Showcasing our ISM internship opportunities – PT 1 – Ministry to Human Trafficking Victims and Women in the Sex Trade

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ISM has 25 partners who want interns to receive on the ground training from Impact School of Missions.  We can partner you with the ministry of your choice depending on your skill set or education.  ANY education and skill set is useable!  Your internship will be tailored to match your skills however if the ministries current needs are outside of your skill set you may be used to fill in the gaps.

Our ministry options – Human Trafficking – Sex Industry (7 organizations)

1.  NightLight  – Bangkok, Thailand

NightLight is an international ministry located in Bangkok who provides alternative employment for Thai women working in the sex industry   NightLight also helps Trafficked women from many different nations by providing them with a safe house and helping them return to their home nation.

Our local offices build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical, emotional, and spiritual development to those seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

2.  Daughters of Cambodia – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Daughters is a NGO reaching out to victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia.  Daughters has a  Day Centre and a Sewing Room business. Daughters’ centre, in the heart of an area of Phnom Penh brothels, reaches out to girls working as sex workers and offers them ways out of this situation and into a life of safety, freedom and dignity, where they can find wholeness and become all that God created them to be.

A range of Services available at Daughters, from life-skills classes to counselling sessions, provide the resources, both external and internal, for girls to make healthy choices that will be sustained in the future.

Daughters also works with male transsexual sex workers –  Sons of Cambodia. As with girls in Daughters, the boys in Sons are similarly offered a job and life-changing opportunities at Daughters Day Centre. The boys commence in the Sewing Room trainee program, and upon graduation from there, they join Sons’ Wood Shop or Screen Printing Workshop.

3.  The Well – Bangkok, Thailand

The Well is a Christian ministry that serves women who have been victimized by the Thai sex industry and its effects.

The vision of the Well is to help transform Thailand through reaching sex industry workers and others at risk, training them as leaders, and sending them to reach others. The Well is named for the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 that resulted in her introducing him to her village. The Well reaches out to women in in red-light districts or other places of brokenness, and offers opportunity not only for healing and restoration, but for training as change agents following the model of Jesus.

They receive financial support while working toward independence and leadership. Sometimes husbands and boyfriends are invited. The Well people in leadership in Bangkok, and for those leave, whether to return home or elsewhere, follows them up with practical assistance.

4.  Samaritans Creations – Bangkok, Thailand

Samaritan Creations ministry, helps women discover an alternative to life in the sex trade and about a loving God that wants them to be healed and free.

The ministry is primarily funded through the selling of products made by its members. Currently, we produce and sell jewelry, dolls, skirts, leather,  home parties, churches, special events, and Women at Risk International outlets. All proceeds from the sales benefit the members of Samaritan Creations.  Samaritans also has a cafe.  We believe that the sex industry in Thailand will only be defeated through the Gospel influence of believers and churches working for positive change in their communities. Therefore, church planting is also an important part of our strategy.

5.  Dton Naam – Bangkok, Thailand

Dton Naam is a 501c3 non-profit charity in the US, organized for charitable, educational and religious purposes. It is an independent, inter-denominational ministry seeking to rescue and provide after care for those individuals at risk or presently involved in the sex industry. (trans-sexual men) Dton Naam also received approval from the Thai government to be considered a foundation in Thailand on July 23, 2010. Our funding mainly comes from private donors, groups and churches in America. We currently have a day program in Bangkok helping Thai individuals leave prostitution, receive healing physically, emotionally and spiritually through companionship, counselling and training, while also being taught legitimate job skills. Where appropriate we serve the individuals financially so that they can finish or further their education and rebuild their lives with good physical and emotional health. Dton Naam also has a Coffee Shop/Bakery where men and women can learn new skills and work in a safe and legitimate job while receiving healing. We sell great coffee, cupcakes, other food and various forms of art created by the individuals in our program.

6.  Jewels in a Crown – Kolkata, India

Jewels in a Crown is a non-profit organization offering Kolkata’s trafficked and exploited women safe, alternative employment and a new life. As rare stones are discovered, cut,
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Kolkata is the capital city of the state of West Bengal and is an epicenter for human trafficking and prostitution. It functions as a transit place from where Indian, Nepalese and Bangladeshi women who come to the city, either independently or through agents, are taken to red-light areas in other cities such as Bombay, or even to other countries in the Middle East.” (Guilty Without Trial).

Economic depravation is one of the strongest factors in the lives of those who remain in Kolkata’s red-light areas. It is often young village girls, who are predominately illiterate, facing family breakdown, and poverty, who are tricked or lured into the sex trade. They are offered a good job in the city or a marriage that will see them out of the struggles they are faced with.

7.  Sari Bari – Kolkata, India

Sari Bari seeks the sustainable restoration of red light communities and the prevention of the exploitation of women and children in the commercial sex trade.

Sari Bari does not rescue women, but rather seeks restoration for those who have been trafficked or held in the sex trade by poverty and lack of empowerment. Approximately 65 percent of women in the red light areas no longer qualify for legal action in the form of rescue. While they were likely first trafficked in their teen years, many are now middle-aged and are trapped by circumstances that have bound them since childhood.

Helping to prevent new girls from being trafficked into the sex trade is the most effective way to combat sexual slavery. We hope to offer high-risk girls an opportunity to life-giving education and work that will protect them from ever entering the sex trade. To meet this goal, Sari Bari has located its third production site in a village that is a high trafficking area of India. Young women ages 17-25 and living in poverty are offered jobs at this site.

