Re-blogged – from Emily Snow
December 21: Thank you.
I’m on my way home. My first flight landed an hour early, which meant less time on the plane but a longer layover. So, I’m currently sitting in the Istanbul airport where I have been for around 5 hours now. For whatever reason after I make one transaction in this airport my debit and credit cards suddenly have a block on them- even though I have a flag on my account that I’m traveling through this exact city. It happened the last time I was here also. So that’s frustrating but I will survive. International travels…
ANYWAY. I want to write a bit more about my time in Thailand-specifically all of the things I am most thankful for. So, in no particular order…
Impact School of Missions
This four weeks of training and fun could not have been any more perfect for my start to this adventure. I actually wish that I could sit in on the classes for another (or maybe 2 or 3 more…) terms just so that I can soak in more of the information that we were given. For those of you who don’t know, the school is split up into four broad topics: Culture, Holy Spirit, Personal, and Missions. During culture week we learned all about the dos and don’ts of Thailand (and India for those who were traveling there for their internships), the Thai culture itself, and what it looks like to be a foreigner living/ministering in another culture. The second week we learned about partnering with the Holy Spirit throughout our internships and lives. The third week we did personality and gifts testing to learn more about ourselves and why we interact with others the way we do and how God can use those traits. And finally the fourth week we heard from 7 different missionaries in Thailand about their specific ministries and God’s heart for His very diverse world of people. Throughout the first month we also had multiple opportunities to work alongside some of the ministries in Bangkok and we visited a few of the tourist hotspots.
One of the greatest parts about ISM is that it brought 10 very different, unique, beautiful women into my life (+Sandra, Jessica, and Peter). Although we were together for a brief time, it was truly a blessing to get a glimpse at their hearts and the beautiful ways God could, would, and will use them in this world. So, to Impact School of Missions- thank you.
Servantworks- The Well
When God first put Thailand on my heart, I never could have imagined the experience I would be blessed with when I got there. I am so thankful to say that I had the most incredible 2.5 months interning with The Well in Bangkok. I was and will continue to be so blessed by the people there. They taught me about acceptance, love, forgiveness, redemption and so much more.
Every morning I started my day with 3-4 Thai women in the “Baan Dek” (children’s center). It was here that I picked up the majority of my Thai, got to play and do crafts with the kids, and got to spend quality time really getting to know the other women I worked with. They practiced their English with me, and I (tried to) practice some Thai with them. In the afternoons I did a few different things. The first being spending a significant amount of time with my fellow intern, Kylie. She is one of the greatest blessings of my internship experience. We went on a trip to a NE province together where we got to see another one of Servantworks’ ministries (Breakthrough-Thailand) and even got to help with the rice harvest! We also went with 1 or 2 Thai women every week to China Town, where we had the opportunity to build relationships with women working on the streets. We got to spend the first month playing games/getting to know the older kids who were off of school, spent a lot of time bothering Judy in her office, ate quite a few cupcakes and HiChews, and could almost always be found bent over laughing together. You would never be able to tell by our friendship that there is a 17-year age gap- and to be honest I could never really tell either. I also had the unique opportunity to teach a worship dance class 2 afternoons per week. Even after 13.5 years of dance, I never would have thought that my dancing could be used for ministry…let alone ministry in Thailand. God gave me a passion for dance as a child, but that passion was ultimately going to be used for His glory. So cool, right? My dance class also provided me with time to get to know a lot of the women at The Well, and to see their funny, beautiful personalities. My final day at The Well they gifted me with a time of thanksgiving and prayer. The women and staff shared their thanks with me for specific things, and then everyone (including the children) prayed over me. The tears were inevitable at that point, and behind them were the pains of grief which I am especially thankful for. To grieve is to have loved- and the love I experienced and shared at The Well is irreplaceable in my heart. So, to Servantworks and specifically The Well- thank you.
When I got off the plane in Thailand and had gathered my bags, I walked out of the airport and found Sandra with the “Impact School of Missions” sign and with a 6-foot tall Canadian girl. Little did I know that the first person I met would soon become one of my closest, dearest friends. We spent an awkward first couple of hours sweating at the dining room table and making small talk- and from then on we were pretty much inseparable. I knew that I would make friends while I was there, but I never expected to have any of them become one of my best friends. Our list of adventures together is LONG but usually included a mall/bookstore, a motorcycle, a TV series, an adventurous/surreal trip around Thailand, or just talking at a coffee shop. Also, laughter. ALWAYS laughter. This girl prayed with me, encouraged me, opened up her heart to me, and loved me. What more could I ask for, honestly? It was such a divinely orchestrated friendship, and I have been so blessed by it. So, to Monique- thank you.
