Put Feet to your Heartbeat

Have you ever met someone who says they LOVE missions, or are passionate about human trafficking and alleviating poverty but don’t really know anything or do anything about it?  We all can be inspired by a movie or a story or a sermon, we can even be moved to  tears,  but the evidence of true passion will involve action.  Students preparing to come to do an internship in SEA have made the first huge jump toward putting feet to their heartbeat!  Way to GO!

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If you are preparing for an internship or a short term missions trip there are number of things you can do to get ready!  Passion drives us to do something – so there are many things you can do to be informed and be as ready as possible.  So what can you do?

1.  Read as much as you can about the nation where you are going to serve.  There are many books and blogs giving interesting insight into the nation you are going to serve.

2.  Watch movies – anything you can find related to the nation you are serving.

3.  Read missionary biographies – VERY inspiring.

4.  Eat the food – amazing restaurants with Thai, Indian and Filipino cuisine are in most major cities.12669916-collage-from-photographs-of-thai-food
5.  Go out for coffee with missionaries and take notes.  They love it when someone wants to hear their story. Buy their coffee 😉

6. Throw a themed party about the nation – invite all your friends, dress up, eat curried dishes, play the music from the nation, pray about the nation and raise funds.

7.  Take a language class – and have fun with it!

8. Befriend someone from the nation and discover the beauty of their culture.

9. Read about the dos & don’ts and take them to heart.

10.  Start eating with your hands (India) or with a spoon and use your fork to guide the food to the spoon, (most other SEA nations).

As you prepare if someone asks, “so what do Thai people eat?” you don’t want to answer “I have no idea.”  Get ready!  This will help you put FEET to your HEARTBEAT.

 

 

 

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“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.

Emmy

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.
Emmy