Meet Praise Phiri coming to ISM 01.15 – internship Global Cafe Cambodia

Hi!  I’m Praise and I’m coming to ISM in January 2015.   Growing up in a christian home its often all too easy to talk and act like your a christian and go through the motions without any real substance to your ‘confession’ (this was my experience for many years)

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And God is more like a genie that grants our wishes(and prayers..) & when they are granted we refuse to rub the lamb again… And our prayer life vanishes (until the next time…)

For me making a commitment to follow Christ  was the best decision and its wasn’t an easy decision but one that changed my life and it was great to know that my commitment was a response to his great initiative that the cross pictures perfectly.

Going on mission is what i believe he has called me to and even beyond this season of my life and i expect great things and great seeds to be planted in my life and the lives of others around me, both in Asia and wherever it is he leads me next.

I know that being surrounded by like minded people will help me grow in my faith and as a person and that God will do amazing things in my life and even in the lives of those around me, and that my ministry however small, carries great weight and significance.

This trip is all about actions supporting the words of my confession and i hope to gain skills that i can use in life and especially later on as a long term missionary.

Praise

Praise lives in the UK.

Jannelle Dyck – coming to ISM 09.14 Internship Daughter’s of Cambodia

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My name is Jannelle Dyck and I will be joining ISM in September 2014! I will then be going on to serve at Daughters of Cambodia for six months starting in October.

Words can’t fully express my excitement and anticipation for this new adventure! My decision to apply to ISM was made in somewhat of a haste, but was definitely God-ordained. In the span of a few hours just a couple of weeks ago, each of my ‘concrete plans’ for this Fall fell through. While I admit I was momentarily struck with some feelings of anxiety, I felt a stronger sense of sheer freedom where I was able to turn to the Lord and ask with complete abandon- “where to?” ISM had already been on my radar before this, and I was considering applying for the Winter semester, however God clearly had a different timeline in mind. Though it was past the application date, I quickly sent an inquiry email to Sandra and she promptly responded with- yes! So I applied, and less than two weeks later, here I am preparing to go to Thailand and Cambodia in a month and a half!

A little bit about myself and my life journey thus far: I have lived in various parts of the country throughout my life but currently live in Langley, BC. I was raised in a home with Christian parents, attending church regularly. I grew up believing in God but never had much interest in having a relationship with Jesus Christ. However, through strong friendships and key mentors that were placed in my life during the shaping years of middle school/early high school, God started to soften my heart towards Him. Slowly, I began to learn that following Christ and having that relationship with Him was something to be desired and was freeing, rather than being a hindrance or shackle. God took hold of my heart and began to transform me. After high school I went on to study and live at Trinity Western University. My four and a half years spent at TWU were incredibly transformational. I was able to learn, serve, lead, and worship in a way I had never before experienced.

I graduated from Trinity Western University in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and Human Services Certificate. This past year I have been working as a caseworker for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and as a support worker at a transition house for women fleeing abuse. It is in my role at the transition house that God has kindled and confirmed my heart for working with women who have experienced trauma and abuse. I have a passion for advocacy and empowerment and am beyond excited to employ these in my time serving at Daughters of Cambodia!

Our Interns continue to SHINE! – Daughter’s of Cambodia endorsement

At ISM we train students to serve the ministries they are interning with sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and excellence.  We tell every student jokingly to change their name to Aaron or Hur during their internship because they are now commissioned to hold up the hands of of those doing battle – no matter what that looks like.  We aim to produce foot washers who happily serve ministries where they need them the most!  Our two recent ISM students and interns at Daughter’s of Cambodia have done just that.  We are so proud of them!  Way to go Sarah and Bonny!daughters-logo-2111

Emma at Daughter’s writes…

“I wanted to write to you and let you know what exceptional volunteers they have been, and continue to be.

The things which have really been a wonderful help have been:

- Mature, grounded faith in Jesus;

- Willingness to do everything and anything they are asked to;

- Focusing on the job descriptions Daughters have given them;

- Previous professional skills experience in design/art therapy and child care/nursing;

- Humble, servant hearted approach;

- Spending time observing and learning when they 1st arrived;

- Adaptability to culture and the local staff’s needs;

- Continuing to be servant hearted and professional as they end their time (many people ‘check-out’ near the end of their volunteer time and become less dependable, they are not doing this, they are continuing to work hard and end well, which is a great help);

We have been so appreciative of their work ethic, servant hearted attitude and skills, which has been so helpful to Daughters, we rarely have such great volunteers. We wish they could volunteer with us for longer, and will welcome them both back to the Daughters staff team if they ever wanted to come back. I’m sure this is because they are both such wonderful people, but also they are a credit to ISM recruiting and preparing them for their volunteer positions. We would love to have more volunteers from you in the future.”

