My name is Rachael Paddock. I’m 18 years old and have just recently graduated High school. Hallelujah! With the fall school year drawing near, and college acceptance letters rolling in, I wondered what I should do my first year out of high school. I wanted to go somewhere. Travel, but with a purpose. This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Malawi Africa on a missions trip, and it was incredible. I realized that this is what I was meant to do with my life: overseas mission work.
So with September drawing near I made the bold decision to approach some missionaries named Vaden and Joyce Williams in my church, and offer them my services. I briefly explained that I was an able, willing body, who would help wherever needed in their place of residence; Thailand. Within 48 hours the two missionaries, had a place for me to stay, Thai classes for me to attend, and a place for me to volunteer.
This coming October I will be living and helping out at the “Home of Abundant Blessing,” in Ban Mai Sawan in the province Chiang Mai. This school and home along with another- the School of Abundant Love, provide a place for the local hill tribe children to receive an education. It also provides a place where they are safe from being ensnared in the horrors of human trafficking.
The Home of Abundant Blessing is for children and teens from grades 6 to 12. My duties will include helping the staff, learning, teaching basic English to the staff and helping the 167 students with their English homework. I will be staying in Thailand for a year and I’m so excited to experience the culture and most importantly spread the word of God while I’m there.
I believe that the Lord can do a work in Thailand and I’m so privileged and eager to be a part of it!
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
I believe that the Lord can do a work in Thailand and I’m so privileged and eager to be a part of it!
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
In her book Birthing the Miraculous, Heidi Baker writes, “The Lord is looking for those who are so in love with Him that they will say yes when they are wooed and still say yes when great sacrifice is required”. When I said “yes” to ISM and to 6 months serving in Cambodia, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. When I said “yes” to quitting my job, spending most of my savings, and packing my bags for a place unknown, I was also filled with some fear. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know why God had called me to this place at this time, but I was certain that he had.
My month of training with ISM in Thailand was incredible. I felt prepared for ministry in Cambodia and excited for what was to come. My “yes” was certain and palpable. In Cambodia I served with Daughters of Cambodia, an NGO that empowers survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation through alternative employment opportunities. My role with Daughters was as an Assistant Operations Manager for one of the restaurant/spas.
My first few months in Cambodia were difficult. Although I loved Daughters, I was sometimes frustrated with my role as I felt like I was essentially managing a restaurant and doing customer service, something I did not like to do. Another of other factors left me feeling discouraged and frustrated. My “yes”, while still there, was losing its heart and meaning. As the halfway point of my time in Cambodia neared, I decided I had to make a choice. I could choose to just get through the next three months, or I could choose to fight for joy and thrive in the plan that God had for me. This wasn’t easy- I truly had to fight and struggle some days. Some days my “yes” had a bit more grit to it than sparkle. However, the more I fought for joy, the easier it became. God filled me with a deep love for Cambodia, its people, and specifically the girls I was working with. God showed me that my role managing the restaurant gave me an opportunity to live out each day with these girls and to encourage and support them in such practical ways. I started to see how I could use my skills and experience as a caseworker on a daily basis, and was even able to help train the Khmer manager with some of these skills as well. By the time the 6 months were up, I didn’t want to leave. God had truly transformed me and my heart for Cambodia was full.
Coming back home, I felt a bit lost. It was difficult to translate the things I experienced in South East Asia back here in Canada. I knew I had to get a job, but I didn’t want just any job. I didn’t want to settle. God started a good work in me in South East Asia that I knew wasn’t supposed to just end upon my return to Canada. But I had no idea what that looked like. When I was still in Cambodia I started to make a mental ‘wish list’ of the type of job I wanted. It was very specific. For starters, I wanted to work with a non-profit, but I didn’t want to be doing front-line work. Specifically, I had hoped to continue to work in the area of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. I am also interested in potentially pursuing law in the future, so I wanted to be exposed to that environment as well. Not to mention I had to be qualified for the position and it needed to be somewhere close I could commute to. Honestly, I didn’t think this job existed. But God is faithful and He provides! A mere month after coming back from Cambodia, I found a job that was exactly as I had hoped for, down to the smallest of details.
I am now working as a Project Manager for an organization that works to prevent human trafficking and sexual exploitation of youth and children in British Columbia. I am coordinating the creation of a manual that will equip youth-serving agencies to recognize and report human trafficking of youth and better support victims as they go through the criminal justice process. The one difficult thing about this job is I sit at a desk most of my day. It can sometimes seem a bit separate from the work on the ground, but the end result of my work will hopefully help to rescue and support victims of this terrible crime. When I am lacking motivation, all I have to do is look at the wall behind my desk and see the photos I have of the girls I worked with.
When I applied for this job, I initially thought I was under-qualified. However, even though there were other qualified applicants, it was my experience in the field that tipped the scale in my favour. I had no idea that my experience with ISM and Daughters of Cambodia would directly tie in to my work once I returned. Clearly God had a plan: all I had to do was say “yes”.
Jannelle Dyck – ISM 09.2014
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Agape Home for babies with HIV/AIDS opened in May 1996 as a response to the plight of children impacted by the spread of HIV/AIDS across Thailand.
