Virginia: Jill’s House

Virginia-Jill's House

 

Virginia: Jill’s House

Team Leaders: Maria and Carol

Team Members: Alyssa, Alliyah, Kelsey, Kelsey, Alexis, Crystal, Mycah

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 11, 5:00 PM

New York: City Uprising B

NYC-City Uprising B

New York: City Uprising B

Team Leaders: Audrey

Team Members: Amanda, Hayley, Rachel, Briana, Sara, KaLinda, Adrianna

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 17, 11:30 AM

New York: City Uprising A

NYC City Uprising A

 

New York: City Uprising A

Team Leaders: Amy and Jacob

Team Members: Adam, Khai, Jordan, Raquel, Kiera, Kevin, Alexandria

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 17, 11:30 AM

Baltimore: City Uprising

Baltimore-City Uprising

 

Baltimore: City Uprising

Team Leaders: Julie

Team Members: Emily, Brooke, Dominique, Gabrielle, Lauren, Taylor, Renee

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 22, 4:00PM

SOS: South Asia

SOS-South India

 

SOS: South Asia

Team Members: Delora, Kaylen, Cassidy, Robyn

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: TBD

SOS: East Asia

SOS - East Asia

 

SOS: East Asia

Team Members: Brent, Alejandro, Brandon, Nicole, Rebekah

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 1, 6:30 PM

United Kingdom: Students B

UK-Students B

 

United Kingdom: Students B

Team Leaders: Karen

Team Members: Andrea, Allison, Emily, Mia, Jacqueline, Deja, Kassandra, Christin, Gabrielle

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 3:30 AM

United Kingdom: Students A

UK-Students A

 

United Kingdom: Students A

Team Leaders: Dayna

Team Members: Alysa, Paige, Katherine, Sarah, Lauren, Crystal, Nadia, Jessica

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 4:00 PM

United Kingdom: Bridges

UK-Bridges

 

United Kingdom: Bridges

Team Leaders: Cynthia and Kyle

Team Members: Iona, Rachelle, Timothy, Kaitlyn, Eric, Anisia, Christian, Madeline, Kassie

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 4:00PM

Thailand: Nursing

Thailand-Nursing

 

Thailand: Nursing

Team Leaders: Michael and Tara

Team Members: Veronica, Liliana, Melinda, Ally, Amanda, Allison

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 6:30 PM

Thailand: Grads

Thailand-Grads

 

Thailand: Grads

Team Leaders: Rebecca

Team Members: Smeet, Cynthia, Ginger, Tiffany, Heather

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 17, 6:30 PM

Spain: Sports

Spain-Sports

 

Spain: Sports

Team Leaders: Brayam and Yenia

Team Members: Robert, Kaitlyn, Marnie, Jennifer, Alexis, Amanda, Nickolas, Steven

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 17, 1:00 PM

Spain: Students

Spain - Students

 

Spain: Students

Team Leaders: Lisa

Team Members: Adeline, Allison, Emily, Charles, Sean, Belinda, Zachary, Christine, Rustan

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 1:00 PM

Southeast Asia: Students

Southeast Asia-Students

 

Southeast Asia: Students

Team Leaders: Tracy

Team Members: Grace, Alem, Kayla, Vanessa, Anna, Kati, Arlene, Carla Natilee, Laura

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 17, 6:30 PM

Southeast Asia: Basketball

Southeast Asia -Basketball 

Southeast Asia: Basketball

Team Leaders: Lewis

Team Members: Sasha, Heidi, Christian, Heather, Devon, Joseph Danielle, Daphne Ross, Josiah, Joshua

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 7:30 AM

South Asia: Redeemer

South Asia - Redeemer

 

South Asia: Redeemer

Team Leaders: Matt and Ashley

Team Members: Paul, Colette, Brandon, Brianna, Ashley, Lucas Rachel, Jamie

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 11:30 AM

South Asia: Nursing

South Asia -Nursing

 

South Asia: Nursing

Team Leaders: Melissa

Team Members: Emily, Brenda, Lindsey, Christine, Rachel, Jordyn, Kayla, Bethany, Peyton, Mindy, Christine

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 7:30 AM

South Asia: Healthcare

South Asia - Healthcare

South Asia: Healthcare

Team Leaders: Bruce

Team Members: Garrett, Samantha, Toyosi, Jordanne, Katelynn, Kelsea, Xavier, Valarie, Tamara

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 11:30 AM

South Asia: Global Studies

South Asia -Global Studies

 

South Asia: Global Studies

Team Leaders: Shellyn and Daniel

Team Members: Austin, Chase, Jared, Juliane, Alisha, Lauren, Kyle, Noah, Lauren

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 9:00 AM

South Asia: Deaf Ministry

South Asia - Deaf Ministry

 

South Asia: Deaf Ministry

Team Leaders: Lindsay

Team Members: Sarah, Hannah, Elise, Victoria, McKenna, Jordan, Makenna, Briana

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 6:30 PM

Russia: Students

Russia-Students

 

Russia: Students

Team Leaders: Samantha

Team Members: Cassandra, Vanessa, Regina, Tess, Maegan, Jacquelyn, Annabel

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 3, 9:00 AM

Poland: Students

Poland-Students

 

Poland: Students

Team Leaders: Manya

Team Members: Kendel, Tyler, Andrew, Joshua, Natalie, Valeria, Kayla, Corey

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 3, 12:00 PM

Poland: Cultural Exchange

Poland-Cultural Ex

 

Poland: Cultural Exchange

Team Leaders: Lisa

Team Members: Lindsy, Brittany, Brittni, Danica, Kelsey, Kelsey, Ashley, Giselle, Cheri

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 11:30 AM

Kosovo: Students

Kosovo-Students

 

Kosovo: Students

Team Leaders: Kenneth

Team Members: Joshua, Austin, Alexis, Mackenzie, Haylee , Randall ,Megan, Audriana, Katelyn

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 3, 1:00 AM

Japan: Students B

Japan-Students B

 

Japan: Students B

Team Leaders: Chris and Michelle

Team Members: Ernestine, Tess Walker, Joseph, Monica, Ayla, Julian, Henry

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 17, 3:00 AM

Japan: Students A

Japan-Students A

 

Japan: Students A

Team Leaders: Estrella and Stephen

Team Members: Amanda, Enrique, Harlan, Amber, Taylor, Rachel, Liam, Emily

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 3, 5:00 AM

Germany: Sports

Germany-Sports

 

Germany: Sports

Team Leaders: Ian and Ashley

Team Members: Madison, Jesus, Lucy, Morgan, Lisa, Kimberly, Kyle, Carli, Nicholas

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 3, 12:00 PM

East Asia: Village Outreach

East Asia -Village Outreach

 

East Asia: Village Outreach

Team Leaders: Pennee

Team Members: Kailey, Mariah, Lauren, Carla, Sara, Natalie, Cecilia, Ariana, Amairani

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 3:30 AM

East Asia: Village Living

East Asia -Village Living

 

East Asia: Village Living

Team Leaders: Morgan

Team Members: Grace, Ruby, Austin, Jacob, Madison, Scott, Paul, Kayla, Rebecca

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 6:30 PM

East Asia: Students B

East Asia -Students B

 

East Asia: Students B

Team Leaders: Sarah and Anastasias

Team Members: Victoria, Jessica, Jessica, Ashley, Sarah, Miranda, Anastasias

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 17, 9:00 AM

East Asia: Students A

East Asia - Students A

 

East Asia: Students A

Team Leaders: Aimee

Team Members: Rian, Kaitlyn, Locy, Kameron, Rebekah, Jeremy, Kassandra, Vincent

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 6:30 PM

East Asia: Student Ministry

East Asia-Student Ministry

 

East Asia: Student Ministry

Team Leaders: Amber and Marta

Team Members: Amanda, Julie, Emily, Jenifer, Rachael, Darbi, Merissa, Saramonet, Jamie

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 11:00 AM

East Asia: Faculty

East Asia-Faculty

 

East Asia: Faculty

Team Leaders: Stephen, Marion, DawnEllen, Nia, Juliann, Frederick

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 13, 10:30 AM

East Asia: Cultural Exchange

East Asia-Cultural Exchange

 

East Asia: Cultural Exchange

Team Leaders: Kerri

Team Members: Jessica, Karla, Courtney, Yesenia, Mariaalejandra, Alejandra, Rebecca, Dulce, Amber

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: June 3, 5:00 AM

East Asia: Community Engagement

East Asia -Comm Eng

 

