Meet Tristen Banales coming to ISM January 2014 – Internship Dton Naam

Hello there!  My name is Tristen Banales and I will be attending ISM January 2014.

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Tristen Banales

I feel so privileged to be a part of a program that is a catalyst for missionaries. My heart’s cry is to see hope restored to the Thai people. I want to be in the darkness, understand the environment and bring forth His light into the hearts and minds of the people there. I am honored to serve for six months at Dton Naam Ministries where they reach out to the gender confused involved in the sex trade. Dton Naam also runs a café which helps to support their ministry.

I was born and raised in California, grew up in a small town on the Monterey Peninsula. Deep down I knew I wanted God to lead my life and without even realizing it, I began to search Him out. I journeyed up to the Bay Area to attend culinary school and studied baking and pastry.

He led me straight into the arms of an incredible church family who helped me to grow in my awareness and knowledge of God. The more and more I experienced God, He went from being my creator to my Father.

Over the past two and a half years my life has radically changed. I want nothing more than to live my life discovering His love in every situation and circumstance–from the workplace, to the streets and within households. I am on a journey of love to see His heart revealed to others in the most vulnerable way. I want to build close authentic relationships with other people because I have experienced that kind of relationship with Him. 

At the beginning of this year the Father gave me a sudden passion to help those involved in the sex trade, specifically in Thailand. I found ISM through NightLight International. With much excitement I found that there were other internship opportunies through ISM. I stumbled upon Dton Naam and was excited to know that my education and skillset would be of help within their café/bakery. I am honored to be a part of such an influential organization and cannot wait to see what God does with my time there!

I am anticipating and preparing for this next journey to Southeast Asia with much joy. I pray that everyday He shows me something new about His love so that I may reflect Him, represent Him, demonstrate Him, and love more like Him. I am not sure what lies ahead or even what to expect. But one thing I do know is that God’s love changes everything and I will carry that the rest of my life.

Here we go!”

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Meet Sandra Wiebe coming to ISM September 2013 – Interning at Hope for the Children and the Acheson Family – India

Hello! My name is Sandra Wiebe I am 17 years old, I was born in a little town called Blue Creek in Belize, a small country in Central America.

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Sandra Wiebe

I lived there until I was nine which is when my parents decided to move my three brothers and I to Leamington, Ontario.I’ve been living here for almost nine years. The town I live in is also small, however it’s huge compared to what I was I used to. I’ve grown up in a Christian home my whole life with a loving family, and although they expected me to be young forever I will be graduating high school this year. 

 
At the beginning of my last year of high school my friends and fellow classmates began talking about which universities they were going to apply to, I occasionally joined in, however something didn’t feel right about it. So I prayed to God for opportunities and what I was supposed to do after graduation, which is when my youth pastor told me about Impact School of Missions. I felt a sense of peace and joy about it immediately and knew that this was the opportunity God was giving me. I was ecstatic! So in my excitement I informed my parents of this opportunity and expected an immediate and enthusiastic yes. I had forgotten that being my father’s only daughter meant that in his eyes I was to stay home, forever. So I prayed and had others pray for four months before I got the thumbs up from both my parents. 
 
I’ve always had the desire to do missions but the thought was always pushed away and I didn’t believe that it was for me, but when this opportunity came about I couldn’t deny that this was what God wanted me to do. After one month in Thailand I will be going to Chennai, India interning with Hope for the Children, I have always had a passion to work with children and so this is a dream come true. I know God is planning some major transformations and I will be learning to serve and be obedient to God’s direction in a whole new way. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use me!
 
A verse that has been teaching me a lot about being surrendered to Christ and obedient to his call is found in Galations 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” 

Put Feet to your Heartbeat

Have you ever met someone who says they LOVE missions, or are passionate about human trafficking and alleviating poverty but don’t really know anything or do anything about it?  We all can be inspired by a movie or a story or a sermon, we can even be moved to  tears,  but the evidence of true passion will involve action.  Students preparing to come to do an internship in SEA have made the first huge jump toward putting feet to their heartbeat!  Way to GO!

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If you are preparing for an internship or a short term missions trip there are number of things you can do to get ready!  Passion drives us to do something – so there are many things you can do to be informed and be as ready as possible.  So what can you do?

