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 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 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!

ISM/Internship helped open the door for a dream job in Canada – Jannelle Dyck

In her book Birthing the Miraculous, Heidi Baker writes, “The Lord is looking for those who are so in love with Him that they will say yes when they are wooed and still say yes when great sacrifice is required”. When I said “yes” to ISM and to 6 months serving in Cambodia, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. When I said “yes” to quitting my job, spending most of my savings, and packing my bags for a place unknown, I was also filled with some fear. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know why God had called me to this place at this time, but I was certain that he had.

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My month of training with ISM in Thailand was incredible. I felt prepared for ministry in Cambodia and excited for what was to come. My “yes” was certain and palpable. In Cambodia I served with Daughters of Cambodia, an NGO that empowers survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation through alternative employment opportunities. My role with Daughters was as an Assistant Operations Manager for one of the restaurant/spas.

My first few months in Cambodia were difficult. Although I loved Daughters, I was sometimes frustrated with my role as I felt like I was essentially managing a restaurant and doing customer service, something I did not like to do. Another of other factors left me feeling discouraged and frustrated. My “yes”, while still there, was losing its heart and meaning. As the halfway point of my time in Cambodia neared, I decided I had to make a choice. I could choose to just get through the next three months, or I could choose to fight for joy and thrive in the plan that God had for me. This wasn’t easy- I truly had to fight and struggle some days. Some days my “yes” had a bit more grit to it than sparkle. However, the more I fought for joy, the easier it became. God filled me with a deep love for Cambodia, its people, and specifically the girls I was working with. God showed me that my role managing the restaurant gave me an opportunity to live out each day with these girls and to encourage and support them in such practical ways. I started to see how I could use my skills and experience as a caseworker on a daily basis, and was even able to help train the Khmer manager with some of these skills as well. By the time the 6 months were up, I didn’t want to leave. God had truly transformed me and my heart for Cambodia was full.

Coming back home, I felt a bit lost. It was difficult to translate the things I experienced in South East Asia back here in Canada. I knew I had to get a job, but I didn’t want just any job. I didn’t want to settle. God started a good work in me in South East Asia that I knew wasn’t supposed to just end upon my return to Canada. But I had no idea what that looked like. When I was still in Cambodia I started to make a mental ‘wish list’ of the type of job I wanted. It was very specific. For starters, I wanted to work with a non-profit, but I didn’t want to be doing front-line work. Specifically, I had hoped to continue to work in the area of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. I am also interested in potentially pursuing law in the future, so I wanted to be exposed to that environment as well. Not to mention I had to be qualified for the position and it needed to be somewhere close I could commute to. Honestly, I didn’t think this job existed. But God is faithful and He provides! A mere month after coming back from Cambodia, I found a job that was exactly as I had hoped for, down to the smallest of details.

I am now working as a Project Manager for an organization that works to prevent human trafficking and sexual exploitation of youth and children in British Columbia. I am coordinating the creation of a manual that will equip youth-serving agencies to recognize and report human trafficking of youth and better support victims as they go through the criminal justice process. The one difficult thing about this job is I sit at a desk most of my day. It can sometimes seem a bit separate from the work on the ground, but the end result of my work will hopefully help to rescue and support victims of this terrible crime. When I am lacking motivation, all I have to do is look at the wall behind my desk and see the photos I have of the girls I worked with.

When I applied for this job, I initially thought I was under-qualified. However, even though there were other qualified applicants, it was my experience in the field that tipped the scale in my favour. I had no idea that my experience with ISM and Daughters of Cambodia would directly tie in to my work once I returned. Clearly God had a plan: all I had to do was say “yes”.

Jannelle Dyck – ISM 09.2014

ISM has a new exciting internship opportunity! Nikki’s Place – Agape Home for children with HIV/AIDS in Chiang Mai Thailand

Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Agape Home for babies with HIV/AIDS opened in May 1996 as a response to the plight of children impacted by the spread of HIV/AIDS across Thailand.

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Many of the children who come to the Agape Home to live are, or are at risk of being, HIV positive. Many of them have already lost their parents to AIDS, and there are no other options for their care.

Agape Home provides a loving family for 100+ children aged 0-21yrs.

Nikki’s Place is now taking interns through ISM.   They require you be 20 years old and commit to serve for 3 months, however 6 months is preferred.

You would be responsible for caring and supporting children with HIV/AIDS and their Thai nannies.  You must be a team player and love children!

Agape is a full time 24/7 facility. Interns work shifts, 8am-5pm, split shifts 6am – 9am/4pm-7pm and night shifts 5pm-9am with overnight break.
About Nikki’s Place

They have a Mother and Baby Unit. The MBU unit provides a place where housing and assistance is provided to sick HIV+ mothers and children allowing them to stay together as a family instead of being separated. The Home provides assistance to those living there by helping supply food, shelter, clothing and medical care.

The concept for the home was developed after many years operating the Agape Home and taking in the children of mothers who, because of their own health, were left with no other alternative but to surrender their children to an orphanage for care. Often these are women who have no other family to support them, or to take their children for them. In many of these cases, the mother and child do not want to be separated, but the reality of the mother’s health might otherwise require it in the absence of assistance.

During 2004, this service extended to the care of HIV+ women who do not have children, and secondly to allow for non-HIV+ children to live in with their mothers for a time provided that there is a family or orphanage placement available to them should the mother pass away.

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Agape has always had a vision to raise the children in a loving family setting and with that in mind, we built five group homes on land adjacent to the Agape home. These homes are a part of what we call “Jarawee Village”. Each house has six of the Agape children living with Thai house parents. We see how important it is for the children to live in a family unit and our dream is to build ten more group homes in the future.

To apply please go to www.ismsea.com

 

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.