East Asia: Community Engagement

Team Leaders: Mollie and Timothy

Team Members: Giovanna, Christian, Alicia, Crystal, Nyccolet, Bethany, Aubree, Tyler, David

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 8:00 PM

East Asia: Applied Science

East Asia -Applied Science

 

East Asia: Applied Science

Team Leaders: Tom

Team Members: Haley, Tessa, Joseph, Aquila, Joanna, Rachel, Diana, Lisa, Michael, Jeremiah

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 6:30 PM

Central Asia: Students

Central Asia - Students

 

Central Asia: Students

Team Leaders: David and Barbara

Team Members: Hannah, Ian, Daniel, Sonia, Rachel, John, David

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 5, 1:00 PM

Central Asia: Sandals

Central Asia: Sandals

 

Central Asia: Sandals

Team Leaders: Kris and Steve

Team Members: Sarah, Jesus, Joseph, Breanna, Leah, Cassandra

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 20, 12:00 PM

South Asia: Deaf

South Asia: Deaf

South Asia: Deaf

Team Leaders: Jackson and Tanya

Team Members: Chanelle, Austin, Shannon

Task: This team will be engaging the local community through service projects and developing relationships in hopes of sharing the Truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: May 6, 1:00 PM

Don’t let fear keep you from obedience!

Starting my ISP journey, I had a few initial thoughts and feelings: excitement, adventure and fear. ISP is an experience unlike anything else, no other school across America offers one like it, and therefore, it is full of unknown mysteries. Where will I go? What will I do? What will the weather be like? Will I like the food? Will I get sick? The world would call these “normal and healthy fears” but as Christians is there such thing as a healthy fear? Subconsciously, we allow anxiety to trample the wonder of what Christ could do through us. I quickly learned that harboring these fears was blinding me to God’s love, wisdom and power. The first couple training nights, my team discussed our fears; we saw where they overlapped and laughed at some, like using a squatty potty, but one of the big things we discussed was how safe we would be. We have the Creator of the Universe on our side! There is no better protection. Sure, there is adversity to face from the enemy when we set out to glorify God’s name, but we know we have a God who will walk with us through those situations.IndiaDiscovery (9)

I asked the same questions you are asking: Where will I go? South Asia. What will I do? Share the gospel. What will the weather be like? Terribly hot. Will I like the food? Yes, but it is quite spicy. Will I get sick? Occasionally. Note that I have returned, completely healthy and alive to answer those questions that had been once laced with such fear. I have been home for three months and do nothing but laugh in the face of these questions and fears. If I knew then what I know now, I’d think of my ISP experience and see a small child with large brown eyes smiling at me as I share a Bible story or a tiny, frail toothless woman raising her hand in acceptance of the gospel. But most of all, I would feel the great power of the One Who Saves as He pours His words from our lips, delivered people to His arms right before my eyes and guided my team around numerous roadblocks.IndiaDiscovery (11)

So, go ahead, ask those questions-I will probably ask them again myself as I prepare for my second summer of ISP. But, I would ask that when excited curiosities turn to anxieties that you would turn to Christ, the Giver of Life. Meditate over His word and read stories about His redemption because He was and He is. There is nothing to fear, especially when you are serving the King.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26

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ISP is more than just a trip!

Rick Yancey stated, “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.” If you are considering International Service Project (ISP) I want you to know that it is not just a trip to see the world with a group of friends that you have trained with and spent time with for many months. It is a service opportunity for you to make a lasting impact and rock the world for Jesus Christ!

I had the distinct opportunity to be part of a team geared toward basketball with the intentions of building long lasting relationships to expand the kingdom of God. Serving in Southeast Asia was both a blessing and an experience that was life changing. Our ministry focus as a team was building relationships with kids and players of other teams so that if not us, teams after us could continue to cultivate the seeds of the gospel that were planted.

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We had many opportunities to tour the country of Southeast Asia and take in its breathtaking natural beauty and history. Southeast Asia continues to be a metropolitan environment for tourism with extremely friendly people who are slowly changing and responding to the love of God. Because of the many experiences and life changing events that I encountered while in Southeast Asia, God has begun an interesting change in my life and I am excited to see what it transcends into. If I could use two words to describe my ISP experience, they are “servanthood and flexibility.” Although I went with the purpose of serving, every individual I encountered there had a servant’s heart. It was incredible to experience an attitude of servanthood all around us. Also, the importance of being open to God’s plan and having an open heart to how each day presented itself required flexibility. There are days that the plan goes out the window and you have to be willing to follow God’s lead and rest in His peace.

Overall, being involved in ISP will be a life changing experience and opportunity that you will always treasure. Spiritually, physically and mentally you will be stretched and pushed to limits you never thought you would ever go. If you push through and keep God the center of your experience  you will have a tremendous impact on the lives of others, as well as your own. I challenge you to prayerfully consider ISP as more than a trip!

-Jordan S, Southeast Asia Basketball 2014

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New Blog: Rolling Updates

The MOB Squad is excited to announce the launch of our new and improved blog site!  We hope the new look and feel will not only more visually appealing but also more user friendly.  We will be rolling out new updates in the coming weeks including staff bio pages as well as monthly articles authored by various members of our mobilization team.  Check back for regular updates!

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2014, That’s a Wrap! 2015 Coming Soon!

God did unspeakably more than we could ever ask for or imagine this summer.

As August has sprung upon us, we in the MOB are beginning to hear story after story of life transformation as students begin to trickle back on to campus to prepare for a new fall semester.  Before we know it the process will start up again as we launch another year of service opportunities all across the globe.

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SOS: East Asia

Team Members: Noelyn, Delaia, Sarah, Lauren

Task: This team will build relationships with locals, learn the cultural and religious background and seek opportunities to share truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: Sunday, June 1@ 2:oo am

Update #0: Sunday, June 1 @ 3:00 am – After a slight shuttle debacle at the globe, the team of four is safely on their way to LAX with Aura – only 30 minutes behind schedule with plenty of extra time to handle adjustments like these. To friends and family, I personally want to apologize for that little bit of extra fun and the East Asia transportation simulation – cramming everyone and everything into our car. Aura dropped me off along with the other random stuff that was already in her car at my house just minutes away from CBU, so the team could comfortably fit into her vehicle with all their luggage – all the way to LAX. It’s not the first spur-of-the-moment road trip to LAX for the MOB Squad and probably won’t be the last. This is how we roll – ready for flexible response. Thank you for your patience and understanding. – Kristen

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Update #1: Monday, June 2 @ 3:00 am – We have arrived! Travel went smoothly with no complications. Praise! We all received our luggage, settled into our hotel and went out for a cultural dinner. Pray that we get well rested tonight for the next few days of training and that we can build relationships with the other students we will be working with. We hope to upload a video tonight before bed. Stay tuned! – Delaia

P.S. Here is our first video: http://vimeo.com/97113979

Update #2: Tuesday, June 10 – We apologize for our delay in submitting an update. We’ve encountered several opportunities to learn and practice our language skills while trying to access Internet during this past week. During the past week, the team and I have been living in a separate location within East Asia for orientation with the company however; we arrived the past Thursday to our destined city where we will reside primarily for the remainder of the summer! In the midst of transitioning from one location to the next we are appreciative of your understanding and look forward to updating you briefly on our time here thus far!

During our time in orientation we had the opportunity to further study alongside other brothers and sisters form around the United States who also will be working within the same company as ourselves. We are incredibly thankful for the community and joy that surrounded our time with our new friends in the days leading up to our departure to our current city. The reality of being in the location that we have prepared for so long to reside in is unreal. We were almost immediately blessed with the opportunity to share the good news and unexpectedly met fellow brothers and sisters within our city participating in an ESL (English second language) tutoring session.

On our first morning while walking to attend our first language course we met a person of peace named “S”. He approached Delaia asking where we were from and followed by telling us His name and that he is a believer and professor of intercultural studies and religion at the local university within our city. We were in shock by our surprising meeting with “S” and the words of wisdom and joy that he chose to share with us. Throughout the past several days we have encountered a series of meetings with numerous individuals within East Asia as well as around the world. We are humbled by the opportunities to share the Truth within classroom settings, local shops, English corners, tutoring sessions, and other various locations. Through these encounters we have been able to witness individuals become more curious in the good news and hope for discipleship.

Our team is overwhelmed with the amount of love and mentoring that our M’s have already poured into our lives and we are eager to learn what lessons we will further learn in our time in East Asia.