Additionally, up to 20 percent of Sari Bari jobs at our locations within the city are given to at-risk women who live in the red-light districts. These are usually daughters of women currently in the sex trade, who are uneducated and at a high-risk of being lured or forced into prostitution.  

Watch next week for ISM internship opportunities teaching English.

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ISM has a new partner – SPM Project in Bangkok! Check out this exciting and unique opportunity.

SPM PROJECT UP CLOSE!

Purpose: To see people in the second largest religion in Thailand come to know the love of Jesus.

Internship Details

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.

Technical Details

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 infoism@impactasia.ca

Meet Joy Watson coming to ISM 01.15 – internship Noah’s Ark

My name is Joy Watson and I will be joining ISM in January of 2015!

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As a young child growing up in the church my heart always longed to help others. I can remember my first day attending Sunday school and wanting to help the teacher. As I grew older my passion to help others only became stronger. Once a year a singing group from South Africa visited my grandparents’ church and my grandparents housed a few of the children. Talking to these kids brought a smile to my little face, and it was then that my little heart started dreaming of going overseas and helping those in other countries. When I became too old to attend Sunday school I decided then to help the very Sunday school program I was once in. Before my first day as a Sunday school helper was over I was hooked on these little kids. I loved seeing their tiny hearts be filled with joy the same way I was when I was their age, and I knew I wanted to continue doing this.

 

A few months ago at the overflow youth convention in Kitchener/Waterloo my friend suggested that I check out the Impact School of Missions booth, so I did. After speaking with the representative I knew that this was the program for me! The whole weekend I was struggling with the question of “What next God?” as I was going to graduate high school in a month and had no clue what to do once I was done. By the time I arrived home I was positive that this was the next step God wanted me to take in my life! After what seemed like a very long process, I found out I was accepted to the winter 2015 program in Thailand as well as a 3 month internship at Noah’s Ark in the Philippines, and I could not have been happier!

 

Being able to go on this trip has been an answer to prayer! It has been my hearts longing for a long time that I am able to go overseas and help with missions work and children, and now I get to do so! I hope that this trip helps me to learn more about the wondrous things that God has in store for me, as well I hope that God will use me to touch the lives of the people in Thailand and the Philippines as I know he is going to use them to touch mine!

Emily says thanks.

Re-blogged – from Emily Snow

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December 21: Thank you.

I’m on my way home. My first flight landed an hour early, which meant less time on the plane but a longer layover. So, I’m currently sitting in the Istanbul airport where I have been for around 5 hours now. For whatever reason after I make one transaction in this airport my debit and credit cards suddenly have a block on them- even though I have a flag on my account that I’m traveling through this exact city. It happened the last time I was here also. So that’s frustrating but I will survive. International travels…

ANYWAY. I want to write a bit more about my time in Thailand-specifically  all of the things I am most thankful for. So, in no particular order…

Impact School of Missions

This four weeks of training and fun could not have been any more perfect for my start to this adventure. I actually wish that I could sit in on the classes for another (or maybe 2 or 3 more…) terms just so that I can soak in more of the information that we were given. For those of you who don’t know, the school is split up into four broad topics: Culture, Holy Spirit, Personal, and Missions. During culture week we learned all about the dos and don’ts of Thailand (and India for those who were traveling there for their internships), the Thai culture itself, and what it looks like to be a foreigner living/ministering in another culture. The second week we learned about partnering with the Holy Spirit throughout our internships and lives. The third week we did personality and gifts testing to learn more about ourselves and why we interact with others the way we do and how God can use those traits. And finally the fourth week we heard from 7 different missionaries in Thailand about their specific ministries and God’s heart for His very diverse world of people. Throughout the first month we also had multiple opportunities to work alongside some of the ministries in Bangkok and we visited a few of the tourist hotspots.

One of the greatest parts about ISM is that it brought 10 very different, unique, beautiful women into my life (+Sandra, Jessica, and Peter). Although we were together for a brief time, it was truly a blessing to get a glimpse at their hearts and the beautiful ways God could, would, and will use them in this world. So, to Impact School of Missions- thank you.

Servantworks- The Well

When God first put Thailand on my heart, I never could have imagined the experience I would be blessed with when I got there. I am so thankful to say that I had the most incredible 2.5 months interning with The Well in Bangkok. I was and will continue to be so blessed by the people there. They taught me about acceptance, love, forgiveness, redemption and so much more.

Every morning I started my day with 3-4 Thai women in the “Baan Dek” (children’s center). It was here that I picked up the majority of my Thai, got to play and do crafts with the kids, and got to spend quality time really getting to know the other women I worked with. They practiced their English with me, and I (tried to) practice some Thai with them. In the afternoons I did a few different things. The first being spending a significant amount of time with my fellow intern, Kylie. She is one of the greatest blessings of my internship experience.  We went on a trip to a NE province together where we got to see another one of Servantworks’ ministries (Breakthrough-Thailand) and even got to help with the rice harvest! We also went with 1 or 2 Thai women every week to China Town, where we had the opportunity to build relationships with women working on the streets. We got to spend the first month playing games/getting to know the older kids who were off of school, spent a lot of time bothering Judy in her office, ate quite a few cupcakes and HiChews, and could almost always be found bent over laughing together. You would never be able to tell by our friendship that there is a 17-year age gap- and to be honest I could never really tell either. I also had the unique opportunity to teach a worship dance class 2 afternoons per week. Even after 13.5 years of dance, I never would have thought that my dancing could be used for ministry…let alone ministry in Thailand. God gave me a passion for dance as a child, but that passion was ultimately going to be used for His glory. So cool, right? My dance class also provided me with time to get to know a lot of the women at The Well, and to see their funny, beautiful personalities. My final day at The Well they gifted me with a time of thanksgiving and prayer. The women and staff shared their thanks with me for specific things, and then everyone (including the children) prayed over me. The tears were inevitable at that point, and behind them were the pains of grief which I am especially thankful for. To grieve is to have loved- and the love I experienced and shared at The Well is irreplaceable in my heart. So, to Servantworks and specifically The Well- thank you.