Many of the children who come to the Agape Home to live are, or are at risk of being, HIV positive. Many of them have already lost their parents to AIDS, and there are no other options for their care.
Agape Home provides a loving family for 100+ children aged 0-21yrs.
Nikki’s Place is now taking interns through ISM. They require you be 20 years old and commit to serve for 3 months, however 6 months is preferred.
You would be responsible for caring and supporting children with HIV/AIDS and their Thai nannies. You must be a team player and love children!
Agape is a full time 24/7 facility. Interns work shifts, 8am-5pm, split shifts 6am – 9am/4pm-7pm and night shifts 5pm-9am with overnight break.
About Nikki’s Place
They have a Mother and Baby Unit. The MBU unit provides a place where housing and assistance is provided to sick HIV+ mothers and children allowing them to stay together as a family instead of being separated. The Home provides assistance to those living there by helping supply food, shelter, clothing and medical care.
The concept for the home was developed after many years operating the Agape Home and taking in the children of mothers who, because of their own health, were left with no other alternative but to surrender their children to an orphanage for care. Often these are women who have no other family to support them, or to take their children for them. In many of these cases, the mother and child do not want to be separated, but the reality of the mother’s health might otherwise require it in the absence of assistance.
During 2004, this service extended to the care of HIV+ women who do not have children, and secondly to allow for non-HIV+ children to live in with their mothers for a time provided that there is a family or orphanage placement available to them should the mother pass away.
Agape has always had a vision to raise the children in a loving family setting and with that in mind, we built five group homes on land adjacent to the Agape home. These homes are a part of what we call “Jarawee Village”. Each house has six of the Agape children living with Thai house parents. We see how important it is for the children to live in a family unit and our dream is to build ten more group homes in the future.
To apply please go to www.ismsea.com
Hello, my name is Kayleigh Boveri and I will be starting my internship in January of 2016.
I grew up in a very supportive and religious home that consisted of attending church every Sunday with my family for as long as I can remember. As I got older and my parents gave me the opportunity to decide if I wanted to continue with my faith, I fell away from God for a period of time. Midway through my freshman year of college I began to feel as though there was something missing in my life and decided to attend a trip with National Community Church to work with both The Well in Bangkok and Breakthrough Thailand in Khon Kaen. I was sincerely challenged in my faith during that two-week period. While I was there I saw a lot of hardship, while simultaneously noticing God’s constant love showered over each and every girl and woman in the program, making me want to have a larger part in it. That trip truly stretched me and helped me rediscover and commit myself to a greater relationship with God.
Since leaving Thailand I have had a constant itch to return to this beautiful country. I also felt strong ties to the sex trafficking industry and wanted to continue to influence it in any positive way possible. This year I was notified that I had the opportunity to graduate from college a semester early and wanted to be sure that I spent that extra period of time working towards something meaningful which truly meant something to me. Thailand and Breakthrough Thailand were the first thoughts that came to my mind. I was extremely excited when I saw that ISM offered internships for Breakthrough Thailand, and was even more excited when I received my acceptance.
While I have previously worked with the organization and am somewhat familiar with it, I know that there is much more room for spiritual growth. I hope to have a positive influence during my duration of the trip and learn a great deal as well. I know that this trip will only deepen my faith and His light will shine through every aspect of it. I cannot wait to return to Southeast Asia and witness all of the glory that He is conducting!
My name is Kaitlin Hicks, I’m coming to ISM September 2016 and I’ll be interning with Nightlight International in Bangkok.
I’m from a collection of small towns across Missouri and Kansas in the United States. I grew up in a Christian home, and for the majority of my life my dad was my pastor. I received Christ as my savior when I was five years old but through the course of growing up and life I became very complacent in my faith and apathetic towards church and the word. Through missions trips, church camps, and youth conferences I would rekindle my passion, but it would almost always die away quickly. Thankfully during high school I really began seeking God, without the urging of my parents, and my faith began to grow into my own. After high school I completed a two year internship at Honor Academy of The Ozarks and through this program I became grounded in my faith and matured as Christian, person, and leader.
During my junior year God awakened a passion in me to help people in human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking. Instead of fading like so many things in my past, as I grew older the passion inside of me for this cause only strengthened. God gave me Isaiah 61:1-3 as the passage to stand on for my future and, as I prayed about it I knew God was calling me to this type of ministry. I currently volunteer with Nightlight Branson and I love it. I am so excited to come to Bangkok and intern there; it will be challenging, eye opening, and rewarding.
I also love Jesus, my siblings, my parents, serving in youth ministry, serving at Nightlight, and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy reading all kinds of books, writing, singing disney songs, watching Tangled over and over, and gummy bears.
Hello! My name is Ryan and I will be doing ISM in September 2015.
I recently graduated from a bachelor’s program called Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo, Canada. As I have been learning about integration in the academic world, God has been teaching me that there is not one part of life that the gospel does not profoundly impact and no matter where I am at, there is always a bigger dream that God has for me.
