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 email@example.com
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!
Hi! I’m Carly Doucet and I will be joining ISM in the fall of 2015!
To say I’m excited for this adventure would be an understatement! This opportunity is a dream come true and I can’t wait to see all that God has in store. I heard about ISM about a year ago and immediately knew it was something I needed to do. Although I had no idea when it would be possible, one day I came home and knew it was time to apply!
Here’s a little bit on me! I was born and raised in the very small town of Belledune, NB where I attended a small church in a place called Nash Creek. Growing up in the church, I was exposed to many missionaries; it was upon meeting a young missionary couple when I was 5 years old that I knew missions would be a big part of my life. I was, however, tested in my patience as my first mission experience took place only 6 months ago in the Dominican Republic. This wonderful experience fueled my already existing passion for international ministries and left me longing for more.
I am currently a 4th year Nursing student at the University of New Brunswick; upon completion of my degree I look forward to gaining experience in the profession I love to someday use these skills internationally. Over the past 4 years, I have been transformed not only as a student but as a follower of Jesus Christ. My relationship with Jesus has blossomed and I continue to passionately pursue Him in everything I do.
Volunteering as a counsellor at a camp in Debert, NS for the last 2 years, I quickly discovered in myself a passion for children’s and youth ministries; working especially close with teen girls, my passion has taken a specific turn in that direction. This combined with my passion for Missions; Place of Grace seemed like a perfect fit! I am so excited to begin this new chapter in my life and for God to mold me and make me further into who He has made me to be!
Hi! I’m Praise and I’m coming to ISM in January 2015. Growing up in a christian home its often all too easy to talk and act like your a christian and go through the motions without any real substance to your ‘confession’ (this was my experience for many years)
And God is more like a genie that grants our wishes(and prayers..) & when they are granted we refuse to rub the lamb again… And our prayer life vanishes (until the next time…)
For me making a commitment to follow Christ was the best decision and its wasn’t an easy decision but one that changed my life and it was great to know that my commitment was a response to his great initiative that the cross pictures perfectly.
Going on mission is what i believe he has called me to and even beyond this season of my life and i expect great things and great seeds to be planted in my life and the lives of others around me, both in Asia and wherever it is he leads me next.
I know that being surrounded by like minded people will help me grow in my faith and as a person and that God will do amazing things in my life and even in the lives of those around me, and that my ministry however small, carries great weight and significance.
This trip is all about actions supporting the words of my confession and i hope to gain skills that i can use in life and especially later on as a long term missionary.
Praise lives in the UK.
My name is Jannelle Dyck and I will be joining ISM in September 2014! I will then be going on to serve at Daughters of Cambodia for six months starting in October.
Words can’t fully express my excitement and anticipation for this new adventure! My decision to apply to ISM was made in somewhat of a haste, but was definitely God-ordained. In the span of a few hours just a couple of weeks ago, each of my ‘concrete plans’ for this Fall fell through. While I admit I was momentarily struck with some feelings of anxiety, I felt a stronger sense of sheer freedom where I was able to turn to the Lord and ask with complete abandon- “where to?” ISM had already been on my radar before this, and I was considering applying for the Winter semester, however God clearly had a different timeline in mind. Though it was past the application date, I quickly sent an inquiry email to Sandra and she promptly responded with- yes! So I applied, and less than two weeks later, here I am preparing to go to Thailand and Cambodia in a month and a half!
A little bit about myself and my life journey thus far: I have lived in various parts of the country throughout my life but currently live in Langley, BC. I was raised in a home with Christian parents, attending church regularly. I grew up believing in God but never had much interest in having a relationship with Jesus Christ. However, through strong friendships and key mentors that were placed in my life during the shaping years of middle school/early high school, God started to soften my heart towards Him. Slowly, I began to learn that following Christ and having that relationship with Him was something to be desired and was freeing, rather than being a hindrance or shackle. God took hold of my heart and began to transform me. After high school I went on to study and live at Trinity Western University. My four and a half years spent at TWU were incredibly transformational. I was able to learn, serve, lead, and worship in a way I had never before experienced.
I graduated from Trinity Western University in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and Human Services Certificate. This past year I have been working as a caseworker for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and as a support worker at a transition house for women fleeing abuse. It is in my role at the transition house that God has kindled and confirmed my heart for working with women who have experienced trauma and abuse. I have a passion for advocacy and empowerment and am beyond excited to employ these in my time serving at Daughters of Cambodia!