Hi! My name is Brittany Tetford and I’m from Brampton, Ontario.
I’m so excited to be joining Impact School of Missions in January 2016! After four weeks of training at ISM, I’ll be leaving for Abundant Love in Chiang Mai, Thailand for three months. Abundant Love is a children’s home that provides underprivileged children with a safe and healthy place to live, an education, and the opportunity to hear and understand the Word of God.
Here’s a little bit about me! Since January, I’ve been working as an education assistant and supply teacher. I graduated from Liberty University in December 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education. Before attending Liberty University, I received a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Sheridan College. Also, I’ve worked many summers as a camp counselor. As you can see from my education and work experience, I love working with children! I admire their joy and simple faith.
Although I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing over the past few months, I was feeling really unsettled. I’ve always wanted to do missions work overseas but I didn’t know when or even where. I began to pray for direction and look for opportunities and that’s when I heard about ISM through my cousin Krista (who is also attending ISM in January 2016!). I knew I had to apply! I’m so thankful that I’ve been accepted to ISM and finding a ministry that seems like a perfect fit for me.
Moving to Thailand for four months is a huge step of faith! I’m nervous about leaving everything familiar to me but I’m ready to be the hands and feet of Christ and live out my faith in a different way than ever before!
Hi, I”m Krista Budgell and I grew up on Georgetown, Ontario Canada and I recently graduated with a Nursing degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. Prior to that I received a degree in Psychology. I love reading, baking, being outside (especially by oceans), and spending time with friends and family.
It took me several years to decide where I wanted to go with my life and my career. After completing my first degree, I did not have a clear direction for my future. It wasn’t until I put my full trust in God for his guidance and direction in my life that I decided on nursing. Although I had to start from the beginning, I am so thankful that I did. I thank God for allowing me the time and opportunity to figure out where I wanted to go with my life. Since beginning nursing school, I have felt such a love and compassion for the people that I have provided care for. I spent the majority of my clinical experiences with homeless individuals, many of whom have HIV and other chronic illnesses and I knew right from the start that this was where I was meant to be. I felt such a love and connection with each person that I worked with. I was able to use the amazing love that I was shown in my own life and share it with others who needed someone to talk to. I learned that sometimes showing love is as simple as giving someone a smile, or being there to listen when someone needs to talk.
I have always wanted to volunteer overseas but due to being in school, the timing never felt right. When I graduated in June, I did not have a clear idea of where I was going to go post graduation. I started to pray about my options and the decisions that I had to make. Shortly after, I was forwarded an email about Nikki’s Place (Agape Home) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After reading this email, I knew that this was the opportunity that I had been waiting for! I was immediately excited. Nikki’s Place is a home for children who are living with HIV. After spending January 2016 in Bangkok for training, I will be heading to Nikki’s Place for 3 months. I am so incredibly excited to spend time with and love these children. God’s timing is perfect and I am so excited to see how he is going to use me to spread his love!
Hi! My name is Amy Kobelt. After training in January 2016, I am excited to begin volunteering at NightLight in Bangkok for 5 months!
I’m from Langley, BC (which is about an hour outside of Vancouver), and just this past April I graduated from Trinity Western University with my undergrad degree in Honors Psychology. I love the ocean, and anywhere outdoors. Singing and song writing are two of my favourite hobbies, as music has always been a huge part of my life.
I grew up in a Christian home, and have always been surrounded by family and friends who share my faith. Though I always believed, it wasn’t until my first year after high school that I realized I needed a personal relationship with Jesus to get me through life. By trusting and listening to what his plans were for me, I ended up going to Haiti for a month after my second year of university. This trip opened my eyes to what foreign missions looks like, and I learned more about how to rely on God daily, for the things that I need. He showed me how much he loves all of His people, and my heart was broken by the many dimensions of poverty I experienced there. At the end of the trip I knew that I wanted to try going on a longer-term trip, as one month wasn’t nearly enough time to effectively invest in the local community and learn from them. Throughout the next two years at school, I studied more about the complexities of social issues including gender inequality, poverty, prostitution and slavery around the world. This served to stir up a God-given passion in me to learn more about these issues firsthand, which led me to seek out missions opportunities targeted at sex trade workers. Cue my discovery of ISM and Night Light!
This past winter I began working at Mercy Ministries, first as a counseling intern, and then as a full-time residential support worker. Building relationships with these broken, but brave women has been such an honour, and I am excited to apply and refine my current knowledge-base through my upcoming trip with NightLight!