Hello! My name is Tessa Markham, I am 19 years old and from St. Catharines, Ontario. I’m beyond thrilled to be joining ISM this coming January serving at Noah’s Ark in the Philippines.
I grew up as a pastor’s kid and have always felt a strong pull towards missions but never really found a time that seemed “right” for me. I spent a year working after I graduated from high school and during that time decided to go to Redeemer University College the following year to study French and to be in an environment where my relationship with God would be able to grow even more.
I have spent this past semester having a blast playing varsity volleyball, being involved with the worship teams, and learning a lot about myself through these experiences. It’s been great, but still God put this unshakeable desire in my heart to go out into the world. He certainly works in mysterious ways and I couldn’t ignore the same pull towards missions that I have always felt, and I know that he is calling me to new things.
I came across ISM not too long ago and couldn’t believe how incredible the opportunity was. Without a second thought I applied that very night and now here I am… nervous and excited for what this next chapter will bring. I cannot rely on my own strength to take part in a trip like this, but I know God has called me here for a reason. I am ready to be stretched out of my comfort zone, it’s time to GO!
My name is Cindy Alexander and I live in Edmonton Alberta. I am excited to come to Bangkok in January and serve at Place of Grace.
I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and learning about God all my life, surrounded by wonderful Christian friends and influences. It has been a journey of learning to rely on God and follow His plan for my life.
Every time a mission’s team from my church came back and gave their report, there was a little tug on my heart to go and serve, but the timing was never right. I had also always told myself that after University I would go travel and experience another culture. ISM combined both of these things and after being at the back of my mind for a year, (combined with a lot of thought, prayer, and encouragement) I finally applied.
After a month of learning I will be interning at Place of Grace for 3 months doing admin work and helping with their programs for children and youth who live in the slums. I have been a youth leader for the past four years and I love seeing the impact that spending time and building relationships can have on their life. I also had the opportunity last summer to go and help run a summer camp for youth in London. The directors of Place of Grace are originally from London, and I can’t wait to see how God integrates my past experiences into a new culture.
I am so excited to come and serve the people of Thailand! This is going to be an adventure and I can’t wait to see what God is going to teach me through this experience!