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.
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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 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!

Meet Sara Wieclaw coming to ISM 09.15 – internship Church of the Living God -India

Hello, my name is Sara Wieclaw and I will be joining ISM in September 2015.
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I am 23 years old. Although currently I live in London, Canada, I was born and raised in Poland. I was privileged to be born into a loving God-fearing family, but growing up as a Pastor’s kid unfortunately had its drawbacks. Having all eyes on me I often worried about pleasing everybody around me. Since everybody expects Pastors’ kids to be perfect, I constantly felt pressured to be something, to do something, and to believe something. Being immersed into Christian culture all my life and receiving Christ at an early age, I not only thought that I was a good person and took my salvation for granted, but sometimes I even had doubts about the very existence of God. Growing up around Jesus-related teaching, literature, and events all the time made Him seem mundane, like a simple character in an overtold story. I felt a void in my heart that I tried to fill with other things but God did not give up on me. He saw that deep down inside of me I yearned for Him. God is a jealous God and He ended up taking away everything that took my eyes off of Him. It was a painful experience but it brought me to my knees in a complete surrender and made me seek Him wholeheartedly. In my brokenness He found me and pieced me back together. That’s when Jesus became real to me. He became my rock, my strength my everything. As my university life came to an end I found myself lacking direction and started to wonder what’s next. I had few ideas of my own in mind but nothing followed through. Then God stepped in and answered my prayers by opening the doors for this wonderful adventure with Impact School of Mission. This will be my very first mission trip and words cannot describe how excited I am to see what God has in store for me through this experience. Like the rest of the students, I will be doing my four week training in Bangkok, Thailand and after that I will be interning in the Living God Church in Chennai, India. There, I will be involved in evangelism and outreach, preaching and teaching, children’s and youth ministry, as well as administration tasks and slum ministry. I pray and hope that this experience will not only deepen my faith but also transform me and prepare me for His future plans for my life.

Meet R – coming to ISM 09.15 – internship with MoveIn in the Philippines

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Hello!  My name is R and I will be doing ISM in September 2015

I recently graduated from a bachelor’s program called Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo, Canada.  As I have been learning about integration in the academic world, God has been teaching me that there is not one part of life that the gospel does not profoundly impact and no matter where I am at, there is always a bigger dream that God has for me.

At a conference last year, I was inspired by keynote Viv Grigg, social entrepreneur, and prolific missiologist.  He spoke about his experience in choosing to live among the urban poor in the slums of the world’s megacities.  At the same conference, I was challenged by these words from Nigel Paul, founder/director of MoveIn: “There are many who are willing to go but planning to stay… and not enough who are planning to go yet willing to stay.”  I said to myself, How can I possibly go to the slums?  I wouldn’t know how, or where, or what to do… but, on the other hand, how could I not go?  If indeed this is God’s call, how can I say to him, “Sorry God, I want plan B instead because it sounds easier.”?  No, there is nothing in this world that I want more than Jesus himself, and if Jesus is going to the slums, then I will follow him there.  “For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7)  I am planning to go and willing to stay.

My plan is to spend the month of September in Bangkok, Thailand doing four weeks of cross-cultural ministry training with Impact School of Missions.  At ISM I will learn the necessary tools and knowledge for surviving and thriving throughout the next eleven months or so in Manila, Philippines.  I will live in a squatter community experiencing the culture, practicing slum-life, and knowing the joys and sorrows of the slum-dwellers.  And I am so excited to see how God’s spirit is active in such communities.  I will also continue to work for the MoveIn Vision Team.  MoveIn is a movement of ordinary Christians (not paid missionaries) forming teams to prayerfully move in among the unreached urban poor to build relationships with their neighbours, pray for them, and ultimately make reproducing disciples.  I am a pioneer helping to start the MoveIn movement in the Philippines, mobilizing Filipinos to move in among the unreached urban poor, the slum dwellers, of Southeast Asia.  I am so excited to think about hundreds of rich and poor Filipinos forming teams and moving into the worst of conditions just to pray for and love their poor neighbours who have never heard the gospel.

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Sarah Hayton ISM Class of Jan 2014 becomes the Daycare Manager at Daughter’s of Cambodia.