Emma – DOC – Volunteer Supervisor

Somebody’s Child – John Robinson – Place of Grace

The church is doing amazing things all over the world. Let’s celebrate all the good God’s beautiful people are doing EVERYWHERE!

One of our partners, Place of Grace is an amazing ministry that you could  chose to do your internship!  51WViKk5tnL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX342_SY445_CR,0,0,342,445_SH20_OU02_

John Robinson and his wife Gillian are the directors of Place of Grace.  John has written several books about his life journey.  “Nobody’s Child” described John Robinson’s journey from brutal foster homes, through borstal, prison and life on the streets, to his discovery of the transforming love of Christ.  His second book is Somebody’s Child. In 2004 he received the Unsung Heroes Award. “Somebody’s Child” continues John’s story.   It can be found at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Somebodys-Child-Story-Hope-And-Streets/dp/0825461499/ref=pd_sim_b_1/279-6693175-2783620?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Y9VTQ92RM11MY213YB0

John told me this week after he wrote Noboby’s Child God whispered to him, “you are Somebody’s child.”  He and his wife seek to help disadvantaged families living in the slums in BKK know they are loved deeply by God. To intern at Place of Grace please apply at www.ismsea.com

 

How much can you do without Jesus? – Bonny Tam (internship at Daughter’s of Cambodia)

How much can you do without Jesus?

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2 weeks ago, I finally started being involved in the street children ministry at ‘Love146’. I would go every Saturday and spend the afternoon doing art therapy with around 20 children. The ‘centre’ is a semi-open space located strategically in the midst of bars and night clubs where prostitution happens. ‘Love146’ rented 2 shops – one for outreaching to male ‘customers’ in that area; one for offering a safe space for children to hang out. Our children have very complicated backgrounds, and I will save the details here. But what I could see and hear is that they ‘live’ amongst violence, crimes, gangs activities, day in day out. I expected the work to be hard, and I prepared deligently, but in fact it was much more challenging than I could ever anticipate.

In our first session, I found myself in a deep pit of madness and mess. There were so many distractions around us that the children could not care less what we were doing. The Khmer staff and I tried our best to pull their attention back, but our effort proved frail. It was a disaster. Hardly anything worked out as I had hoped. One of the boys even got so angry that he threw my shoes down the street… I can’t actually recall ever feeling that useless and discouraged…

Then I retreated to my quiet place and asked the Lord to show me the truth. How did He actually think about it? About me? I thought I did everything He had inspired me to do, but nothing worked. I felt so ashamed that I was not doing the children any good and not bringing Him glory. I cried out to God, I knew that they were street children, I knew that I could not expect discipline and respect from them, and I tried to love, but I didn’t know how. My heart was breaking apart, and I was desperate for the Father to tell me what HE actually thought!

And as always, the Lord doesn’t like to address my questions directly, but He always tells me the answer I need to hear. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid because of them. For the Lord your God is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut 31:6). When He had spoken this to me, I realized that in the midst of craziness and chaos, I had forgotten that He was with me. I too was distracted by the storms around,

For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2Cor 12:10)

and had forgotten about the treasure I hold – CHRIST IN ME, the hope of glory. So, the Lord didn’t tell me how I performed, He didn’t give me an evaluation report, He didn’t tell me what practically to do next time. He simply promised this: His presence.

In the process of these wrestlings of the heart with God, I said to myself: why do I get myself into all these troubles? If I hadn’t gone to ‘Love146’, I would leave Cambodia feeling quite happy and feeling I had done quite well. But now I have nothing to be proud of, nothing… And the Lord said, “that’s exactly what I want for you! Apart from me, you can do NOTHING.” His word pierced my soul. He wants my pride to be crushed to a point where there is nothing left in me, of me, to be boastful about; apart from CHRIST IN ME, the hope of glory. He also reveals to me that He is doing ‘cutting off branches’ and ‘pruning’ in me, that’s why I’m feeling the pain. What grace it is! It hurts, but I know that He is the loving gardener. I am in very good hands.

I am learning that “being strong and courageous” is not about me pumping up my confidence and putting on psychological defense mechanisms to protect myself from being broken in heart or poor in spirit. It is knowing the GRACE and POWER of God despite and IN my weaknesses. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight IN weaknesses, IN insults, IN hardships, IN persecutions, IN difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2Cor 12:10)

You didn’t choose me, but I chose you

At the beginning of the month my flatmate Sarah and I went to Siem Reap for a weekend trip. To be honest, for various reasons, I really did not want to go. But as Sarah was very keen, I decided that I would go with her… but I prayed this, “Lord, I really don’t want to go. But if I must go, you must come with me. I don’t just want a holiday. Show me your glory in the trip.” And that’s what He did!

