I am 18 years old from Ontario, Canada. I’ve always grown up knowing of God, but I never had relationship with Him. In my first few years of high school, I was in a dark state of mind and couldn’t find any purpose for my life. It wasn’t until about a year ago where Jesus showed me the true love He has for me and in that moment I had felt a purpose for my life. I knew my purpose was to pursue the life that God has laid out before me, and even though sometimes I ignore his calling on my life, he has still taken me down such a beautiful path and I have been able to grow through Him more than I ever could have imagined.
It didn’t take long before I discovered a powerful gift that God has blessed me with. The power to bring others close to Him and to come to know who He is. I have had many opportunities to speak with people one on one about their relationship with Christ, and I have even had an opportunity to speak in front of different youth groups at not just my church, but churches around my region as well. This is a passion that God has put on my heart and I believe that I can use this gift every day through missions.
I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to spread God’s love in Laos. I understand that there will be struggles and barriers, but I believe that God is calling me to Laos and that He has an amazing journey laid out for me when I get there. Now, my prayer is that God working through me won’t be limited to just Laos, but far beyond that. That I will be able to bring home an incredible testimony that the Lord has placed on my life and that I will have a desire to pursue more of what He has for me.
My name is Mandi Delgado, and I am from Rosenberg, Texas! I attended Christ for the Nations Institute and I majored in Global Missions. Upon graduating, I was supposed to attend field school in Africa but things didn’t go as planned. Shortly after, I got engaged and 6 months later I was married! The love for the nations still dwelled within me, my husband and I began praying and seeking more about where the lord wanted us. We came across ISM and are so excited to learn and train under other missionaries. I am excited that my husband and I will be on this journey together and we’re both excited for new friendships. But more importantly to serve, learn, grow, love and be the hands and feet in Jesus.
These past three months I witnessed the strongest forms of evil and greatest depths of brokenness, forcing me at times to face some of the deeply rooted pains that I often times shield my eyes from in my daily life. I walked through villages whose foundations were built upon the concept of women using their bodies to construct a better home for their families, and parents being proud of those very same homes. I looked into the faces of precious children who were a direct result of their birth parents sexual encounters, solely for the purpose of fleeting pleasures and monetary gain. I was stretched and challenged in ways I did not think possible, often times reflecting on the emptiness I had allowed to creep into my own life.
But in the midst of it all I also experienced the purest forms of love. I felt it when a guarded child reached out to hold my hand for the first time gazing up at me with eyes filled with acceptance, knowing that I had gained their trust. I felt it when an eager child, exploding with excitement, sprinted up to me, showing me the beautifully crafted artwork they had just created. I felt it when an enthusiastic child clung onto me, anxiously awaiting for me to tickle them into a giggling fit.
And while it is important to remember that evil is still very prominent, it is equally important to remember that God is at work in making everything beautiful again. It is through the support from my family, friends, and God, that I was able to leave Thailand with the fullest of hearts and greatest feeling of peace and that makes my soul more content than ever before.
Meet ISM’s new Director! – Bev Laing
Bev Laing is excited to be the new Director of the Impact School of Missions. She has degrees in French and Education, and has taught in French Immersion schools in Ontario. Bev and her husband Gary pastored for twenty-five years before moving to South East Asia as global workers. Bev has also had the privilege of teaching in Bible schools and conferences in Africa, the Philippines and Cuba. Having taught numerous times at ISM and having hosted an intern has given Bev and Gary a great appreciation for the value of students experiencing missions in a real world context. Gary also looks forward to continuing teaching at ISM. Bev is currently finishing Level 2 of a certified coaching course which is focused on coaching for life purpose. She is passionate about mentoring young adults as they discover themselves and their life calling. In her spare time, she loves photography – especially capturing interesting faces. Bev is looking forward to working with Nicole to continue the great work of ISM.
Meet ISM’s new Internship Co-ordinator – Nicole Stockley
Effective July 2016
Nicole is thrilled to be joining the team at ISM as the Internship Coordinator! After sensing a call to ministry as a teenager, Nicole enrolled at Tyndale University and completed a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology with a focus in Youth Ministry. During her University years, Nicole completed a three month internship in Bangkok, Thailand under the mentorship of Sandra McIntosh. She volunteered with Nightlight International and felt God speaking into her heart about future ministry in South East Asia. Upon graduating, Nicole served as a children’s pastor, and a youth and young adults pastor in Newfoundland, alongside her husband Andrew. She also has experience working with students as an admissions counsellor for Tyndale. Her heartbeat is for young adults and she is looking forward to seeing students lives rocked and transformed as they step out in faith and open their hearts to what the Holy Spirit will teach them through internships in SEA. She’s also looking forward to eating mangos and sticky rice. Her husband Andrew will also be leading worship at ISM and teaching a few classes!
Bev and I will be working closely together with ISM until the end of September and I will continue mentoring the current class during their internships. I plan to return to BKK in September 2016 to help transition the first class under new leadership. Jessica Pellowe is the interim internship coordinator until July 1st 2016.
Bev will be in touch with our partners, teachers and outreach partners in the near future. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are open for September 2016 and January 2017. Spread the news!
Read Kristy Devries insight on what she’s learning through her internship in Cambodia.
Stretching hurts. I can’t even touch my toes. As a runner, I know better. I know I need to stretch. But sometimes I just hate it. I openly admit that I avoid learning to do it because I can’t be bothered to deal with the “burn” that comes along with it, and the time commitment that it will take to get me there. I cringe just thinking about trying to reach that far down. Oye.
As a runner, I know better. I know I need to stretch.
Last week I wrote about apathy and, ironically, that’s what I think I am dealing with this week. Again, oye. This missions trip is a huge stretch for me. Sometimes it’s easier to look at everything I can’t do rather than what I can. Like not knowing if I am making any sense at all when I’m teaching English, or something as simple…
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Hi! My name is Shirley Chee, and I’m from Perth, Western Australia.
Here’s a little background about me. I’m born in Singapore, and moved to Perth 5 years ago. God called me to nursing school in 2007 and I am now practicing as a registered nurse at Joondalup Emergency Department. Nursing is my passion, and I love to read or sing during my free time.
I’m beyond excited to be embarking on an exciting journey with God this year. Sometime in September last year, I had the privilege to be part of a mission trip to Thailand with my church and that was my first encounter with Nightlight. Nightlight is a ministry based in Bangkok which outreaches to women and children who are exploited in the human trafficking and sex industry, empowering them emotionally and offering alternative employment. My mission team was given a tour at Citylight Coffee (one of the alternative employments), and given a huge insight to what Nightlight was doing. It broke my heart to know so many people are suffering with poverty and slavery, and I knew God is breaking my heart for a reason. I have to come back.
I’m thankful of this opportunity by ISM to serve with Nightlight for two months after a period of training in September this year. Being in an unfamiliar mission field is daunting, but I know I won’t be alone. He makes me brave, and I am ready to be used by Him!