At this time I would like to invite you to keep in mind the following for our team:

-That we will remain healthy and in the midst of feeling ill and that opportunities to invest in others as well as share will not be hindered.

-Our friend “A”: she has been such a sweet blessing to our team however, she is in preparation for serving in Africa to share the Truth therefore, we ask that you would pr@y that the Father would provide opportunities for her to share with others.

-That we will always strive to be unified and encourage one another as we walk through life here in East Asia together as a team.

-Our friend “B”: that the truth would convict him as he is conflicted with his $in

-That we will remain obedient to the Father and seek Him always.

-We will be bold in our sharing with others despite any language or cultural barriers that may seem stand in our way.

-That people will desire to know more about the Father and be willing to accept the good news.

-That He will bring guidance through the M’s & clarity into our lives for our future.

-Our friend “L” as she continues to ask questions and desires to learn how to be a follower of Him

Thank you for your investment and decision to partner with us as a team while seeking to do the Father’s will. We are so grateful for the encouragement that you have all given to each of us so generously and extensively whether it be in our third airport, after sleeping only a few hours due to jet lag, or striving to remain patient while in transit from one place to the next. Therefore, all I can truly say to explain our gratitude is thank you and although I recognize that these words are simple and few, they are sincere as our appreciation for your decision to intentionally uplift my team and I in your pr@yer$ is treasured. We look forward to the plans that are ahead and the ways in which He will use us in East Asia for His glory. Talk to you soon! – Lauren

Update #3: Thursday, June 12 - Here is the newest video update from the team.  Enjoy!  https://vimeo.com/98012524

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Update #4: Monday, June 16 -

Hello Friends & Family!

Happy Father’s Day to our amazing daddies. Your daughters appreciate you very much. We love and miss you!  We are entering into week three of being in East Asia, and we are doing very well. This past week we have continued to meet with our friends for English corners, taught at a couple children’s schools, and trying to meet new people. We have found it challenging to meet with students during the week because they are starting their final exams. This is a very stressful time for students, and they spend a lot of time studying. Please pr@ y for our relationships with students to continue growing despite this difficult time.

We have had some opportunities to work in children’s classrooms this past week, which has been really fun and refreshing for our team. Lauren and Noelle taught an English class for children ages 6-10. We taught them songs about the weather, “If you’re happy and you know it” and played games with them. The parents stayed and watched their children the whole time. They loved seeing their children have fun and learn. Delaia and Sarah taught a class on Friday night for children ages 7-11.  We had a time of Q & A with the children and their parents and then we taught them two songs, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Baby Shark” and a few children took turns to sing songs of their choice, in front of the classroom. We also played a couple games and enjoyed spending time with such joyful children.

We had a really cool opportunity to share the good news with a college student – “D” – at a popular hangout place in town. She did not believe, but she reads the book because she thinks its teaching is good, and that it will make her be a kinder person. She had many questions about our beliefs after we shared. It was a very exciting and unifying time for our team as we all helped each other share the good news with our friend. It was a powerful reminder of how the spirit works through us and we were also refreshed through speaking and hearing the good news.

We found a beautiful park near our hotel that we enjoy going to in the morning to get away from the city noise. We have been spending a lot of time there, doing our quiet time, and enjoying creation.

We have really enjoyed the time we have had to fellowship with our fieldworkers and learn from them. They are very wise and we are very thankful to have this opportunity to get to know them.

We have been very fortunate with our team’s health.  Other than not feeling well from food, no one has gotten sick! The weather has been great here, usually 80s & 90s during the day.

Please pr@y:

  • That we have discernment in whom The Spirit is leading us to invest in and disciple.
  • For our friend B, who has heard the good news many times and is very close to accepting it.
  • That we continue to stay healthy as we eat new foods and live in different climate.

We love you and appreciate all your pr@yer$ and support.

P.S. We made a video, but are having trouble posting it so stay tuned!
In His love, Noelle & the team

 Update #5: Monday, June 23 - During our time in East Asia we have encountered a number of cultural differences such as spitting, men wearing there shirt so it will expose there stomach, smoking while exercising, babies with split pants, all the dishes at restaurants wrapped in plastic, and many more. We have started to understand East Asian culture and began integrating ourselves into the community in which we refer to as home for the time being. Here are a few stories from the adventures of my team and I while in East Asia…

Every morning I witness Delaia rolling over in bed as she yells in response to a group of women who essentially serve as our alarm clock. A group of cosmetologists stand directly outside our bedroom window each day to chant their established creed, however; at times it feels like they appear to represent soldiers rather than beauticians. Delaia continues to strive to challenge herself while living in East Asia and has been such an encouragement to myself as well as the rest of the team as she shares with others the good news. Sunday morning she had the opportunity to share with a large group of locals within our community in a local park by our home. Please pray for our city as we continue to share with our friends and neighbors.

During a walk through our favorite park Sarah and I came across a new discovery. Small round cement table were surrounded by huddles of men with smoke rising from their heads as though they were some sort of a volcano. They attentively watched opponents compete against one another in various games while being separated by a fence from three Ping-Pong tables. Sarah and I became immediately determined to learn the skill of Ping-Pong and went to a nearby store to purchase the necessary equipment. Prior to our arrival in East Asia Sarah and I would have stated that we were decent Ping-Pong players but as we began to compare ourselves with the men at the park we realized that we were quite mistaken. After the kindness and instruction of a group of skilled Ping-Pong players we have been able to greatly improve. I wish that I could tell you that we became magnificent Ping-Pong players like Forest Gump and had been victorious in our matches but I would be lying. The laughter from our desperate attempts to play and learn the art of this favorite game became contagious and provoked great conversations which eventually evolved into friendships. Sarah’s compassion and love toward the locals is undeniable and is a beautiful reminder to each of us on SOS how we ought to love others.

I have been fortunate enough to travel half way around the world with Noelle twice and witness the ways in which she continues to be conflicted as well as motivated by the world and how the Father desires us to be in relationship with Him. She has found joy in photography and it has served as a beautiful way in which our team is able to see the little things and appreciate the beauty that they hold. At times, while in conversation or walking from place to place, we overlook a few of the things that Noelle is able to capture and expose through film. I hope you enjoy a glimpse of the ways in which we have been captivated by this place and these people through the pictures attached.

As we progress through our time here we have began to disciple specific girls and have continued to fall more deeply in love with the Truth as we respond to questions and study alongside one another. The past few days have been discouraging, and at time frustrating, but we have been so grateful for each of your pr@y3r$ and the ways in which you have uplifted each of us as it has overflowed into our entire team. During our time studying the word with one another we have been challenged by the writings of passages alike 2 Th3ss as it states that “to this end we always pr@y for you, that our G0d may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our 10rd J3$u$ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our G0d and the 10rd J3$u$ Ch7!$t”(2 Th3$$@10n!@n$ 1:11-12). Therefore, as we strive to share with others we encourage you to do the same within your own communities and home. A few things that you can be specially pr@y!ng & thanking the father for include:

  • Our time discipling our friends “A” and “J”. We will be starting a study with them soon.
  • Health: Noelle has had a small cold the past few days
  • That we would continue to fall in love with the people who are present here
  • That the gospel would capture the hearts of the people in East Asia
  • Praise! The Father has allowed us to share numerous times within both large and small groups of individuals this week

We remain curious of the ways in which the Father will use each of us during our time in East Asia and although we have cherished our teaching opportunities with the locals we have loved observing how the Father is able to use each of them to teach us. We love you and miss you all!

Love,

Lauren

SOS EA Bday

PS: This week we have the privilege to celebrate our friend Carlye’s as well as Noelle (June 24th) and Sarah’s (June 29th) birthdays!

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Update #6: Monday, June 30 – Check out the latest video update from the team! https://vimeo.com/99525913

BONUS Video!  https://vimeo.com/99525073

Update #7: Wednesday, July 9 – Being in East Asia for over a month now, has been quite the adventure! We have been living life here and we have many mixed emotions of knowing we will be leaving this new home so soon. We have learned many phrases in the local language that have helped us in our every day life of ordering food, meeting people in our community, talking to taxi drivers, and ultimately building relationships with others. It’s so exciting to be able to talk to people in the local language and it is especially exciting when they actually understand what we are trying to say!

Here are some of the reasons we love East Asia:

-THE PEOPLE: Most of the friends we have made and the people we have encountered have the kindest and most genuine hearts. They are a people who love to serve others. Their hospitality and willingness to drop everything for their friends is so admirable. A couple examples of this: Our friend S recognized that it was pouring rain outside one day and thought we might not have umbrellas and so he called us and found us so he could bring each of us umbrellas! Another example: Whenever we go out with friends they will insist on paying for everyone. They will even race us to the cashier or will just pay without telling us!