We arrived at Siem Reap at 4am. Very rarely do long distance coaches make it early, but there we were, hardly awake, standing at the bus stop in the dark, not quite sure what to do next. Then a tuk-tuk driver came and asked where we wanted to go. Among about 50 other passengers, we were the first ones to be ‘called upon’ by a tuk-tuk driver. We were a bit amazed but were too tired to think… so we got on his tuk- tuk and arrived at our hostel.

And so he was our driver through-out the day, and we did get to know each other a bit. Sarah and I did not plan to go to a church service on the Sunday, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to take the driver to church. So we searched for Siem Reap churches, and prayed that the Lord would prompt him to come with us. However, by the end of the day, he was getting a bit grumpy, and I felt like he might not want to drive us around on Sunday. If he would not take us, we would not be able to invite him to church. I didn’t know what to do, so I asked the Father to show me what He was doing, and let me partner with Him.

Sunday morning came, our driver didn’t turn up… but another driver appeared! Apparently he was sent by his friend who couldn’t come, and he was there to replace him! We asked him to take us to church, and while on the way, he said, “oh! this is the way to my home!” As a matter of fact, he lives very near the church we wanted to go to but he never knew the church existed! He ended up joining us in the service, and said that he would like to go back! Hallelujah!!

Brothers and sisters, I am so deeply amazed by the wisdom and sovereignty of our God. We didn’t set out on a holy mission to ‘save a driver’, but in His mercy, the Lord could use even a weekend trip to bring a lost sheep home. We didn’t choose the driver, but he chose us at the bus station. We didn’t choose his friend, he chose him for us. The Lord has chosen us and appointed us, each one of us, in all situations, so that we might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last; and so that whatever we ask for in His name the Father will give us (John 15:16). This weekend of many many amazing encounters started by a very simple prayer, from one person who was not even very willing to go! Brothers and sisters, let us not try to complicate His will, but simply trust Him and love Him like a child would his father. The eyes of the Lord searches throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His (2Chron 16:9). Let us lift up our hearts to HIm, fully, completely, without reserve – that He may show himself great, and that we may praise His glorious grace! Amen!

Bonny Tam
ISM Student January 2015 
Internship Daughter’s of Cambodia

Meet Kristen Thompson coming to ISM September 2014 – Internship NightLight

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Jesus met me in a love story and changed my whole life–He flipped my world, transformed my family and healed my heart. He brought me from the desert of Texas to a small town in Pennsylvania where I grew up among my five brothers and sister. After graduating high school in 2012, God led me to serve on a music ministry team touring the U.S. where I met people who would forever altar my perspective of faith and love–it was during this time the Holy Spirit revealed the nation of Thailand to me as our ‘next step’.  

 
I have seen God do amazing things–I have witnessed miracles and have watched strongholds being broken in the name of Jesus. My hopeful anticipation for His glorious work being done in this hour grows with every word and direction He gives. I can’t wait to experience Him in greater measure than I ever have before. I can’t wait to fall more in love with a people whom He is head over heels for. 
 
“Do not fear, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name. You are Mine! …When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you…For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” 
(Isaiah 43:1-4, 19)
 

 

Meet Sarah Colantonio – ISM Student January 2015 – internship – Noah’s Ark

My name is Sarah Colantonio and I will be interning through ISM as of January 2015! 

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I grew up a pastor’s child in both Montreal and Toronto. As you can imagine my childhood was very cliché of this. Every Sunday morning service was an all day event, showing up early and sometimes staying late into the evening. Touched by an Angel was my show, that is when I wasn’t watching VeggieTales.

All jokes and stereotypes aside, I volunteered my time Sunday mornings in the nursery and Sunday school. From a young age I loved working with children and knew I wanted to pursue it in some capacity. This has always stayed with me, and when I entered high school I began to feel another tug on my heart. I became more aware of the pull the world had on me, and I began to gravitate towards missions. God placed a desire in me to travel and reach people in other countries.

When I finished high school I had nothing but a calling and a passion, arguably the most important things in life, but no outlet to feed them into. I decided to study Early Childhood Education in pursuit of my love of children.  Although I enjoy the program I was studying is something that gave me great joy, I didn’t feel fulfilled. I kept hearing God telling me he had something bigger for me, something international.

