ethiopia. Pray that the Lord may reveal Himself to them. Pray also that the Lord will make Himself know in the countries they represent.     -Jordin

First Few Days: Urban Catalyst

We made it to Coffee Island! Thank you to everyone who was praying for us during training and while we were traveling. We touched down in Pepper Port Wednesday night, met up with the local workers D&R, and made it to our dorm (or kost, as the nationals call it) without incident.

These first couple of days have been crazy, but rich. We are still recovering from jet lag, so please continue to pray for a quick recovery. The food is also taking some getting used to; rice, rice, and more rice! The nationals have a saying, “You didn’t have a meal unless you had rice.” We have already made some new friends that are locals are can translate for us, and we were even able to share the truth with some cousins.

-Urban Catalyst Team

Getting Things Started

Mangandang Hapon (Good Afternoon),

We are all settled into the Children's Home we are staying and are having a blast getting to know all of the children and adults we will be living with the next several weeks. Most the adults and several of the children are already believers! With them, we were able to attend a local church at a mall--how cool!

This next week we will start tutoring one-on-one with students who are delayed in their school or will soon be adopted so we will practice a lot of English. Each night we will be sharing devotions with each of the different age groups. And on Fridays we will be teaching different characteristics of God and how we should model them in our lives.

Please pray for the children and other adults who will be present to have tentative ears and that the Spirit would lead us what to share with the children! Also pray that they would catch the World Vision and the responsibility they have to share with all of those around them!

-Alex

Meet The Team: Coffee Island Urban Catalyst

James, Michael & Cason
Michael
Hey my name is Michael, or as they call me in Southeast Asia, Bako (or Marco, or Mikaut, etc). It’s nice to meet you. I am from Arkansas, the natural state, where I study music education at Arkansas State University. I am 19 years old, so I am the youngster of the gang. I’m just so excited to be here and am appreciative of your prayers and support for our team. Thank you for your attention and I now pass the baton of introductions down to…

James
I’m the old man of the group, clocking in at 24 years. I’m currently a graduate student at Auburn University pursuing a master’s in Mechanical Engineering. I love a good salad (something the nationals here have no grasp of), and I’m an avid movie goer (so I’m really excited about the theaters here, because I’ve heard they have arm chairs and you can order food). I really appreciate your prayers this summer, especially for my mental and emotional endurance. I’m an introvert by nature, and I know this summer is really going to stretch me.

Cason
Hey my name is Cason. I am 21 years old. I am a Junior at Auburn University studying Political Science. I love sweets and junk food. I eat copious amounts of sugar. One thing I have learned in a few days of being on the field is that things do not go as easily as planned and so it is necessary to enjoy the time and have fun with whatever the situation is. My being here is simply an offering back to the Lord and so the results of my serving are in His hands. I hope to also have fun this summer and enjoy unexpected situations and the time I have here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meet the team: Whatever It Takes For Cambodia

Meet Erin (pictured on the left):
School: Northeastern State University
Major: Special Education   
Minor: American Sign Language
Birthplace: Siloam Springs, AR
Hometown: Colcord, OK
Favorite animal: Elephant
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Favorite things: receiving mail, traveling, & building friendships

Meet Ashley (pictured on the right):
School: Austin Peay State University
Major: Sociology
Minor: Political Science
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Hometown: Lebanon, TN
Favorite animal: Sloth
Favorite Bible verse: Luke 9:23
Favorite things: traveling, meeting new people, and playing with my dog

This summer we will be serving in Cambodia in a school. We will be teaching English, Math, Science, Writing, and Bible stories. We have 8 classes a day with students who are very eager to learn. We are also building relationships with other school workers and students who live in dorms near us.  We hope to do a study with them soon. On Sundays we will spend the mornings in local villages doing Bible stories with the kids there and in the afternoon we will spend time in worship and fellowship with local Khmer people. We are loving our time here so far and look forward to all the new experiences and adventures ahead.

Resist the Devil

Team of the Day: P52 Chicago
Country of the Day: United States

Pray that team members would be submissive to God's work in their own lives so that they may stand against the devil. Pray for them to put on the armor of God as Paul refers to in his letter to the Ephesians.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:11

Chicago: Directionally Challenged

One of the main things we've learned this week is that I do not know the Chicago public transit system as well as I thought I did. Also, Siri is very bad with the transit system too. While Becky and I have had an interesting time getting lost, God has used that to do some amazing things!

For example, we had to go to our official orientation the other day to get details for our research project. Somehow, I got the address messed up, so I thought the meeting was over an hour away (it was actually only 10 minutes from where we were). So Becky and I made our way to the wrong bus stop to go in the total wrong direction, completely oblivious to our mistake. While we were waiting, a guy comes up and asks us something about the bus. We answer, but Martin strikes up a conversation and will not stop talking. He even sat next to us on the bus. Martin was about our age, so he and I were talking a lot about college and what we liked to do in Chicago. He asked what we did in our free time while at school, so I told him that Becky and I were both involved in local churches and campus ministries.

