ISM is going global in 2017

PAOC International Missions is excited to announce the launch of Impact School of Missions (ISM) Global, a student internship training program designed to prepare students for cross-cultural ministry work in Southeast Asia, Eurasia and Latin America.

Beginning in 2017, the two new training locations of Slovakia (Eurasia) and the Dominican Republic (Latin America) will expand to welcome students from North America who will receive four weeks of hands-on-learning to explore, engage and serve in a new culture, in addition to their established Southeast Asia location.

Information about applications, internships, fees, recommended reading and training are available online at

After completing the four week in-class session, students will embark on their internships.  Each region has many internship opportunities. Their ministries range from helping victims of human trafficking, children’s homes, campus ministry, church planting, poverty alleviation, slum ministry, teaching English, and business as mission, Pastoral/church ministry involvement, humanitarian work, youth/young adult work, administration, teaching/training programs, health awareness, construction/work projects, Bible Colleges, refugee ministry and youth ministry.



Eurasia is one of the most diverse, innovative and complicated regions in the world. We span two continents, multiple cultures and languages. Our region is the birthplace of modern Christianity and humanism. It has fervently religious nations and those that are completely secular. The Church used to hold complete sway in all areas of life but it’s not a forgotten memory or a relic of the past. The need for a vibrant gospel witness has never been greater, especially in light of serious issues like human trafficking, refugees, terrorism, addiction and depression that are spreading throughout the region.

We are excited to be launching ISM Eurasia as way to empower and release innovative, gracious and courageous people into mission. The need has never been greater nor have the challenges been stronger in Eurasia than they are today. While we aren’t your typical mission field, we know that the issues in Eurasia don’t need a typical response or standard solution. We are looking for the next wave of creative missional thinkers and doers to join us for a catalytic time of soulful preparation and practical missional internships at ISM Eurasia.

-Sheldon and Anna Armitage, ISM Eurasia Directors in Slovakia.



ISM Eurasia with refugees.



What a privilege it is to play a part in investing in the lives of young people who have a heart for missions, preparing and sending them out into different nations of the Latin America (LAC) region. ISM LAC will be located in the heart of the Caribbean, and from there, ISM interns will be sent across the LAC region to serve and work alongside our missionaries. The missionaries throughout the region are excited to see this program implemented, and looking forward to having ISM interns serve alongside them. The LAC region includes the Caribbean, South, and Central America. With such a range of cultures and countries, the needs are great, the problems and issues often seem overwhelming, and the work is often hard. The LAC region needs young people with a heart for God, a passion for the lost, and willingness to serve God in any capacity to further His Kingdom and to spread the Gospel.

-Adrian and Sharon Thomas, ISM LAC Directors in the Dominican Republic.



ISM LAC students onsite.



Impact School of Missions Southeast Asia is a Holy Spirit-led missions training school located in Bangkok, Thailand. We believe that the Holy Spirit is raising up a generation of young adults who are longing to live their lives with purpose and are willing to GO, serve, and love the people of this extensive region. ISM SEA will train, equip, and mobilize students to have an impact on the world around them.

We are excited about the increased potential for missions training with the opening of two additional Impact Schools of Missions, in Latin America and Eurasia – part of Impact School of Missions Global.

Now there are even more opportunities for young men and women to come and learn from seasoned global workers and ministry leaders; to understand what it takes to effect positive change first in themselves, and then in the world, all while experiencing everyday life in a missions context. Now even more young adults will discover their giftings and passions, offering them to God by serving with excellence in their chosen internship in one of any number of countries.
Come and be part of the generation that accomplishes the unprecedented!

-Bev and Gary Laing, ISM SEA Directors in Thailand


Meet Marissa Myers! Coming to ISM 01.17- Internship at Imagine Thailand.

Hello! I’m 18 years old from Alberta, Canada. I grew up in the church, in a Christian home and never really understood what it meant to be in relationship with God. I would pray before I went to bed, and at the table before we would eat, and went to church every Sunday, but never knew what a relationship with Him meant, or really looked like. I had witnessed people get healed, saw a woman walk up out of her wheel chair and walk across the front of the church, and still didn’t understand who God was, or what He could really do through me, and what he was all about. I went through trials that brought me to where I am now and still I am longing and searching for more of God and really wanting to see what He can do through my life to show His glory to others. I’ve had incredible encounters with God over the last few months that have pushed me to take the next step, and to take a leap of faith.
Nothing brings me more joy than being around children! Especially babies. It’s my greatest passion, most would say obsession, but I have a huge heart for children and youth. I went on a missions trip this spring to Thailand, with Imagine Thailand, and immediately fell in love with the country, the people, and the culture. While I was there the first place we went to when we got to Mae Sot, where I will be staying, was an orphanage. And my heart just broke. But not in the way that I felt sorry for the kids, but God showed me His heart and His love through these kids that we got to just love on, and have fun with for a few hours, and I knew that my heart was where God wants me to be. I have a dream of opening a school of creative arts for children, youth, and women out of human trafficking and bring them to a place of safety where they can express themselves through art, music, dance, and fashion! After the missions trip I knew I had to go back, and that I couldn’t stay away for very long because every time I thought about that missions trip I longed to go back.
I believe that returning to Thailand through ISM is the first, and one of the biggest steps of faith I can take at this point in my life in pursuing all that God has for me in my future. I cannot express how excited I am for this opportunity, and how much expectation I have for the 6 months I am there!
Ezekiel 12:15
“They will know that I am the Lord, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries.”