When I got on the plane to come here, I left behind my incredible friends and family. Throughout my time in Thailand I received so much encouragement and prayers from home. I received Facebook messages, emails, letters, a package, and had countless Skype dates. One thing that I was told on my last day at The Well came to one of the staff members during the time of prayer- it was two words: rootless, and rooted. He told me he was thankful that I was willing to be rootless in leaving behind the people and places I loved to follow the Lord’s call, and saw that in that I was still rooted in Christ. So, I need to say thank you to all of the people who supported me in coming here-financially, in prayer, and in encouragement. Without you guys I would not have experienced the Lord in the unique ways I have, I would not have met all of the people and organizations listed above, and I would not have gained the knowledge I have from my time overseas. So, to all of you at home- thank you.
My guy gets his own thank you, even though he was a major part of the support system I talked about already. It is with so much joy that I get to call him my boyfriend and that I get to be reunited with him in 15 short hours. My sweet Zack has (aside from God) been my biggest encourager in my time away. He committed to dating me long distance for 3.5 months, which in and of itself was a big step of faith- but in that time he also committed his life to whatever the Lord had for him. Therefore, our time spent apart has become a huge blessing. The Lord has so evidently grown each of us individually, which has made our relationship even more of a joy to pursue. While I was in Thailand Zachary prayed for me, and constantly told me he was doing it. He played worship music for me when I was having melt downs, and he was a voice of reason and reassurance when the heaviness of my internship seemed as if it were too much to handle. So, to Zachary- thank you.
(First and last Skypes in Thailand!)
To the Lord of the universe from whom all blessings flow- I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice made on the cross that has saved me from my sins. He has so evidently (as you’ve read) worked in every situation for my good and I’m so excited to give all glory to Him. So, to God- thank you (infinity times over).
So so so thankful for this exciting journey of life that I’m on, and so so so excited to see everyone in the coming weeks.
Hello Friends! I am going to Impact School of Missions in September 2014. I will be serving at Place of Grace, Abundant Love, and At The Well Ministries.
I have loved Jesus for as long as I can remember, and I was 12 years old when I first felt the call in my heart to be a missionary. Ever since then I had planned on moving overseas as soon as I felt God telling me to. I am just finishing up my fourth and final year for my psychology degree at the University of Guelph and I will be off to Thailand in September. From this experience I hope to find out how I will go about being a full time missionary. I am doing three different internships in order to see and experience as much as I can in the hopes of finding out what it is that God wants me to do.
I know that I want to work with kids. For the past three summers I’ve worked at a community house where our goal is to show God’s amazing love to a group of hilarious and awesome kids that some would consider underprivileged. This has been the best job a person like me could ask for; I spent my summers goofing around with kids. However, there were moments when I walked some of them through some pretty tough issues. I’ve talked and prayed with 10 year old kids who were suicidal, who had some serious family issues, and for some of them life just wasn’t going their way. But I saw God’s love transform their young lives in even the most hopeless of situations. Also, God’s been able to use my crazy silliness to remind those kids that they are kids, and their childhoods’ should be filled with laughter and fun. I’ve seen God do nothing short of miracles at that community house, and I’m excited for God to use me in similar ways in the three children’s ministries that I will be interning at.
God has done and continues to do some amazing things in my life. He uses my weaknesses to show his amazing strength. Naturally I am a person that is prone to anxiety and depression, but we have a supernatural God who fills me with joy daily and he is the only thing that holds me up from the darkness. God has healed me and my life is worth living because of Jesus alone, and so far it has been a beautiful life only thanks to him.
My passion in life is this; for God to use me to show his love to people the way I have experienced it. I want to live my life as a missionary because I don’t ever want to forget about all the children that have yet to learn how much God loves them. I leave you with this verse from James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
God bless you all,
As we approach the new year, we’d like to introduce you to our Internship Coordinator arriving in June 2014. Jessica Pellowe has served ISM with excellence and integrity for the past two years. She will be completing her term in June and returning to Canada. Because of this we are bringing on an Internship Co-ordinator/Worship Leader. Jessica will be handing the position over in June 2014. Due to fundraising needs we would like to introduce you to Ashton McIntosh.
“I anticipate 2014 to be the coming of a new season that is full of exciting change. I will be moving (back!) to Thailand to work at Impact School of Missions as the International Internship Co-ordinator. It’s been 5 years since I last lived in Bangkok, and I am thrilled to be spending some more time there, as it is a place I grew to love.
