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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

God. Family. Baseball.

By Jamie on January 9, 2014 Track: Medical Region: Asia - South East

It is typical to write about the past year and show all of the lessons that you have learned. I have a lot of things to reflect on as this year begins but I would like to highlight one thing that I have been learning in my time away. Family is really important. This past Christmas Eve, I found out that my smart, compassionate, and always funny grandfather had passed. He was the man with life lessons and was such an amazing example of what a marriage should look like. He had an unwavering faith and so much love for his family. He was 90 years old and going strong. He had just been to Mexico... Read more

December Update 2013

By Paul on January 7, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - Central

Our S@vior is born!  Wait, is it January already? What? Time is flying! We are already at the end of another year and oh boy, haven't we been blessed?! Christmas Party:  Having the freedom to teach as we want, we decided to host a Christmas party for our students. For many of them this was the first time they celebrated or even heard of Christmas (having a Russian influence they celebrate Grandfather Frost on January 7). We prepared stockings for them, made some decorations, sang Christmas carols, and most importantly we got to share the true meaning of Christmas! We were able to retell the... Read more

It's Not About Me.

By Ryan on January 7, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

If you’ll allow me, I’d like to be honest with you. In the ten years that I have been a Christian I have considered myself to be a bad one. I grew up in a southern Baptist church that encouraged me as a youth to develop a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” This was accomplished through consistent quiet times where one would study the word of the God and spend time praying to our Heavenly Father. However I struggled developing a desire to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Don’t get me wrong; I have loved my Heavenly Father since the moment I decided I wanted to follow him,... Read more

Holidays III: New Year

By Isaac on January 7, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

To a Russian, the celebration of the new year is the biggest holiday of each year – sort of our New Year’s Day and Christmas celebrations rolled together. Most of the traditions are familiar to us, from one or the other: decorated trees, present giving, the coming of Grandfather Frost (Russian Santa), crowds in public at midnight, lots of drinking, fireworks, the traditional meat salad, and lots of mandarin oranges. The last one surprised me too, but I like mandarins, so I say it is very well. Never tried the meat salad, though it sounded interesting, from all the ingredients listed by... Read more

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord...

By Carrie on January 7, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

"One thing I ask from the Lord,this only do I seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple." I have done a lot of fun things already to celebrate Christmas. Some highlights include dancing to Christmas music, eating way too much on several different occasions, watching Elf with friends, and caroling in my community. I am so grateful for all of these moments. But I have to say that I am missing my usual festivities, and it is hard to be away. I stumbled upon this verse and was able to be encouraged... Read more

Holidays II: Christmas

By Isaac on January 6, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

For Americans, Christmas is the centerpiece of the holiday season, and overall the single most-celebrated holiday. For Russians, there is a vague awareness that December twenty-fifth is a holiday of some sort, and the “Russian Christmas” which falls on January sixth is pretty much only observed by those who are at least nominally Orthodox. But that doesn’t mean my teammates and I were about to forget Christmas. It was going to be different, I knew that – my first Christmas away from home, and I got pretty well away. And it was different, but not too different, just enough to remind me how... Read more

Meanwhile during Christmas...

By Isabella on January 4, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Hi Everyone!! Merry Christmas season to you all!  I hope you are all getting excited for Christmas! Christmas will definitely be different here, but it’s funny how many things are decorated with Christmas-y décor here despite being a predominately Muslim country. However, they are all used to celebrate the New Year, so it’s funny seeing “Happy New Year” written on the same banner with Santa. We even got some snow here too, so it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas even in this part of the world! I’m looking forward to resting and celebrating Christmas! These past 8 weeks I’ve been... Read more

One month

By Isabella on January 4, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Hey Everyone! I’ve officially been here one month! Sorry for no updates before, it has been a crazy month trying to adjust to a new culture, being “a real adult”, and finding a place to live! I’ve been thinking over the past few days what exactly to say in these updates, so if I didn’t cover something you want to hear or you just want to say hi please don't hesitate to contact me (see my contact info on the side)! I would really love to hear from all of you and to know what’s going on in your life as well! This past month has been really surreal. I can’t believe I’m finally here in this city... Read more

Holidays I: Thanksgiving

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

Yeah, it’s safe to say the last month-plus has been a busy and interesting time, while this medium for sharing about busily interesting things I experience has been unfortunately neglected. Oops. But now I’m on break, and I can tell any of you who read this about it. So, late November to the beginning of January is what we call ‘the holiday season,’ because, well, there are holidays then. None of them went unappreciated by my teammates or me, no matter their relative weight to Russians. The first big one in line is Thanksgiving, which is simply not a thing to Russians, though they’ve heard... Read more