1.  Read as much as you can about the nation where you are going to serve.  There are many books and blogs giving interesting insight into the nation you are going to serve.

2.  Watch movies – anything you can find related to the nation you are serving.

3.  Read missionary biographies – VERY inspiring.

4.  Eat the food – amazing restaurants with Thai, Indian and Filipino cuisine are in most major cities.12669916-collage-from-photographs-of-thai-food
5.  Go out for coffee with missionaries and take notes.  They love it when someone wants to hear their story. Buy their coffee 😉

6. Throw a themed party about the nation – invite all your friends, dress up, eat curried dishes, play the music from the nation, pray about the nation and raise funds.

7.  Take a language class – and have fun with it!

8. Befriend someone from the nation and discover the beauty of their culture.

9. Read about the dos & don’ts and take them to heart.

10.  Start eating with your hands (India) or with a spoon and use your fork to guide the food to the spoon, (most other SEA nations).

As you prepare if someone asks, “so what do Thai people eat?” you don’t want to answer “I have no idea.”  Get ready!  This will help you put FEET to your HEARTBEAT.

 

 

 

Meet Monique Beuglet – Student at ISM Sept 2013 – Internship – NightLight

 

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Monique Beuglet

Hi, my name is Monique Beuglet and I am from Guelph, Ontario.  I was born in the busy metropolis of Toronto, but have lived in Guelph since I was 2 years old, enjoying this beautiful city that I call home. I have a younger sister who is 14 and two incredibly loving and supportive parents.  I grew up in a Christian home, being actively involved in church for as long as I can remember and loving God with a servant’s heart.

 

I graduated from high school last June and decided to take a year off to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  Throughout high school I had become interested in business, and decided that that is what I would study at University.  In my mind, the University I attended would determine my future success as a businesswoman, so I was determined to get into some of the highest ranked commerce programs in the country.  I went back to school for a semester to take a few additional classes and increase my average, my dream to receive an offer of admission from the University of Western Ontario to their elite Ivey School of Business.  Well let me tell you, since then God has completely transformed my dreams and ambitions, my priorities being entirely rearranged. 

 

Last summer I was in Europe with my Mom for 3 weeks. We stayed in Holland with family for most of our time there, venturing to Paris for a week. In Bible College my Mom had done her internship in Holland, doing some ministry in the red light district of Amsterdam.  We were in Amsterdam a few times, and on one of our day trips there we decided to walk through the red light district at around 6 o’clock.  As we walked through the streets, seeing women selling themselves in shop windows like an article of clothing, my heart broke. I knew then and there that I wanted to do some form of ministry to women who were involved in human trafficking and prostitution.  My plan was to study a year abroad in Holland during my third year of University, and during that summer get involved with a Christian organization or church in Amsterdam which ministered to these women. However, since then God has changed yet another plan of mine.

 

A few months ago Sandra McIntosh and her husband came to my home church as special guests.  Sandra briefly shared a little bit about what ISM was doing in Southeast Asia and how young people could get involved.  As I listened to her talk about the ministry I brushed it off, thinking that’s not for me, I have this plan of doing missions work when I go back to Europe. The next day my Mom asked me if the opportunity to work with ISM had peaked my interest, and I decided to go online and do some research.  I immediately saw that there were several opportunities in both India and Thailand to work with victims of human trafficking.  I began sobbing, feeling so convicted by God that this was what I was supposed to do, and immediately filled out an application. 

 

Starting in September 2013 I will be in Bangkok, Thailand for seven months, interning at NightLight International, being used by God to bring His unprecedented love to women who have been victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Putting off school for yet another year was not in my plan. Nor was going to Southeast Asia to do missions work in a city’s whose economy is driven by its world renown sex trade industry.  However, I know that this is God’s plan, and pursuing Him with everything you are means letting His desires become your desires and being willing to step out of your comfort zone and surrender every aspect of your life to him. I can’t predict what God has in store for me throughout my internship at NightLight, but I am expecting Him to reveal Himself in amazing ways, knowing that I will grow closer to Him as I put complete trust in His purpose for my life. I am so excited to see how God will use me and the gifts that He has given me for His glory in a city filled with darkness.  A verse that comes to mind as I prepare for this incredible adventure is one that I have been reassured by time and time again. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Goodbye Philippines – from intern Kelly Braun

See Kelly’s blog at http://followingjesustosea.blogspot.com/

It’s surreal to think that my time in the Philippines is over. I am sitting in my hotel lobby in Manila just before bed, sweating like crazy in the heat, and I will be leaving for the airport early in the morning.

