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!
MST Project, (men and the sex trade) is located in Bangkok Thailand. They seek to mentor men into a pursuit of sexual purity and greater wholeness.” There are specific positions available. Please go to http://www.mstproject.com/jobdescriptions/ You will need to apply through Impact School of Missions. (www.ismsea.com)
The MST Project is committed to achieving the above vision through focusing on these 3 avenues:
1. We are committed to engaging in ministry to men who visit red-light districts in Thailand and in pursuing follow-up meetings with these men when possible.
2. We are committed to seeing men walk in freedom through our HOPE Campaign purity course in 1-on-1 mentoring and group sessions.
3. We are committed to partnering with the local expatriate church in running Real Men Pursuing Purity events and conferences.
If interested in doing an internship with MST Project you need to fill out the ISM application form and the MST Project application. We will send you the link once we receive your ISM application. You will also be required to fill out a personal information document.
In 2007 I felt that God gave me a heart and vision to extend His grace and His love to men who visit red-light districts. On the night of November 1st I, along with a friend, went out to several of Bangkok’s red-light districts to see if this would work out on the streets that are world famous. The first red-light district we went to was bustling with normal activity and the several men we talked with was normal, but not necessarily a confirmation that this was the beginning of something divinely inspired. The second red-light district we went to was much like the first with a polite conversation or two. However, I begin to think that this may not have been anything more than a random nighttime thought. Before we called it a night we head over to our third red-light district of the evening. As we enter the area my friend notices a man that is sitting on a step outside a bar with two bottles of beer by his side. We walk over to him, introduce ourselves and begin a conversation.
This particular man begins to open up and share very personal moments from his life, moments of loss and hurt and a longing for something dear to him. We ask him if we can pray for him and in the midst of the noise and activity, we bow our heads. At one point during the prayer I look up wondering if the man has silently left leaving only my friend and I praying to ourselves. As I look up I see this man wiping away a tear or two and at that moment is when I sensed God speak to my heart. I sensed Him say that He sees the immorality of places like this, but He also sees the brokenness of some men who wonder its streets. I believe I saw what God saw that a night, a man who in the midst of that area was unable to stow away the loss and hurt in his life and heart. That night was confirmation to me that we are to be an extension of His grace and love to those who were willing to hear about it, and to be an example of redemption and restoration to men wherever they may be found.
Founder and Director
ISM has impacted me a lot this past month, a lot more than I ever anticipated. The classes, the teachers, the trips, even the dinners, were so informative and thought provoking. Lessons on culture shock, spiritual warfare, self reflection and everything in between. I got to wake up every single morning being excited for the day and encouraged by the teachers, and my fellow interns, that God is there beside me every step of the way. Through the classes, I got to have a deeper understanding of God and how to really hear Him which pushed me to work on my personal relationship with Him even more. Having prayer and worship every morning was another huge thing for me, pushing me to a more godly life, and enjoying every minute of it. Through ISM, God has taught me more about myself, His plans for me, how He created me, humility, understanding, compassion, healthy relationships and more. There’s so much more I could say but we’ll leave it with this, it’s clear what God is doing through ISM and I’m glad I get to be a part of it.
My experience with ISM has been transformational! The teaching is sound and incredibly practical, the environment for learning (Bangkok!) is amazing, and the staff and speakers are all incredible! In this setting I have experienced God in a whole new way. My faith has deepened and I have a renewed desire for the Holy Spirit to saturate every aspect of my life! I feel equipped not only for ministry but better equipped for life in general. To put it simply, these past four weeks with ISM have been life-changing!.
I came to ISM expecting to learn a lot. However, not only have I been exposed to ideas and harsh realities in the world that I had no concept of before, but I have been made more aware of God’s love and heart for people than I have ever experienced in my life thus far. Jesus said himself, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field.” (Matthew 9: 37). I plan to live my life as a full time missionary, my time at ISM has confirmed that call on my life. But what stuck out to me the most was the huge need in the world for God’s love to be made known to all people. If a young person reading this is debating whether or not to go to ISM, and they feel God tugging on their heart, or speaking in that still small voice, then it may be time for them to step out in faith. Much like Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water. God created us to do so much more than just sit in a boat, but we will only experience that if we step out in faith. And God is always faithful, even if we start to drown, he will always be there to pull us up.