Meet Blake Langbroek! Coming to ISM 09.16 – Internship in Laos.


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.

Meet Joybelle Barlow coming to ISM 09.16 – internship, NightLight

Hello! My name is Joybelle Barlow, and I’ll be working with NightLight International in Bangkok, Thailand this fall!
About four years ago I attended a missions conference where I heard about modern day slavery for the first time. Today’s world houses more slaves now than ever before in history, and that fact alone broke me then as it does now. This brokenness has pushed me to co-lead an anti-human trafficking organization at my university for the past three years, walking the campus praying for victims, raising awareness about the magnitude of this issue, sending petitions to our local government, and fundraising in order to shed light on the darkness. With graduation approaching, I began to voice these passions with a professor, who put me in contact with an alumna who interned with NightLight, and so the journey began.
NightLight’s mission to bring hope and restoration to people negatively impacted by the sex industry stirred me. For years I have wanted to be on the field fighting in person, and have finally been given the opportunity through ISM. I graduated from the University of South Carolina this past May in International Business and Marketing, and am hoping to apply my business acumen, skills, and passions to NightLight’s mission and business. I believe the Lord places passions in each of us, and for the past few years it has been mine to fight human trafficking in whatever way possible. Isaiah 61:1 writes, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
I know this journey will be hard, but I truly feel it’s what I’ve been called to do — to set the captives free and bind up the brokenhearted. Thank you for walking this road with me. I’m exited to share where it takes me and the lives I come across.

Meet Mandi Delgado and Nicolas Suarez coming to ISM September 2016 – internship Noah’s Ark

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.


Hello, my name is Nicolas Suarez and I’m 23 years old. I currently live in Texas with my wife. While working at a oil and gas company, I felt the lord calling me out of that and into nursing. I enjoy caring for other people and extending hope to those who are hopeless in their sickness. After getting married, my wife and I began praying about where the lord wanted to take us next. That is when we came across ISM, we’re so honored to have the opportunity to learn and serve with ISM. It now makes sense as to why God called me out of my 9-5 job to pursue a different path. I eventually want to do long- term missions across seas with nursing. We are currently the leaders of our young adults ministry at church and are so excited to take this next leap of faith in our journey.

Kayleigh Boveri reflects on her internship – ISM 01.16

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.



BIG NEWS – Meet ISM’s New Director and Internship Co-ordinator

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.

Effective immediately.

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

Applications are open for September 2016 and January 2017.  Spread the news!

The good, the bad, and everything in between

The good, the bad, and everything in between

February was really hard. Some of you know this, many of you don’t. I carried such a shame for not being happy despite being exactly where I’m supposed to be and where God called me to be. I’ve never felt as lonely as I did in February. Surrounded by 8 million people, but unable to communicate to them what was on my mind. Everything was hard, from taking the wrong song-taew, to having a completely opposite schedule of the few people I knew in this city. I was lonely and miserable, but how could I tell people that? Despite finally being in the place I have been planning to be for a year I felt so distant from God when I needed Him the most. On March 7th I finally let it out. I had to go on my first visa run to Cambodia the next morning which meant I was going to spend 10 hours in a van with a bunch of strangers, leaving at 5AM. It was 9:00 the night before I needed to get up at 4AM and I was packing my bag and I realized I was missing my visa pictures. I had gotten them the week before and had checked earlier that afternoon that they were still in my purse, because how awful would it be if I lost them before I needed to go? I tore my room apart, went through my few possessions, all my pockets, my garbage, yet found nothing. I commenced freaking out and frantically left the house to go to a mall before it closed at 10, while my roommates researched where I could go. I had just gotten to the BTS station and scanned my card to get onto the next train when I found out that they will take your picture at the border if you don’t have visa pictures with you. At this point I was beyond frustrated, turned around and went home, and came back to my room and started sobbing. It sounds ridiculous, but it was the last straw. Everything is so much harder here, and I felt as if I couldn’t do anything right. Why was it so hard? Why couldn’t I even keep track of my visa pictures, and why was I so lonely and unhappy here? Sarah, one of my roommates encouraged me to pray through this, and so she prayed for me that despite getting up at 4 the next morning and driving 10 hours that God would meet me where I was at and speak to me in the small van driving through Thailand. I would be lying if I told you I felt instantly better and I heard God reassuring me it was all going to be okay.

