Meet Sabrina Shaheen coming to ISM September 2013 and interning at Abundant Love.

Hi!  My name is Sabrina Sheehan.  I’m coming to ISM September 2013 and interning at Abundant Love in Chiang Mai Thailand.

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Sabrina Sheehan

I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where I majored in English with a double minor in history and writing/rhetoric.

I can’t even begin to express the excitement that comes over me when I think about the kids I will get to spend time with at Abundant Love.

As a kid, I was very lonely and depressed, often wondering what my purpose in life was.  I have grown up in a loving home with parents who have constantly shown me the love of God, but I knew from an early age that something was missing.  I knew about God, but I didn’t really know that He loved me or wanted anything to do with me.  When someone had told me that God wanted to be my friend and had a plan for my life, I was eager to listen.  I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour when I was eleven years old, and it has been an incredible, wild adventure since.

God’s heart definitely beats for children.  In Luke 18:15, the disciples rebuke people for bringing their children to Jesus, but verse 16 really reveals the heart of God: “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’.”

I have worked with kids in a number of different capacities, and what I love most about being with kids is seeing their sense of wonder and imagination.  I love how something so simple can give them such great joy.  I love their ability to dream big and believe in the impossible.  I believe that there is much to learn by spending time with children, and I desire to have that simple, uncomplicated faith they carry.

I know not every child has grown up in a home where they are deeply cared for.  It breaks my heart to hear and see this reality.  Our God is the God of the fatherless, and my prayer is that I will be His hands and feet, and have His heart for the people He cares so deeply for.

I have been on several different mission trips where I have worked with kids, and what I’ve learned is that children in North America are no different from children around the world.  It is cliché, but all kids really desire is to love, be loved, laugh, and dream.

So why Thailand?

I have grown up in a home where different languages, food, and culture are very important.  Although I was born and raised in Canada, I have had a heart for the nations for as long as I can remember.  I felt unsettled in Canada, as though I was made for somewhere else.  I love my nation, and know God is doing amazing things here, but I also know that God has given me a heart for the nations and has wired me in such a way that I can easily adapt to wherever He calls me.  I’m so thankful that I get to participate in what God is doing throughout the world.

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Meet Sarah Hayton coming to ISM January 2014 – Internship – Daughters of Cambodia.

 

I’m Sarah and I’ll be interning with ISM in January 2014! I am from Kent in England. 

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Sarah Hayton

I have grown up knowing Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and made a commitment to follow him at a young age, since I can remember I have always known Jesus’s security. I was a very outgoing child and was bold in my faith.

Over the years fear grew in me, though I knew Jesus’s security I wasn’t as bold as I once was. At this time God was putting in my heart a vision. A call to go overseas, my heart for being a missionary started when I was 7 years old. At this age I believe God gave me a clear dream, I knew I was called to be a beacon in the darkness to go to oppressed places and help set the captives free. I had no idea what this looked like but God set my heart a vision for the broken.

I believed I was going to go! And at the age of 19 I brought my suit cases and said where? This is when God sent me to university, not quite what I had planned! I knew God was in it though; this is where God developed me to be more confident in the gifts that God has given me. He taught me that really nothing can remove me from the palm of his hand and that he is there in an instant when I call in my times of need.

While at university I studied Children and young people’s nursing and I decided to write one of my assignments on the implications of human trafficking for children, it was an assignment that I wanted to continue researching as I couldn’t put it down… I was amazed at what I had found out. After some time when I moved back home, God rekindled the flame that had come alight, I just knew I had to do more. I heard about Nightlight and looking further into Nightlight I found ISM, I am so thankful for them and the amazing works that they do for vulnerable people, it means so much to be able to be a part of it. 

I am excited for what God has got in-store for me as I go and work and help with the beautiful daughters of Cambodia and their children. I know God has his hand on me and he has definitely made it clear to me this is the right place where he wants me to go.

A verse that has been close to my heart is Isaiah 61v1-3, but I want to share with you Isaiah 60:1-3a “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples; but The Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light” I pray that Gods light will shine forth that we shall see breakthrough, that God will heal, rebuild and show his love to the broken.

Meeting Mariana Feniman coming to ISM January 2014 – internship with Imagine

My name is Mariana Feniman, I’m 20 years old and I live in the chaotic city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Mariana Feniman

I grew up in a christian home, with both parents very committed to the Lord and to the local church. Ever since I can recall, they’ve constantly taught me to serve and to be always available to others’ need. So I’ve participated in many missionary activities, including short-term trips, all of them in small citites in the state of Sao Paulo. Now, I am about to spend a month in Myanmar (february 2014), serving with Imagine Thailand/Myanmar. It was a huge decision, but it was certainly taken with joy and confidence in the Lord.

I study Business Management at University of Sao Paulo and I hope I’ll be able to use part of the knowlodge I’ve gained in University to serve the local communities in Myanmar. But I’m also convinced that I’ll learn a lot, too. I’ll probably receive much more than what I’ll give. 🙂 The idea of spending two months meeting “ordinary” people who live their lives serving others and meeting their needs amazes me. I believe the most famous people in Heaven will be those who did not live worried about fame because they were busy spreading the kingdom of God on Earth. I’m sure I’ll meet a lot of these famous people during my experience with ISM, and I can’t wait for that.

I believe the missionary work has a lot to do with serving every single part of someone’s life. So it’s not only about preaching, but testifying what the gospel is by meeting people’s needs. Many times we’ll need to adjust our language so that people can understand what we are saying, especially when people don’t have the same christian background that we do. And I’m really looking forward to experiencing this in Myanmar. I hope communities in Myanmar will realize that God has not forgotten that land. I hope that, through Imagine’s service, the Holy Spirit will convince many hearts that they are seen and deeply loved by our great God.

Hope to meet some of you who are reading this soon 🙂

-For from him and through him and for him are all things (including me). To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Rm 11:36)