One month at Impact school of Missions is almost up, and to describe the way God has moved is like asking me to write out in tongues! From eating at the most fantastic Lebanese restaurants God ever created to worshipping God, He is Lord of it all. Prison ministry and children’s ministry are a few ways in which we realize God’s heart and serve Him through compassionate hearts, and classes that do not shy away from God, His word and His truth cause you to think and truly seek God. His face shines while you focus on Him for a month, and being surrounded by people who love Christ is a sure way to spark your flame! From riding with awesome taxi drivers to praying in tears over one another, God is waiting, He is ready, and He wants to bring revival! He loves ISM and is truly working through this school to IMPACT His children for His kingdom! I thank God for the blessing of being here Sept 2014, an experience God used to shape, equip and grow me, and I pray will always continue to do so for His sons and daughters!
I cannot believe that my first month in Bangkok, Thailand is coming to an end. It has flown by! 🙂 I want to thank you for all of your prayers and support. 🙂 I am going to do my best to share with you all that has taken place and all that the Lord is doing.
I have been interning at Impact School of Missions for the past four weeks and I have learned so much. At first, I was reclutant to sign up for the school because I wanted to serve and intern right away. I did not think it was necessary to come to this school; however, I am glad the Lord told me repeatedly to come. I have recieved valuable training, instruction, and experience. The Lord has used this school to equip me properly so that I will be able to effectively serve in my upcoming internship.
Even though there has been stressful times with adjusting to a new culture, it has been such a wonderful time. In the first week, we learned about the Thai culture and how to handle culture shock and stress. We had an introductory Thai language class to learn some of the basic phrases. Then, we learned about their customs, traditions, and beliefs in order to effectively serve, work, and minister to Thais.
The second week was Spirit week. We discussed basic Biblical principles about who God is and how He is calling us to live. We learned about the Holy Spirit and how to walk out in the annointing. During the third week, we learned about ourselves and how to partner with God. We learned about our personality type and our strengths and weaknesses. We discussed the importance of spending time alone with God and the power of prayer. Lastly, on the final week we were taught how to effectively minister and serve. They stressed the importance of understanding the environment we are in and how to be a light to those around you no matter what you are doing.
In addition to the classes, we also toured the area and did local out reaches. On two different Sundays we were in charge of the children’s ministry at two different churches. One church was in the slums and the other was at a refugee church. We acted out the parable of the lost sheep and after that did a craft with the kids. Also, we did face painting, made ballon animals, and played games with the children.
Another outreach we did was going to a Refugee School which had about 14 students. We shared our testimonies and got to know the students stories as well. Then, we helped them practice for their upcoming play. In addition, we went to a refugee prison and talked to those on the inside. I am not even sure how to describe that experience yet. Furthermore, we participated in a bible study and taught English to ladies who had come out of the sex industry. That was such an amazing opportunity and even walking around in the “Red Light District” was eye opening. We learned a lot about different ministries working in that area. There is NightLight reaching out to the ladies, MST is ministry to the men, and an organization reaching out to the gender confused. It is amazing to see what the Lord is doing in Thailand.
I am so thankful for this month because I truly feel like I am better equip to serve effectively in my internship for the next 5 months. I have learned so much from all the different speakers who came to ISM to discuss their ministry and how to be an effective missionary wherever I am at. I have heard so many inspiring testimonies and stories and it only possible because of the God we serve. There is nothing that He cannot do. His love and grace is never ending and it is offered to everyone. He is a personal God and I have seen that even more while being here. He cares for all people and He wants us to be the light to the world and point others to Him. I wish I could tell you all my stories but it would be a very long letter. However, if you want more details please let me know. I am excited to start teaching English in Chiang Mai on Monday.
Remember the Lord wants to use you right where you are at for the people right next to you. If we are in Christ we are all missionary. We all have a calling, gifts, and talents so just be you and walk out in the Spirit of the Lord.