A Journey of Many Choices

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About this time last year, while I was in Cambodia I was already seeking the next step. Return to my old job in the UK? I had a couple of things that God said, one was to study His word and in a year from now I’ll know. I thought in a year I’ll know because I’ll be doing it… and study? What kind of study… lessons or to study his word more seriously on my own? After praying a lot I felt it was right to leave my current job, but after doing so I had a mini freak out. However God comforted me and reassured me that it was the right thing to do. It seriously was a huge deal to me, leaving a lovely team and a quite rewarding job. Nevertheless things seem to look more golden when you are not in the mist of it. Pushing doors and feeling as though I needed some type of security while in Cambodia I applied for another nursing job back in the UK but more of a safeguarding role. They called me for interview but it was the day before I left Cambodia and I was unable to re-arrange the interview. Once I arrived home I had a seriously busy month or two, but after taking time to rest and reflect and breath! I kept asking the same question… “so what’s next?” many people asked me “when are you returning to Cambodia?” or “what are you doing now?” All I knew was that I wasn’t retuning to Cambodia yet and my reply to the latter question was “I’m talking to you!” because that is all I knew, I was living each day as it came. I really don’t think in my time of waiting that any of it was wasted. I also felt as though God would honour my next step. I pushed many doors. I applied to work in safe houses in the UK. In the mean time I joined a nursing agency as I needed to get some pennies in. I thank God because I have got regular work through them. With lots of ‘nos’ coming back my way I took a break from seeking what was next. I asked God “if your going to honour my next step then why is every door shutting?” So I looked to what He told me in Cambodia and thought, study His word. So I applied to a Missions college (All Nations), looking around I couldn’t stop crying. It felt so peaceful and the place was so full of God’s presence. (I felt rather a foolish not being able to stop crying). I believe in the brief moment while I was looking around All Nations, God was healing me and confirming to me the call He has put on my life. I had such amazing talk with some of the tutors. I applied and was excepted in. While I was applying to All Nations I started a Beth Moore study on Daniel and learned so much from it. The doors also started to swing open, my old job offered me some maternity cover, which was so hard to turn down. A shelter I had applied to asked me to apply again. With every door that opened I just started to laugh. I love Gods sense of humor and His timing (well maybe I don’t ‘love’ His timing, He does seem to leave things to the last minute but it sure is perfect)! I also had a decision to make about which entry level I wanted to go into at All Nations. I believe God left it for me to choose. The decision of entry level was tougher than it should have been. Praying and seeking I met up with my uncle and we opened the book Operation World and looked up Cambodia. To our amusement it was supposed to be prayed for that day. Trying not to read to much into it but thanking Him for the confirmation that going to Cambodia was right. It was something I decided to put on the shelf for later. On one of my night shifts I was chatting to God and said. “God you need to tell me what I am to do, people will soon be waiting to hear my decision.” I heard God clearly, He replied “what do you want?” getting quite emotional I replied “To please you, that’s all I want.” any offer could be right. The conversation stopped there, but I didn’t feel that the conversation was over. When I returned home from my night shift, I checked my emails before heading to bed and I had received an email from Daughters of Cambodia asking if I was interested in returning. Again I laughed, it was a slightly different laugh though, more at the confirmation that this is the choice that God would be pleased with me to take. Therefore I am returning to Daughters of Cambodia in January 2016 as the day care manager. I didn’t see myself returning quite so quickly. I can clearly see that God gave me lots of options to show my true feelings. Even though I was acceptant of the other choices, none of them stirred me up or excited me as much as going back to Cambodia. During my time of applying to All Nations I wrote about how God called me to become a missionary from an extremely early age and I think it really helped me to realise that God has confirmed this calling in my life time and again. Even though I knew that I was called to go… it wasn’t a topic I was comfortable in sharing publicly mostly because I didn’t know when or where. Maybe you could say I became a little scared of it becoming reality rather than a dream. As I grew older the thought of living a life of faith made me feel as though people would see me as “strange” or that in some way I needed to change who I was because I didn’t fit the “norm” for a missionary. God told me before I left for Cambodia in 2014 to be myself, that small statement got me through a lot. I was surrounded by so many great godly people I felt a little inferior, but laying my insecurities aside he still used me and I know that He isn’t finished with me yet. I’m excited about returning to Cambodia (for at least 1 year), it is also a bonus that I will also know what to expect. I am still preparing myself a lot, I know the road ahead will lead in many tough battles. Therefore I’d appreciate prayers and support along the way, it truly means so much and please never forget how powerful prayers are.

Sarah Hayton

The Dad with the Bad Kids

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    Well my third and final internship is coming to a close. And although I am stoked out of my mind to go home and see my family and all my pals, I am very sad to leave this one. I was sad to leave all of them. But for some reason, my time in India feels unfinished. I will make no promises of returning, because it’s not my place to know the future. But something has stirred within me, a fire that won’t be put out so easily. Whatever I end up doing with my life, I can never again feign ignorance for the lack of proactive action fighting for social justice in our world. That was a mouthful, basically what I mean is that I cannot pretend that I have not learned what I have learned here. You can’t ignore a bullet that hit you right in the heart. Maybe I can only make a lasting difference in the lives of a few street kids. But that would be so worth it. To give a few kids a chance in life that should be their human right. I certainly can’t save the world, but I can do my part. If I backed away now it would certainly be a greater wrong than if I had remained in my bubble of ignorance.

    Don’t freak out those who love me that are reading this. I’m still getting on that plane tomorrow. I’m actually planning on going back to school for a couple of years if all goes well so I’ll be living in Canada for a few years yet. And social justice also needs to be fought for on Canadian soil.

    What I am really trying to communicate is that I have learned so much from my time at ISM. During this last internship I was sick so often that it just became a joke. But I have encountered a part of God that I had only glimpsed before. I have known God as the sovereign creator, and God as my closest friend for almost my whole life. But now I also know God as the dad that fights for every one of his kids, who has made bigger sacrifices and has shown more grace than any earthly father even has the capacity to give. Who is reaching out to even the most rebellious of souls, always.

    This has been a very important 7 months in my life. I can feel the weight of it. My faith has solidified on a solid rock where it was pretty shaky before.

    So here’s to the God that chooses to be our dad, even when we’re the worst kids ever.

    For Narnia! And for Aslan! (Just thought I’d throw that in there)

  • Sarah Ricker – ISM 09.14