 
The last few weeks were incredibly busy. This past week, we had a crazy VBS at Noah’s Ark which over a hundred local children attended, and then we had an overnight camp for youth which almost two hundred attended. Needless to say.. My last week was filled with TONS of kids I’ve never seen before, loud music, and songs about pandas. But so many kids learned about Jesus!!! Amazing. We were also hosting a team from Ontario that had organized the camps, so that meant many afternoons spent cooking and baking for them. I made sure to spend plenty of time debriefing and playing with the Noah’s Ark kids before all that madness began. I smile now as I think about all the evenings I spent sprawled out on a blanket, laughing and playing with my kids, and then tucking them all into bed with lots of po-po-chan-ja-ah’s (I love yous).
 
I woke up on my last day at Noah’s Ark with a heart that felt like lead. I tried all day to make the most of every last moment, and to spend as much time with the kids as possible. Luckily, with youth camp happening, all of our high school students had returned to Noah’s Ark from their summer holidays. After dinner that night, all of our kids who we’ve been with since arriving in the Philippines met us in the family room to say goodbye. Linda gave them all a chance to say something if they wanted to. I immediately started to cry as the kids thanked us for the help we could offer, the times we hiked down the mountain to go to their youth group with them, etc. They all gave us three gifts: the native headdress, which is covered in beautiful rooster feathers, a Banaue t-shirt, and a coin purse, made from the wrapper of our favourite Filipino snack, Salt n Vinegar Cracklings. Afterwards, they all gathered around us and sang their “goodbye song” which they sing to visitors at departure. “Thank You… May God Always Bless You…” etc.
 
The next morning, as we were packing up our vehicle, the real goodbyes began. I thought I could hold in my tears until we started to say goodbye to the staff. The staff at Noah’s Ark are incredible, God-serving people who I was privileged to get to meet. When they started giving us gifts, crying, and thanking us for all their help my own tears began. I don’t think I could’ve ever given enough hugs, kisses, and “miss you”s or “God bless you”s. Driving away from Noah’s Ark and taking that last look was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. 
 
In my debrief, I came across something I had written almost one month ago.
 
“Yesterday as I stood in church, singing a song I didn’t know with tambourines clanging, and holding beautiful Elvis Jr. in my arms, worshipping in a totally new way- I was overcome with a realization. Being here has been everything I could’ve hoped for. Banaue is now a place I feel at home. I can shake everyone’s hands at church while singing “There’s a Welcome Here.” I can say hello to familiar faces in the market. I can hold people’s babies. I can point a tourist in the right direction. And not to say there hasn’t been those painful mornings, where all I can think of is home.. and all I can do is turn to Jesus. I’ve hugged, held, kissed, tickled, and fallen in love with children who’s stories are unspeakably devastating. I’ve had my moments of anguish. Where holding a baby in a rocking chair saying a silent prayer over his life feels like the smallest thing I could be doing when there’s so much hurt. But my God. Jesus. He has done so much more through me. He has shown me that changing one person’s world IS changing the world. And HE is the one who will bring the change. Not me. All I can do is thank Him for letting me come along. “‘Now glory be to GOD who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of- infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.’ Ephesians 3:20.”
 
This was life in the Philippines. And it has now come to an end. But…
“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are- high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean-nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us.” Romans 8:38-39
 
Thank you Jesus.
 

One last moment with Kensin.

My favourite game.. How many of us can fit on Manang Kelly’s lap?

Your average walk to church.

Jenjen and I.

 
I will be landing in Saskatoon on Saturday afternoon. Thank you EVERYONE for reading this, praying, encouraging from afar. I am blessed to come home to all of you.
 
See you soon!
 
 
 

In your Face! – 7 reflections of witnessing sex trafficking and exploitation.

