ISM is excited to announce a new partnership with PLACE OF GRACE – in Bangkok Thailand

Place of Grace is a slum ministry to children, youth, and the community located in Bangkok Thailand and they are looking for interns!  They run after school programs and are opening a food bank in the near future.  They offer a safe, loving environment for children to play.  They also run a prayer ministry whose goal is to see lives transformed by the grace of God.  

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INTERNSHIP DETAILS: 

http://www.tearstoyoureyes.com/welcome

Possible Activities (please note that the details of your daily schedule may vary depending on current ministry needs): You may be involved in assisting with children and youth work and clubs, including crafts, teaching English, office help, and giving attention to the slum kids.

Hours (please note this may vary depending on ministry needs): Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the day, Tuesday and Thursday during the afternoon and evening

The ideal intern will love working with children and youth, be computer literate, and be willing to fill in wherever needed.  To apply go to www.ismsea.com!

Meet Nicki Butler – Coming to ISM January 2014 – Internship The Centre

ImageMy name is Nicki Butler, a soon to be graduate of high school, who is excited to learn more about the God who breaches language, culture, age, and situation. 
 
I spent my childhood growing up as a TCK (Third Culture Kid) missionary in China. I became a Christian at a young age, with very little understanding of what that really meant. My younger teenage years were spent rather selfishly, and it was not until God picked our family up and moved us back to Canada that I truly met Him. Moving away from everyone I knew and loved tore me apart, but in my brokenness God found me and pieced me back together. It was only because of the loving family that I was born into, and the phenomenal church that has invested so much in me that I am where I am today. Since then, the Lord has taken me on an incredible journey that is still only just beginning. I am awestruck at the ways He has already begun to reveal Himself in this internship, and I am so excited to see what He will do in me and through me in this chapter of my life.
At the beginning of high school, I became involved in serving at my church in various activities. God really grew in me such a hunger and a passion for ministry. I love being around God, I love being around those that love God, and I love when God gives me the amazing opportunity to show those that do not know Him, how much He loves them. Ever since I was a young girl, people have been my passion. In others is where I see God best. I love listening to others, I love supporting them, empathizing with them, interceding for them, everything and anything I can do to serve others, I have a hunger for. For a long time I have struggled with the thought that I am not worthy enough, and not perfect enough to deserve anything the Lord has blessed me with. I felt like the things I had done in my life were too large, that they were unforgivable. I despaired in what seemed to be an endless cycle of sin, and at one point I gave up, because I saw no point in serving a God that I could never look in the eyes, because of the weight of my imperfection. However, God then reminded me that those that are broken are those whom He chooses to use. I realized that my brokenness does not dim the Lord’s light, but rather it makes it shine brighter. It is my prayer that the Lord will take me, in all of my brokenness, and use those things that tore me away from Him, to reach out and relate to those who seem unreachable. For “we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so He can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10)

Meet Bonny Tam – ISM Student 01.14 – Internship – Daughters of Cambodia

Hello! I’m Bonny and I’ll be starting the internship in Jan 2014.

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Bonny Tam

I’m originally from Hong Kong. I have lived in London, UK for the past 5 years. I decided to follow Jesus and asked Him to be my Lord 4 years ago when I reached the trough of my life – emotionally, relationally and physically. Ever since I met Jesus I have been overcome by His steadfast and unfailing love despite my failures. When my hopes were shattered, God became my only reliable helper, provider, comforter, counsellor, and lover. As I continually experience His goodness and faithfulness in countless situations, I become passionate about imparting His love on to those who are still held captives in the bondage of sin. I hope to partner with Jesus in bringing light and hope to darkness.

 

I have never been to Cambodia – the place where I will be interning for 6 months. The nearest I got to is Thailand – which is where I first experienced mission that is targeted at extremely vulnerable young women who know little about hope and love. 2 years ago, I left my job as a graphic designer to be trained in arts psychotherapy and theology, hoping to be equipped for long-term mission work. A few months back, during a mission conference in the UK, I felt challenged and convicted to move on from 2-week mission trips to a longer commitment. It was then that I decided to apply to ISM. In Isaiah, I read: “I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness, riches stored in secret places. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (45:3) – I pray that Jesus would show me the precious jewels hidden in dark places, and in turn, let me and let those I meet know that He is the Lord, the only One who can save!

