Where is the Testosterone?

Hey GUYS! If you don’t lean towards working with women or children – we’ve got some amazing opportunities for you!

TAKE A LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITIES!

For all the internship opportunities go to www.ismsea.com

1.  Worship Lead at ISM (girl or guy) in September 2013  for a month, be part of all the ISM classes and ministry.  You could also continue after with an internship afterwards.

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2.  The Centre (girl or guy) – Chiang Mai Thailand – teach English and build relationships with  Thai University Students.

3.  Church of the Living God (prefer guy) – Chennai, India – sports ministry, church ministry, teach, preach, build relationships.

 

 

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4.  Dton Naam(girl or guy) Bangkok, Thailand ministry to gender confused men, teach, outreach, build relationships.

5.  Destiny Sri Lanka (guys only) – Columbo Sri Lanka – teach English.

6.  Imagine Thailand(girl or guy) Bangkok, Takua Pa, Thailand – teach English

And if you love kids – there are tons of children’s homes looking for interns!  So guys how about you?  To apply go to  www.ismsea.com

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Meet Julia Eger -coming to ISM in Sept 2013 – internship Jewels in a Crown

Hello! My name is Julia Eger.

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Julia Eger

 

I am currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and will be graduating in May with a degree in business – marketing. I was born in Canton, Ohio, but moved to High Point, North Carolina when I was 2 years old and have lived there ever since. I have an older brother and an older sister, an amazing mother and father, and two adorable dogs. My family and friends are truly a gift from God and I would not be the person I am today without their love and support.

 

I grew up in a Christian home, went to a private Christian school K-12th grade, and attended church every Wednesday and twice a day on Sundays. This had both its positives and negatives, but looking back on it now I see how much of a blessing it truly was. Around 8th grade I had decided that I wanted to go into fashion merchandising to become a buyer and had my heart set on this goal. When graduation approached in 2009 I had only one school in mind – Florida State University. I visited it, loved it, applied, and got accepted! However, out-of-state tuition prices sent me in a different direction and forced me to apply to in-state schools. So, I figured if I had to go to school in NC I might as well be at the beach and that’s how I ended up at UNCW. Fast forward to my junior year, I quit my glorious job at a doggy daycare to pursue a job at a boutique in order to further my fashion merchandising dream. Absolutely hated the job, about 3 months into it left, and realized that the retail industry is NOT for me! So, now I began to ask God where I am supposed to be?

 

I went to the Passion 2011-2012 conference in Atlanta, GA where the theme was slavery and human trafficking. I had already started to feel God tugging at my heart towards missions, but honestly thought this would look more like playing soccer with children in Africa, which was another dream of mine. But, after this conference I had this love for India that I could not explain and started to pray and seek God’s direction. Exactly a year after consistently praying for guidance, I was in my bed reading over my Passion notes since I could not attend it this year. I saw a list of organizations that I had written down and one of them was NightLight. After clicking around I somehow came across Jewels in a Crown and just started crying (which is very unusual for me!). Immediately I knew that this is where God wanted me and I applied the next morning.

 

I have no idea what all God has in store for these 6 months, but I cannot wait to find out! I am so humbled that he has chosen me to shine his glory in such a dark place, and realize that I am but a vessel of salvation chosen by the grace of God! I pray, first and foremost, that he will be exalted higher than our words or actions or even our adoration because he is the King of Kings and Lord of all. I also pray that these women will be healed from the inside out and will be able to see how beautiful and loved they are by their Father. Ultimately, I pray for slavery and for human sex trafficking to be completely abolished and know that this is possible through the powerful name of Jesus in whom we live and move and have our very being.

