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Relays, Photography, and Film

By Alejandro on March 1, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

It’s great to be in touch with you all again with what’s happening with here in Bangkok! 2013 ended well with the success of our Christmas event at an elementary school in Khampaeng Phet province and 2014 is off to a promising start with the launch of photography lessons and Youth Leadership Development in the form of a film project! One of the staff members  (nickname= Sprite) comes from a village in Khampaeng Phet (KPP), his vision is to build relationships with the students and faculty at the elementary school in order that our organization can partner with them and eventually provide more... Read more

A Fuller Fruit Bowl

By Ellen on February 24, 2014 Track: University Outreach Region: Middle East

Recently, Brandon and I had the opportunity to go on a sort-of marriage retreat and learn tips and get advice about being married while living overseas. We learned a lot – about ourselves, each other and how cool God is in the way He creates people. The biggest concept I took away from the experience is learning how to embrace differences.  We all have different temperaments (extroverted/introverted, task-oriented/relationship-oriented); ways we process information (internally or externally); communication styles; likes/dislikes, the list goes on and on. Wow, all of that could really make a... Read more

Behind the Scenes

By Erin on February 17, 2014 Track: Media - Arts Region: Middle East

Living in a country where the predominant religion is different than yours is difficult when it comes to sharing Jesus. Coming from America, it's still hard to comprehend that multitudes of people I pass during the day (whether on the metro, bus, minibus, ferry, street, etc...) haven't been exposed to Jesus the way I have. So when it comes to our weekly outreaches of playing music and sharing on the streets, there doesn't always seem to be much impact. We don't always get to see people's lives change like we want to.  But, that's when I need to remember that I'm only seeing the world through... Read more

Experiencing the Presence of God's Spirit

By Sarah on February 16, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

This is a really good convicting and challenging video from Francis Chan. In my time here, serving the poor, it is messages like these that encourage and lift my spirit. The Lord is so faithful and good to us. He calls us to pore our hearts and souls into helping the poor. This is what life following Christ is all about. I hope that as you watch this video, the Lord will open your heart and share His passions and desires for your life. When I was listening to Francis Chan speak, the Lord convicted my own actions and how I always just walk away sad, not truly seeking redemption or change.... Read more

Clean

By Lydia on February 13, 2014 Track: Medical Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

I had just arrived. All eyes were on me. Tiny, narrow pathway, personal bubble completely popped, yelling, a massive chaotic scene filled with carts and colors and sounds and smells, all new and so completely overwhelming. Then the clock struck 3. I watched as it played before my eyes. Everyone seemed to hurry for the iconic plastic teapot everyone owns here. As I watched with curiosity and in amazement, everyone began washing their feet, preparing themselves as the afternoon call to prayer from the nearby mosque pierced the busy and crowded market. Men focused hard on washing up well and... Read more

Blinded

By Lauren on February 12, 2014 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - Central

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:4 The girl in this photo, does not know the truth of her own word. We asked her, “If you could describe your spiritual journey in one word, what would it be?” Blind. The god of this world has taken a stronghold here and blinded the people of this country to the light of the gospel of Christ. I think about my students that have been hearing the gospel now for almost two years, and I weep over their... Read more

Being a learner

By Carrie on February 11, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Hey there. Recently, I've been thinking a lot about friendships...particularly about how friendships we build often come in and out of our lives like seasons. This is difficult for me to try and live out because I find it taxing to let people go. Before college I really didn't have a concept of seasonal friendships, so this is fairly new to me. However, being from North Dakota, it makes that much more sense! I sincerely enjoy all of the different seasons, but the transitions and adjustments to each season are conflicting. Example: I love this summer weather...but man I wish I could see some... Read more

Making Him Known

By Nancy on February 8, 2014 Track: Media - Arts Region: Asia - South East

A lady with a bright orange scarf caught my eye and waved me over. I could tell just from looking at her that she was happy. She explained to me the best English she could muster that she could SEE! She came to our medical clinic, saw one of the doctors, and then was able to go pick out a pair of glasses. She was so excited that she could see the world around her clearly again. She was glowing with excitement and joy.  In mid-January our team was able to serve almost 1,150 people through providing counseling (including prayer with every patient), health education, medical and dental care, and... Read more

Being a Wife

By Ellen on February 5, 2014 Track: University Outreach Region: Middle East

In the past 5 months of living in Turkey, the question I have been asked most is: “What are you doing in Turkey?” Ah, excellent question. Honestly, there have been many days when I ask myself the same thing. WHAT exactly am I doing here in Turkey?  I have a few select responses: learning Turkish; I wanted to experience a new culture and heard Turkey was full of friendly, wonderful people; my husband is here coaching American football so I am here with him. See, my husband has a very specific and clear purpose here: American football coach. As I’ve mentioned previously, my purpose is a little... Read more

Tiny Blessings

By Isaac on February 4, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

This Sunday was a team meeting, where we got together, all six of us in one place for the first time in a couple of months, to study Bonhoeffer and talk about God and life, and eat muffins and chocolate, and laugh, and celebrate our little community while studying a book about Christian community. It was good, as always. (A note on 'the team,' for those who may be confused: I live with one other guy, who is 'my teammate.' There are three girls living in a suburb of Saint Petersburg, at whose house we were meeting; one teaches at the same schools I do, the other two teach in their city. And a... Read more