Then something that can only be attributed to God happened. Martin starts telling us about how he grew up in church but now is confused and has a lot of doubts about Christ. Becky was then able to share the gospel with him! He asked lots of questions, and it really seemed like the Holy Spirit was working in his heart. Martin even said he was going to find his Bible, start reading it, and potentially give church another try!

This whole experience really went to show us that God uses some of the strangest and most random circumstances to lead the lost closer to Him.

Please pray for the following:
  • the Holy Spirit would continue to work in Martin's heart and he would accept Christ
  • Martin's relationship with his 10-month-old daughter (KJ)
  • God would continue to use unexpected situations to allow Becky and I to share the gospel
  • I would learn how to use the Chicago public transit system without getting lost
Sending love from Sweet Home Chicago,
-Sydney

Honoring God's Word

Team of the Day: Advance Team
Country of the Day: Philippines

Please continue to pray for the rapid spread of the Gospel as the teams minister among the lost. Also, pray that God's word would be honored as it is proclaimed.

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meet The Team: People of Far Village

Hello, from the People of Far Village Team.
On the top left, we have Harley. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:3-4 & 8.
Beside him, we have Rachel. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 5:6-8.
Next, we have Nikki, our team leader with Zephaniah 3:17.
Lastly, we have Jordin with Matthew 6:33.

As a team, we have some things we would like you to partner with us in prayer.  
First of all, pray that we will have boldness as we move towards a place we don't know for a people we don't know. 
Pray also that, as we do so, we will stay humble and faithful to the work God has prepared for us.  We want to remain close to God in every step of the way to do His work most effectively.

With your prayers, we are confident that His kingdom will come and lives will be changed this summer.

Meet the Team: Island Castaways

After some wonderful plane rides, and some waiting, we finally made it to our port city!  We are scheduled to take our boat ride to the island God is calling us to tomorrow, weather permitting.  We are absorbing the culture and getting to know the way of life here.  As we get to know the people here, we want you to get to know us.
Evan, Hunter, Mac & Bryson
Bryson is 23 and serving in his first overseas mission trip.  He is planning on starting nursing school in the fall semester, Lord willing.  He is from Mississippi and has two younger siblings.  Pray that Bryson will lead with wisdom, grace, and a servant's heart.

Hunter is 19 and also serving in the Philippines for the first time.  He wants to continue his education at SMCC and then possibly attend Seminary.  He is also from Mississippi and has one younger sister.  Pray that Hunter will go into the field with courage and boldness.


Evan is also 19 and flew on a plane for the first time during this trip!   He wants to continue his education at SMCC and then possibly attend Seminary.  He is from Mississippi  and has one younger sibling.  Pray that Evan would seek God's will above all else and will have the courage and wisdom to follow it.


Mac is 20 and is serving in the Philippines for the first time on his first mission trip.  He plans on continuing his education at Purdue University and then Seminary or the Mission field full time.  Mac has four brothers and lives in Indiana.  Pray that God will give Mac the words to say and the heart to connect with the people here in the Philippines.

Meet the Team: Heartweavers 2017

Sawaadee-ka from Thailand! We are the Heartweavers team, and this summer we will be serving in a red light district in Northern Thailand. We will be teaching English classes and looking for opportunities to share the Gospel with women in the city. Here are the members of our team:

Abbey is studying Speech Pathology at the University of Mississippi. She is from Raymond, Mississippi. Abbey loves shopping, trying new foods, making people laugh, and spending time with family and friends. Her birthday is on July 6, and she is excited to spend it in Thailand! Her focal verse for the summer is 2 Corinthians 4:6.

Anna is studying Marriage and Family Counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is from Mt. Olive, Alabama. Anna loves hand-lettering, singing, gelato, and hot tea. Anna's focal verse for the summer is Psalm 72:14.

Kenzie is studying English as a Second Language at the University of Memphis. She is from Atoka, Tennessee. Kenzie loves guacamole, coffee dates, quoting movies, singing her feelings, and fan-girling over Drew and Ellie Holcomb. Her focal verse for the summer is Isaiah 61:1.

Mallory (team leader) is studying Accounting at Mississippi College. She is from Monticello, Arkansas. She loves to read, watch romantic comedies, send snail mail and drink coffee with friends. Her focal verse for the summer is Acts 26:18.

We have spent the last few days in orientation with the ministry that we are working with this summer. 

  • Pray that we will be able to start English classes and form relationships with women in the city.
  • Pray for boldness and opportunities to share the Gospel with them. 
  • Pray for endurance as we serve throughout the summer.