-THE COMMUNITY & CULTURE: East Asian people greatly value friendships and being in a community with each other. Many people hang out in the local park or square and participate in various cultural or community activities such as singing, dancing, exercising, playing games, playing instruments, chatting (while sitting in a squat position), etc.

-THE BEAUTY: East Asia is so green! As one of my friends has described it before- it’s like a green house. There are so many lush mountains and tall green trees lining each streets within our city which we have called home for the time being. Although beauty can be found in nature we have admired finding it within the faces of old men and women, young college students, and the beautiful children that have captured our hearts.

-THE FOOD: It is straight up a-mazing! Sharing meals with friends is such a great time to build friendships. Almost every time we eat it is in family style. The waiter will place all the food on a piece that resembles something alike a “lazy Susan” and share and enjoy the food and company!

-THE SOUNDTRACK TO EAST ASIA: Taxis, animals, basketball games, chatting, singing, dancing, thunder, rain & many other noises are our daily melodies in our city. The city blooms to life as the sun sets. It’s a rare moment to hear silence as men and women continue selling merchandise on the corner of the streets & friends enjoy tea with one another into the late hours of the night.

-RESCUE: Many people are seeking and we find so much joy in seeing people light up and get excited when hearing the Truth! However, many are completely blinded by the ways of the enemy and are living their lives to praise idols while placing their strength in something that will not hold. We have recently learned a lot about a Muslim UPG (unreached people group) in our community and our hearts are grieving and broken for these people. During this month as they celebrate Ramadan and seek understanding through fasting (etc.) we ask that the true G0d would reveal himself candidly to these men and women. We pr@y that Father would reveal himself to those we talk to and that they would seek Him, follow Him, and share His truth.

-PASSION FOR A PEOPLE & CULTURE MAY GET YOU THERE, BUT PASSION FOR THE FATHER WILL KEEP YOU THERE: These are just a few of the reasons we have fallen in love with East Asia. However, a huge take away we have been learning is that in any country, whether that be East Asia or not, our love for a place or people will only last for so long until we are discouraged or let down. We are not here because we love East Asia but we are here because we love Father. Our love for the Father and for seeking His plan in our lives is what motivates us and refreshes us daily ultimately giving us the ability to love others selfishly and authentically!

Here are some things we have been up to this past week and things you can be lifting up:

-We have said many goodbyes to our university friends who are going back to their hometowns and to a few of our American friends as well. Goodbyes are never easy but we are thankful for the time we have spent with them. As we go our separate ways and travel both near and far we ask that you would pr@y that this good news may also spread and become infectious to the communities that our friends return to during this season.

-Praise! We have had many opportunities to share with new and old friends at a local English corner and give a few friends a book that has been able to answer many of their questions. We have also been able to come alongside the brothers and sisters and encourage them in their walk through sharing our own personal stories.

-Praise! We have made 2 best friends, “Cl” & “Mo”! We pr@y these friendships would be centered on Father and that we could share the joy and hope that He brings and come to see them ultimately follow Him.

-We’re in the midst of teaching an English kids camp! This has been such a joy! All four of us absolutely love teaching and playing with the kids! It has been a very sweet and refreshing time! Pr@y that we may have the energy needed to teach daily and learn more about their parents and themselves during the time with them and share.

-We are hoping to begin an in depth seeker study with a couple friends. Please lift up our time and that our friends would be provoked to continually ask questions as we study the book and lead her to understand our need for a rescuer.

We can’t tell you enough how much your support and pr@yers mean to us! We love and miss you all so much!

With lots of love,

Sarah

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Update #7: Wednesday, July 16 – Here is a video update: https://vimeo.com/100910985.

Here are some things that you can lift up to the Father as our time is coming to an end here in East Asia:

-That the people we have built relationships with here will be connected with fellow brothers and sisters that will continue to teach them about the good news

-That we would be confident in the way the Father has used us in East Asia

-That we would have peace about leaving this place that we have called “home” for the past 2 months

-That we will continue to abide in the Father and trust His plans that He has for us in this next season of life

-Upon arrival, that we will be able to communicate well what Father has done in our lives and in the lives of the East Asian people

Thank you so much for choosing to continue on this journey with us and for all the encouragement that you have sent our way! We love and miss you all dearly!

​-Delaia

Update #8: Tuesday, July 22 – Final video update: https://vimeo.com/101397997

These past two months in East Asia have been so much more than I can explain in one paragraph. I have had such an amazing time with my team making friendships, learning the language, teaching English, and sharing the good news. It has not been a spiritual high or an easy two months, but rather it has been a summer of trusting in The Father, and relying on Him. East Asia and I had a rough start, but it ended in a love/hate relationship. I learned a lot about myself and about my teammates on this journey. I am more introverted than I thought I was. The Father really taught me how to rely on The Spirit in every moment and conversation. There were times where I felt The Spirit telling me not to share, and many times where I felt The Spirit leading me to share. When I did share it was amazing how a small step of obedience grew my faith in The Father so much. I learned to love the good news in a new and refreshing way. I found so much joy in sharing the good news with the people and friends I met in EA no matter what the response was in sharing. I am so thankful for all the wonderful memories and experiences I have had over this journey. I am humbled that The Father would use me in the ways that He did. I would not have wanted my summer to be spent any other way. I love and miss my friends and family dearly, and I cannot wait to see you!

Love, Noelle a.k.a. Wú Yá Xué

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As I explored a cave close to our home recently I became mesmerized by the hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and idols presented. I recognize that the enemy is real however as I become aware of this I am reminded of the power and reign of our Savior. Psalm 115:4-8 states, “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” This city, which I called home for the past eight weeks, is filed with stories of joy, tears, anxieties, laughter, frustration, and prayer. I witnessed men and women attempting to find a measurement in regards to the value of life and what defines a life worth living. Children are often abandoned and left within designated places in select provinces within East Asia based on a number of circumstances. In addition to this the past several weeks have been dedicated to celebration of Ramadan as an unreached people group number of over 50,000 within our city and over 1/2 million in the province fast while seeking wisdom and understanding. Time and time again regardless of which people group I met while living in East Asia the constant theme of finding a meaning and understanding to ones life was repeatedly emphasized. I am thankful for the Father’s steadfast love and mercy (Psalm 103:4). As I prepare to return to America in the next few days and try to compile all my stories, thoughts, and emotions I have confidence that the Father’s plans are far better than my own and that His timing is perfect. I trust and pray that the Spirit would guide me and I pursue a life of obedience, discipleship, and holiness to Him. I look forward to being able to further share with you these past two months that my team and I have cherished and been blessed to witness the Father working within East Asia. See you soon!

Love, Lauren Hogan a.k.a 白雪​

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We said goodbye to the city we have been living in for two months and we are now in a time of debrief in another part of Asia. Within this last week we have had to say many goodbyes or “see you laters” and it hasn’t been easy. We have made so many amazing friendships and leaving those friends was hard especially because many of them are nonbelievers. However, this has strengthened my pr@yer life tremendously and I am relying and trusting in the Father’s all knowing and perfect plan. He brought us to East Asia and now it is our time to leave but it doesn’t mean I will not sincerely miss it with all my heart. I have learned so much about how lostness comes in many different forms. Many people we have met when asked what they believe, will give a collective answer saying “East Asian people believe…(Fill in the blank)” and I have learned to ask certain questions that will reveal their own heart but many do not even know what they believe or they may just resort to agreeing with everything to stay safe. Lostness can also be more in your face, for example, we hiked a mountain that was dedicated to being a place of idolatry and here we watched as people bowed down to so many idols that are all lifeless and can do nothing for their salvation. Everything about that mountain was heartbreaking and gorgeous all at the same time which was really confusing to wrap my mind around. But when I was thinking and pr@ying through it, I realized that the most beautiful parts were not man made but it was the creation around it that I was in awe of. My heart has been thoroughly broken for the people here and this has nourished my urgency to share and I have found so much joy and excitement in sharing. We will not always be privileged enough to see the outcome of sharing but I am so thankful to be apart of the planting here and being humbled in knowing that only Father can change hearts and He will in His timing. I am excited to share with you all that I have learned and experienced here and I can’t wait to catch up on what has happened in your lives these past two months. It will be such a sweet reunion! Continue to be praying for East Asia!