7 Reflections From 7 Months of Witnessing Sex Trafficking & Exploitation in Bangkok, Thailand (while interning for NightLight International). 

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1. GOD, WHERE IS YOUR GOODNESS? What is ‘humanity’ and at what point do people lose it? Why can’t I stop my soul from this painful grieving and sorrow?… These are the thoughts that I’ve often had to process through with God over the past seven months. Humanitarian workers across the world go through some tough, faith-testing stuff (second-hand trauma). They see some of the hardest realities of our world week after week and as these experiences compound, their deepest beliefs about life and the world are tested. Throughout my time here, God has been faithful, and loving, and true. I have seen women freed from the trap of prostitution and exploitation. I have seen God’s power and love pour over dark and disturbing areas of our world and bring freedom and hope. But that didn’t stop me from asking God, sometimes in anger or tears, why these things are happening and why it’s hurting so bad to be in the midst of it. It turns out His “refining fire” the Bible talks about HURTS really REALLY badly (but in reflection is so worth it). Please pray for those who are still enduring day after day to be a messenger of hope to exploited and broken peoples everywhere.

2. THE BLAME GAME. Yes the world’s a mess. Yes there are many hard, exhausting and painful parts in each of our lives. Yes there are things to grieve over and get angry about all around us. Yes… yes. But still, we choose how we respond to these things; how we behave and even think. We have a lot of power to choose. We can choose be angry or we can be determined to forgive. We can offer our love unconditionally, or we can withdraw that love… or we can manipulate it. We develop priorities for our time, energy and money. We choose what to say, and whether our actions match up to our words. We choose what we value most, and whether or not our financial spending actually matches what we claim to value (Is your budget spent on your kids, your education, helping a cause your “passionate” about?). We also choose what we believe in, and the degree to which our faith becomes the motivation for each and EVERY action, EVERY day. WE CHOOSE. We have the capacity to change or we can choose to stay the same. But as adults we have to admit that WE must take responsibility for the way our internal decisions affect various internal and external consequences. As for me, it’s never quite that simple or easy to change, so I turn to One who is greater: a Savior who is quick to help us and a God with endless wisdom and strength.

3. HUMILITY! OUCH. It’s awesome that so many people are so passionate about the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. But the first thing I learned from NightLight is that what we read and see on TV is not always accurate, and sometimes it’s quite sensationalized. After shadowing the field workers – those who are hitting the streets week after week, walking into the hotels where trafficking happens in plain sight, sitting next to pole dancers on their breaks and listening to their stories, and offering a safe friendship to these women where few exist – I have begun to understand how sexual exploitation is as “normal” in some places as a drug dealer on the corner of an inner city street. The best way I can explain it: like the difference between watching a movie about war and actually talking to a soldier who’s just returned from combat. The work they do through this outreach is faith-testing stuff: it can be traumatizing (because it’s REAL and in front of you), there’s not nearly enough resources given to help the thousands in need around you so you sometimes battle feelings of inadequacy, frustration and stress, and the issues surrounding the sex industry are so inexplicably complicated that it tempts you to throw your hands up in the air and want to give up! These individuals have been pathing the way before us. They deserve our utmost respect and our emotional, FINANCIAL and spiritual (PRAYER) support. Ask and pray how you can SERVE them and learn from them. And DON’T THINK COMBATING THESE ISSUES WILL BE EASY, GIVE YOU SATISFACTION OR FIX ANY SELF ESTEEM PROBLEMS. IT WON’T. But together, if we endure through whatever comes, we get to watch God at work – we get to see people walk out of slavery and into freedom – and that is totally worth it.

4. I’M NOT BRAVE, I’M IN LOVE, AND THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE. Many people have recently told me I am brave. But I’m not that brave. I’d still ask someone to walk me home at night in the middle of South Carolina if there’s no one going with me. Why? Because I’m AFRAID. I didn’t go to intern with NightLight so I could explore Thailand (I already knew I hate being a foreigner. It’s hard!). I didn’t go to save the world (At 22, what do I truly know about the world and about all the challenges of life?). The only reason I came, the only reason I entered this journey of learning to outreach to and care for women who are being sexually exploited and trafficked, is because I am ridiculously in love with God and my Savior Jesus Christ. I have full faith in His power and desire to save all people. He’s dramatically healed, renewed and transformed me at profound levels and I am so grateful. So I went in obedience to God’s direction. And He carried me through most of it, because it was much too exhausting and heart breaking for me to handle anyways.

