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 Kayleigh Boveri coming to ISM 01.16 – Internship – Breakthrough Thailand

Hello, my name is Kayleigh Boveri and I will be starting my internship in January of 2016.

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I grew up in a very supportive and religious home that consisted of attending church every Sunday with my family for as long as I can remember. As I got older and my parents gave me the opportunity to decide if I wanted to continue with my faith, I fell away from God for a period of time. Midway through my freshman year of college I began to feel as though there was something missing in my life and decided to attend a trip with National Community Church to work with both The Well in Bangkok and Breakthrough Thailand in Khon Kaen. I was sincerely challenged in my faith during that two-week period. While I was there I saw a lot of hardship, while simultaneously noticing God’s constant love showered over each and every girl and woman in the program, making me want to have a larger part in it. That trip truly stretched me and helped me rediscover and commit myself to a greater relationship with God.

Since leaving Thailand I have had a constant itch to return to this beautiful country. I also felt strong ties to the sex trafficking industry and wanted to continue to influence it in any positive way possible. This year I was notified that I had the opportunity to graduate from college a semester early and wanted to be sure that I spent that extra period of time working towards something meaningful which truly meant something to me. Thailand and Breakthrough Thailand were the first thoughts that came to my mind. I was extremely excited when I saw that ISM offered internships for Breakthrough Thailand, and was even more excited when I received my acceptance.

While I have previously worked with the organization and am somewhat familiar with it, I know that there is much more room for spiritual growth. I hope to have a positive influence during my duration of the trip and learn a great deal as well. I know that this trip will only deepen my faith and His light will shine through every aspect of it. I cannot wait to return to Southeast Asia and witness all of the glory that He is conducting!

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

Best fundraising ideas EVER for your missions internship

Fundraising can be daunting.  I’ve been fundraising for 10 years and I want you to know that God inspires people to give but you have to do the work.  The ministry you are partnered with is counting on you.  A few important things to remember:
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1.  People want to give so you have to let them know about the opportunity.  How do you do that?
– an email with all the details about what you are doing and why you are doing it.   State in the email how much money you need exactly and when you need it.   Let them know how they can give – if online – provide the online link – or through a cheque – where do they send it? What do they write on the cheque? Then you need to write updates to the people you’ve sent the email to tell them how much you’ve raised. Keep them in the know about how the fundraising is going. Mail Chimp is a great way to send good looking emails with a donate button right in the template.  I know several students who have raised their entire budget from an email (but don’t depend on this method alone). You have to keep sending updates and following up.
2.  Meet with people – get together with friends, your boss, your neighbours, church friends and friends of your family and tell them you really need their support. Tell them how much and when you need it.
3.  Hold a party at your house all about the country of your internship, culture, language – have food  from the culture- put together a presentation and give them the opportunity to give that night.
4.  If you are artistic, sing, play, draw, dance – whatever your skill set is, use it  to raise money – have a music night, talk about your internship, ISM and give them an opportunity to give
5.  Ask your young adult ministry if they’d do a fundraiser – Dessert auctions really go well.    Ask all your friends to make cakes, your pastor etc – and let people bid.  Auctions bring a lot of dollars in.
6.  Use social media – every form of it.   Update people regularly.
7. Speak to the Congregation – Sometimes church leaders will allow you to speak to the congregation about the missions trip, which can elicit financial support. Some churches will even conduct a special offering to help students raise funds for the trip. You can even attend different small group functions to talk about the trip and raise funds.  You have to ask.  The worst thing they can say is no.

8. Advertise Your Mission Trip. Most churches have a weekly bulletin, and some even have a website and newsletter. These are all great places to advertise your mission trip and how to give. Ask if its possible.
9. Raise Your Own Money. Sacrificial giving is often the most rewarding. In order to get some of the finances you need for your trip, you may want to sacrifice some of the activities that cost you money like weekly trips to Starbucks, movies, eating out, or new clothes. Instead of getting presents for your birthday, why not ask for financial support for the mission trip?
9. Frequent Flyer Miles. Some airlines allow the donation of frequent flyer miles to non-profit groups. If someone you know is interested in donating the mileage to you , be sure to check with the airline first to see if your mission trip is eligible.  Your flight is on top of your budget so this may help to cover the cost.
10.  Have a huge garage sale with your all your friends, family and maybe even the church- Get everyone to donate their items, and make sure the sale is advertised and open to the general public.
11.  Ask your young adult pastor or your church if it would be possible to have a jar in the foyer of the church or at every young adult event and do a “Change for Missions” jar. Over a period of three months ask the members to give their change for the missions trip.

