ISM Class of 09.14 talk

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Julie Gosen

ISM has impacted me a lot this past month, a lot more than I ever anticipated. The classes, the teachers, the trips, even the dinners, were so informative and thought provoking. Lessons on culture shock, spiritual warfare, self reflection and everything in between. I got to wake up every single morning being excited for the day and encouraged by the teachers, and my fellow interns, that God is there beside me every step of the way. Through the classes, I got to have a deeper understanding of God and how to really hear Him which pushed me to work on my personal relationship with Him even more. Having prayer and worship every morning was another huge thing for me, pushing me to a more godly life, and enjoying every minute of it. Through ISM, God has taught me more about myself, His plans for me, how He created me, humility, understanding, compassion, healthy relationships and more. There’s so much more I could say but we’ll leave it with this, it’s clear what God is doing through ISM and I’m glad I get to be a part of it.

 

Jannelle Dyck

My experience with ISM has been transformational! The teaching is sound and incredibly practical, the environment for learning (Bangkok!) is amazing, and the staff and speakers are all incredible! In this setting I have experienced God in a whole new way. My faith has deepened and I have a renewed desire for the Holy Spirit to saturate every aspect of my life! I feel equipped not only for ministry but better equipped for life in general. To put it simply, these past four weeks with ISM have been life-changing!.

Sarah Ricker

I came to ISM expecting to learn a lot. However, not only have I been exposed to ideas and harsh realities in the world that I had no concept of before, but I have been made more aware of God’s love and heart for people than I have ever experienced in my life thus far. Jesus said himself, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field.” (Matthew 9: 37). I plan to live my life as a full time missionary, my time at ISM has confirmed that call on my life. But what stuck out to me the most was the huge need in the world for God’s love to be made known to all people. If a young person reading this is debating whether or not to go to ISM, and they feel God tugging on their heart, or speaking in that still small voice, then it may be time for them to step out in faith. Much like Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water. God created us to do so much more than just sit in a boat, but we will only experience that if we step out in faith. And God is always faithful, even if we start to drown, he will always be there to pull us up.

Abby Zantingh

One month at Impact school of Missions is almost up, and to describe the way God has moved is like asking me to write out in tongues! From eating at the most fantastic Lebanese restaurants God ever created to worshipping God, He is Lord of it all. Prison ministry and children’s ministry are a few ways in which we realize God’s heart and serve Him through compassionate hearts, and classes that do not shy away from God, His word and His truth cause you to think and truly seek God. His face shines while you focus on Him for a month, and being surrounded by people who love Christ is a sure way to spark your flame! From riding with awesome taxi drivers to praying in tears over one another, God is waiting, He is ready, and He wants to bring revival! He loves ISM and is truly working through this school to IMPACT His children for His kingdom! I thank God for the blessing of being here Sept 2014, an experience God used to shape, equip and grow me, and I pray will always continue to do so for His sons and daughters!

 

Amanda Riebersal

I have been attending Impact School of Missions for the past four weeks and I have learned so much. At first, I was reclutant to sign up for the school because I wanted to serve and intern right away. I did not think it was necessary to come to this school; however, I am glad the Lord told me repeatedly to come. I have recieved valuable training, instruction, and experience. The Lord has used this school to equip me properly so that I will be able to effectively serve not only in my upcoming internship but for the rest of my life.

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.

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

 

3 Significant things that make ISM different.

1.  ISM trains you for 4 weeks to specifically do missions in South East Asia and SENDS you do a missions internship to a ministry that suits your passion and skill set.   You get to chose the type of ministry, in one of several South East Asian countries, and you choose the length of time.  We help guide you to the right fit.

2.  After training you aren’t sent on a team to do your internship. We believe this is significant.  A team environment is like a missions trip.  Missions trips are amazing but you are still in a comfort zone with a team.  A missions internship is more like a missions life.  We help you learn how to serve, really serve.

3.  You get on the ground training and ongoing mentoring by real missionaries.  There are people who travel the missions world, and read books about missions, but books and experiences can’t replace being trained by people who have learned over years what it means to be a missionary.