So what exactly will I be doing there? As the International Internship Coordinator, I will be organizing the administrative component of the student internships, connecting with the hosts, travelling in the region, and handling the finances. I am so excited to be apart of what is happening as ISM, and to help educate and empower this generation to be the salt and light of the earth.
Another aspect of the work I’ll be doing at ISM is leading worship in the chapels. I can’t wait to join the ISM students, who have come to serve and obey Christ, in passionate and purposeful worship. I really believe it is something that transforms lives and expect to see God do just that.
I can’t do it all on my own, however. I need to be supported by people, like you. People who can’t just pick up their lives and move overseas. People who have school, or jobs, and families. But people like you can help people like me make a difference in South East Asia. I hope to help impact these student’s lives and send them into their calling with renewed minds, prepared hearts, and an eagerness to fulfill God’s will for their lives to help the needy in countries other than their own, and to share Christ’s love to the world. If you want to participate somehow and help make this happen all you have to do is go to http://www.paoc.org/donate?pID=21 to donate and in the comments clearly designate for Ashton McIntosh. You can also submit cheques to the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada at 2450 Milltower Court Mississauga, ON L5N 5Z6. Please specify Ashton McIntosh in the memo line. I need $10,000 dollars for flights, medical insurance, language class, the regional retreat, and visas. Any bit of money helps! For your Canadian donation you will receive a charitable receipt.
I want to say THANK YOU for your support whether through encouragement, prayer, or donation. I am truly grateful. Bring on 2014!!
Place of Grace is a slum ministry to children, youth, and the community located in Bangkok Thailand and they are looking for interns! They run after school programs and are opening a food bank in the near future. They offer a safe, loving environment for children to play. They also run a prayer ministry whose goal is to see lives transformed by the grace of God.
Possible Activities (please note that the details of your daily schedule may vary depending on current ministry needs): You may be involved in assisting with children and youth work and clubs, including crafts, teaching English, office help, and giving attention to the slum kids.
Hours (please note this may vary depending on ministry needs): Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the day, Tuesday and Thursday during the afternoon and evening
The ideal intern will love working with children and youth, be computer literate, and be willing to fill in wherever needed. To apply go to www.ismsea.com!
Hello! I’m Bonny and I’ll be starting the internship in Jan 2014.
I’m originally from Hong Kong. I have lived in London, UK for the past 5 years. I decided to follow Jesus and asked Him to be my Lord 4 years ago when I reached the trough of my life – emotionally, relationally and physically. Ever since I met Jesus I have been overcome by His steadfast and unfailing love despite my failures. When my hopes were shattered, God became my only reliable helper, provider, comforter, counsellor, and lover. As I continually experience His goodness and faithfulness in countless situations, I become passionate about imparting His love on to those who are still held captives in the bondage of sin. I hope to partner with Jesus in bringing light and hope to darkness.
I have never been to Cambodia – the place where I will be interning for 6 months. The nearest I got to is Thailand – which is where I first experienced mission that is targeted at extremely vulnerable young women who know little about hope and love. 2 years ago, I left my job as a graphic designer to be trained in arts psychotherapy and theology, hoping to be equipped for long-term mission work. A few months back, during a mission conference in the UK, I felt challenged and convicted to move on from 2-week mission trips to a longer commitment. It was then that I decided to apply to ISM. In Isaiah, I read: “I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness, riches stored in secret places. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (45:3) – I pray that Jesus would show me the precious jewels hidden in dark places, and in turn, let me and let those I meet know that He is the Lord, the only One who can save!
Being the only Christian in my immediate family, communicating my passion in mission has never been easy. However, God has been gracious throughout the years – my family are starting to be more understanding and supportive. I have also been recently engaged to a wonderful man who loves God and is also enthusiastic about mission. God willing, my journey in mission will not stop at ISM but it would be a launch into an exciting adventure with Jesus and my husband-to-be. I long to see God’s glory, and I long to hear every tongue confess and praise that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Hi my name is Emily Bustard and I am from Collingwood, Ontario.
I grew up in a strong Christian family. However, it wasn’t until my later years of high school that I really began to realize the need to make my faith my own. During that period I began to desire more of God’s presence in my life and a deeper personal relationship with him. This definitely grew exponentially when I went off to university. The last four years studying at Trinity was an amazing season of my life filled with so much growth, friendship and joy. I had the opportunity to lead a dorm of girls. This confirmed my heart to encourage and love on others. I graduated from Trinity Western University in BC this past spring with a BSc in Biology. I am taking steps toward the medical field with the hopes of medical missions in the future.