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When I got off the plane in Thailand and had gathered my bags, I walked out of the airport and found Sandra with the “Impact School of Missions” sign and with a 6-foot tall Canadian girl. Little did I know that the first person I met would soon become one of my closest, dearest friends. We spent an awkward first couple of hours sweating at the dining room table and making small talk- and from then on we were pretty much inseparable. I knew that I would make friends while I was there, but I never expected to have any of them become one of my best friends. Our list of adventures together is LONG but usually included a mall/bookstore, a motorcycle, a TV series, an adventurous/surreal trip around Thailand, or just talking at a coffee shop. Also, laughter. ALWAYS laughter. This girl prayed with me, encouraged me, opened up her heart to me, and loved me. What more could I ask for, honestly? It was such a divinely orchestrated friendship, and I have been so blessed by it. So, to Monique- thank you.

Support System

When I got on the plane to come here, I left behind my incredible friends and family. Throughout my time in Thailand I received so much encouragement and prayers from home. I received Facebook messages, emails, letters, a package, and had countless Skype dates. One thing that I was told on my last day at The Well came to one of the staff members during the time of prayer- it was two words: rootless, and rooted. He told me he was thankful that I was willing to be rootless in leaving behind the people and places I loved to follow the Lord’s call, and saw that in that I was still rooted in Christ. So, I need to say thank you to all of the people who supported me in coming here-financially, in prayer, and in encouragement. Without you guys I would not have experienced the Lord in the unique ways I have, I would not have met all of the people and organizations listed above, and I would not have gained the knowledge I have from my time overseas. So, to all of you at home- thank you.

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My guy gets his own thank you, even though he was a major part of the support system I talked about already. It is with so much joy that I get to call him my boyfriend and that I get to be reunited with him in 15 short hours. My sweet Zack has (aside from God) been my biggest encourager in my time away. He committed to dating me long distance for 3.5 months, which in and of itself was a big step of faith- but in that time he also committed his life to whatever the Lord had for him. Therefore, our time spent apart has become a huge blessing. The Lord has so evidently grown each of us individually, which has made our relationship even more of a joy to pursue. While I was in Thailand Zachary prayed for me, and constantly told me he was doing it. He played worship music for me when I was having melt downs, and he was a voice of reason and reassurance when the heaviness of my internship seemed as if it were too much to handle. So, to Zachary- thank you.

(First and last Skypes in Thailand!)

God

To the Lord of the universe from whom all blessings flow- I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice made on the cross that has saved me from my sins. He has so evidently (as you’ve read) worked in every situation for my good and I’m so excited to give all glory to Him. So, to God- thank you (infinity times over).

So so so thankful for this exciting journey of life that I’m on, and so so so excited to see everyone in the coming weeks.

-E

Say WHAT about ISM?

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Julie Gosen 09.14

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.

 

Jannelle Dyck 09.14

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!.

Sarah Ricker 09.14

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.

Abby Zantingh 09.14

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!

 

Amanda Riebersal 09.14

I have been attending 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 not only in my upcoming internship but for the rest of my life.

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Bonny Tam – 01.14

I  am very impressed by the excellence that Jessica and Sandra serve with. Before I arrived at Bangkok. I’ve learnt that, serving with excellence (and perseverance to be consistent with it) does bring glory to God! Hallelujah!I am on a journey of discovering how God is shaping my personality and character. God has been transforming me gradually throughout the past 4 years. This training phase has really allowed me to consolidate and articulate what God is doing in me internally. I have never seen myself as quiet as I currently am, therefore I’m also learning to accept and embrace this ‘new quiet self’. In my first week here, God spoke clearly that I have to be self-controlled, disciplined, and be still.  And He has been continuing this message (e.g. “be quiet, and I will speak”). Starting from the first few days, I knew that God wanted to train me spiritually in these areas. I therefore decided to discipline myself with the use of social media, in these 7 months. The interesting thing is, this quietness comes very naturally. I am not even struggling or striving to be quiet – the Holy Spirit has been helping me. And although it’s been too short a time to say that I am now able to listen to God significantly better than before, one thing I’m sure is that in general, my heart is more at peace and my attention is more focused. I’m very thankful for the personality session we had – it surprised me in a good way. Praise the Lord!

