Meet Joybelle Barlow coming to ISM 09.16 – internship, NightLight

Hello! My name is Joybelle Barlow, and I’ll be working with NightLight International in Bangkok, Thailand this fall!
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About four years ago I attended a missions conference where I heard about modern day slavery for the first time. Today’s world houses more slaves now than ever before in history, and that fact alone broke me then as it does now. This brokenness has pushed me to co-lead an anti-human trafficking organization at my university for the past three years, walking the campus praying for victims, raising awareness about the magnitude of this issue, sending petitions to our local government, and fundraising in order to shed light on the darkness. With graduation approaching, I began to voice these passions with a professor, who put me in contact with an alumna who interned with NightLight, and so the journey began.
NightLight’s mission to bring hope and restoration to people negatively impacted by the sex industry stirred me. For years I have wanted to be on the field fighting in person, and have finally been given the opportunity through ISM. I graduated from the University of South Carolina this past May in International Business and Marketing, and am hoping to apply my business acumen, skills, and passions to NightLight’s mission and business. I believe the Lord places passions in each of us, and for the past few years it has been mine to fight human trafficking in whatever way possible. Isaiah 61:1 writes, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
I know this journey will be hard, but I truly feel it’s what I’ve been called to do — to set the captives free and bind up the brokenhearted. Thank you for walking this road with me. I’m exited to share where it takes me and the lives I come across.

Meet Cindy Alexander coming to ISM 01.16 – internship – Place of Grace

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.

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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!

Meet Kristy Devries coming to ISM 01.16 – internship Global Cafe – Cambodia

Hi! My name is Kristy Devries and I am from Woodstock, Ontario. I am thrilled to be joining ISM for the January 2016 semester!

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I will be partnering with Global Café as well as other missionaries in Cambodia for four months following one month of training in Thailand. I am unbelievably excited and thankful to have this opportunity.

I am 24 years old and graduated last year from University of Guelph with a degree in International Development. God wrote missions on my heart at a young age and I am stepping out in obedience to that call through this internship. I have been thinking about joining ISM for the last two years and have finally made the decision to GO. I am looking forward to seeing God demonstrate His amazing power because I know I cannot do this on my own. I am excited to see the way God will move in my life and those around me, and how I can learn to serve Him better while in Thailand and Cambodia.

In Cambodia I get to serve alongside a few missionaries and at Global Café in Phnom Penh. For February and March I will be helping with English teaching, computer skills, a slum church plant, and community health evangelism! I will also be taking a crash course in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia. For April and May I will be serving at Global Café teaching English, doing community development projects, administration for Child Care Plus, and youth ministry! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this season and these amazing ministries!

Meet Brittany Tetford coming to ISM 01.16 – internship – Abundant Love

Hi! My name is Brittany Tetford and I’m from Brampton, Ontario.

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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!

Meet Krista Budgell coming to ISM January 2016 – internship Nikki’s Place

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.

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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!

Meet Amy Kobelt -coming to ISM January 2016 – internship – NightLight.

Hi! My name is Amy Kobelt. After training in January 2016, I am excited to begin volunteering at NightLight in Bangkok for 5 months!

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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!

Meet Sarah Campbell coming to ISM 09.15 – Internship Dton Naam

My name is Sarah Campbell and I was born in Ottawa, Canada.

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I’ve moved a lot in my life (Kentucky, France, Texas,  Nebraska) but most recently finished my Bachelor Degree of Commerce at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I went on a short term missions’ trip to Bangkok in January 2015 with no intention of staying and God radically shifted my life plans! I will be in Bangkok  serving as the cafe manager at Antiques Cafe, part of Dton Naam Ministries that reaches out specifically to Ladyboys (and, Lord willing, those in the sex industry who are hearing impaired).
I am 22 years old. On a beautiful day, you will find me hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, walking around a city with coffee in hand, and asking strangers too many personal questions. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and playing the violin.
I grew up learning the importance of Christian community and it was my parents, youth leaders, and friends that showed and challenged me to a pursue a genuine relationship with Jesus. I was baptized at 10 years old but didn’t truly fall in love with Jesus until late high school. God has always stretched and molded me when I’ve been uncomfortable, so a solo move to SE Asia  will be His best lesson yet, I guarantee it!

Meet Rachael Paddock – coming to ISM 09.15 – Internship – Abundant Love

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.

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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

Meet Jake O’Donnell coming to ISM 01.16 – internship – Noah’s Ark.

I am 21 and I was raised in Wellman, Iowa in the U.S. I attended a small christian school from kindergarten to 12th grade. The area I live in is fairly conservative and sheltered because many of the people are amish, mennonite or another conservative denomination.
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I first asked Jesus into my heart in the 6th grade. I was sitting in my cubical reading in my pace work about how Jesus gave his life for me and loves me and wants to be a part of my life. I raised my desk flag, signaling the teacher that I had a question. She came over and I asked her how I could invite Jesus into my life. She told me all I had do was recognize that I am a sinner, ask for Him to forgive me and invite Him into my life. That day I learned true prayer has results!
In high school I participated in basketball at my school and track and cross country at the local public school. My faith had grown since that day in 6th grade in my cubical but my faith was greatly tested! It was very easy for me to lose sight of what God wanted for my life and instead seek out my own will. But God blessed me with strong friends that encouraged me and lifted me up. Hebrews 12;1 says, “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” God put people on my path that see me and invest a great deal in me.
The people of the Fairview Mennonite Church adopted me into their family when I was in 7th grade. I did not attend regularly until I became very serious about my faith my junior year of high school. I have been attending regularly and been involved in youth functions now for the last 4 years. God has greatly blessed me with the relationships I have there!
I currently work as the manager at Sunrise Child Care here in Wellman. It may be odd but growing up all I wanted to be was a dad. I believe That is a desire God took from His own heart and put into mine. I have been at Sunrise for three years and God has shown me tremendous things about His children and what He calls a father and a mother to be. He has shown how He loves me by the relationships I have made with the children I care for. I have also learned a great deal about women as all my coworkers are women. I believe children give us a glimpse of God that everyone needs to experience, which is unconditional love and acceptance.
I am very excited for my internship at Noah’s Ark! I love the idea of going somewhere far away and learning to live in a different culture. God is already stretching me in ways that I have been afraid of increasing in, such as fund raising and immunizations. God has lead me to this mission and I can’t wait to see what He is going to do!