 

“Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!” -Psalm 96:2-4

How BIG is your But?

imagesBut I stutter – Moses

But I’m young – Joshua

But I’m from the least and the weakest people group – Gideon

But I don’t want to go to Nineveh – Jonah

But I can’t learn another language

But my country needs me, there are a lot of lost people here

But missions is hard

But I can’t fundraise

But I will miss my family

But I can’t stand a hot climate

But I can’t eat spicy food

But I have debts

But I didn’t go to bible college

But I’m single

But I can’t sing or preach

But I don’t want to move

But I haven’t had a supernatural call

But I don’t think I could live in another culture

But my boyfriend/girlfriend doesn’t want me to go

How BIG is your but?  

Jesus said “Go” – maybe it’s time to lose your Big But?

Candle on the Streets – used by permission from NightLight

by Maria Gambone DeJesus, current ISM intern at NightLight Bangkok

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It was my first day ever on outreach with the NightLight Bangkok team or in a red-light district. I remember feeling so small and completely lost as to what I was supposed to do. What did God expect of me? What did NightLight staff expect of me? As I prayed through these questions and worries, Lucia, one of our marketing staff, grabbed her camera and a candle, and led me out of the quiet, cozy outreach building and into the busy, city night-life. She then had me stand in front of the neon lights of the main club area, placed the candle in my hands, and lit it. This is how I spent the first 20 minutes of my very first outreach – standing in the middle of darkness literally holding a candle.

As we stood there, I felt the atmosphere of everyone around us change as they gazed at that candle. I could see people looking from the street and from their bar stools, thinking, pondering. I sensed that if any of those individuals had ever had the smallest experience with God before that night, the Holy Spirit was stirring up those memories, questions and convictions in their hearts. I began praying to that effect. Some people passed us by with a smirk, as if they were in tune with an insider’s secret. Then, an Indian man walked up to us and asked us if we were praying. Mind you, I was just standing there waiting while Lucia walked around me with her professional camera shooting pictures, SURROUNDED BY SEDUCTION AND OPPORTUNITY. Yet, that man instantly thought about spiritual things. In those minutes, God answered my nervous heart saying “I’m not asking you to do anything but walk, sit, be where I send you, to carry my light and to trust that, yes, my presence is this powerful. Watch with anticipation and I will use you in spite of yourself. Just hang out, be yourself, make friends, be in love with me. Listen to me at all times and watch what I WILL DO.” It was then that I finally understood why NightLight leaders advise that if anyone asks what we are doing in that place to say, “We’re just visiting friends and making new ones.”

Recently, this message came to me again from the testimony of an elder cousin. She grew up in inner city Philadelphia, known for some of the highest crime rates in the USA. But to her, as a little girl, this neighborhood was home. She would walk by the street-corner drug dealers on her way to play at her friend’s house. The neighbors would talk about who graduated, dropped-out, got married, got arrested. As she grew older and started to realize the things she was seeing weren’t right, she had no idea what to do about it. After her parents put their faith in Christ as adults, she began to see their corner dry cleaning store turn into a light for that neighborhood. Somehow, the community members sensed that it was a safe place. They would walk in and, whether on purpose or in response to a simple question such as “how are you today,” they would begin pouring out their burdens and hurts. She saw her parents love, pray with and minister to many in that neighborhood. With willing hearts, they gave their everyday lives, including their business, to serve God. There, in that broken community, in everyday relationships, God used them to glorify Himself and shine a big light. She concluded her story by saying “I tell you this story so that you know and remember that the light ALWAYS outshines the darkness. Just by you all being there, things have changed in that place. Trust that God’s light in you will ALWAYS outshine whatever darkness you see.”

So in the hard moments – like when I’m sitting next to a half-naked, 40-year-old woman whose circumstances led her to prostitution and my heart breaks because all I can do is sit there and listen – God brings me back to the minutes I stood there holding that candle. When I’m angry that God keeps walking me even deeper into an awareness of the pains and sins present in our world, and I don’t want to know any more, God reminds me of His power to save. When I don’t feel like I’m strong enough, experienced enough or skilled enough to do much of anything to help, He reminds me to trust in this truth: that the light will ALWAYS outshine the darkness, ALWAYS. So, following the example of my leaders, I keep pressing forward and I fight to trust God with all circumstances.

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