Sunday, December 9, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 8

The Path to Hope

The world has more refugees today than ever before in recorded history. They’re on the move across dangerous seas. They’re trekking on foot over mountain ranges. They’re trying to create a life for themselves in a new country with nothing but the clothes on their back. 

And in the midst of their heartbreaking story, many refugees have walked right into the eternal hope that was waiting for them all along.

IMB workers all over the globe say they are seeing refugees come to faith in Christ in the ashes of their tragedy. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for the gospel to reach people from hard-to-reach countries. More...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 7

Keeping the Well from Running Dry

At the end of a beaten-up road in Tanzania, a small hospital occasionally gets as full as it can get, and then runs on empty. In the past, it’s had moments where sick children slept two or three to a bed. It’s had moments where anesthetic drugs for C-sections and suture materials for surgery have run out.

But the situation has never stayed that way for long, reported Larry Pepper, an IMB doctor. Over and over, churches have stepped up to cover the hospital’s needs, all the way from wheelchairs to building a new pediatric wing. More...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 6

Coming Back Changed

Keith Wieser said he’s found a surefire way to develop courage in sharing your faith—go to East Asia. Over the past three years, more than 80 students have participated in his church’s partnership with IMB workers in that region, going there to serve for 10 weeks in the summer or two weeks on Christmas break. That experience changes everything, said Keith, who serves as lead pastor of Resonate Church, a Washington state-based church with campuses in Idaho and Oregon.

“They come back, and their perspective on their life and on the world is completely changed,” he said. “They see lostness where they had just seen regularity, and they see themselves as missionaries more than when they left.” More...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 5

Not a 'Flash in the Pan'

J.D. Greear says his church’s partnership with IMB missionaries is more than just a partnership—it’s a front-row seat to some of God’s most exciting work in hard-to-reach places.

“The most significant things in the world are happening through the church that God is building,” said J.D., pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, “We pray, we give, we go—not because we have to, but because of what God has promised he’s going to do among the nations.” More...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 4

A Piece of the Puzzle

Every single week, Pastor Fabio in Brazil makes it into the prayers of a few hundred people in Kentucky. Chris Platt, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Shelbyville, says that’s because they’ve met Fabio—and that in turn has made missions personal.

Ever since Chris’s church partnered with the work of IMB missionaries Scott and Joyce Pittman in São Paulo, Brazil, several years ago, the needs there have had faces and names. As the people of Highland Baptist have traveled annually to carry out outreach in the city of 22 million, it’s made them see their part in the “whole ball of wax” that is the Great Commission, Chris said. More...

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 3

A "Miracle" Partnership

Four years ago when IMB worker Edwin Feather* set out to reach a large city in Southeast Asia, Daniel Tuchez was there. Daniel’s team wasn’t just the first Hispanic missions team to partner with Edwin in that city; it was the first team, period. And Daniel, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tennessee, wouldn’t have it any other way. More...

Monday, December 3, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 2

A Small Church's Big Dreams

A few years ago, Pastor Steve Lakin’s small church took a big leap of faith. They had a large budget surplus, and they weren’t sure how to use it. But after some praying and dreaming, First Baptist Church of Andersonville, Tennessee, congregation of 125, decided to commit to something radical. They decided to raise $90,000, the equivalent to fund a missionary couple for a year. More...

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Day 1

The Pepper Family

Larry Pepper was on a trajectory. He was a NASA flight surgeon who was good at his job, active in his church, involved as a dad—and possibly headed for space. It wouldn’t be long before he ended up as a candidate finalist for a space mission. But God interrupted his plans. As Larry thought more and more about his life and its eternal significance, he felt God saying, “You’ve committed everything to me except your job.” It soon became evident God was drawing him to walk away.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hands On Opportunities

Interested in spending a semester in Southeast Asia? Students are needed to fill the following teams. (Most teams will help supervise Nehemiah Teams during June & July.)
Click on the job title for more information

8371  Mountain Farm Intern  (Southeast Asia)
Living in the Golden Triangle, you will be working to engage unreached peoples through agriculture & community development projects. Farm work is hard but can reap a bountiful harvest!

8447  National Mobilizer  (Philippines)
Every mission movement in modern history has begun with college students. Be involved in a nationwide movement of reaching the lost & raising up the next generation of missionaries, both American & Filipino.

