Students testify to the ways the Lord moved at the SLAM Bible Conference in Arcola, IL.
In late June, our five summer interns arrived in Uganda. They were immediately introduced to St. John’s Primary School, located next to our property. They were initially overwhelmed by the children who were so eager to greet and play with them, but slowly opened their eyes an education system that needs serious attention in order for those children to get what they deserve.
Billy Fly is a long-time friend of G.O.D. He has brought a number of youth to serve with us in Nashville for SLAM weeks, but this past month was his first international trip. The group, 6 adults and 6 youth from First United Methodist of Paragould, Arkansas, joined our ministry efforts in El Salvador.
Mabuhay! The Philippines Summer Interns from Students Living a Mission have arrived in Palo, Leyte! Each intern endured the long flights to the islands with great anticipation. Through prayer and bible study, the team leadership has been preparing the interns to enter the third world. The students and ministry partners we already have on the ground, welcomed the interns with traditional filipino snacks, Nescafe coffee (a Filipino favorite!), and a handmade banner. The evening ended in a delicious meal of pork adobo shared around a large table where each member of the team partook in eating tasty pork adobo, pancit, and rice.
After settling in, the team walked through the neighborhood that our community center, Tahanan, is located in to make observations of the standing destruction that still plagues so many Filipinos post-typhoon Haiyan. The poverty that once existed has only become worse as the islanders have tried desperately to rebuild their homes, their lives, and their communities while simultaneously grieving the loss of lives, property, and hope. The interns and immersion team are first being exposed to what daily life is like for Filipinos, experiencing what they do in local travel, weather and food. In addition, during these first few days, they are being exposed to the drastic dichotomy between the rich and the poor, as Catholic cathedrals tower over shacks that house the poor.
I have hopes for this team of 6 that God would keep their hearts soft as he shows them a people in need of his kingdom to come to earth in a very real way. They will visit dumpsites, volunteer in an elementary school, and tour local hospitals and clinics. They will visit those who are in prison, boys and girls in homes of refuge, and they will worship with youth groups in local churches. They’ve come prepared with open hearts, dances to perform, educational programs to conduct for children, and health seminars to share.
After just a few short days in country, the team has already seen and felt so much. It is only with the Lord that they will be able to continue opening up their hearts, loving those around them, and ministering to “the least of these”. Pray for their strength of mind, humble hearts, and strength to do the Lord’s will in their lives. We’re expecting a great trip!
Summer Internship 2016 in East Africa is underway! This summer we are hosting five interns at our headquarters in Uganda. During their time, they participated in daily bible study, Camp Skillz Old Hickory and Antioch, SLAM NSHVLL, and various cultural immersion opportunities, activities, and seminars.