5. IF WE’RE NOT CAREFUL, WE ALL PLAY A ROLE IN THE CYCLE OF HURT AND ABUSE THAT FEEDS THE HORRORS FOUND IN THE SEX INDUSTRY. I remember sitting in a park before work one day when the man next to me started chatting. He started sharing about his life, as tends to happen when you hang out near Bangkok’s red-light district. He talked about how he often comes to the bars to build friendships with the women. Later in the conversation he shared that he had also participated in prostitution. He expressed frustration that the women see him as an ATM and not an opportunity for a relationship, and that they exploit him for food and other purchases. He mentioned that many men commit suicide after the connection they thought they had with one of these women turns out to be founded in fantasy… I remember on my first day interning at NightLight I walked in and saw one of my favorite women, glowing with joy and beauty. I tell her, “You look beautiful today!” She points up to the sky and says “That’s because my Father is beautiful!” Later that week, she excitedly shared her testimony with me: Just two years before, a few blocks from where we stood, she had worked as a street prostitute. She said it was a really bad time for her: men would beat her, some customers wouldn’t pay her and she thought about committing suicide. She wanted a way out. Then someone told her about NightLight…. I remember every time “N”, an African woman who’d been trafficked to Thailand, gave me a hug. So sweet, so sincere, so gentle. She had been working the streets as a prostitute when NightLight outreach workers met her and asked her if she wanted help going home. I only met her in casual settings, when we were celebrating or hanging out like friends. A few weeks ago she finally returned home. While she was in Thailand she had been raped so violently that the physical trauma never fully healed. These injuries have now turned into cervical cancer and she also tests HIV positive… People in all walks of life are holding in layers and layers of abuse, brokenness and/or humiliation. Anger and bitterness, abuse of all types and various attacks to individuals’ identities are all major contributors to the mindset shifts that fuel the sex industry. Perhaps men feel unappreciated, disrespected and taken advantage of by women. They battle feelings of loneliness, insecurity, failure, fear of rejection and unmanliness and take it out on others verbally, emotionally, physically and/or sexually. Maybe they were sexually molested or abused as a child. Maybe they confuse sex with love and are left empty when they find out the woman secretly had always seen him as just a loaf of bread. Women perhaps continue/respond with passive aggression, anger, bitterness, blame and their own forms of abusive behavior towards men. These women also experience rejection, fear, insecurity, sadness, loss of identity and abuse of all kinds. Both hold on to un-forgiveness, both blame the opposite sex, and attempt to justify their actions within themselves. Both are convinced that they are in the right; the cycle continues and perhaps even deepens. We may not feel like we should relate to issues of sexual exploitation, but we can all admit to doing at least one of these things can’t we? Not forgiving? Blaming? Generalizing? Projecting hurt? Deepening in insecurity? Holding on to self-condemnation? The stories can get a lot more horrific and complex but you get the picture, right?

6. GOD IS NOT TO BLAME. No matter what kind of insanity or pain exists in the world, God has always been in the midst of it pouring out His love, and He will continue to be there, even if we all give up. In the moments when I questioned why God wasn’t doing anything to stop the exploitation I was seeing, I was hit with the memory that HE IS THE ONE WHO SENT ME HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. It’s definitely not the path I would have chosen for my life and the same is obviously true about most of the other outreach workers here. We’re only here because God gives us the strength to be here and because when we get disheartened He reminds us of His infinite power to do the seemingly impossible and that God has never and WILL NEVER give up on the world. He will keep fighting for all things good. The question is: will we? Do we trust Him?

7. FINALLY. I HAVE LEARNED THAT IF YOU WANT TO BE AN INSPIRATIONAL PERSON, YOU MUST SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE – people who make you feel very small (in the best of ways), people who make you jump leaps and sprint miles in your level of maturity, character and faith just to catch up. Surround yourself with people who celebrate you and desire to watch you reach your highest potential, people who live for the little things as much as the big things in life and who match their actions with their words, people of integrity, passionate people motivated by love and compassion. When you reflect on these people, you have to laugh because no matter how much or how fast you grow, you never quite seem to catch up, and thus, you always stay inspired. And yet somehow, they believe that their ceiling can be your starting point and it excites and motivates you to choose the path that won’t disappoint!