I went to work the next day, tired from lack of sleep and continued on with my week. I went on outreach and met Na, who I wrote about in a previous post. I left feeling hopeful, purposeful, and happy. It was strange. Then the next week all the sudden I realized that everything was different. It’s hard to describe, but I had a newfound love for Thailand and life. It didn’t seem to matter what I was doing, I was filled with love and joy and God’s presence. Things are still hard, but God changed my perspective the last few weeks. I went from not knowing why I came all the way to Thailand to be a “babysitter” and a “mom” to experiencing joy in the hardest and most mundane moments. I’m seeing a bigger picture where my actions speak much louder than my words ever could.

One of the women at the house gave me a book she thought I should read in my first week of volunteering but only did I make time to start reading it this past week, and then I couldn’t put it down. It’s called Kisses from Katie, and it’s about a girl who moved to Uganda at 19 to do missions for a year, but ended up staying there, and starting up Amazima ministries, adopting 13 children in one of the poorest villages in Uganda. It sounds crazy, but God totally used this book to show me that it was okay that I felt lonely, confused and sad sometimes, I wasn’t the only one. I felt so understood as I read her experiences there the first few months. I want to share her beautiful and raw words with you, because they sum up how I’ve been feeling perfectly.

“The contradiction comes when I realize that all these experiences and emotions were real. The happiness that gave me chill bumps was as deep as my loneliness. My sense of certainty about being exactly where God wanted me was solid, but just as firm was the fact that I wondered at times what on earth I was doing here. The frustration that threatened to overtake me on some occasions was just as deep and true as the unbounded joy I felt at other times. I loved my new life; I truly loved it. But compared to the life I had been living, it was hard.” 
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss the comforts and people of my old life desperately. My human flesh still sometimes wanted to go to the mall and spend a ridiculous amount of money on a cute pair of shoes…Most days, I wished I could wake up under my down comforter in a house with my loving family, not all by myself….I wanted to go to the gym; I wanted my hair to look nice; I wanted to be allowed to wear jeans. I wanted to a be a normal teenager living in America, sometimes. But I wanted other things more….I wanted to make some kind of difference, no matter how small, and I wanted to follow the call God had placed on my heart. I wanted to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath, each second…The longer I stayed, the more I realized that deep fulfillment had begun to swallow my every frustration. No matter how many contradictions I struggled with, how different certain situations were, no matter how lonely I got, no matter how many tears I cried, one truth remained firmly grounded in my heart: I was in the centre of God’s will; I was doing what I was created to do.” – Katie Davis 

He’s using my weaknesses and areas of deficit for his purpose and his glory. I would walk into the house thinking of all the things I couldn’t do. I could barely cook, my baby skills were minimal, I didn’t speak their primary languages, and as a newly 23 year-old who has lived an incredibly blessed life in Canada what did I even have in common with these women? But how empowering is it to teach someone a skill you possess! Let me tell you, it’s incredibly empowering. Maybe the fact that I didn’t “know it all” is part of why I’m here. I’ve now mastered cooking cassava, the best peas I’ve ever had, and the meat I serve is always cooked thoroughly haha. I see how proud the women are when they are able to teach me a skill and prove what they know, after being trapped a world where there was so much they couldn’t do.

It’s the lightbulb moments when I see a woman totally get it that make it all worth it. All the sudden she learns something new, a skill, a concept, a frame of mind, and it changes her. She suddenly realizes that all she needs to do to increase her faith is to ask for it. She tells me that her new hobby is reading her bible. She’s hungry for God and has infinite questions about how she can follow Him. It’s seeing that the house can be a place of healing, growth and JOY. Coming to the point of thanking God that I am here and I get to wash countless dishes, get covered in baby puke, walk on eggshells around a woman who is in a really bad mood, frantically try to throw ingredients together to make somewhat of a meal, put a two year old on countless time outs as she throws another temper tantrum. These are things that aren’t written in the job description. But neither are the moments when a woman proudly presents me with a scarf she made for me, having just learned how to crochet; Holding a woman’s hand as she cries, not sure if she’ll ever make it home; having a baby fall asleep in my arms every day; seeing the joy and amazement that baking cupcakes brings to the house, and being asked 20 minutes later to make another batch because almost all 24 of them are gone; praying with, and for, these strong women for healing, for repatriation, for them to know the love of their Father.

Just like Katie, I’m starting to love this life that I am living, the opportunities I have been blessed with, and all that God is doing in front of me and in me. It’s hard, harder than I like to admit, but if God can use me having a meltdown over lost visa pictures to change my entire perspective I have no doubt He will continue to use the hardest times for His greatest glory.

1 comment:

  1. OH Amy,

    God is so good to you to show you how He is using you! What an awesome privilege!

Stretching hurts. 

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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