Love you, Sarah a.k.a 林若

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These past few days have been full of “see you laters” to the friendships we have made, to the culture we have adapted to, and to the place we have called home for the past two months. Although I don’t know when, or if, I will ever see these friends, I have learned to be confident in Father and His control over all things. It has humbled me in many different ways. I have been so humbled in the fact that Father has allowed me to be a part of His plan; I have been humbled in the fact that I cannot change anyone or convince anyone to believe out of my own strength. It is all in His timing. I thought I had learned that I cannot do anything out of my own strength, but Father showed me in a different way of how I cannot do anything without Him and that He orchestrates all things to come together all in His timing. John 4:34-38 was an encouraging passage for me this summer in knowing that even though I shared and may not see the fruit, I will have the confidence that Father will continue to reveal himself to the people we have shared with; I must continue to be obedient and have confidence in Him. My time in East Asia has been such a sweet time of growth with my walk in Chri!$t. I have been challenged in many different ways by the culture, the people, my teammates, and other factors where I see now that Father was exposing the ugliness of my s!n and how He was molding me to be more in His image. I am so so so thankful for my time and the many experiences that the Father allowed me to participate this summer and I cannot wait to share to you all on how Father has grown in me and is moving and revealing Himself in East Asia!

Love,  Delaia a.k.a 费莱雅

LAX Arrival: Thursday, July 24 arriving on AC 1882 at 5:37pm

SOS South Asia (1)

SOS: South Asia

SOS South Asia (1)

Team Members: Cristina, Jesus, Bryan, Brittni, Aubrey

Task: This team will build relationships with locals, learn the cultural and religious background and seek opportunities to share truth.

Departure @ CBU Globe: Tuesday, May 20@ 4:15 AM

Update #1: Wednesday, May 21 – We have arrived and are checked into our hotel. Thankful that all of our luggage arrived. We’re tired and heading to bed after a few very long days of travel. Please pray for our adjustment over the next few days as we go through orientation. – Cristina

Update #2: Monday, May 26 – The internet hasn’t been working and we are going try to post the video update tonight if it works, or we will go to a coffee shop tomorrow. We just got to our new city and our wifi only barely works in our apartment on my laptop. – Aubrey

Update #3: Monday, May 27 – Hey everybody!! We are so sorry it has taken so long for an update. The first few days were spent at orientation, where we were on a technology fast, and internet is sketchy at best here in South Asia. We just spent the first night in our respective flats in our new city and we are excited to get started to work here!

Here is our first video update from our first week here in SA:

http://vimeo.com/96550645

We would like to leave you with some requests to lift up to the Father on our behalf. We have seen the importance and the power of communication and intercession with Him, and how He is already moving in really big ways, both in our lives and those of the local people we are meeting.

 If you could please pray for the following:

  • Adjusting to our new city and the different language (completely different from our first week during orientation!)
  • Health: Brittni has been sick the past few days with a cold, nothing that has kept her from going out, though. Please pray for continued health for the whole team and a quick recovery for Brittni.
  • Team Unity: We are currently reading through Acts as a team and it is our hope that we would be like Acts 4:32 says, “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” Please join us in praying that this would characterize our team, and the body as a whole
  • Boldness: In Acts 4:29, Peter and the followers pray the Father would continue to grant them boldness to continue to speak His word. This is so key for our team, and we would love for you to lift us up to take advantage of every opportunity and with each step, that we would move in boldness.
  • Persons of Peace: Luke 10 defines the kinds of people we are looking for. Please ask that these would be the people we meet and begin to develop relationships with.
  • Diligence: Please ask that we would remember to praise the Father before and after and during the work.
  • Team Interactions: Please ask that our brothers would continue to be strengthened to be brothers to the sisters on the team.

To all of our friends, family, and supporters, we miss and love you dearly! Until the next time, Brittni

Update #4: Monday, June 2http://vimeo.com/97100165

Hello friends and family, we are glad to present to you our second team update!! Whoo!! We wish this could happen more often but the power seems to go out every time we try to send in an update and now because it is monsoon season the power will be going out more often then not which means the wifi will be sketchy.

We are becoming acclimated to the culture here in South Asia and have stopped asking questions as to why things happen or don’t make sense: “you know you are in South Asia when – you see a cow(s) blocking traffic, an auto carrying 6 goats, and a motorcycle with a whole family on it including a wife, a husband, two children, and a dog/goat on the same road at the same time”. “You know you’re in South Asia when – 10 to 15 minutes later means 10 to 15 days later at best”.

It’s been a journey with plenty of high/lows and happy/crappies along the way, but we continue to remain optimistic and joyful as you can tell from our video. We are learning bits and pieces of the language Kannada which is the native tongue of the people here aside from English. It has been a joy to use what we know to bring a smile onto the faces of people we speak with; they really get a kick out of it!

Aside from all this we have really seen prayer come to life here. We start our days with prayer and then pray whenever we get the chance which is almost all the time, auto rides, prayer walks, you name it. We have seen opportunities arise and have begun to create incredible relationships with individuals here that we see the Lord leading in specific directions. We have even done house visits allowing us to build relationships with the whole family, Praise the Lamb! The Lord has made our team of one accord, our ideas and passions and convictions seem to match each others which is really helpful in ministry and an answer to prayer.

Some things you can pray for:

  • -Pray that we will continue to be bold in the opening of our mouths proclaiming the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:9
  • Pray that God would bless our friendships with the locals and continue to provide opportunities to meet with them.
  • Pray that the Lord will leave the people uneasy and unsatisfied with their gods.
  • Pray that the Lord would encounter these people and us in dreams and visions, miraculous signs and wonders. Acts 4:29-30
  • That we would continue to be more burdened by the idol worship hear in this city. Acts 17:16
  • For good health – that the “runny motions” would not leave us immovable.
  • Pray that we would always begin and end our days with praise.

We love you all. In His love and grace,  Cristina

Update #5: Thursday, June 12 - Check out this new video update from the SOS team!  https://vimeo.com/97934417

Wow! We are a third of the way through, which is crazy! That being said, please pray for perseverance and endurance, to continue to work hard through the rest of our time here. Also pray that we would be able to focus on the task at hand, and be in SA fully, without worrying about things at home.

Please pray for our friend S. and her family. We have had the privilege of developing relationships and please pray we would continue to be bold in sharing with them and that the Father would continue to bless those relationships. We also ask that you would pray against discouragement on the hard days, and that we would be able to rely fully on the Father’s strength.

We love and appreciate your support so much! – Cristina, Aubrey, & Brittni

BONUS VIDEO!!  https://vimeo.com/97852677

Update #6: Sunday, June 15 – Hello friends and family! Here is a quick video update from this past week. We also want to wish all of our dads a very Happy Father’s Day! We are so thankful for you and sending our love across the oceans! Please continue to pray for our previous requests, the relationships we are building, and continued opportunities to share. Please also keep Aubrey specifically in your prayers as she has been sick the past couple days with a bad cold. In His love, Britt
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Update #7: Monday, June 30 – Another video is finally loaded: http://vimeo.com/99416873

Update #8: Tuesday, July 1 – Hello! Sorry it’s been awhile since we have last updated you all. We finally got the video to upload after many failed attempts so hopefully you enjoyed that!

South Asia continues to surprise us day by day with new adventures and struggles. The girls have a new hashtag, #autostruggs. We have auto struggles by the hour here. The auto drivers see it to their benefit for obvious reasons to raise the prices of our auto rides. We have gotten really good at bargaining with them and not letting them cheat us, which more often than not is quite comical. We have an auto struggle video coming soon! It’s going to be a must see!!

Aside from the auto struggles, ministry has been going really great! Starting this past week we have switched our main focus from making a bunch of new relationships to pouring into the ones we already have. We do this in hopes of speaking with them more about the Father and finding opportunities for discipleship. Following up with girls here consists of us texting them multiple times to actually create another time to meet up and hoping we do not get rescheduled on. This is especially hard for us now because all the students have final exams within these next couple of weeks and they do not end until July 16th, which is only two days before we leave our city to travel up north for debrief. Even with time and exams against us, the Father has still provided and continues to provide us with time to meet up with the girls.

It has truly been something else to see the Father work through us and through others. We find it a bit scary that we only have 2 more weeks left here in this city. Things have just started to get comfortable. We know how to get around the city, we have figured out how to speak with the locals, we know how and what to order, and our flat has really become our home. We have been learning so much here about our Father and how He works, and about ourselves etc. Serving here in South Asia does something to you that changes who you are, how you think and view the world around you. We can’t wait to see what else the Father does in us and though us within our remaining time here. Love you all, thanks for staying updated!