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Sarah Hayton – 01.14

I can honestly say that I have met the most amazing people here. ISM has shown me all the wonderful works that go on here. How God is moving in this nation.
It hard to look back over the whole 4 weeks as we have done so much and this week has really being impacting, learning about ladyboys and their stories.
So week 1 culture shock, I think the most impacting was seeing first hand people bowing down to idols. It honestly felt so strange, it’s a statue… I felt like I was looking back into the Old Testament times. Though you prepare yourself I don’t think it really sinks in until you see it, that they actually bow and pray to statues.
I really loved visiting and helping with Nightlight cell group, being in that atmosphere really brought forth the joy the girls have and many of the ladies passion and love for Jesus when singing. I love seeing the way different cultures worship God. The do’s and don’ts in Thai culture I know too really helped, and even though things were repeated it really helped to make sure your aware and remember.
Week 2
I love going over God’s character I think it is so important to go over his character often so we don’t forget the God we serve. So we remember who we are worshiping… I learn something/ or take away something every time I look at God’s character. I have to mention Marilyn her testimony really spoke to me, I really helped me to look at how far God brings us.  Walking in the anointing of God really hit home, I have worried in the last “how do I know if I am no longer in God’s anointing?” And have worried if my will has become bigger than God’s in my life. I have always looked at Saul and how he didn’t know that he was out of God’s anointing and that has always made me worry a little. It brought home how much I need to walk closely with God in every step I take, and to become more humble.
Week 3
I think the main thing that stood out for me this week was the prison ministry, how could it not. I honestly felt guilty in how much I take for granted, and made me feel so privileged to live the life that I do. To see how strong they are and their dependence on God. I also loved the dreaming with God session… I really enjoyed.
Week 4
This week! Erm all of it… It hit home again why I am here, the stirring up and passion.. It broke some of walls down in ways to love, especially the men. How God loves everyone…. All fall from grace. I think the prayer walk really impacted me, praying as I walked down a road I started praying for the people I saw. I am so excited to see the impact Citylight coffee house will have.

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ISM was the open door that I’ve been searching for. I knew I wanted to help people, especially people involved in trafficking. But I didn’t know where to start. This opportunity is going to be a big step into my destiny. God has already been refining me and now I feel ready to step into my calling. I needed healing and a change of heart for people. I wanted to see people the way Jesus does and now I feel like I better can for the first time. It’s changed my life, I felt dead inside these last few years. I never questioned God’s goodness through all the heartache and pain. I gave up a lot of why questions and just accepted it’s His plan, we’re in a fallen world, I only see a blink of it. I knew I ended something to get me out of myself and my sad little world of heartache I let build up. I feel like I made it through and this experience brought me back to life again. So thank you for listening to God’s call. Because it’s touched me and I know will touch so many more for generations to come. This is just the beginning of a new adventure.

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 Tristen Banales 01.14

Impact School of Missions has given me new lenses to see through. My mind and heart have been opened to the culture and people of Thailand.  ISM has given us knowledge about the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of this nation. I feel confident going out into the internship where I can live independently and really enjoy serving in a ministry with great confidence. I have not only gained knowledge about Thailand, the people and culture but also who God is to me and who God is inside of me. They have taught us how to walk in humility, respect and honor despite the cultural differences, language barrier, and ways of life. Impact School of Missions has truly lived up to their name. They have impacted me but also empowered me to impact others. I am so honored to be a part of this program. Thank you Sandra and Jessica!

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Mariana Feniman

ISM has opened my eyes to understand what it’s like to be a missionary in SEA in the 21st century. All the speakers were very honest about the joys and challenges they face. Missionary life doesn’t look so distant anymore.  Also, I felt very encouraged to pursue dreams and passions that God has put in my heart. Everyday I felt valued and loved, being surrounded by people that believe that God has great plans for my life. It helped me understand better who I am in Christ and the ways he wants to reveals himself to me and use me for his purposes.

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  • – discovered more about myself, and especially about how being an MK has impacted who I am
  • – reinforced my desire to go to Bible College
  • – made me fall in love with missions and Asia all over again
  • cultivated a desire to learn guitar for worship
  • clarified doctrinal/theological questions about the Holy Spirit
  • renewed my love for Jesus and reminded me how important it is to spend time with Him each day
  • helped me realize strongholds and lies

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Sarah Waldrop 01.14

I feel that I have grown so much even throughout these past few weeks.  Christ has stretched me, made me think outside my comfort zone, brought me to my knees, and taught me how to love others as He has loved me.  I think that’s one of the main ways in which ISM has impacted me.  It has shown me what it means to love others as Christ has loved me.  I have come to understand more fully of what Christ’s love means.  I always knew He loves me, but I think because I haven’t liked myself, it was hard to see how he actually loved loved me.  But he does.  He loves loves me.  And it’s because of that that I can more fully love others.  Also, ISM has taught me to trust in Christ more fully, give myself more completely to Him with each passing day.  Christ knows my deepest desires, he knows my deepest longings and thoughts, and he wants to see me use them and myself to bring Him glory.  I think that’s awesome!  I want to love more and more and be used by God more and more!  That’s how ISM has impacted me.  It’s really beautiful, really.

Emily Bustard  09.13

I have loved how they have laid a very strong Biblical foundation in all they teach with the continuous Scriptures but simultaneously accompanied that with such amazing stories giving practical applications to what we are learning. It has made everything so relevant and the teaching so effective. It has been an unreal month and I am just so blessed to have been able to soak it all in.

 

Julia Eger 09.13

 

ISM opened my eyes to a lot of things I never gave much thought to and shined a light on areas in my own life that needed to be dealt with. I don’t feel like I’m just blindly jumping into an internship now, but I feel like I’m equipped, informed, and ready to serve the area where God has called me.