At a conference last year, I was inspired by keynote Viv Grigg, social entrepreneur, and prolific missiologist. He spoke about his experience in choosing to live among the urban poor in the slums of the world’s megacities. At the same conference, I was challenged by these words from Nigel Paul, founder/director of MoveIn: “There are many who are willing to go but planning to stay… and not enough who are planning to go yet willing to stay.” I said to myself, How can I possibly go to the slums? I wouldn’t know how, or where, or what to do… but, on the other hand, how could I not go? If indeed this is God’s call, how can I say to him, “Sorry God, I want plan B instead because it sounds easier.”? No, there is nothing in this world that I want more than Jesus himself, and if Jesus is going to the slums, then I will follow him there. “For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7) I am planning to go and willing to stay.
My plan is to spend the month of September in Bangkok, Thailand doing four weeks of cross-cultural ministry training with Impact School of Missions. At ISM I will learn the necessary tools and knowledge for surviving and thriving throughout the next eleven months or so in Manila, Philippines. I will live in a squatter community experiencing the culture, practicing slum-life, and knowing the joys and sorrows of the slum-dwellers. And I am so excited to see how God’s spirit is active in such communities. I will also continue to work for the MoveIn Vision Team. MoveIn is a movement of ordinary Christians (not paid missionaries) forming teams to prayerfully move in among the unreached urban poor to build relationships with their neighbours, pray for them, and ultimately make reproducing disciples. I am a pioneer helping to start the MoveIn movement in the Philippines, mobilizing Filipinos to move in among the unreached urban poor, the slum dwellers, of Southeast Asia. I am so excited to think about hundreds of rich and poor Filipinos forming teams and moving into the worst of conditions just to pray for and love their poor neighbours who have never heard the gospel.
SPM PROJECT UP CLOSE!
Purpose: To see people in the second largest religion in Thailand come to know the love of Jesus.
Students must be 20 years old to apply. Possible Activities (please note that the details of your daily schedule may vary depending on current ministry needs): Teaching English to students, children’s activities, teach sport and/or engage in sport activities, serve coffee, baking and related things to our coffee shop, spend time with students, build relationships and share about Jesus, learning some Thai (We want the intern to have 4 weeks of intense Thai in the beginning).
Hours (please note this may vary depending on ministry needs): approximately 40 hours/week.
Housing (please note that housing options may change depending on availability, but will be within the budget and safety requirements established by ISM): There are many student rooms where we have our center where volunteers can stay. Included is bathroom, air con, a bed, a desk and a wardrobe. (There is no kitchen or fridge)
Estimated Budget Per Month: 800 dollars per month
Other notes from your hosts:
Dress code: Since you are working with the second largest religion in Thailand t is important to think about how to dress. To dress appropriately is about showing respect, but also to be a person they can respect and want to listen too.
Ladies have to wear long skirts or trousers. Shirts or blouses need to cover the elbow. No tight jeans (no skinny Jeans)
Men needs wear long trousers as well but they can wear T-shirts or something similar. When playing sports it is different for men and then they can wear sports clothes. For women, still longer trousers but it is ok with T-shirt, but not too slim.
Code of Conduct: As we preach the gospel more with our lives than our words it is important to try to think about behaving in a Christ-like way. It is important to have an open mind and an open heart. An obvious thing to note- girls cannot talk to boys alone is not appropriate. In a group we can be mixed genders but not when we are alone.
We try to live in a way that honours God this influences how we dress, eat, speak and behave.
For more info about this exciting opportunity please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! My name is Benjamin Ekres. It’s with great joy when I say that I will be joining ISM in Bangkok, Thailand this September! (2015)
For the past 21 years, I’ve been living in Guelph, Ontario in the beautiful country of Canada. I was raised and continue to live in a home where Christ is in the center. In my youth, I truly learned what it was to have a living relationship with Jesus. This was after I tried to seek contentment and purpose outside of His will for my life (which I’m learning is the BEST thing in the whole world). He welcomed me back with open arms and revealed to me by His Spirit that He truly loves me! He has continued to change me and is propelling me into a life of service to others and ultimately Him self.
I will be graduating College with a diploma in Radio Broadcasting this April. That being said, I know the plans I had going into my school career have definitely changed… I thought I would most likely start my career in broadcasting upon graduation… But as I spent more and more time in thought and prayer about this concept, my passion for the idea began to fade. It was not without a replacement thought, mind you. God had planted a passion for missions in me at a youth conference called Overflow (probably in 2010-11). It was there that I saw an ISM booth and was instantly intrigued. When I heard about what they were doing, I got PUMPED. I thought to my self “Wow. This is something I would like to do… and probably something God wants me to do…” It’s funny how God works… because here I am, several years later writing a profile for my acceptance at Impact School of Missions!
I’m excited to see how God will move as I intern with “Place of Grace” starting in October. The thought of serving kids and youth who live in the slums of Thailand is not only humbling, but also encouraging. It is my hope that I will be able to pour into their lives and be Christ’s hands and feet within the context God puts me in.
This verse is lengthy, but it’s one I feel lead to share:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…”
Thank you Jesus! I can’t wait for what’s in store!