Things to pray for:

  • Aubrey, Brittni, and I have not been feeling well these last couple of days and we have found our energy levels really low.
  • Pray that these things would not keep us from sharing and that we would recover quickly so we can finish out strong.
  • Pray for our follow up hangout time with the girls we have made friends with. Ask that we would be able to share with them more about the Father and find opportunities for discipleship.

– Cristina

Hello friends and family! We are approaching the last few weeks of our time here in South Asia. We have had the privilege of being able to be part of His work and there is still so much more to come.

These past few weeks Bryan and I have been able to share with locals during the meet-up group that occurs once a week at a local coffee shop. This group has been so successful that we created another group which will meet it another part of town. Please be asking for people to have their hearts softened to the good news and also for the spirit to guide us in the way we manage the groups and simply that we be clear communicators of the good news and for Him to convict those who hear the message.

Bryan and I have also been playing a whole lot of soccer. We play at least two or three times a week. This has been a great place for us to meet people. The players know us by name and have actually come to expect us. We have been able to create relationships with some of the players and are set to hangout with these players this upcoming week and hang out with them around town. We have been developing a relationship with two particular individuals and are still hoping to hang out with more. Please ask for recovery from our friend S for he had typhoid fever and is still somewhat recovering and we have not seen him in almost two weeks. Also our friend A and some old our other friends are hanging out this week and we hope to build a relationship with them and be able to share.

Also once a week we have been able to help out with the special needs program at a local elementary school and have had a joyful time singing and playing with the children. Please be in constant request for some of these children for some are in and out of hospitals and some have debilitating conditions that sometimes does not allow them to make it to school. Also sometime this upcoming week Bryan and I will be attempting to visit some of these children’s parents at home along with local believers and hopefully be able to share.

Finally, we have been blessed to meet local believers. A gathering family has taken us in these past two weeks and it is a truly beautiful sight to be able to sing praise to Him with believers from all over the world. We have been invited into several homes of these believers and also have been able to participate in some of the work the gathering does through soccer. Please ask for a blessing of the work the gathering does around the city and the Spirit to bless the elders in their continued efforts to bring Him glory.  We have had the opportunity to hear the testimonies of some of these believers and hopefully will be able to see some locals be immersed by the local gathering in the upcoming weeks.

Please be requesting for:
– Health for our legs as we play soccer and our stomachs of course
– Our friend S who is very interested and wishes to follow up after we shared.
– Our friend S who we have not seen in two weeks since he fell ill, but will likely see this week and hang out with him.
– More opportunities to share in our new meet-up group and also our current group.

Thank you for your continued support. I guess I have to cheer for the US now that Mexico is unfairly out in the World Cup. – Jesus

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Update #9: Monday, July 7 - Hello friends and family! Thank you so much for your support and for uniting with us in uplifting requests to the Father. Our time here in SA is coming to a close and we still have several great opportunities ahead in which we will be able to do great work in His name.

As previously mentioned our friend S, whom we played soccer with prior to becoming ill with a severe fever, came back to play! This week he came to play and after a follow up with him he has invited Bryan and I to come visit his parents who want to meet us. We have been invited to his home this upcoming weekend. Please ask the Father to provide an opportunity to share His story, for both S’s parent and his brother to be present at his house, and also for conviction by the Spirit.

Our meetup groups have been successful. It is hard to grasp that this week will be our last meetup. Every time we have met with people at these meetups His story has been shared and explained clearly. The encounters we have had are clearly a result of prior work by the Father. Please ask for a blessing on this last and final week of meetup groups. Ask that Bryan and I will be bold in sharing, that we would be guided by the Spirit in conversation, and able to focus on those who are responsive to His story.

It is sad to say that this week will be the last week we are able to play soccer with our friends from the park. Our friend A has agreed to spend some time with Bryan and I after we play this week. Please ask for a conversational opportunity in which we can share the good news with Him. Also as a farewell to our friends we hope to be able to leave a lasting impact as a reflection of the love of the Father. Please ask the Father that the bitter sweet farewells create some opportunities to share.

As time here comes to a close please ask for focus as a team. We hope that as a whole team our focus will continue to be placed on bringing glory to Him. Please ask for an undiluted drive for His kingdom and the spreading of the good news. Leaving will be difficult, tears will be shed, but we must not become frozen.

Additionally please ask for:
– energy, and physical health for the tasks ahead of us
– victory in spiritual warfare
– Renewing strength to go about each and every day

Thanks for your support! – Jesus B.

Update #10: Tuesday, July 15 - I can’t believe how fast these 9 weeks went by. Thursday is our last day in our city, then we will be flying to a different city to debrief for a few days. Although I can’t wait to be home, this city has really become our home and it’s really hard leaving all of the friends we’ve made and shared with over these past 2 months. The Father does not promise that we will always see the fruit of our work, but we are constantly having to remind each other that He was at work before we came, and He will continue to be at work after we leave. I am really encouraged by all the ways the Lord was able to use our teams different strengths and talents. One of my favorite things we did in our time here was meeting with a group of nursing students every Sunday night. Many of the students are nominal believers. We were able to teach them new worship songs, and break up in small groups and pray with them, share stories, talk about life, and exchange some cultural differences. These girls were the biggest blessing to me, and I am so thankful for them! I can’t wait to be home and apply everything the Father has taught me here, I am definitely a different person than I was getting on the plane in May! Please be lifting us up as we are traveling to our new city, and trying to process everything that we’ve learned and the things that we experienced. I couldn’t thank you enough for uplifting my team and me throughout this experience, we couldn’t have done it without all the prayer!  See everyone soon! -Aubrey

We are just about done here, which we find really weird!! What happened to the time? Is it really over? I find myself in this weird limbo of trying to remain present here but at the same time preparing to leave because in reality we are. It has been a blessing to receive closure in some of the relationships that we have made here. At this point we have had our last follow ups with the majority of our friends. While it has been hard to say goodbye I can leave here confidently saying that the Father’s work is not done here. I know that the Father will send more people this way to water seeds that have been planted. These two months have really put long term into perspective for me. A lot of the discipleship/ministry opportunities that we have had here have just started actually gaining some momentum. We need more time. This is sad, but not at the same time. I am thankful. Father has blessed me with the opportunity to play soccer with an all women’s university soccer team and also provided me with the opportunity to pray with some of our non believing friends. This was the first time they were able to experience what it looks like to speak to Father who is true and alive. There response to to this time of intercession was unreal. It reminded us of the privilege we have to lift up our thanks, anxieties,  & requests to Father who hears us.

Thanks again to all who have continued to remain updated on our journey here in SA. In His love and Grace, Cristina Arenales

The last couple days have been surreal; saying goodbyes and full of “this is our last time _______”s. I honestly can’t put into words how I’m feeling right now, but I know that the Father has done some amazing things through our team these last 8 weeks and I’m excited to know He will be continuing to work when we leave. Our city has truly come to feel like home and it’s weird to think that we only have a short amount of time left. We have been able to have some great last conversations with friends, leaving them with the knowledge of how much not only we, but He loves them. Something us girls have talked about a lot is how excited we are to implement everything we have learned in SA into our lives back at home. I can guarantee that not one of us is coming back the same person as we left. Learning and growing alongside these brothers and sisters has been the biggest blessing and privilege and I am beyond thankful for them! Please definitely be lifting me up for energy and endurance through this last home stretch! Love you guys so much and see you in a week (eek!) -Britt

Tourist day for the girls! (The boys are going tomorrow)

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-Aubrey

Bonus: We participated in a lip sync battle today and thought you’d all appreciate it!

South Asia SOS Lip Sync

– Britt

Update #11: Monday, July 21 - We are practically done with our time here in SA seeing as we have 1 day left. Our feelings about going home seem to change day to day so the best way to explain how we all feel is bitter/sweet. We left the city we were working in on the 18th and we are currently in a different city participating in reverse field training. One of the days spent here we were able to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world. It was an awesome experience and a really long bus ride away. Aside from that visit our time in training has been about preparing us to return to the US as smoothly as possible. Our time here in SA has been life altering. Depending on what the Father has decided to press upon our hearts we are coming home with different convictions, passions, insight, and ideas of things we can implement into our daily lives back in the US. As we spend time reflecting with other volunteers that have lived life with us this summer, we are blessed in hearing their stories as to how the Lord worked in wonderful ways. We have also loved sharing our own stories because they have sent chills down peoples spines and they remind people that the Father works in many different ways. They remind us that our time spent here while hard at times was well worth it. They remind us of the Father’s omnipotence and faithfulness. We are reminded of the presence that we as believer’s have when you have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. We are struck time and time again of the importance of prayer and the power and peace that come with it. We are very excited to come home and apply things we have learned, sharing stories with those willing to listen, and spreading the vision of the importance of making disciples.

