Refugees are neither seen nor heard, but they are everywhere. They are witnesses to the most awful things that people can do to each other, and they become storytellers simply by existing.
As I start reflecting on the summer, joy fills my heart, knowing that the Father has truly been working in the lives of the people here. My heart also begins to break knowing that in just a few short days I will be leaving the people, and the city, that have stolen my heart.
The hospitality shown to us everywhere we've gone has been very humbling.
I want with all my heart to see my friends know the unending love the Father has for them. I want them to understand that they are priceless
We don’t always see the fruit of the ministry we are doing, but we can trust that God’s Word will accomplish the purpose for which it was sent and that it will not return empty (Isaiah 55).
Living with the families, they saw us have our quiet times each morning and prayed with us before each meal. The Father used the week mightily as we were able to share constantly.
God has been teaching me so much. He has shown, over and over again, that justice is an attribute of his nature, and He loves and cares for the vulnerable infinitely more than we do.
Ministry is simply doing life and sharing your story in a way that points others to Christ.
Camp Livingstone has been giving an opportunity for the people here to feel the love of God for 64 years, and I am so blessed to be a part of year number 64!
I am continuing to learn about the many cultures and foods, but most importantly, the brokenness that permeates the hearts of my friends.
This week we will be meeting with the youth from a local club to teach them how to share C2C
We could learn a lesson or two from these marvelous people. In troubled times, they laugh. In happy times, they laugh. In working times, they laugh.
If I could just love those kids the way Christ loves me... They deserve that love just as much as I do.
Our team has learned that people just want to know that you are interested in their lives. And you can use everyday situations to connect to a story in the Bible, which then leads to sharing an overview of the Bible as a whole.
We know that we serve an all-powerful God who wants Thais to be saved. This is why we pray with joy, knowing that it is possible for anyone to come to the Lord, even those who may not call on His name the first time they hear it.
I can't wait to see how God will use us throughout the rest of the time we have here. God has definitely been at work.
The culture here is described as a “salad bowl,” unlike the USA being a “melting pot.” In Canada, the people bring their lifestyles here and just mix in with the existing culture.
The last few days have been a major departure from the work we have been doing this summer.
One of my favorite parts of the week was visiting the refugee camp that my teammates and I have been serving with on Wednesday nights.
The past couple weeks have been filled with time spent with youth, college Bible studies, young adult growth groups, play dates at Elm Park, and getting to know some more families in the community and in the church.