 

Monique Beuglet 09. 13

 

ISM acted as the stepping stone to the next phase of my journey here in Bangkok. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to step off the plane and be dropped in an internship without any training or experience already living within the culture. Not only did ISM teach me about how to minister in Thailand, but I was encouraged to grow deeper in my walk with God. The biblical root behind all of our classes was amazing, and what we were taught was so relevant to not only our internship experiences but to our lives back home.

 

Emily Snow 09.13

 

ISM provided me with rich background knowledge on how to live and work in a culture different from my own. God used my time in training to open my eyes to the enormity of God’s never ending, sustaining, all-powerful grace. Every person is a broken sinner, and our God has the power to cover every single one of us with His grace. How Great is our God? Seriously.

 

 

 

 

 

Kylie Hobern 09.13

 

ISM helped me to understand more about the Holy Spirit and provided the opportunity for me to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  I know that this is going to truly impact me in all areas of my life and I am so excited about it

 

Sabrina Shaheen09.13

 

Before coming to ISM, I knew I had a heart for missions overseas, but to be honest, I thought being a true missionary meant living with a tribe in the mountains and taking on a new citizenship. Although that can be a beautiful thing, God has been changing my perspective to see that missions is imperfect people walking alongside imperfect people and pointing them to a perfect God.

 

Sarah Hanson 09.13

 

I think one of the things I love most about ISM is the fact it is a continual, supporting, Spirit-led, atmosphere. The whole program is for God to equip us to serve Him better. Being here allowed me to learn how to live in a different culture, as well as to learn different cultural tendencies that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up on. I have really felt God moving in my life and it’s been beautiful.

 

Hartley Hutchinson 09.13

 

I didn’t think it could be possible for me to be stretched so much in a single month. Boy, was I mistaken. I feel like I’m leaving Bangkok a whole new person. Not a different person, a new person. I’m still myself in every way, but I’m a Hartley with a deeper cross-cultural knowledge and a stronger faith in Christ.

 

Lauren Grams  09.13

 

ISM has been the catalyst through which Jesus has continued to reveal his heart to me. He has taught me about his faithfulness, his nearness, and his unrelenting affections for us despite the initially overwhelming darkness and despair we are faced with. Again and again he has surprised me with his permeating Presence and gracious compassion in the least likely of places. It has been an honor to partner with his heart.

 

Sandra Wiebe 09.13

 

When I applied to ISM, I knew I would never be the same but I didn’t realize how much God was going to transform me. God has been changing my perspective and my heart because of the classes and the ministries we get to be a part of, and I have learned something valuable: God is everywhere. ISM teaches the facts but even more importantly the importance of being near to God, and I’m so thankful to have had this experience.

 

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Tim Wharton 01.13

Attending Impact School of Missions was a great experience where I learned more than I ever expected to. I went in with the mindset that it would prepare me for my up coming internship which it did but in a more impact full way it opened me up to the world of missions as a whole. I learned a lot about what missions means, what opportunities and type of missions work are out there and what some of the needs are. I was challenged to think about if the missions life was for me and how missions fit into God’s plan for my life. This is definitely a great place if you think missions is for you or might be for you. I was also challenged to look closer at what my faith meant to me and saw growth in myself as the month progressed. For two and a half months I interned at Abundant Love in Ban Mai Sawan, Thailand. Working at the children’s home was a great opportunity, spending time with the children was great, along with building great relationships with the staff. The language barrier has been an interesting challenge but has also made for great fun. Even with the language barrier you can still be a great help and blessing to those around you; it just might not be how you expect it. My experiences at ISM and Ban Mai Sawan are something I will never forget and have changed my life forever.

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Chris Lowe 01.13

I came to ISM in hope of getting a better understanding of what missions will look like in my future. I came knowing fully that I am going to be entering long term missions work at some point in my future. I came to ISM as part of education at Vanguard College. That hope that I had to better identify my role in missions was met with an answer. The teaching and relationship model that I worked with at The Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand, matches with my missionolgy in every way. Also I have learned a lot about my self and my passion for this lost world has grown a great amount. I will leave Thailand with my questions answered and a better understanding of myself, mission, and of God.

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Kelly Braun 01.13

I never could’ve imagined that God would do so much in my life through one step of faith. ISM has turned my world upside down. I am so grateful for everything this program is. Every challenge, every new experience, every adventure, has caused me to grow into a very different person than I was when I first stepped on that plane. I am thankful to have had an a experience that is more authentic to missionary life, and I praise God for every difficult and stretching situation He put me into. His kindness is HUGE- He is shown me how He loves the unlovable, wants to give us the smallest desires of our hearts, and more than ever, how HE is the answer to every hurt in this world. ISM provided me with such valuable training for the missions world and for entering a different culture. My internship placement was so perfect for me, and is now a place I can call a second home. Praise God for all that He has done in me, and through me. He is amazing. “I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things He does for me.” Psalm 103:1-2
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Bethany Nickel 01.13

My experience at ISM has been nothing short of phenomenal. It’s brought me a whole new perspective on missions; long and short term. The classes provided me with so much great information that has not only been so helpful throughout my internship, but is also something that I can take home with me and apply to my every day life. These few months have stretched me in the craziest ways and has forced me to grow immensely in my relationship with our creator. Go ISM! Whoo-hoo

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Tanya Land 01.13

I wish the English language had words to describe the greatness of Impact School of Missions. It is so obvious that Sandra McIntosh and the ISM staff are continuously listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The staff at ISM are empowering, inspirational, and full of wisdom. Everything I learnt in class at ISM helped me excel in my internship and thereby equipping me for a life of ministry and faithfulness to Christ. The 4-weeks went by so fast, during which I made lasting Christ-centred friendships. Impact School of Missions is life-changing and I STRONGLY encourage students to ‘GO’!