Apply Today!  www.ismsea.com

 

 

 

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.

 

Stand up all you dreamers!

Stand up, stand up
Stand up all you dreamers
- “Wake Up” All Sons and Daughters Live Album

What are your dreams?

If you had a best case scenario and no barriers or boundaries, what would you do with your life? No barriers and no boundaries.  Now, what is keeping you from accomplishing it?  Most of us have an endless list of reasons, money, timing, opportunity or fear but sometimes the only real barrier is action.

You can choose to shape the life you live
. But you have to DO something.

Why Dream?

1. Dreams cause you to step out in faith and watch God do what only He can – the miraculous.

2. Dreaming with God 

causes dissatisfactions with the natural life.  You are a supernatural being designed for supernatural living.

3. When we believe in supernatural living – that empowers our dreams 
and only causes our dreams to get better
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4. We have gifts, talents and a destiny to fulfill our dreams.  When you dream you realize you were designed on purpose for a purpose and our gifts impossible to extinguish
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Romans 11:29 For the gifts (donation) and the calling of God are irrevocable (without regret)

If you have a longing to make a lasting impact with your life,  I challenge you to do something about it. Dreams don’t become reality without action.  This Fall consider taking a leap into the unknown.  A wise, godly man once told me two things:

1.  As a believer when you jump into the unknown with faith, you can be sure that the foundation under you is God.

2.  Without doing something, your dreams and passions are just wishful thinking.

At ISM we have 25 opportunities that can help you make your dream become a reality.  It’s time to turn that passion into action and make those dreams your real life adventure!   www.ismsea.com

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Meet Karen Harvey coming to ISM in January 2014 – Internship at NightLight

Hi my name is Karen Harvey and I’ll be serving in Thailand with NightLight beginning in January 2015, seeking to shine God’s light in the darkness and bring hope and dignity to His daughters!  I’m a 2014 graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Ministry.  Washington State is my native land, and mountains are my favorite kind of landscape!

 

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I grew up in the church and though there wasn’t a specific moment that I recall, I made the choice to follow Jesus around age nine.  I knew that this meant that I was loved and that God would not leave me.  Around this time, I began developing a passion for the oppressed and undignified of the world.  In high school, I went on mission trips to Mexico and Honduras that were profoundly impacting to me.  I realized my love of other cultures, serving those in need, and the ways that God can work outside of my own personal context.  I also met a wonderful missionary family doing their furlough in my hometown, which put the idea of being a missionary into my mind.  My faith grew a lot at the end of high school as I joined youth group and a small group Bible study and found Christian community for the first time.  I knew that I wanted a Christian college, and I chose to move across the country to attend Hope College- a small school with deep traditions, community, and faith.

 

I’m in my last weeks at Hope now and it has been so incredibly sweet.  I’ve learned what it means to give every part of my life to Jesus- to seek His glory in whatever it is that I’m doing.  I’m privileged to have witnessed God at work on my campus and in the lives of my friends.  I’ve learned so much about who I am in Christ and who God made me specifically to be.  I watched the sun rise over the Great Wall, adventured in Tibet, and learned more about myself than I thought possible during my semester abroad in China.  I got to live in God’s creation in Colorado and live life with the coolest teenagers I’ve ever met last summer.  I’ve been most blessed by a wide variety of friends and mentors who have taught me more about who God is and shown me love and grace when I don’t deserve it.  Even in the challenging times, God has taught me about perseverance and that He will ultimately use my struggles to reflect His glory.

 

One time of my college career that has been especially impactful is the summer between my sophomore and junior years that I spent serving at a children’s home in Kenya.  I saw God’s heartbreak for the orphaned and forgotten of the world, and how deeply He cares for His children.  I love to be His hands and feet, and He is good enough to let us do that!  After this experience, I sensed that the next phase of my journey would take me to women in sex-trafficking and that is what my experience in Thailand will be.  My journey to Thailand officially began at the Urbana conference at the end of 2012.  The speaker said something to the effect of “light isn’t needed where it’s already light- we’re called to shine light in the darkest places.”  I saw in my mind a red light shining in the darkness, and a pair of eyes, broken and without hope.  On my Urbana commitment card I committed to serving in missions and I wrote, “to bring hope and dignity to His daughters.”

