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Scrambled Eggs

By Luke on October 23, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Men saw that Daniel prayed three times a day despite the king’s decree and he was thrown into a lion’s den for it. Daniel was a scrambled egg. David, a mans after God’s own heart, who slew Goliath in front of two armies, was a scrambled egg. Esther, the queen of the Persian empire, was used by God to turn potential catastrophe into victory for the Jews. She was a scrambled egg. The apostle Paul, chief among sinners, was also a scrambled egg. At this point, you probably think I might be a little be scrambled myself. However, eggs are used for analogies quite frequently. One such analogy my... Read more

Introducing Me - Quirks & Zeal Included!

By Julia on October 19, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Hey guys, my name is (not) Julia (but it is here, you catchin' my vibe?)! I’m excited you have found my page and are delving forward into the beginning of my story!   First up: those fun facts to break the ice (we like these, right?)! 1) I grew up in a military family and we moved from coast to coast every few years! 2) For sixteen years of my life, my dad had me completely convinced that we had a pet Zebra named Stripes until I was two! 3) In another life, I would be a Thai woman working in a rice patty field (that lush greenery, the water, the HAT… oh yeah!). Hopefully this paints the... Read more

How Did We Get Here?

By Samuel Glass on October 19, 2020 Track: Engineering - IT Region: Asia - South East

At first glance it seems obvious that someone like me would end up doing something like this.  I visited over 20 countries before I was 25 years old & two of my biggest passions are language learning & helping people.  I was raised in a Christian homeschooling home where biographies of people like Hudson Taylor & Amy Carmichael were read almost daily.  In many ways it seems inevitable for me to go overseas. On the other hand, for most of my life I had no serious desire to be sent anywhere, &--even if I was going to go--I would never have expected to end up in South East Asia:... Read more

My Essentials

By Richard on October 19, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

We are very excited to share that we have officially decided to continue with our team here in SE Asia LONG TERM after our first two year commitment ends.  We feel like very exciting rolls have taken shape for both my wife and I professionally, and that the Lord has opened amazing doors and gone before us in a powerful way in ministry.  We are excited to say “yes” to being faithful where He has placed us.  Currently we are back in the States preparing for continuing on long term, and as we are making sure we have all we need and that everything is in place, I thought it would be fun to drop a... Read more

Who You Say I Am

By Abby S on October 19, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

The following notes were recently taken during a study on our identity in Christ. I hope it encourages you in the same way that it encouraged me!  What does it mean to be in Christ? To be in Christ is to be adopted into God’s family. We are children of God (John 1:12), accepted by Christ (Romans 15:7), united with Him in spirit (1 Cor 6:17), no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:6), made in God’s image (Gen 1), known by God in a personal way, part of the body of Christ (the Church, His bride). We were bought with a price and deeply loved by Him (1 Cor 6:19, 1 John 3:1). Ephesians 2:10 says, “For... Read more

For the Healing of the Nations

By Abby S on September 18, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Our time in America has now stretched one month longer than originally planned as we wait on our new visas, but the Lord knew all along how we would need and use this time. We have decided to stay overseas for the long haul, and while we are back we are using this time to tie up loose ends and prepare to launch out long-term. It has been a joy, blessing, and encouragement to see friends while we are back, and last night was no exception. We visited a family who is extremely passionate about God’s global work and desire to see His Kingdom come around the world.    Towards the end of the... Read more

...Of All Nations

By Richard on September 18, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

A particular passion of mine is to see a love for Christ spread among the unreached peoples of the World.  For those unfamiliar with the terms, the 1982 Lausanne Committee Chicago meeting defined a People Group as “For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance”, and an Unreached People Group is a People Group without a reported self-sustaining Gospel Movement (see joshuaproject.net for more info).  About two years ago, our team was invited by local... Read more

Through Dreams and Visions

By Abby S on August 9, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Over the last few months my teammates and I have been praying that our friends would have dreams and visions about Jesus, and one night after praying together as a team He gave me a dream too: I wandered through a dark, terrible building. People around me were oblivious to the heaviness around them, but I sensed that something was wrong. They rushed by me, unsmiling, trying to take care of what they needed to do and ignoring everyone else around them. Something urged me to go up to the very top floor. Slowly I made my way to the top. No one else was going up to this floor, and as I walked in... Read more

Co Working with Different Convictions

By Richard on July 30, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

One thing that all of us working overseas invariably run into is conflict with teammates based on theological differences.  An exception to this might be found in teams that are sent from a denominationally based organization, but most organizations are para church and thus para denomination.  Our teams are centered on shared convictions that are central to the gospel, but on secondary issues we may differ significantly.  As mentioned, this will eventually lead to conflict; but, conflict is not inherently a bad thing.  A friend and mentor of mine (who specializes in peacemaking) likes to say... Read more

Discipleship + Thanksgiving

By Abby S on July 5, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

This is a study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians that I created that focuses on the ideas of discipleship and thanksgiving. Both ideas are key in being a follower of Christ. This study is designed to equip believers not only in discipleship relationships, but in learning to give thanks in all circumstances. Always giving thanks and being constant in prayer is foundational for being an effective “disciple maker” and servant of Christ Jesus. I hope this resource is a helpful resource for you! 1 Thessalonians: Background Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians from Corinth around 51 AD, and sent it to the... Read more