8443  Urban Risk Taker   (Southeast Asia)
In our city of 3.5 million there are people from all walks of life who are trapped in darkness. We need students who are ready, able, and eager to get creative and look for ways to engage our city with the Gospel. You will have opportunities to build relationships with young adults through an English language community. They are waiting to be your friends and hear about the Hope that's only found in Jesus. Though personal conversations over dinner, music, games, sports, etc. you will have the opportunity to make friends and share Truth. Through an outreach ministry and employment center for victims of human trafficking you can apply your gifts and skills to make a difference in the lives of these women and children. Other ministries may include prison ministry, working with street kids, deaf ministry, and exploring the streets of the city looking for open doors. Beyond these opportunities, we want you to discover how God wants to use you in a unique way to impact our city. Volunteers need to be disciplined and self-motivated to complete this important task.

8555  Mountain Men Reaching Hindus  (Southeast Asia)
Doing EV and discipleship with Nepali Hindus by teaching English, sports, and some trekking to villages.

8729  Gospel Spreading   (Philippines)
Come, work on a college campus & see what God can do through you! Students are open to hearing the Good News, especially if they can practice their English. Make a difference in their lives this semester. Team will work in a college in Daet where less than 2% know Jesus Christ. The only public college in the area, many students come from outlying areas to study. The goal? For them to become Christ followers, taking the Gospel back to their hometown. Spend time with small groups of believers that you could disciple & mentor as they grow in their faith. Additional ministry opportunity could include paving the trail for a Disciple-Making Movement among the Deaf in Camarines Norte.
9008  Homeschool Teacher  (Southeast Asia)
Mom and Dad are looking for someone to come and volunteer, teaching 2nd & 7th grades. The curriculum will be provided. Our children have been home schooled since pre-K. Mom and Dad run a preschool in the local country while overseeing church planting efforts. In order to free up Mom and Dad's time for the preschool and church planting efforts a volunteer with some teaching experience is needed.

Dates for 2019
Feburary 11  Arrive @ orientation site
February 15  Travel to assignment location
August 6  Arrive @ debrief site
August 9  Arrive home

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Thinking back

After a month back, there still isn't a day I don't think back to those islands. The people I had the incredible privilege and blessing to meet. And the indescribable way Jesus showed Himself throughout this summer. I might not miss eating rice every meal, but the Philippines will always be in my heart. So thankful the God I serve here is the same God on the other side of the world.

Cebu, Philippines

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bug Lessons in the Wilderness

Evergreen trees, the Rocky mountains, starry nights – these are just a few of my favorite things. I’m a wilderness gal, through and through. At least that’s what I’ve always thought… This summer I stepped into a vastly different wilderness than the one I’m used to. The wilderness awaiting in Asia was unlike any I had ever experienced.

In prep for my Asian adventure, I filled my hiking pack with cliff bars, bug repellent and dry fit clothes. I also asked the the Lord for a ‘summer verse.’ I was hoping for an encouraging piece of scripture to lean on. Something along the lines of “I can do all things through Christ” or “You will soar on wings like eagles.” However, the scripture I felt whispered across my heart was Deuteronomy 8:2.
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. (Deut. 8:2)
This verse is less of an encouragement and more of a forewarning. The wilderness referenced isn’t the Rocky Mountains that I love to wander, but rather the land the Israelites hated to wander. After reading this verse, I had a knowing in my heart. A knowing that my summer in SEAsia was going to be incredible. Incredibly hard and incredibly difficult.

Read more about Leah Beth's summer on her blog.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Worth It

Worth it.

This was the very first thought that popped into my head as the wheels of flight 1588 touched the ground in Philadelphia, PA. Exactly 141 days before, I was sitting in a hotel room in New York City, reluctantly putting in an application for summer missions overseas. This came as a response to a small group I attended where we walked through Psalm 90 and focused in on verse 12 which says, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." With a heavy heart, I wrote myself a note in my Bible that said, "Don't waste your life, kid."

I can say very confidently, this summer was not a waste. At debrief, I was asked to summarize my whole summer in one sentence. To me, this seemed impossible. 8 weeks in one sentence? No way. But as I thought back over each and every person I met, only one sentence came to mind.

There is so much I could tell you about people God chose to use this summer and the way He revealed Himself to me and strengthened my faith. We could talk about perspective, about growth, about all the amazing things BlueSky has to offer, about how many kids we saw come to faith in Christ this summer, and so much more. But here is the gist of everything I could tell you... do not be afraid to follow the Lord and pursue the callings He places over your life. 