Prayer requests:

– During this time the Father would have His way in our hearts

– That processing would help us understand and grow from our time spent here

– For the men and women we have shared with, that the Father would continue to send others to water the seeds that have been planted.

-For our transition home

– Safe travels

See you all soon, Love SOS

LAX Arrival: Wednesday, July 23 arriving on AF 66 at 1:05pm

South Asia Children (2)

South Asia: Children’s Outreach

South Asia Children (2)

Team Leaders: Sam

Team Members: Laura, Ruby, Brittney, Philip, Tyler, Kathryn, Jadah, Thomas

Task: This team will be building relationships and ministering to some of the most underprivileged children in South Asia, in hopes of bringing the Truth to an unreached area of the world.

Departure @ CBU Globe: Wednesday, June 18th @ 6:30 pm.

Update #1: Thursday, June 19 – We have arrived safely. We are ready to go! – Sam

Update #2: Saturday, June 21 –  Thank you all for your prayers and support as we traveled to South Asia! We arrived safely with all of our luggage around noon on Friday morning and were promptly greeted by our fieldworker who brought two local drivers to pick us up. The first thing that we noticed was the humidity.

We were told the rainy season had just started a few days prior to our arrival and that the rain would come off and on daily for the next few months. After a short ride to our hotel we found ourselves in the middle of our first downpour as we shuffled our luggage into the small lobby, found our rooms, dropped off our bags and preceded to lunch to meet a few other workers in the area. Again, as we parked, a torrent of rain met us as we ran inside.

After lunch we had our first orientation at our fieldworkers’ apartment. We were challenged by Jeremiah 18:1-4 to be clay usable for the potter, learned a few new helpful phrases, found a few different spots we would frequent on a map, and learned a few of the local customs.

From the orientation we walked 10 minutes to a local shopping area in order to find clothes for the girls. They selected a few new outfits while the guys patiently waited and waited and waited but really, it was not that bad. From there we took bicycle rickshaws back to the hotel which was very exciting as we weaved in and out of lanes navigating the side streets. Our caravan of 7 rickshaws managed to race back to the hotel where our jetlag forced us to bed fairly early.

We started Saturday morning with breakfast of fried eggs, toast with orange jelly, a banana and coffee. Followed by a devotion led by Laura and then we started our historical tour of the city. Our first stop was downtown and included a guided river crossing. As we returned back to the vans the rain began again and we landed on the steps of the river drenched but in great spirits because even though we were wet it cooled us down quite a bit.

Our next few stops included a palace, a tomb and a museum all showing the history and pride of a young nation. We were able to see how this country was shaped over the last few centuries and the struggles it still faces in the future. We enjoyed a local favorite for lunch of either lamb or chicken over rice and a boiled egg. Most of the team chose chicken but adventurous Philip went for the lamb. We continued our history lesson after lunch and returned to our hotel after dinner. We ended our day with some team time, sharing what we had seen, smelled, felt, whom we had talked to, what we learned, and what we were excited for over the next few weeks.

Sunday we are looking forward to an orientation with a team for university outreach. We will be learning how to begin communicating with our peers and hopefully sharing truth as we interact. Please be lifting up our time as we learn, begin to interact with other Americans and the locals, that we would have opportunities to share and that we will overcome jetlag quickly. Everyone is doing well! We love and miss you, enjoy the pictures! Blessings, Sam

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Update #3: Wednesday, June 25 – Over the last few days we have spent a lot of time in local slums. We saw for the first time the incredible poverty that many families live in. Each house made of bamboo and tin is usually one or two large rooms and could usually houses 5-6 people. They often move their homes every few months in order to avoid the government removing the houses in order to keep the government land clear. Despite these conditions we found incredible hospitality and joy. Pray that our teams would help foster curiosity that allows for open doors to truth. Now a few words from the team! –Sam

Thank you for keeping up with this awesome journey as we go through twists and turns and ups and downs. We truly appreciate your prayers. Today was definitely a highlight for me so far. We got the opportunity to talk and play with many children from the area. They all ran up to us, so excited to see some “jungle gyms” as one of our friends put it. They climbed into our arms and kissed our cheeks and spoke the language to us. Few knew English but it didn’t even seem to matter. We all spoke the language of happiness and love. I can’t wait to go back and build up the friendships we started. Two prayer requests I have are for God to keep pushing the comfortable boundaries I am used to and also to truly learn how to be selfless in every way. Love you guys! –Katie

I am doing very well here and have already experienced so many amazing things. I can see God working in so many ways through our team it has been such a blessing. Throughout our short time here we have already been able to make friends with some of the locals and they are the most friendly and loving people I have ever met! I have loved getting to learn the language, study/observe the culture and share the gospel all at the same time. God has provided in ways I could not even imagine and has given me strength to speak truth boldly even when I felt I couldn’t. Thank you all so much for praying it means a lot! Love you and miss you!! –Brittney

Our time here in this beautiful place has been so amazing thus far. I have fallen completely in love, head over heels, with this country and these people after only a few days. Everyone has been so sweet, loving, and hospitable. God has truly been challenging my team and I in so many ways. I’ve been blessed to have already had the opportunity to share the good news to high school girls with the bridge illustration. Praise God! My prayer request is for health, the past two days I have not been feeling very well. Praise: is that God has opened so many doors for ministry and it is a huge blessing to all. Thank you so much for all your support and prayers. Be blessed everyone! –Ruby

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of people at home to send and support me on this amazing journey.  I have had so many wonderful experiences – from seeing historical landmarks, to visiting kids in slums, to prayer walking in parks – and God has been teaching me so much throughout this trip, I can already tell it is going to be hard to leave (don’t worry, I won’t leave y’all alone over there without me).  All joking aside though, I’ve been extremely blessed to have been placed on this amazing team of wonderful people, and to have met so many wonderful people here in the country.  I’m looking forward to all that God has in store for the rest of our trip, and to coming home and telling you all about it!  Much love!! – Thomas

My time here has been absolutely amazing! It has been filled with much excitement and adventure. It has been such a blessing to see how God is working in this country and watch Him reveal himself in so many ways. I have seen how easy it is to fall in love with the people and culture here. It has been so fun to try and learn phrases in their language and spend time with precious children that are filled with so much joy. I am extremely grateful for my team and it is exciting to watch us all grow closer each day. Wonderful memories have been made and I am looking forward to what the next two weeks have in store. Thank you so much for your continued prayer. I love and miss you all! -Jadah

Thank you so much for following our updates and being a part of this journey with us! The Lord has been working in many ways and has shown us an abundance of grace from day one. I am overwhelmed and experiencing so many different emotions but one thing that God has really been stirring in my heart is to share His story with boldness. Our team has had various opportunities to share with University students and people in parks and learn about their culture. The people here are so hospitable inviting us to drink tea at their home, which has opened the door to minister to these 4 beautiful girls that live there. We are so excited as we continue to learn about the people here and love on them. Please keep lifting us up in prayer! -Laura

This trip has been awesome so far! One of my prayers this trip has been that God would give me the strength and courage to step out of my comfort zone and take the opportunities he gives me during my time here. When we went prayer walking in a local park I was feeling discouraged because I knew I had not used the opportunities I was provided. However, yesterday in one of the slums I took an opportunity and ended up sharing the gospel with a group of 9 men, with the help of our translator. God is continually answering prayer while we are here and it’s so awesome to see myself and my team growing through this experience. Thank you for all your prayers, I miss you all. -Tyler

It has been amazing here so far. We have been blessed with so many opportunities to share the gospel in the short amount of time we have been here and we continue to seek out more and more opportunities to share. I have been asked to preach at the local church and would appreciate prayer for wisdom and boldness to do this. Thank you for all of the prayers and support, I miss you all. -Philip

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Update #4: Saturday, June 28 – Hello Everyone! The last few days have been amazing!