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Look what Jesus is doing in the lives of ISM students!

This terms internships are almost at an end…. But God’s work is just beginning!

The month of April sees all of our ISM interns returning home to their families, jobs, and dreams, but they are returning home changed. Here are some of their final reflections…

Maria Gambone de Jesus

The last seven months were beyond description challenging. But looking back, I am so thankful for the time ISM took to prepare me before my internship began. The things I learned there and the mentorship I received were absolutely key to my success in my position at NightLight. ISM multiplied my growth in maturity of faith and character during that time. The growth in knowledge, character and faith I gained from my time at ISM has impacted my actions and thoughts in daily life, and the way I look at my life and purpose. I find myself applying the one month of ISM classes into my daily life more than I do even my four years of classes at university.

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Tim Wharton

Attending Impact School of Missions was a great experience where I learned more than I ever expected to. I went in with the mindset that it would prepare me for my up coming internship which it did but in a more impact full way it opened me up to the world of missions as a whole. I learned a lot about what missions means, what opportunities and type of missions work are out there and what some of the needs are. I was challenged to think about if the missions life was for me and how missions fit into God’s plan for my life. This is definitely a great place if you think missions is for you or might be for you. I was also challenged to look closer at what my faith meant to me and saw growth in myself as the month progressed. For two and a half months I interned at Abundant Love in Ban Mai Sawan, Thailand. Working at the children’s home was a great opportunity, spending time with the children was great, along with building great relationships with the staff. The language barrier has been an interesting challenge but has also made for great fun. Even with the language barrier you can still be a great help and blessing to those around you; it just might not be how you expect it. My experiences at ISM and Ban Mai Sawan are something I will never forget and have changed my life forever.

chrisChris Lowe

I came to ISM in hope of getting a better understanding of what missions will look like in my future. I came knowing fully that I am going to be entering long term missions work at some point in my future. I came to ISM as part of education at Vanguard College. That hope that I had to better identify my role in missions was met with an answer. The teaching and relationship model that I worked with at The Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand, matches with my missionolgy in every way. Also I have learned a lot about my self and my passion for this lost world has grown a great amount. I will leave Thailand with my questions answered and a better understanding of myself, mission, and of God.

kellyKelly Braun

I never could’ve imagined that God would do so much in my life through one step of faith. ISM has turned my world upside down. I am so grateful for everything this program is. Every challenge, every new experience, every adventure, has caused me to grow into a very different person than I was when I first stepped on that plane. I am thankful to have had an a experience that is more authentic to missionary life, and I praise God for every difficult and stretching situation He put me into. His kindness is HUGE- He is shown me how He loves the unlovable, wants to give us the smallest desires of our hearts, and more than ever, how HE is the answer to every hurt in this world. ISM provided me with such valuable training for the missions world and for entering a different culture. My internship placement was so perfect for me, and is now a place I can call a second home. Praise God for all that He has done in me, and through me. He is amazing. “I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things He does for me.” Psalm 103:1-2
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Bethany Nickel

My experience at ISM has been nothing short of phenomenal. It’s brought me a whole new perspective on missions; long and short term. The classes provided me with so much great information that has not only been so helpful throughout my internship, but is also something that I can take home with me and apply to my every day life. These few months have stretched me in the craziest ways and has forced me to grow immensely in my relationship with our creator. Go ISM! Whoo-hoo

tanyaTanya Land

I wish the English language had words to describe the greatness of Impact School of Missions. It is so obvious that Sandra McIntosh and the ISM staff are continuously listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The staff at ISM are empowering, inspirational, and full of wisdom. Everything I learnt in class at ISM helped me excel in my internship and thereby equipping me for a life of ministry and faithfulness to Christ. The 4-weeks went by so fast, during which I made lasting Christ-centred friendships. Impact School of Missions is life-changing and I STRONGLY encourage students to ‘GO’!