He can literally use anybody, even you. 
He can use your brokenness.
He can use your doubt.
He can use your mess-ups, your discouragements, your highs, and your lows. 
And I can promise you this... it will be worth it. Every. Single. Time. He is so so faithful, and He will never stop pursuing us.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you that supported me both financially and in prayer. Your encouragement and support meant the world, and I could not have made it through the summer without you all. I cannot wait to share the next adventure the Lord takes me on, and as I said last year when I returned home from NYC,

Until everyone sees.
Until everyone hears.
Until everyone knows.
Send me.


Read more about Amy's summer in Kenya on her blog.

Friday, August 24, 2018

My Heart & Soul

Still reminiscing over the past couple months, and still not over it. What a sweet time with the sweetest people! All I can say is that God is so sovereign, so good, and so faithful to make this selfish heart of mine a little bit more like His.  I wish so badly that I could share pictures of all the sweet kiddos I spent most of my time with because they are my heart and soul. You guys would love them!💛:)) @ Philippines


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I'll never be the same

If you ask me about my summer, I'll tell you it was the hardest 2 months of my life and just maybe the best 2 months. The Lord broke my heart and filled it up all at the same time. I'm still processing it all, still journaling, still trying to understand everything He spoke into my heart. I already know one thing, though - I'll never be the same. I look forward to sharing more about my summer through blogs!

Southeast Asia

Cheers to a summer to remember!

With an opportunity to serve with a branch of the same organization that brought my family to church 12 years ago, I got to see the Church meet His people. Overwhelmed with the power of the Holy Spirit & the passion the Church has for His Kingdom! Cheers to a summer to remember!

P52, Canada

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Jesus is worth it all


Prayers for continued growth

I can’t believe this was a week ago today...
I’m thankful for each of you & our summer together. I’m praying for God to continue growing you on your daily mission field. ♥️
Philippians 1:3

Virginia Justus

2018 Orientation video

Take a look back with us at some highlights of 2018 NTP52 Orientation....

Monday, August 6, 2018

This summer changed my life!

Hundreds of people heard the Gospel, many bible studies were held, homes visited, and life-long friendships were made. It was extremely hard at times, but the Lord was with us through it all. All glory to God!

-Kirstin Carlton

Monday, July 30, 2018

Continue to pray

I can’t say enough about the work the Lord did through these guys this summer. These guys didn’t just come to play with kids and have a neat cultural experience. Presence doesn’t equal proclamation. These guys came to help fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the good news. They shared the good news in places we had never been with people who had never heard. 

Two of the guys they played soccer with professed faith in Jesus, and we have begun to disciple them. 

Continue to pray for this place. 
Pray that the seeds sown would not be sucked out by the world.
Pray God raises up national leaders in this area. 
Finally, pray for these young men as they go back to the states.

-Field Supervisor

Enjoying the country

This week has been SO amazing, but it has also been exhausting! The heat is different here than in the city! We have decided we love the “country” side of Thailand a lot better than the “big city” of Bangkok! We are thankful that the Lord has allowed us to see so much more of Thailand than we thought we were going to. We have been able to meet so many students and teachers. We miss our students back in Bangkok but are incredibly thankful for the connections the center here is making with the schools and the relationships we have formed here this week!!
Please continue to pray for us as we finish this summer strong.

City Talk English, Thailand

Friday, July 27, 2018

Look What God Can Do.... through Alex too!

3 summers ago, I embarked on a journey to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for my first summer missions trip where I was given this little book to read for the first time. Who knew something so small could make such a difference in my life?! 

It is crazy to think how vastly different my life is now. I have gone through a lot these past 3 years: moving states twice, transferring universities, 2 summer missions terms, a summer youth internship, losing my grandmother, moving countries for a season, meeting so many new and beautiful people, making amazing friends, losing some friends along the way, traveling to my 6th continent, and following Jesus to the best of my ability. Each of these hold both good and bad memories. Through all the change, the loss, the gain, the failures, and the triumphs, I did not always know how to handle it all, nor did I always execute it all gracefully. But through reading this book and the constant scripture referenced throughout it, I was able to read about God’s Word coming to life in the lives of past and present warriors of my faith. 