Meet the Team: Lovin' and Learnin' Team

Hello readers! We are the Kids Lovin' and Learnin' Team and we will be serving this summer at a Children's Home in the Philippines. Here is our team:
Emily, Roxy & Alex
Emily lives in central Texas where she studies recreational therapy. Her favorite color is orange. Emily is most excited about hanging out with the children and learning more about her Filipino heritage.

Roxy is from southern Texas and is studying speech therapy. Her favorite color is blue. She is most excited about getting to know and invest in the children and being in a new culture.

Finally, I am Alex :) I am from Tennessee but go to school in Arkansas where I also study speech therapy. My favorite color is green. I am most excited to love the children and being back the Philippines for my second summer--bring on the rice and great treats!

Please pray open hearts of all of those we meet (children, social workers, house parents, and other volunteers) and that we represent Christ in all of our words and actions!

-Alex




Meet the Team: Mercy Midwives

Maayong buntag! 
Good morning from Davao City. The Mercy Midwives have made it! As we begin to get acquainted with the city, we'd love for you to get acquainted with us! This summer we will be working in a lying-in maternity clinic and we will be integrated into the healthcare team here. We will be providing encouragement to workers as well as moms, conducting Bible studies, devotions, and health teaching, and even preforming/assisting with pre- and post-natal exams. We have loved being helping hands already this week! Between the 4 of us, we've already seen 4 births in just 2 shifts! 
Amy, Paige, Kat & Naomi

So to start the team off meet Kat! Kat was actually born in the Philippines and moved to the US when she was 8. She is excited to be back "home" and can't wait to show her teammates all the Filipino foods and culture! She is in Nursing School in Texas and plans to get her masters in Health Care Administration. 

Up next is Naomi! She is in her third year of nursing school in Arkansas! She is very interested in midwifery through missions as a future occupation and is so excited to get a taste of it this summer. She loves to explore and travel, and is looking forward to trying all kinds of Filipino foods!

Next we have Paige! Paige is also in her third year of nursing school. She attends school in Louisiana. She wants to go into full time medical missions after finishing school, possibly as a midwife! She loves to hike, play Ultimate Frisbee, and read. The hardest part for her this summer will be trying not to bring home at least 3 Filipino babies from the clinic. Maybe they could be her carry-on items! 

Lastly, is me! My name is Amy and I am in my third year of nursing school in Arkansas! Fun fact, Naomi and I are actually roommates and are so excited to share this experience together. I hope to become a Labor and Delivery nurse after school. This is my first overseas mission trip and I am so excited to see God move through me and my teammates this summer. 

So far our team has meshed really well together and it has been lots of smiles and laughs! We are looking very forward to getting to know each other better and on a spiritual level! 

How you can pray for us!
  • Team unity 
  • Strength and diligence after long shifts
  • That we would take advantage of every ministry opportunity that comes our way
  • Pray for the moms at the clinic, many of them face the challenges such as poverty, singleness, miscarriages, and more and that we would know how best to love on them and show them God's love through our words and actions

Creating Stories, Crossing Cultures

During training, we learned to draw the creation to cross story while sharing it.  As our training continues in Mali, I was able to run through the story with our interpreter. He was able to translate it flawlessly and we are excited to use it in the villages soon.    -Harley

Monday, June 12, 2017

Meet the Team: English in Africa

Hailey, Meredith, Chloe, & Kendra
Kendra
I'm an Education major at Berry College. I chose to come on a Nehemiah Teams trip with the hopes of reaching people for the Gospel and using the tool of teaching English in order to do so.

Meredith
I'll be a senior at Liberty University this fall, and I'm majoring in TESL (teaching English as a second language). Growing up in Southern Africa gave me numerous opportunities to see God change people's hearts through the work of full time, overseas workers. I chose to serve overseas this summer out of obedience to the Lord, to gain personal experience of what full time, overseas work would look like, and to serve those serving full time.

Chloe
I am an Accounting major at Auburn University. My parents are missionaries and I grew up in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru. Because of my background overseas, I have always had a heart for the lost around the world. I had an open summer and was so excited that it worked out for me to do Nehemiah Teams in West Africa with a family I knew from Peru.

Hailey
This year I'm a senior at Blue Mountain College, and I'm a double major in Christian Ministry and Psychology. God has been teaching me the responsibility of all Christians to spread his name to the nations, and I signed up for Nehemiah Teams in response to that. I wanted, and still want, to be a part of the ministry that God is doing all over the world.

Prayer Requests:
-That hearts will be softened to hear what we have come to share.
-That homesickness won't influence our ministry
-That we will be unified as a team
-That we will be diligent in sharing truth
-Patience and joy as the days get hard

Meet the Team: Chicago!