12.  If you like you can break your budget down into bite size pieces and figure out how many people you need to give 25, 50 or 100 dollars and present it to people that way.
The key is to do everything you can think of.  A couple things to remember:
– it sometimes takes a while to see your first donation – don’t worry – you do the work – the money comes in.
– you aren’t begging – you are giving people an opportunity to spend their money on something that lasts for eternity.  They can wrap their arms around the world with you.
– people WANT to give to someone who is passionate about what they are going to do – so be enthusiastic about it.
– the people you expect to give may not and people you never dreamed would give do.
– friends who don’t follow Jesus will also give IF you present to them the WHY of the trip – show them the need
Once you Go
Update FB, twitter – send emails, take videos and post on youtube, use instagram, start a blog to keep your supporters in the loop.  The number one reason people don’t keep supporters – they don’t stay in touch.  One day you might be coming back or need supporters for another chapter in your life so do this well and you will have life long friendships.
God inspires people to give when you tell them your need! It will come!

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,
polished and made beautiful, we know these ladies are radiant gems being

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.

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 Marcie Braun – Coming to ISM 09.15 – Internship Samaritans Creations

Hello! My name is Marcie Braun and I will be interning in Bangkok in September of 2015. I am from Saskatchewan and I am so excited to be serving for five months at Samaritan’s creations in Bangkok!

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I have known for a while that I have wanted to take a year off from school and focus on service. There is such a vast amount of opportunities out there and I found the decision quite overwhelming. ISM drew me in with its focus on specific ministries. The word “go” on the promotional video immediately struck my heart. Being presented with all these decisions, I felt that God just kept telling me “go”.

I did not hear the whole gospel until I was 12 at my church’s youth group. I gave my heart to Jesus at a Bible Camp and God has been drawing me closer to himself ever since. A passion for the Bible became significant in my faith as it gave me so much assurance while living with parents that did not support me being a part of the Church. I was blessed with my sister Kelly who has interned at ISM in following God under these circumstances.

Camp ministry has been a way for me to grow in leadership and has spurred my desire for others to know Jesus. Learning more about the issue of human trafficking that I was previously unaware of, I felt a compassion that I had never felt before. I knew that I could not ignore it. I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of God’s work in curing injustice and comfort hurting people. This will be my first time doing missions abroad. I am still in awe of how God has given me this amazing opportunity to intern.

A verse that encourages me is: “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

-2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Unstoppable

Every time a session of ISM comes to a close I’m surprised at how quickly 4 weeks can pass.   For me the weeks are full of discovery.  Every class is different and every student has something unique to offer.  Even when we come from different cultures, and unique spiritual backgrounds, one thing that always remains the same:  The desire to bring hope to hurting hearts is the reason everyone comes.  How beautiful is that?  How amazing is it that we get to inspire this generation a little more, and that putting feet to dreams is a job? It’s a privilege to work with this generation, year after year.  There are so many beautiful young adults who are wanting to make Jesus known in the world and bring the GOOD NEWs to anyone who is willing to be be loved.  Pray with me that this class of 01.15 will be so filled with the Holy Spirit that through them His beautiful, life changing  presence is felt:

in the streets,

the taxi cabs,

the back of motorbikes,

on a bus,

in the market,

in the brothel,

on the train tracks,

in the mountains,

on the littered streets,

in the office,

and around every dinner table.

Be strong and courageous ladies – the Lord your God is with you.  Jesus’ love is a powerful, unstoppable force and He lives in you.

Kylie Hobern – ISM intern 09.13 is returning to serve in Thailand

My decision to go to Thailand on a mission’s trip was something that I had thought about for a long time, but never really felt prepared enough to do. God gave me a heart for missions as a young child which naturally led me into a career as a nurse.  I focused on my career for many years and felt God lead me into the area of sexual health.

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If I am honest, I did not see how God could use a sexual health nurse on the mission field, teamed with the fact that I had not been to Bible college and did not have a PhD in theology.  After seeing a DVD on missions working with women in the sex industry in Thailand I felt a real pull towards this type of work, and so applied for ISM, and subsequently set off for three months in Thailand.

 

Thailand challenged all my perceptions, not only of missions work, but also of myself as a person and my walk with God.  I felt this was a chance of a lifetime so I decided to embrace every opportunity that presented itself.  On some level I viewed Thailand as an opportunity to see if Missions was for me, if God wanted me there, and ultimately if I was good enough.

 

My internship was at ‘The Well’ In Bangkok and being a part of this team was a major factor in me wanting to return.  The internship co-ordinator, Richard, was great in not only challenging me in stretching myself throughout my internship, but also matching my skills and passions with the needs of the organisation.  I found this enabled me to really see where God could use me and it also helped me to feel a valued part of the team.

 

My experiences at both ISM and The Well enabled me to put reality to what had been on my heart for many years.  Serving in every opportunity that arose gave me a heart not only for the women in the sex industry, but a love for Thai people and Thailand in general.

 

What I have learned and love about God is how He just flips all you think you know on its head, and then and only then can we really see what he is trying to tell us.  The one thing God taught me through this experience is that missions are not primarily about personal skills and biblical knowledge, (although they do help) but that mission work is about being willing to serve.  Like Isaiah who in his dream heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”, I too am willing simply just to go so that God can use me to minister to those in Thailand.

I’m now in process to return and I’m looking forward to what God has ahead.

– Kylie