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Learning How to Walk

By Jessica on January 24, 2014 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

Do you remember that one thing called culture shock? Yep well it’s been said that there are four different stages. Excitement, Frustration, Adjustment, and Acceptance. I’ve been in South Asia for almost four months now and I think I’m slowly working through the frustration phase. Three months ago if you could read my mind it would have gone something like this, “I love all the colors of this place! The food is amazing and I love talking to the people. Everything about this place is so exciting.” About a week ago it went like this, “Why do people here drive like maniacs? I don’t understand the... Read more

Breaking Bread In The New Year

By DougandEllen on January 23, 2014 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

There’s nothing like the New Year to reveal how messed up you are!  By the way, Happy New Year.  Many people don’t know this about me, but I can be in my own head a lot.  I spent most of 2013 going back into my past: grade school, middle-school/high school, college, “real-world” and remembering all the heartbreaking/embarrassing situations I was in.  I would put myself back in those situations and think that I could handle them pretty well if I had another chance.  The thought I would end in is “well, I think I have it pretty together now.”  I’ve wanted deep, genuine relationships my whole... Read more

Discipleship

By Mark on January 21, 2014 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hey everyone, For the past few months, I have been meeting with a student named Taku. If you've been keeping up-to-date with my monthly newsletters than you should already know about him. Anyways, Starting next month, we will be starting a bible study that we will go through together learning about the roles of male leadership in the church, the home, and etc.  We both wish to learn about what God has called us to as Christian men. Please be praying for us as we go through this study together. Thanks for all the support. Mark Read more

Learning is Fun

By Brianna on January 19, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

I have an individual student every Friday who I'm working with on spelling, writing and math. This is part of one of the two power points we've been working on for a few weeks. I give her a list of spelling words for the week and she then chooses a topic for it. For this power point, she chose the topic of zoo animals. After we correct the spelling and grammar of the sentences, we present the information in a power point centered around that topic. Can you say, "incorporating technology" into learning!?!? I know I can! What's more is that she is really, truly very proud of herself. She always... Read more

Bad Hair Days & God's Grace

By Lydia on January 16, 2014 Track: Medical Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

6:00AM The alarm from my phone rings out into the milky darkness of my room and into the sweet warmth of my sleepy mind. I roll over. 7:00AM I should probably get in the shower I think as I lay there letting my eyes adjust to the turned on light. For some reason getting up this morning was a chore. I move slowly as I spend a few minutes eating breakfast and spending some time with the Lord as the sun peaks over the horizon and I can hear the world waking up just underneath my window. By the time my sleepy footed self gets into the bathroom, I realize how quickly I will need to move in order... Read more

Adjusting

By Julie on January 16, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

I've been in my city for a little over 3 months, which means 3 months of studying the language of this country. All day. Almost every day. In some ways it feels like I never graduated, although it is nice to not have to worry about exams or papers!  At this point I'm starting to get a grasp for the language. I can talk about my day, go to shops, and communicate with the friends I've made here! But its still not easy. For example, a waitress just came over and asked me something and I have literally no idea what she said... Luckily I've gotten really good at making the whole thing a joke when... Read more

Answering the call

By George on January 16, 2014 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-14 Answering the Lord's call is never easy. It requires us to leave our friends, family and comfortable lives to go and serve people we have never met. I answered the call almost 9 months ago and have been serving on the field for 4 months now. Leaving home was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It required me to give up everything I cared about and potentially give up someone I cared about deeply. But God is... Read more

A Good Reminder

By Celeste on January 14, 2014 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

Whenever we reach the 15th of the month, I am always aware that the month is now closer to being over than beginning. January, like those before it, has gone by quickly. Three and a half months I have now lived in this country. The middle of the month also reminds me that I should blog. My goal is to post about twice a month….So it is no surprise (at least not to me) that I sit here writing on January 15. I have been meaning to write for a few days, and each time I think about it I cannot decide what to say. Often there is an external pressure to have some measurable progress to or some... Read more

Obedience is Blessing

By Thomas on January 14, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life." (Mark 10:29-30) Before coming overseas, leaving America and everything that was normal and comfortable to me seemed like a huge sacrifice.  I thought I was giving up so much by diverting from my career plans and diving into an unknown world.  I assumed... Read more

Incarnation and Cross-Cultural Service

By Alejandro on January 11, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

I'll be talking a little about Incarnation, the video above, I think, gives a good idea of what the Incarnation was about. That said, here are some things I’ve been thinking about regarding ministry: The type of work that Servant Partners does falls into the category of Incarnational Ministry. It’s vision is to embody the message of Jesus and experience good news together with neighbors as they live and work together. In short, it is ministry modeled after the life of Jesus, who “became flesh and dwelt among us.” If I were to speak highly (and I do) of any strategy for service it would be... Read more