Thank you so much for your prayers during our preparation for this summer! I'm Sydney, half of the Project 52 Chicago team. Becky and I are two southern gals who will be spending our summer sharing the love of Christ with people right here in North America. We are really looking forward to sharing the gospel with the people we meet, and we wanted to make sure you got to know us too!

Becky (right) and me with Chicago's beautiful skyline

Becky is the team leader for the summer. She loves both studying and playing music, and she really enjoys worshipping the Lord through singing.

I (Sydney) love all things related to culture, so I am so excited that people from every tribe, tongue, and nation will worship together in heaven one day. I also really enjoy writing, so you'll be hearing from me quite a bit this summer.

We made it to Chicago and are ready to begin our work. We will be in one of the most diverse zip codes in America, creating meaningful connections and sharing the gospel. We will also be helping local evangelical witnesses and workers gather information on the people groups represented in this cultural epicenter. Chicago is often considered the "forgotten city" when it comes to mission work, so we are glad to conduct research to hopefully help the workers here better understand the people groups.

Please pray for the following:
  • our adjustment to the area
  • that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of those we meet
  • that we will use everything we have to make His name known throughout Chicago
  • that God would give us wisdom and a strategy to conduct our research and share the gospel with such a diverse community
Sending love from Sweet Home Chicago,
-Sydney

Meet the Team: Sports Engagement

After 48 hours of traveling in unfamiliar countries, exchanging foreign currency, gesturing to explain ourselves, and missing the entirety of June 7th, we are here. We are settling in at our guesthouse, watching game 4 of the NBA finals with our supervisor, and enjoying lots of new foods. We have no upset stomachs so far, but it's only a matter of time.

Let me introduce you to our team. There are 3 of us. Colt, Chris, and David. We will be updating this blog every week, so it should help if you have an idea of who we are:

Colt: Doc Holliday
Our team leader. He reminds me of Doc Holliday from the movie "Tombstone". Why? Because he belongs in the background of a western. Colt is the guy wearing a 5 gallon cowboy hat and boots, sitting at the table, surrounded by 9 other hardened cowboys listening to him tell a story (hint: it's a long one) as they watch his fingers dance over a deck of cards. "Is this your card?" must be high on the list of his most common sayings, right behind "westexas" and "50's movies were the best." Reserved when he needs to be, open when he needs to be, I look forward to seeing him become even more of a servant for the Lord and a servant leader for us.

Chris: Laughtrack
Our sitcom audience. We're thankful to have Chris on our team. He is excited to take the role of our blind, forgetful otter who laughs at anything we do. Yes, it is a confidence boost. Yes, I feel like a professional comedian. Chris belongs in a Pixar movie. I picture him as a small otter, bobbing around with his glass bottle glasses and voiceless laugh. Genuine and passionate, I look forward to seeing Laughtrack open his heart wide and bearing much fruit.

David:(nickname in progress)(current options: Fasciitis)
Your's truly.

If you follow the blog, you will learn more about each of us. This was just my word picture of my other two teammates. I hope you will continue to follow our journey and keep us in your prayers.

We are praying for the people here. It is full of spiritual darkness. We see spirit houses outside of many homes. These people are hoping to appease the spirits that "own" their land. It is a sad picture. Those spirits hold no love for them, these people are worshipping a god that will send them to hell for eternity. We pray that these people will be led to the God who sent his son so that we could be with Him. Not because of sacrifices that we give, or righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy (Titus 3:5).

Please pray diligently for these things as we pray alongside you.

  • Team unity: In order for the gospel to be spread, we must be of one mind. Pray that the spirit will give us Christ-like love for each other.
  • Discipline: If this trip is to be fruitful at all, we must constantly be in prayer. This is not easy, and takes discipline. Ask the Lord to help us stay in desperate prayer for this summer and these people.
  • Open hearts: Because of the country that we are in, and our proximity to government officials, we must be very cautious with sharing of the gospel. We pray that hearts will be softened to hearing the gospel either while we are here, or after we are gone. Our most important task is to assist our supervisor in his ministry here, and if that means we never get to share the gospel 1 on 1, then we are prepared to do that. Our prayer is our greatest asset. We need to be praying constantly.


Thank you for your prayers and support, stay tuned for the amazing stories that I'm sure will come.

-David








Speak with Boldness

Team of the Day: Bush Boys & Girls
Country of the Day: Botswana

Pray for team members to be empowered with the power of the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel without fear.

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable Your servants to speak Your word with boldness. Acts 4:29

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rapid Spread of the Gospel

Team of the Day: Urban Rescuers
Country of the Day: Thailand

Pray for God's Word to spread rapidly in a manner that glorifies our Heavenly Father.

...brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1