This is my call for the year 2015.  I heard about NightLight through a friend, and remembered the name when I started research post-grad plans.  From there I got connected with ISM.  God opened and closed doors until I knew that Thailand was where I was going to be.  He has been so faithful, even in the smallest ways and I know that He will be with me just as He always has been.  I’m excited to join up with what He’s already doing in Thailand through NightLight!

 

“I’m passionate about missions” – do I really need on the ground training?

onthegroundBefore opening ISM in 2012, I personally had 16 interns come and intern with me through NightLight International.  I began working with NightLight in 2006 and I had the privilege of being the volunteer co-ordinator there for 5 plus years along with coordinating interns, volunteers and short term teams.  The  interns often lived with me and I spent quite a bit of time helping them understand working in Thailand, discussing do’s and don’ts, walking them through culture shock,  role loss, homesickness and understanding missions life.  I knew that if I didn’t handle these questions, the ministry would have to.  I also showed them how to navigate the city of Bangkok.  Some of the interns prepared by reading books, talking to other short termers but books and chats cannot replace on the ground training by long term missionaries.  Short termers have some experience in missions but without living on the ground your understanding of missions life is limited.  In 2012 I opened ISM so I could send interns all over South East Asia to intern.  So many ministries (25 working with ISM) are looking for trained interns.  During the training phase of ISM students are taught by a variety of missionaries and ministry leaders with missions experience from a few years to 30 years.   So why do you need on the ground training?

  1. You will learn from people who are fighting issues like poverty and slavery that tackling these problems have little to do with Facebook likes, tweets, and instagram photos.   Most of us come from a western understanding of these huge and famous problems in our world. These issues involve corruption at every level in countless nations around the world, organized crime and many cultural push factors.  Awareness and fighting slavery must be a priority and it’s a God given mandate, but jumping on a band wagon without realizing the complexities surrounding the problem it isn’t the way to combat such massive issues.  Training on the ground will give you insight and an educated understanding of how to move forward with intelligence.
  2. Cultural Sensitivity – When you come to another nation to serve you have to learn the basic do’s and don’ts in order to open people’s hearts.  As an intern its really important that you come as a learner and not as a tourist. It is crucial to get training from people who live on the field.  Years of experience working, loving and serving as a missionary is invaluable.    Reading stories, getting a degree, while important cannot begin prepare you for this.  Hands on training does.
  3. To learn that missionaries are just imperfect people.
  4. To learn how to deal with culture shock and culture stress.  Serving short term is an amazing and often a life changing opportunity but it isn’t easy. To uproot your life, be away from friends and family and learn to live another way with different cultural rules and norms is  challenging. Training helps you notice the signs of culture shock and stress and gives you helpful tools to cope and thrive.
  5. To learn that they way we do things in our home nations isn’t always the best way, its just different.
  6. To learn how to depend on the Holy Spirit.  The spiritual world is as real as the physical world. Without the Holy Spirit you are helpless.  “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12
  7. To learn how to die to self and kill your inner diva by actually having to give up some things.  Things other than chocolate and social media.
  8. To learn that loving people into the kingdom is really hard work.   Mission trips look nothing like living on the mission field. Internships are not missions’ trips.  A mission trip schedule is what missionaries do when teams come.
  9. To meet a variety of missionaries who have been living on the field for years.  You get to learn from experts who have made mistakes, and also have some great stories that will inspire you.
  10. So you are a blessing to the ministry hosting you.  After being on the ground for a month your eyes are starting to open to how things work in another culture.   You also have learned how to serve with excellence and what ministries need and want from interns.  You have learned to cope with living with other people that you don’t know, what the language barrier really means,  that your internship is not about you and that your primary role is to hold up hands of the warriors while they do battle.

We are honoured to have some of our  hosts  telling us that ISM interns are some of the best they’ve ever had.   Why?   On the ground training.

To apply go to http://www.ismsea.com

Sandra McIntosh
Director, ISM