I read about ordinary people like William Carey, a shoe cobbler, being unsettled about the reality of lostness and dedicated to his part in doing something about it. 

I read about Lottie Moon, a very small, seemingly insignificant woman, creating a new definition for the word “servanthood” and who Southern Baptist name our annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering after. 

I read about Jim Elliot, a young man with a young family, who’s bravery and faith let to martyrdom and influenced hundreds, maybe even thousands, to follow Jesus’ command to complete the great commission. 

I’ve read this tiny book too many times to count. Each time I read it, it becomes more and more evident that this book was written about people who were ordinary, simply human, and sinful- much like myself! And yet, look what God can do! They had complete faith to trust God and follow Him to wherever He may lead. They had weaknesses just like the rest of us. As the Bible says, His power is made perfect in weakness. To me, this is life-changing! This is such good news! 

He knows we are going to fail sometimes. He knows our deepest hurts, thoughts, desires, sorrows, joys, and failures and He uses all of it for His glory and for the nations to be drawn to Himself. Right now for me, as much as I want to succeed at everything, I’m sure I will fail many, many more times. But, His power is made perfect in my weaknesses. The craziest thing is, more change is coming! I literally have no clue what the next chapter of my life will hold, and that’s okay. God knows. And if there’s anything I learned from reading about all those amazing Missionaries, it’s that when we follow Christ, life will be worth while. God used a William, a Lottie, and a Jim. He can use an Alex too.

Look What God Can Do is available through Amazon

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Taytay sa kaayohan (Bridge to Healing)

After our early morning boat ride from the island to the mainland we arrived at the port city where we would board the large ship that would take us to our next island destination. The city looked different from before even though we had been in this same spot just a week earlier. The sun was starting to light the sky and neither of us had a clear idea of what day it was. 

Our Journeyman term has been filled with different seasons of mobilizing Filipinos to be World Christians and to lead this generation to finish the Great Commission, but this summer we have served as traveling supervisors for several American Nehemiah Teams here in the Philippines. As Traveling Supervisors, our main purpose is to visit the teams and make sure that they are doing their discipleship materials as well as functioning well as a team; however as we travel around to teams our favorite part is joining them in ministry for the few days we are there. We have been exposed to the deep darkness and lostness that penetrates this country from the muddy mountains to the small island fishing communities that the teams are serving in. This last week, our traveling took us to an island that is known to be the birthplace of the Catholic stronghold that so deeply entangles people and leads them away from the true gospel of grace. 
After our overnight boat ride, we then had a three hour bus ride, and an hour motorcycle ride through the mountains ahead of us before reaching the team. Once we finally arrived we were excited to see that they were in an area that no team has ever been to before and we learned that the people were eager to hear the gospel. We did a film showing in a neighboring village that was a modern day “5 loaves and 2 fish” scenario. The waiting shed we planned to show the movie in was not big enough to support the crowd that had gathered so someone suggested that we could move to the local catholic chapel and then suddenly a man offered to bring his TV so we could play the movie on it instead of the projector. Our group quickly set out and as the men and women walked up the hill, umbrellas lined the road and we grew excited to see how eager the people were to watch the film about Jesus. The showing went well and the guys on the team followed up with a very clear presentation of the gospel and an invitation to learn more about how we can receive the gift of salvation. 

Later that evening, we visited a house in the area to do Bible Study. The father had asked that we come after dinner so that he could invite the rest of his family and friends. When we arrived we were shocked to see how many men and women had gathered to study the word of God. We began with the story of Lazarus and the rich man and talked about the urgency of eternity and how all people will spend eternity in either heaven or hell and cannot switch back and forth. 

We continued with the passage from Ephesians 2 and talked about being spiritually dead or spiritually alive in Christ. All of the men and women there were very attentive and asked lots of questions about how someone who was dead could be made alive! Throughout the study we took turns reading the passages and quite unexpectedly one of the daughters said that that was the first time anyone had come to read the Bible with them. Before we left, the guys asked if we could pray for the family and Tatay (the father of the family) mentioned the family’s health and work. But then he simply added not knowing the truth in his statement, “tingali taytay sa kaayohan kamo” which translates to “maybe you all are the bridge to healing”. Although he was referring to physical healing our prayer was that the team would truly be a bridge to spiritual healing for this community. 