Maria Gambone De Jesus 09.12

The last seven months were beyond description challenging. But looking back, I am so thankful for the time ISM took to prepare me before my internship began. The things I learned there and the mentorship I received were absolutely key to my success in my position at NightLight. ISM multiplied my growth in maturity of faith and character during that time. The growth in knowledge, character and faith I gained from my time at ISM has impacted my actions and thoughts in daily life, and the way I look at my life and purpose. I find myself applying the one month of ISM classes into my daily life more than I do even my four years of classes at university.

 

Laura Fess 09.12

Words cannot express what ISM means to me! I came to ISM in a time of transition, lacking sense of direction, who I was, what my call in life was. So I guess in a sense I came searching, but knowing the Lord had something special for me. I came to ISM wanting the Lord to totally transform my world. He did just that and more! God did a lot of healing and restoration in my life. He realigned my focus, and re confirmed my call to ministry. He also continued to nurture maturity in me. There was a maturity that needed to grow and develop, so that He can use me in the plans that He has for my life. This entire journey was totally ordained by God, to Him be the glory!

 

Emmy Daugherty 09.12

Impact School of Missions has been a life-changing experience for me. I have learned so much about myself and about God throughout my time in Southeast Asia. God has shown me some pretty incredible things and done some great works in my life. I received great teaching and support from the staff at ISM along with many ministry opportunities during the month in Bangkok. After the training I had the opportunity to intern at Noah’s Ark children’s home in the Philippines. I completely fell in love with the place and the kids there. My time in the ISM program is something that I will never forget and I hope to carry everything that I have learned and experienced back to Canada and continue to live my life for Christ.

Taylor Collado 09.12

I can’t begin to explain how incredible the experience was that Impact School of Missions gave me over the past 3 months. The one month of in-class sessions at the school provided me with training that I applied daily while interning. The staff were so helpful in preparing us for our intern positions and they really believed in us. I’m sure I speak for all of the students when I say the staff were a huge blessing to us.

I’ve grown so much in my spiritual life and relationship with God over the past 3 months. Attending ISM was a life-changing experience for me, and I’m so glad I had this opportunity. Thanks, ISM, for an awesome 3 months! You made a huge impact on my life and will have the same in so many others.

Bethany Somerville 09.12

Over the past three months, I have learned a lot about myself, ministry, missions, the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s unfailing love, human trafficking and exploitation and God’s amazing grace, among many other things! Starting with my first month at ISM, I can’t even begin to explain fully just how much the classes and the ISM leaders especially have impacted me. It was through ISM that my relationship with the Lord grew drastically and my call to ministry with pre-teen and teen girls was confirmed. My last two months have been spent interning at NightLight, which is a jewelry business, also working as a non-profit organization, that offers holistic employment and intervention to exploited women and children. Between ISM and my time at NightLight, I have learned and experienced just how extravagant Christ’s love really is for His children, no matter what any of us do, His love covers all! Though I have always known this, I didn’t fully understand the extravagance of His love until I was introduced to the harsh realities of this world, for instance the sex industry. Secondly, I have learned what it means to literally just be God’s hands and feet, especially with the language barrier and going on outreach each week with NightLight. Though I may not have always had the chance to talk with someone, I was able to be a light for Him in a dark place by praying for transformation of the bars and claiming salvation over the many men and women in Jesus name that I saw there! These last few months in Thailand will be something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life as I have learned, grown and experienced much and have met many incredible people, my life has been drastically impacted!

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“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the almighty

Heidi Garrell 09.12

Coming to ISM has been one of the most stretching experiences of my life. A few of the challenges are being in an unfamiliar environment with people that you don’t necessarily know and trying to get acclimated as quickly as possible. However, the culture classes at ISM helped with that and I learned to be open to God and whatever way He wanted to work in me, even if it is not what I had been used to in the past. The mission field is like a steam cooker. The best and the worst come out when you are under pressure.  I would recommend ISM to anyone who is willing and open to have God grow them exponentially in their relationship with Him and with others. If you are willing, He will open your eyes a bit further into what He sees. ISM ROCKS!

 

Excited for January 2013! – Jessica Pellowe

Well, here we are! The beginning of December… This month will see most of our September students returning home, our January students completing the final stages of preparation to come, and ISM staff thoroughly enjoying the whole process!

It’s hard to believe the first class is already finishing up their internship. I remember the weekend they all arrived, standing at Meeting Point at the airport, hoping I would recognise our students in real life from the photos we’d received, and wondering what the following month would have in store… We had everything planned out nicely on paper, but once you start adding ‘little’ things to plans like, say, people or real life, anything can happen!

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In reflecting on this first term, both the in-class training and the internship time, one thing that really stands out is how incredibly open and embracing our students have been. They each truly have a desire to grow and learn and stretch themselves. They have thrown themselves into this experience wholeheartedly, and it has been an honour to see them grow in understanding and confidence as a result.