So here I am, writing to you before I go on a journey that I know will change my life completely. Words cannot fully express how excited I am for the opportunity to study missions at ISM and intern at Noah’s Ark in the Philippines. I had never known it was possible to fall in love with places I’ve not yet been to, but it has happened to me. It is a confirmation that God has so much ready for me to discover. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to further my relationship with Him as well as develop new ones with His children around the world. 

// “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” – Mark 9:36-37 (the MSG) //

Missions experiences are one hope for hemorrhaging faith

The statistics from the Hemorrhaging Faith Study from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada are sobering. Click here for the full report.   The report reveals the following:

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  •  * Only one in three Canadian young adults who attended church weekly as a child still do so today.

  • * Of the young adults who no longer attend church, half have also stopped identifying themselves with the Christian tradition in which they were raised.

  • * There are four primary toxins that keep young people from engaging with the church: Hypocrisy, judgement, exclusivity, failure.

However the report reveals some hope.  One specific stat stands out to us! 

71% of those still engaged said their faith came alive on a missions trip.

Simply serving in Jesus name impacts the people serving, always . . . and most importantly impacts the people being served. Hearts change. Lives change. Relationships with God change. Is there genuine, lasting value in youth and young adult missions experiences? Yes!  A missions internship is even more life changing than a two week missions trip.  And here’s why…

  • A missions experience encourages them to put feet to their faith over several months.
  • They gain a greater sense of value for every life, and sensitivity to how God can use them to touch others with His love.
  • Mission experiences take youth and young adults out of their comfort zones where masks drop, and hiding isn’t possible. This puts them in a place where they rely more directly on God.
  • They are put into situations that they’ve never had to deal with before and this results in deep soul searching and a greater awareness of things that need to still be surrendered to God.
  • They are given the opportunity to use their gifts and skills.
  • By experiencing different cultures, they become better-rounded and gain a greater appreciation for people that are different from themselves.
  • Serving a ministry over several months helps to establish a lifestyle of service that often carries into adulthood.
  • Many times, they experience a new hunger for God.
  • They learn to appreciate what it means to live in a nation with a Christian Heritage and how that impacts laws, value of life, work ethic and prosperity.

If you are directly involved with youth and young adults encourage them to check out Impact School of Missions.  It WILL change their life.  Our PAOC global workers and ministry partners want students to come and serve along side of them.  We at ISM are committed to investing in this generation!  Their age group, throughout history is responsible for some of the most innovative ideas, creativity and reformation.  This generation can accomplish the unprecedented. Together we can provide them with opportunities to use their life to impact the world and in turn their love for Jesus will deepen!

For youth and young adult leaders we can send you promo cards and feel free to link us to your website under Missions Opportunities! Please write us at infoism@impactasia.ca for more info.

 

Is this your skill set? These opportunities could be YOUR internship

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Current Needs at Daughters of Cambodia

 

Expat Guesthouse Manager Trainer

Work alongside our Khmer managers providing support and supervision.
Training provided.
1 year commitment required.
Full time.

 

Expat Personal Assistant to the Director of Production & Design

Full or part-time
6 month minimum commitment.
Requirements:  Flexibility as the role will be multi-faceted, organized & methodical, administrative skills.

 

Expat PA to the Director of Outlet Businesses (Visitor Centre, cafes, nail spa, White Linen Guesthouse).
Full-time
1 year minimum commitment.
Requirements:  Flexibility as you will assist in all aspects of the businesses, attention to detail, methodical & organized.

 
 

Expat Accountant. 

To oversee Daughters Khmer accountant/bookkeepers and raise their skill level, implement finance procedures.
We use Quickbooks software at our 4 centres.
6 month minimum commitment.
Full time
These are current needs at Daughters.  If  they aren’t filled before September, they may be an option for internship.  If interested in this life changing opportunity, please go to www.ismsea.com to apply.

 
 
Current Needs at NightLight

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Outreach Center/Coffee shop staff

NightLight Bangkok has opened an outreach center and coffee shop in one of the red-light districts of Bangkok with the purpose of connecting with the community by providing a safe place of connection as well as good coffee. Various classes and events will be held out of this space to meet with the many needs of the area including medical clinics, English classes, job training, and more. We have hopes of turning this space into a 24 hour community center but need more staff to do so. For the coffee shop portion of the project, we currently are in need of 2-3 male staff that will help us to staff the late night/early morning shifts to be able to connect with the men that come into our shop/center as well as to be a male presence to help maintain safety. We are also in need of 2-3 female star to help the outreach activities to the women. These are part-time to full-time  positions. The ideal candidates will be able to commit at least 1 year. 

These are current needs at NightLight. You could do this on your internship should your skill set match their current needs.

go to www.ismsea.com to apply