On Wednesday we went to the river slum with translators looking for opportunities to share the good news. We broke up into four groups and all set out in different directions within the slum. We each had unique opportunities. Group one consisting of Laura, Jadah, and Thomas were invited into a slum home. There were about 20 kids and parents that gathered around to hear the nutrition lesson that they had prepared. The children were very excited and receptive to the lesson and stories. By the end of their time all the kids and their parents had a white heart, a gift from us, hanging around their neck. As we were leaving a young woman invited us into her home because she was interested in who we were and what we were doing which opened the door for Laura to read the story of the woman at the well. She and her family were very hospitable and our time ended there with prayer.

Group two consisted of Sam, Tyler, and Brittney. We were prayer walking when we found a community within the slum who invited us in to talk. These people were known as river gypsies. In this particular community, the snake is a very important part of their culture and stands as their occupation. As soon as we went in, they asked if they wanted to see the snakes. To Brittney’s horror they brought out two wooden boxes that contained two cobra snakes. One of the leaders of the community controlled the snakes. As they were gathered there, many adults and their children were interested in us and wanted to learn more about us. They made us sit in their home and served us tea and cookies. They were so inviting and open to learning the good news. We asked if the people had any prayer requests and to our delight many of them came forward and asked for prayer and healing. In the end we were able to explain what we believe and pray over them.

Group three consisted of Philip, Katie, and Ruby. They were invited into a home where they were served tea. Them they were invited into another home where Ruby and Katie were able to share their testimonies. There were around 15-20 people sitting in the home listening to them share. Our translator was able to share the message with them in their language. It was a special time that they were blessed to have.

Thursday we all went to a center for girls and took them all to the park for a sports/field day. We put on games and activities for them and had a lot of fun. Sam, Philip, Thomas, and Tyler even participated in a piggyback ride relay race. Overall we really had an impact on the girls and were so blessed by their smiling faces. Once we got back to the center each member of our team had the opportunity to share their testimony with a new believer who was very curious. It was a great experience for us.

Friday we went to a small gathering held at the same center.  The entire service was in their native language and although our team did not understand the exact words being sang and prayed we could all feel the power and presence of our Father. Philip had the wonderful opportunity to share a message with the congregation on the HS and how it is a fire within us that must remain burning. At the end he got to sign his name on the bottom of the pulpit. It was a special moment. After the gathering we went to a local orphanage close to our hotel where we spent time with a group of older girls that we took to the park for a sports camp. They were bubbly, sweet, and full of joy. They all had a great time and it felt as though our team really made a connection with them. We are looking forward to going back on Sunday and sharing more with them.

Please keep us in your prayers as some of us are feeling weary and physically drained. Also please lift up Ruby as she is recovering from her ear problem and her bug bite.  She is taking some meds and starting to feel better.

A prayer request that has been answered was that we would have open doors. Brittney, Tyler, and Sam were invited to a community of people in the river slums to share a lesson with children and the parents would like to partake as well. They seemed to be excited to learn from them and were thankful the Lord provided a place for them to teach. Please continue to pray for more opportunities like this and that we would be bold in our sharing.

We are all doing well and learning about ourselves and our relationships with our Father. We love and miss you all!
-Laura, Jadah, and Brittney

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Update #5: Wednesday, July 2 – The last few days have kept us very busy! On Sunday we worked with a local children’s home and hosted a morning filled with games, relays and songs. We divided the 40 children into 4 teams and created 4 stations with various games. After about 10 minutes the leader would help rotate the children to the next station for the new game. After the rotations we had a local snack consisting of a fried batter filled with seasoned potatoes and corn that was delicious. Then we started the relays. We did a potato sack race, jumping rope and a few others that the kids absolutely loved. Like most times the team is out working with kids we become human jungle gyms, baby holders and tickle monsters. It is both extremely fun and exhausting!

Monday was the official start of Ramadan! This is a month long time for fasting from sun up to sundown each day.  We spent part of the day shopping in the local markets as well as getting a little pampered. While the girls got their nails done the guys went to a local barber and received straight razor shaves with one of the locals.

Tuesday we went back to the river slum where we had previously been invited back. Our intention was to share a Community Transformation Training session about hand washing that also lent itself to sharing about the cleansing power of Christ. One group was able to share in a local school and then invited to sit and drink tea with some of the members of the community while a second went back to a local house to share their stories of transformation. We are privileged to report that the local pastor was able to share his testimony as well and one member of the community became a believer!

This morning we spent our time at the girl’s center and walked through the sand slum. The guys had wanted to do a rickshaw race ever since we had landed and today was the day! What we thought would be a single rider and cyclist turned into one driver and at minimum one American and 5 local children! It was a blast! The locals must have thought we were crazy but the children loved it. After returning the rickshaws to their owners we drank tea with some of the observers before gathering the children to sing a song explaining how God created the world and played a game similar to musical chairs, but instead of chairs they used Americans.

With our remaining time we will continue to visit the slums in order to teach Community Transformation Training, love on the local families and seek ways to share truth! Thank you for your continued prayer! Ruby’s foot is doing much better and we are seeing fruit from our labor, but we know that this is only the beginning. Please continue to pray for stamina, especially since our remaining time is during the Ramadan holiday. Please continue to pray that we would be teachable as we serve alongside local believers and our hearts would be softened to continue to love and serve well. Pray that the new local believers would be discipled well as this new faith may be very difficult and cost them so much. We love and miss you all! – Sam

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Update #6: Sunday, July 6 – Hello friends and family! The last few days have been exhausting yet rewarding! On Thursday we started out the day by visiting a new slum. We broke up into two groups; one group was able to share a Community Transformation Training session with the local children about nutrition and linked it to a story about Daniel. The other group answered some questions that the children had and Laura was able to sing a few songs for them afterward. As always, these visits to the slums always end up involving playing with the kids and us completely worn out. In the afternoon, we spent some time playing with the children at the sand slum we visit quite often.

Friday was the 4th of July and therefore involved some fun for us! We started the day going to the local pastors fellowship. This involved the usual singing of hymns and prayer. I (Tyler) shared on faith and after, we all joined them in participation of Communion. After fellowship, we went to one of the local’s home for lunch. His wife prepared a delicious meal consisting of rice, beef, and dal for us. After lunch, we started our time of 4th of July celebration! We went to a huge mall, went shopping, and even went on a roller coaster! Later, we went out to ice cream and spent some time with friends playing games. Overall, it was an awesome 4th!

Saturday was our rest day, so we were able to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. We were able to sleep in and go hang out at a fieldworker’s house for the day. We ordered some take out for lunch and the girls ended up going to get henna with some friends! We all went to dinner that night and spent some more time at the hotel relaxing later that evening.

Today, Sunday, we visited another new slum with some of the locals. We broke up into groups again. One group was able to walk through the slum and spend time with the local kids. They were invited into a home where they made friends with a young girl, sang songs with the kids, the kids sang to them, and just loved on the children there. The other group talked to a tea shop owner who invited them into her home, got her contact information for the fellowship, and spent some time visiting with the local rickshaw owners. We then had some American food, cheeseburgers, for lunch! It was a very good change of pace after having a lot of the same food over and over again. After lunch, we went to the sand slum and spent our last few hours with the people there. It was our time to say our goodbyes and get some final lasting memories with the people. For dinner, some of the team into town to pick up food and bring it back to the hotel. We got some chicken, dal, rice, and naan making it one of the best meals we’ve had yet! We were very proud of ourselves. We are spending the rest of the night just hanging out bonding as a team.

Tomorrow we have a day full of debriefing, packing, and resting as we will be heading home on Tuesday morning! Thank you for your prayers! Keep Katie in your prayers as she isn’t feeling 100% right now, and keep the rest of us in your prayers as we are all exhausted! Keep praying for the locals as we make some final connections with them during our last couple days and also pray for safe travels as we head home on Tuesday! We miss you all and can’t wait to share our stories with you when we return! – Tyler

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Update #7: Tuesday, July 8 – We said our goodbyes on Sunday to the children and families in the slums. Yesterday we had our team debrief and said our goodbyes to the local partners and fieldworkers!

Last night we were invited to break the fast with the owners of the hotel! This was a huge honor as they blessed us with an amazing dinner. We brought desserts that they enjoyed and we were able to share truth as we discussed our different religions. It was an amazing way to end our journey!

Phillip and I took Thomas to the airport this morning at 5 and he should be on his way to meet his brother in Europe. The rest of the team will be leaving in a few hours and we will see you all Tuesday night!

Thank you again for all your prayer and support. Keep our travel plans in prayer as we leave. Please continue to pray for the people of South Asia!

See you soon! Sam

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