It is my prayer that as these students return home to their families, friends, and “normal” life situations, they will not return to who they were before they came, but will cling to what God has done and wants to continue doing in them. I pray that regardless of where they end up living and working, their relationship with God and their posture of humble service will be not only maintained, but continually fostered and nurtured.

Looking forward to January, we have another great group of young people getting ready to come, learn, and serve. I am excited to not only see the growth and changes in their lives, but to see how their personalities, thoughts and experiences contribute to making this term at ISM unique and meaningful. I know God planned for this group of students to come together at this time for a reason, and can’t wait to see what He has in store for us in 2013!

 Jessica Pellowe

“I’ve fallen in love with this place” – Emmy Daugherty reflects on internship in the Philippines

The last month has been an awesome time of growing in my relationship with God. I am really trying to focus on trusting and just letting go. It has been really awesome to see God working in my life.

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I can notice differences and I’m really happy about that. I think God has shown me what He wants me to do after I am done here. I really feel like I need to go to school, and I feel like I need to take a nursing course. Nursing has always been something in the back of my mind of what I want to do. I am still praying about it, but little things God has shown me lead to believe that I need to think about that as my next step. I am still learning a lot about myself and God. As of now I am just so thankful for how far I have come since stepping on that plane in Calgary. Its amazing to me how much God has done in the past two months. I really just look forward to whats next.

Living in the Philippines has been such a crazy experience. I can honestly say as of right now that I have fallen in love with this place. If someone would have told me that in the first week of me being here I would not believe them. It takes time to adjust, and I’m sure that living here permanently would be more of a challenge. But as of right now I am really happy being here. I can’t exactly pin point the easiest thing about being here… It is just good. For the most part it is just a great place. The hardest thing about being here is that I don’t know the language, so when the kids start speaking a different language around me it can be a little unsettling now knowing what they are talking about. It’s a minor thing, but sometimes you can’t help but wonder what is going on. Here at church, they really like testimony time. People get up and share and go on and on… well they like it when the white people get up and speak, it is a personal struggle, which I am working through and it has been great, but it’s pretty foreign to me. I’m sure there are other hard parts about living here but I can’t recall them at the moment. For the most part the experience has been great, and I am so thankful that I have this opportunity to grow and learn.
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ISM IS OPEN!

Yesterday we held the GRAND OPENING of ISM.  It was a celebration of a dream fulfilled and an exciting beginning with 9 amazing students from Canada and the USA.  We were honoured to have guests from Thailand Pentecostal Seminary (where our school is located), our Advisory Council, Pastor Eizenga and Walt Semeniuk from Waterloo Pentecostal Church in Waterloo Ontario.

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The students and staff of ISM!

It’s so amazing to already see the student’s desire to grow and be stretched. We see them as treasures of immeasurable worth!  The are strong, brave and courageous!   

 

Every morning we start with worship and prayer.  This week they are learning about Culture, Contexualization, the Thai Language, Ethnocentrism, Sharing the Gospel in an another culture, hearing from a Thai leader about what it’s like to have missionaries in your nation – the good the bad and hopefully not the too ugly 🙂

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Morning Worship

We are heading out to a Thai restaurant tonight, the Grand Palace tomorrow and practicing basic Thai in the markets.  We will also be ministering at NightLight’s cell group and a Children’s Home on Sunday.

God has great things in store for these students!   We believe the best is yet to come.

 

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Love working with Kids? Introducing the childrens’ homes in South East Asia that are looking for interns.

ISM is in partnership with 16 ministries looking for interns.  Four of those ministries are Childrens’ Homes.   Love working with kids? Start practicing making balloon animals!  Apply here!

1.  Noah’s Ark – Banaue Philippines (full for 2012, and January 2013 – space available May 2013)

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark Home for children  is located in the  picturesque  mountain town of Banaue, 10 hours from the capital of Manila.

Noah’s Ark Ministries exists to provide a children’s home which is a safe haven for children who have suffered many hardships. Their goal is to provide every necessary means of support to ensure that the children grow mentally, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The overall purpose is that each child will come into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Noah’s Art’s passion is ministering the love of Christ, bringing people to faith in Him and equipping them to live successfully, through mercy ministries of caring compassion, transforming love and personal development.

Noah’s Ark’s main needs are for interns to work alongside of the present staff to give them support, to love and care for each child in the home, to demonstrate through their lives the love of Christ and be an example of what a Christian really is.

More specifically, their needs are:

1. To help our daycare teacher with her classes.

Held Monday – Friday AM

2. To lead daily devotions with the children – Monday – Thursday 7:00 PM

3. To play with and love younger children

4. To help elementary and high school students with their assignments

5. To help in household chores. (Cleaning, cooking)

6. Teach Values Education in the schools

7. Can suggest any work that they would be interested in doing with the Administrators

You could also be asked to fill needs in the following areas: evangelism, outreach, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and children’s home.

2.  Abundant Love Children’s Home – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ministry of Love is a ministry that includes ESL, children’s homes, children’s ministries and church planting. They have been in service for thirty years and are affiliated with the PAOC and the Full Gospel Assemblies of Thailand. It is located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Purpose

Ministry of Love exists to bring and disciple those whom God has called to become disciples of Jesus Christ, training them and equipping them so that they are empowered to disciple others in the local community and reaching out throughout the ends of the world.