For some reason the Lord has sovereignly chosen to use us to be the messengers of the gospel. We must be the bridge for people to hear the only message that can bring true healing. If not us, who will?


Encouraging the family

Had a great time in F-town! We had the opportunity to do
street evangelism, prayer walking and trained some of the church members in Two Paths, the evangelism method we use here. It was great to get to visit with pastor Chris again and work alongside him to spread the gospel!

-Bush Boys

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Team of the Day: Southeast Asia Tourist

Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 3

Job description: Visit the Spice Islands via small planes & old boats. Seeing places many have not, off the beaten path, rustic, sharing your faith with those you meet. Camping & roughing it is part of the task of reaching the uttermost. Survey multiple islands in the central & southern provinces of the Maluku Islands, sharing the Gospel while exploring multiple islands. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Team of the Day: Hide & Seek

Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 1

Job description: You will "hide" in this closed country as a tourist. Daily you will explore your target city, going to where people hang out, "seeking" those who are looking for God. Boldly but wisely share the Gospel to see who is ready to follow.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Team of the Day: Kids Lovin' & Learnin'

Location: Philippines
Team size: 4

Job description:Come, impact orphaned children for eternity. Love them, play with them, teach them, & model Christian life to them. A local ministry is in need of volunteers who are willing & equipped physically, emotionally & spiritually to work with children who are in need of special protection, particularly those who have been abandoned, neglected, orphaned or surrendered.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Team of the Day: Edge Explorer

Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 2

Job description: Help survey & sow seed among the unreached peoples of Southeast Asia. The people are scattered among remote islands, deep jungles & breakthtaking mountain ranges. These are the places you'll be traveling to take the Gospel where the Truth has yet to be shared. You will partner with a young national believer who will serve as your translator & co-laborer in the work. Push to the edge this summer!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Team of the Day: Bush Boys

Location: Botswana
Team size: 2

Job description: We are looking at reaching the cities as well as rural areas here in Botswana. We will use children's ministry, youth outreach, Sports Evangelism, Prayer Walking, Evangelism, etc. to share the Gospel. We will partner with local Batswana youth in order to reach their cities and villages with the Gospel. The Baptist Convention is trying to plant one church in every village and youth ministry is a valuable part of the overall strategy.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Team of the Day: Preschool VBS & Prayer

Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 5

Job description: In partnership with a foreign owned preschool, conduct 5 weeks of preschool VBS. 150 students (ages 3-5) with many non-believing staff. You will develop & teach a curriculum that will share God's love & His creation & redemption for the world. Other weeks will be spent prayer walking & exploring nearby rural provinces. These strategic area need the Gospel and work has been slow. Help prepare the soil & hearts to receive the Good News.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Team of the Day: Making Disciples in Cambodia

Location: Cambodia
Team size: 2

Job description: Cambodia is a nation still recovering from the national genocide of the late 1970's. Because of the millions who died in that era, the youth of today are TRULY the future of Cambodia. Approximately 75% of the population is under the age of 30. Less than 1% know Christ. This team will labor in sharing the Gospel, building relationships, communicating Christ, disciplining young believers, and forming small groups for the purpose of making Christ known among the Cambodian youth population.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Team of the Day: Teach, Hoops, & Heal

Location: Philippines
Team size: 5

Job description: Calling for passionate Jesus followers interested in teaching & healing! Jesus taught & healed to draw people into His kingdom. You can too! Your task is to search for persons of peace. By telling Bible stories, you present the Gospel in a non-threatening way. Healthcare is a bridge to get into new villages & homes. Healthcare involves praying for the sick, taking blood pressure & temperatures, and doing first aid. Guys are especially needed to reach out to the men: play basketball, work alongside them, hang out & discuss spiritual things.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A New Sister

Exciting news! Last week we met for a study with one of the local followers here in a coffee shop. We invited the barista there to join us and she did. We were all able to share with her and she is now a follower!! She even came to the service Sunday morning!! We ask for continued prayers for this new sister. 

We have now moved on to the next town and ask for your prayers through this new adjustment. 

Embrace the Beyond
Southeast Asia

Learning while helping

Spent the past week helping Lobatse Baptist Church prep for a women's conference! We got to help cook, clean, cut firewood, and help slaughter a cow! We learned a lot about how the Batswana cook and do things traditionally. Then we topped off the week by camping in the Kalahari!