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.
At ISM we train students to serve the ministries they are interning with sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and excellence. We tell every student jokingly to change their name to Aaron or Hur during their internship because they are now commissioned to hold up the hands of of those doing battle – no matter what that looks like. We aim to produce foot washers who happily serve ministries where they need them the most! Our two recent ISM students and interns at Daughter’s of Cambodia have done just that. We are so proud of them! Way to go Sarah and Bonny!
Emma at Daughter’s writes…
“I wanted to write to you and let you know what exceptional volunteers they have been, and continue to be.
The things which have really been a wonderful help have been:
– Mature, grounded faith in Jesus;
– Willingness to do everything and anything they are asked to;
– Focusing on the job descriptions Daughters have given them;
– Previous professional skills experience in design/art therapy and child care/nursing;
– Humble, servant hearted approach;
– Spending time observing and learning when they 1st arrived;
– Adaptability to culture and the local staff’s needs;
– Continuing to be servant hearted and professional as they end their time (many people ‘check-out’ near the end of their volunteer time and become less dependable, they are not doing this, they are continuing to work hard and end well, which is a great help);
We have been so appreciative of their work ethic, servant hearted attitude and skills, which has been so helpful to Daughters, we rarely have such great volunteers. We wish they could volunteer with us for longer, and will welcome them both back to the Daughters staff team if they ever wanted to come back. I’m sure this is because they are both such wonderful people, but also they are a credit to ISM recruiting and preparing them for their volunteer positions. We would love to have more volunteers from you in the future.”
Emma – DOC – Volunteer Supervisor
The church is doing amazing things all over the world. Let’s celebrate all the good God’s beautiful people are doing EVERYWHERE!
John Robinson and his wife Gillian are the directors of Place of Grace. John has written several books about his life journey. “Nobody’s Child” described John Robinson’s journey from brutal foster homes, through borstal, prison and life on the streets, to his discovery of the transforming love of Christ. His second book is Somebody’s Child. In 2004 he received the Unsung Heroes Award. “Somebody’s Child” continues John’s story. It can be found at:
John told me this week after he wrote Noboby’s Child God whispered to him, “you are Somebody’s child.” He and his wife seek to help disadvantaged families living in the slums in BKK know they are loved deeply by God. To intern at Place of Grace please apply at www.ismsea.com
1. ISM trains you for 4 weeks to specifically do missions in South East Asia and SENDS you do a missions internship to a ministry that suits your passion and skill set. You get to chose the type of ministry, in one of several South East Asian countries, and you choose the length of time. We help guide you to the right fit.
2. After training you aren’t sent on a team to do your internship. We believe this is significant. A team environment is like a missions trip. Missions trips are amazing but you are still in a comfort zone with a team. A missions internship is more like a missions life. We help you learn how to serve, really serve.
3. You get on the ground training and ongoing mentoring by real missionaries. There are people who travel the missions world, and read books about missions, but books and experiences can’t replace being trained by people who have learned over years what it means to be a missionary.
Apply Today! www.ismsea.com
The statistics from the Hemorrhaging Faith Study from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada are sobering. Click here for the full report. The report reveals the following:
However the report reveals some hope. One specific stat stands out to us!
71% of those still engaged said their faith came alive on a missions trip.
Simply serving in Jesus name impacts the people serving, always . . . and most importantly impacts the people being served. Hearts change. Lives change. Relationships with God change. Is there genuine, lasting value in youth and young adult missions experiences? Yes! A missions internship is even more life changing than a two week missions trip. And here’s why…
If you are directly involved with youth and young adults encourage them to check out Impact School of Missions. It WILL change their life. Our PAOC global workers and ministry partners want students to come and serve along side of them. We at ISM are committed to investing in this generation! Their age group, throughout history is responsible for some of the most innovative ideas, creativity and reformation. This generation can accomplish the unprecedented. Together we can provide them with opportunities to use their life to impact the world and in turn their love for Jesus will deepen!
For youth and young adult leaders we can send you promo cards and feel free to link us to your website under Missions Opportunities! Please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.