Intern Details

Ministry of Love has needs you could be asked to fill in the following areas: evangelism, outreach, preaching, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, ESL, children’s home and social justice.Ministry of Love wants you to be aware that the standard wage in the area is approximately $100CAD per month, and the highest paid pastor makes less than $300.

Objectives:
1. To provide opportunity to underprivileged children to receive education to grade 12 according to the government policy, by providing the essentials of life for example food, lodgings, and school supplies.
2. To give opportunity for the children to hear and understand the Word of God, so that they will have a solid base for life.
3. To evangelize with children so that they will be given opportunity to decide for Jesus, grow spiritually and use their spiritually giftings to build the church.
4. So that children can have a safe and healthy place to live, study and grow, that they will be instructed in the basics for health care and able to instruct others.
5. To develop the child’s personality so that he is ready to cross cultural differences, and control himself as he enters society among the people of the plains.
6. To develop life skills by providing a variety of vocational experiences.

 3.  At the Well – Childrens Home – Kolkata, India (part time with At the Well, part time with Jewels in a Crown a ministry to sexually exploited women)

At the Well is a children’s home that ministers to drug addicted children. They have been in service for eight years. There are approximately 11 staff members.  Most of the children living at At the Well  have run away from abusive situations in their home & community.   They minister to them through Bible stories, songs and prayer. They have the opportunity to draw, paint, go to school  and live in a safe and loving environment.  

Purpose

At the Well is a ministry that reaches out to abused marginalized girls and boys trapped in addiction.

Intern Details

Your weekly schedule will be as follows: Monday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Wednesday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Thursday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Friday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday – offS unday – attend church

At the Well has a variety of needs you may be asked to fill, including: outreach, teaching, children’s ministry, slum ministry, administrative and children’s home. The biggest need is for counseling for addicts, and a spirit-filled servant heart. Be prepared to witness extreme poverty, and be aware that the kids are often high.

4.  Hope for the Children – Chennai, India

Healing Gospel Churches (together with the other ministries) minister to people through church planting, evangelism, children’s home, widows’ ministry, women, and youth training. They have been in service for six years. There are eight staff members. It is located in Chennai, India.

Purpose

Healing Gospel Churches exists to reach the people of India with the good news that Jesus loves and died for them.

Intern Details

Healing Gospel Churches’ main need is for administration, Sunday school, and help at the children’s home. You could also be asked to fill needs in the following areas: evangelism, outreach, preaching, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, slum ministry, and ESL.

Students can change the world!

I recently googled “the power of student movements” and I wasn’t surprised to see over 65,100,00 results.

Their passion for life and desire to make an impact has motivated them to do incredible things throughout all of history.   Most of the overthrowing of oppressive governments has been the result of students standing up and fighting for freedom.  Christian students for centuries have also had a massive impact on the world.  These movements usually start with a sparking of a passion, talking, hearing from God and then DOING something about it.  Some of the more notable movements include:

Haystack Revival – Five Williams College students gathered in a field to discuss the spiritual welfare of the people of Asia. Within four years of that gathering some of the participants established the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). In 1812 it sent its first missionaries to India.[2] During the same century the ABCFM sent missionaries to China, Hawaii and other nations in Southeast Asia, establishing hospitals and schools at its mission stations. Many of its missionaries undertook translation of the Bible into native languages, and some created written languages where none had existed before. Thousands of missionaries were sent to Asia and they taught numerous indigenous peoples.

The Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions was an organization founded in 1886 that sought to recruit college and university students in the United States for missionary service abroad. It also sought to publicize and encourage missionary enterprise in general. Arthur Tappan Pierson was the primary early leader.

Urbana Since 1946, God has used Urbana to challenge more than 250,000 participants with their responsibility and privilege in global missions. Started in Toronto Ontario at U of T. https://urbana.org/history

Youth With A Mission began in 1956 when a 20-year-old American college student named Loren Cunningham spent some time in prayer while on tour with a singing group in the Bahamas. Leaning back on his bed he saw what he called a “mental movie.” There was a map of the world and waves were breaking all over it. The waves began to turn into young people, thousands of them, spilling on to every continent and sharing the good news about Jesus. The picture faded.

“Was that really you, Lord?” he asked.

This idea, radical at the time, that young people could be missionaries, stayed with Loren. Four years later, in 1960, he started an organization with that idea expressed in its name: Youth With A Mission

2012 Passion Conference over 42,000 young adults raised over 3.3 million to help fight Human Trafficking. http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/05/college-kids-vow-to-end-slavery/

I honestly believe there is no limit to what the Holy Spirit can do through a young adult with a passion.  He works within the personality and giftings of every student and can cause the simplest dreams to become powerful realities.  Some students may be diamonds in the rough and just need a little more love and attention, others are ready to soar and just need the opportunity.  Many in the current generation realize a paycheck, while necessary, doesn’t bring fulfillment.  They want to be Jesus’ hands and feet in this world.  ISM will help them be just that.

Youth & Young Adult Pastors, teachers and coaches are given the incredible privilege of sparking passion, helping them discover their destiny and breathing life into their dreams. All of us can champion the young adults in our life!  Our cheering them on can help them become everything they were born to be.  Young adults out there – WE BELIVE IN YOU!  It’s your turn to GO! – the future is bright, God is beside you, before you and behind you, shouting your name, and chasing you with His goodness.  There are no limits.