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!

Kylie Hobern – ISM intern 09.13 is returning to serve in Thailand

My decision to go to Thailand on a mission’s trip was something that I had thought about for a long time, but never really felt prepared enough to do. God gave me a heart for missions as a young child which naturally led me into a career as a nurse.  I focused on my career for many years and felt God lead me into the area of sexual health.

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If I am honest, I did not see how God could use a sexual health nurse on the mission field, teamed with the fact that I had not been to Bible college and did not have a PhD in theology.  After seeing a DVD on missions working with women in the sex industry in Thailand I felt a real pull towards this type of work, and so applied for ISM, and subsequently set off for three months in Thailand.

 

Thailand challenged all my perceptions, not only of missions work, but also of myself as a person and my walk with God.  I felt this was a chance of a lifetime so I decided to embrace every opportunity that presented itself.  On some level I viewed Thailand as an opportunity to see if Missions was for me, if God wanted me there, and ultimately if I was good enough.

 

My internship was at ‘The Well’ In Bangkok and being a part of this team was a major factor in me wanting to return.  The internship co-ordinator, Richard, was great in not only challenging me in stretching myself throughout my internship, but also matching my skills and passions with the needs of the organisation.  I found this enabled me to really see where God could use me and it also helped me to feel a valued part of the team.

 

My experiences at both ISM and The Well enabled me to put reality to what had been on my heart for many years.  Serving in every opportunity that arose gave me a heart not only for the women in the sex industry, but a love for Thai people and Thailand in general.

 

What I have learned and love about God is how He just flips all you think you know on its head, and then and only then can we really see what he is trying to tell us.  The one thing God taught me through this experience is that missions are not primarily about personal skills and biblical knowledge, (although they do help) but that mission work is about being willing to serve.  Like Isaiah who in his dream heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”, I too am willing simply just to go so that God can use me to minister to those in Thailand.

I’m now in process to return and I’m looking forward to what God has ahead.

- Kylie

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

 

 

 

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)
 

 

Hello and Goodbye!

This month we are saying goodbye to Jessica Pellowe

Jessica first heard the call to “go”  in 2010.  It’s hard to believe our first hello was almost 5 years ago!   Her first taste of missions life was as an intern with me at NightLight for 3 months and then she returned to Canada for a very short time before returning to SEA and teaching in Nepal for 6 months.  Jessica then accepted a teaching position for 2 years at a Christian School in Bangkok.  After her contract ended she became ISM’s School Administrator.  Jessica is an incredibly gifted woman who  has faithfully and competently worked along side of me from the inception of ISM.  She  has been responsible for putting many of the processes in place, teaching at ISM, and handling the finances and admin.  She has travelled to several nations visiting interns and partnered wiith me at women’s conferences.  For the past two years she has done much of the admin for our Regional Retreat.

We are thankful to the Lord for bringing Jessica to serve along side of me for the past two years.  We are praying the Lord opens a door for her in Ontario!   She will be missed.

Hello Ashton

Ashton McIntosh joined ISM on June 2nd 2014 as the Internship Co-ordinator. Thankfully, Jessica has been training her and preparing herfor the new group of students arriving in September.  Ashton has several years of administrative experience,  her Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry. and a heart for worship. She will be working with ISM until the spring of 2015.

Please pray for Jessica as she adjusts to life back in Canada and that the perfect job will come her way. Also please pray for Ashton as she adjusts to life back in Bangkok and for the incoming class in September.

Dream BIG!
Sandra McIntosh
Director, ISM

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.

 

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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