 

Being the only Christian in my immediate family, communicating my passion in mission has never been easy. However, God has been gracious throughout the years – my family are starting to be more understanding and supportive. I have also been recently engaged to a wonderful man who loves God and is also enthusiastic about mission. God willing, my journey in mission will not stop at ISM but it would be a launch into an exciting adventure with Jesus and my husband-to-be. I long to see God’s glory, and I long to hear every tongue confess and praise that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

Bonny Tam

 

 

 

 

Staying low in a world enamoured with position, promotion, celebrity and shameless self exaltation.

This is a quote from Hudson Taylor – missionary to China in the 1800’s.   Though written long ago it’s been meaningful in my life for many years.  In a world enamoured with position, promotion, celebrity and shameless self exaltation I often go back to it to remind myself of what REALLY matters.

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“If God has called you to be really like Jesus in your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put on you such demands of obedience that He will not allow you to follow other Christians; and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things that He will not let you do. Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires and work schemes to carry out their schemes, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent. Others may brag on themselves, on their work, on their success, on their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing; and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, but it is likely that God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, and that is helpless dependence upon Him, that He may have the privilege (the right) of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury. The Lord will let others be honoured and put forward, and keep you hidden away in obscurity, because He wants some choice fragrant fruit for His coming glory which can only be produced in the shade. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will let you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.

The Holy Spirit will put a watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting your time, over which other Christians never seem distressed. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has the right to do as He pleases with His own, and He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you. He will take you at your word and if you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things which He will not let you say or do.

Settle it for ever that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not deal with others. Now when you are so possessed with the Living God, that you are in your secret heart pleased and delighted over the peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.”

Hudson Taylor

The Scary Part of the Trinity – Kylie Hobern – ISM Student Sept 2013 – intern The Well

 

“For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world against mighty powers in the dark world and against evil spirits in the heavenly places”

 

The evidence of this spirit world is all around us today and I was never more aware of this than when I was a child.  Growing up in a Baptist church it was common to see healing and on occasion the casting out of spirits.  One healing evangelist used to travel around New Zealand when I was young and me and my brothers were petrified of him.  He was often known to say “the person in row 5 six seats along has the spirit of … please come forward for prayer”.  So at every one of his meetings me and my brothers would count along the rows and the seats and fervently ask for forgiveness petrified that we may have some unknown demon inside of us.  Not only was the identification of spirits alarming to us  but the casting out of demons resembled something out of a horror show which often played on my mind for weeks afterwards.  I guess as children you never get to see the freedom that people experience after deliverance only what occurs in the moment.

 

Growing up this influenced my Christian walk in two significant ways the first was it installed in me an unhealthy fear of the devil and his power but more subtly it negatively influenced my view of the holy spirit.  To me the holy spirit was a ghost (often referred to as the holy ghost) and was the scary part of the trinity that you didn’t want to mess with because the bible stated that blasphemy of the holy spirit was beyond repentance. 

 

The ISM training program titled week two as “Holy Spirit Week”.  I remember my heart beating hard and praying to God to spare me any trauma over this week.  It was amazing therefore  at the end of the first week for Sandra to talk to us about praying and preparing ourselves spiritually for this week and it was then that I decided that I would be open to what God wanted to teach me about the holy spirit.  The teaching was like nothing I had ever experienced Peter informed us of the many characteristics of the holy spirit (none of these being scary) and on the second day we were asked to look up Romans 8: 15 – 16:

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves, instead you received God’s spirit when he adopted you as his own children, now we call him Abba Father”.

Well I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach this verse was for me, right in there in the middle of the bible it stated that the holy spirit does not make us fearful!!!!  

 

This teaching lead me to open my heart more and more to the possibility of the Holy Spirit not only was a good guy but also an essential part of my Christian walk.  At the end of Wednesdays session Sandra invited those of us who had not been filled with the holy spirit to come forward for prayer and of course my hand went up.  I must admit I was somewhat reluctant but I had learnt to much that was good about the holy spirit not to come forward.  The experience was nothing short of amazing and for me it was an experience of overwhelming peace.  All the fear that I had built up over the years dissipated and was replaced with both peace and joy as I experienced a deeper reverence and love for Christ.

 

Being filled with the Holy Spirit has given me ability to see the power that we have access to as Christians which is both exciting and comforting.  I now look forward to living a life free of  fear in the belief that greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world.     

 

Kylie Hobern