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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