I have always had a real interest and desire to do missions. During high school I went to Panama and Cuba on short term trips. These were just the beginning spark of a growing desire to find ways to help fill the many needs out there. In university I went to Haiti for a month and loved it, being able to just play with kids, build relationships and serve. The past few years there has always been this desire in my heart to serve in India. Having just graduated I was seeking God for an opportunity to serve overseas with the hopes that it would lead me to India. When an opportunity to join ISM came available I was so thrilled. I am so excited for this fall; to be able to love on others and serve.
I will be interning with Living God Church in Chennai India. I am anticipating a wonderful journey of much growth, in which I can journey, along side those around me, closer to our beautiful Jesus.
Hi! My name is Sabrina Sheehan. I’m coming to ISM September 2013 and interning at Abundant Love in Chiang Mai Thailand.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where I majored in English with a double minor in history and writing/rhetoric.
I can’t even begin to express the excitement that comes over me when I think about the kids I will get to spend time with at Abundant Love.
As a kid, I was very lonely and depressed, often wondering what my purpose in life was. I have grown up in a loving home with parents who have constantly shown me the love of God, but I knew from an early age that something was missing. I knew about God, but I didn’t really know that He loved me or wanted anything to do with me. When someone had told me that God wanted to be my friend and had a plan for my life, I was eager to listen. I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour when I was eleven years old, and it has been an incredible, wild adventure since.
God’s heart definitely beats for children. In Luke 18:15, the disciples rebuke people for bringing their children to Jesus, but verse 16 really reveals the heart of God: “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’.”
I have worked with kids in a number of different capacities, and what I love most about being with kids is seeing their sense of wonder and imagination. I love how something so simple can give them such great joy. I love their ability to dream big and believe in the impossible. I believe that there is much to learn by spending time with children, and I desire to have that simple, uncomplicated faith they carry.
I know not every child has grown up in a home where they are deeply cared for. It breaks my heart to hear and see this reality. Our God is the God of the fatherless, and my prayer is that I will be His hands and feet, and have His heart for the people He cares so deeply for.
I have been on several different mission trips where I have worked with kids, and what I’ve learned is that children in North America are no different from children around the world. It is cliché, but all kids really desire is to love, be loved, laugh, and dream.
So why Thailand?
I have grown up in a home where different languages, food, and culture are very important. Although I was born and raised in Canada, I have had a heart for the nations for as long as I can remember. I felt unsettled in Canada, as though I was made for somewhere else. I love my nation, and know God is doing amazing things here, but I also know that God has given me a heart for the nations and has wired me in such a way that I can easily adapt to wherever He calls me. I’m so thankful that I get to participate in what God is doing throughout the world.
I’m Sarah and I’ll be interning with ISM in January 2014! I am from Kent in England.
I have grown up knowing Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and made a commitment to follow him at a young age, since I can remember I have always known Jesus’s security. I was a very outgoing child and was bold in my faith.
Over the years fear grew in me, though I knew Jesus’s security I wasn’t as bold as I once was. At this time God was putting in my heart a vision. A call to go overseas, my heart for being a missionary started when I was 7 years old. At this age I believe God gave me a clear dream, I knew I was called to be a beacon in the darkness to go to oppressed places and help set the captives free. I had no idea what this looked like but God set my heart a vision for the broken.
I believed I was going to go! And at the age of 19 I brought my suit cases and said where? This is when God sent me to university, not quite what I had planned! I knew God was in it though; this is where God developed me to be more confident in the gifts that God has given me. He taught me that really nothing can remove me from the palm of his hand and that he is there in an instant when I call in my times of need.
While at university I studied Children and young people’s nursing and I decided to write one of my assignments on the implications of human trafficking for children, it was an assignment that I wanted to continue researching as I couldn’t put it down… I was amazed at what I had found out. After some time when I moved back home, God rekindled the flame that had come alight, I just knew I had to do more. I heard about Nightlight and looking further into Nightlight I found ISM, I am so thankful for them and the amazing works that they do for vulnerable people, it means so much to be able to be a part of it.
I am excited for what God has got in-store for me as I go and work and help with the beautiful daughters of Cambodia and their children. I know God has his hand on me and he has definitely made it clear to me this is the right place where he wants me to go.
A verse that has been close to my heart is Isaiah 61v1-3, but I want to share with you Isaiah 60:1-3a “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples; but The Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light” I pray that Gods light will shine forth that we shall see breakthrough, that God will heal, rebuild and show his love to the broken.