Bush Boys, Botswana

Team of the Day: Sports Engagement

Location: Laos
Team size: 2

Job description: An opportunity is open through sports to enter an area of Laos that has been unengaged with the Gospel. The smallest & poorest province in the country is undergoing development in the main center yet the rural districts remain much the same as they did hundreds of years ago. A door has opened in this area through a sports business; an artificial turf soccer field as well as other sports courts that have been installed & rented out to paying customers. The primary goal would be assigning in the running & maintaining of the business platform. Also organizing 2 2-week long sports camps (basketball & soccer) and district wide soccer tournament for all ages. Additional goals would be prayer walking, looking for persons of peace, learning about worldview, & sharing Biblical truth/stories in villages throughout the province.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Team of the Day: Teaching English in Africa

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa
Team size: 4

Job description: 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.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Team of the Day: Kingdom Fly Fishing

Location: Southeast Asia
Team size: 3

Job description: Use the sport of fly fishing to access some of the beautiful rivers, lakes & seas of Southeast Asia. Even more exciting, you will be using your fly fishing skills to be fishers of men. Our target population is conservative Muslim but has a long history as a group of fishing villages. There are no known believers in our area of 1 million people. Share stories of the Bible, your personal testimony, spiritual surveying, & the Gospel story presentations. Fly fishing, local club fly tying, prayer walking, local area mapping & searching for open people to share with. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Team of the Day: Advance Team

Location: Philippines
Team size: 2

Job description: Several years ago, the tribal group in this area had few believers and no churches. But no more. Come, encourage the new believers and help advance the Gospel to unreached villages.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Team of the Day: Seed Sower

Location: Indonesia
Team size: 2

Job description: Hub City is home to over 2000 refugees from the Middle East. A national partner started a church & it's been amazing to see the Lord draw these Muslim background followers of Jesus to Himself. The team will serve through an English Summer Camp as a trial to see if a school for refugee children is a possibility. Help recruit refugees to the new camp, planning lessons & activities, helping teach children of all ages English 2-3 days a week with the possibility of weekly adult classes. Primary purpose of the English classes are to build relationships AND share the Gospel with the families that come.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

They can change the world!

There is a massive amount of poverty among the people we are serving. At first, it was easy to overlook. The business of the birthing room paired with the fact we rarely see our patients outside of the clinic makes it easy just to care for mom and baby and move on to the next patient. Gradually though, God began to reveal to me how incredibly unique He makes each person. 

Every mom and baby comes from a different background. God has designed each child amazingly unique. No one has ever entered this world, and no one is going to come after that's going to impact it exactly like this child. 

As this idea began to take root in my heart, I began to genuinely love the women and babies that we're serving here at the Maternity Center (before, while I cared, it seemed shallow in comparison). I feel sincerely blessed to witness and assist with births. I get to be the first person to see these new little people that God has so intricately designed! 

As this love grows, my desire to pray with and for these women and to share the Gospel with them grows as well. I desperately want them to know the God that loves them and values them beyond anything that they have ever known. I want them to see that they are valued in not only the ways that I serve them during a routine prenatal or postpartum exam, but also in my willingness to pray for them and share with them how much they are loved by Jesus.

Mercy Midwives, Philippines

It's been a great week!

The reality of how short the time we have left is hitting us... Pray for focus and endurance for us! 

We are looking for more opportunities to serve outside of our usual schedule... Pray for doors to be opened!

We are working in groups of children and in all honesty, it’s hard to have one-on-one gospel conversations... Pray for persons of peace and opportunities for conversations.

Team Romania

Team of the Day: Stand in the Gap

Location: Philippines
Team size: 2

Job description: Over the last 40 years the Philippines has been a tremendous harvest field. This mission field is becoming a "mission force." Partner with a national supervisor to help finish taking the Gospel to the unreached & hard to reach. No IMB missionary is assigned to these places. Your team will help fill a gap where more harvesters are needed. Spend half the summer in the northwestern part of Mindanao going to small towns & rural villages. Many of these still don't have an evangelical church. The 2nd half of the summer will be spent on the island of Siquijor, known to be controlled by Satan through witchcraft.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Refreshed & Ready to finish!

Two of our teams got to take their mid summer break together! 
Pray as they travel today (Thursday) to new areas of ministry for the rest of the summer.
Pray for open hearts as they share the Good News in some hard places.

IMB Journeyman