4. Mission Adventures

 
 
 
 
Nick’s Mission trip to England and Sudan
January – June, 2010


On January 3rd, 2010 I left for my 6 month YWAM Soccer DTS in England. For those of you who don’t know, YWAM stands for Youth With A Mission. It’s a world-wide organization that works with the University of Nations. They have schools all around the world varying from outreaches and missions to biblical studies and worship. My school was a sports DTS or more specifically, a soccer DTS. DTS stands for Discipleship Training School. It’s a 6 month school where you take 3 months of lecture phase learning about God and his character. You also learn about missions, outreaches and to kind of learn what to expect (although I found out that you can’t expect everything to go as planned).


Then the other 3 months are spent in what’s called an Outreach phase where we would take what we’ve learned and apply it in another country and just do Gods work there. Each school has a base which is in various countries and cities. My school was based in England, a small town near Birmingham called Nuneaton. This is where I went to spend the next 3 months of my life.


During the 3 months of lecture phase I found out a lot about myself, like I love to pray and God speaks to me mainly through pictures. This training was exactly what I was looking for. When I left for this trip, I wanted to find out more about me and who I am and I definitely found out a lot.

 
Each day we would wake up, eat breakfast and do some exercise. Then we’d have a quiet time with God, a time just to stop and listen and hear what he’s saying to us. It was great! Then we’d often have a chapel on certain days where we’d worship and praise the Lord. Then it was off to class. We had lots of classes which were necessary to cover the curriculum. We often would get speakers to come in and teach us on certain topics that they knew a lot about, which I found great because you can hear it from another person’s perspective and you could learn more about it or get more of an understanding about it. I learned a lot! Nearing the end of the lecture phase, our leaders told us where we’d be going on outreach. We each had our own ideas and places we wanted to go but it wasn’t up to us. It was wherever our leaders felt God was calling us to and when they told us, I was in shock!! I don’t think anyone was expecting to hear that God is calling us to SUDAN. When I heard that, I had a thousand thoughts go through my head all at once. Many along the lines of “AM I GONNA DIE IN THE DESERT?!!” and “WHY WOULD GOD SEND ME THERE!! IM FROM CANADA! I CANT HANDLE THAT HEAT!”…Little did I know God had something great in store for me. It took some time and a lot of prayer but I finally realized that God was in fact calling me to Sudan and I accepted it.


We had some outreach preparation to get into the outreach mode. We did two weeks of local outreach so we went to other cities in England and learned about the different kinds of evangelism and we also got to meet with other DTS from around England and do evangelism with them which was really cool to kind of share and see what everyone was learning. We made lots of friends, and learned a lot about evangelism and got to apply it there in those cities. It was a great experience and gave me a better understanding of what evangelism is. I found the experience a great way to see how God moves and we did see him move during this time.


After our outreach prep we were getting ready to leave for our outreach and then we heard that a volcano in Iceland had erupted and spread a lot of volcanic ash into the sky. This surprise from nature delayed us a week because there were few to no flights anywhere so we had to re-schedule our outreach which was disappointing but I found it to be a good thing because at the time I was still feeling anxious about the outreach and I found that the delayed week was great for me to get ready. So, it turned out for the best. During that week we did more prep in evangelism and we visited a mosque to get an idea of what to expect.


Sudan, especially north Sudan, is a very Arab and Muslim area and there are very few Christians but God was calling us there so we went.


During the week, we prayed like crazy that the clouds would separate even for a little while and guess what? We saw an opening and we took it and left. We got the flight and flew over to Egypt where we would stay for two weeks to get our visas for Sudan. The funny thing is right after we landed in Egypt we heard that the clouds closed back in, so our prayers definitely worked. (Was there any doubt?)

 
So we spent the two weeks in Egypt waiting for visas as well as doing sports ministry. We would go to sports clubs and teach the kids some soccer skills and get a chance to share about how God has worked in our lives and what He has done for us through the various contacts we made. We got to visit many clubs and orphanages to just do Gods work and it was a lot of fun. It was a great prep for Sudan both ministry wise and temperature wise.

 


While in Egypt we had a few challenges to overcome from money to visas. Apparently Americans were not allowed to enter north Sudan and we had two Americans on our team, so we had to make a decision. Do all of us go to south Sudan or do we split up? In the end we decided to split up because we felt that we should send a group to north Sudan because they definitely needed God there. So it was decided we would split up. It was hard because we had been with this group for so long. We were like a family and to split up seemed almost impossible but I prayed and listened to God and finally became ready. The leaders prayed and made the two groups. I was in the one going to north Sudan which at first I wasn’t sure about so once again I prayed a lot and God reassured me again that he would be there for me and that he was calling me there. We had made a lot of good friends in Egypt but we packed up and headed for both north and south Sudan.

 
We got into north Sudan early in the morning. Our group was tired and in a new place and didn’t understand the language but with God’s help we got through and met our contact Mike in the airport. He took us to our room for the night. We had to stay at a small motel for a night because our room was not ready at the base. We got to the motel, but there were no rooms at that time and we were all so tired so we slept on the roof. It wasn’t bad because it wasn’t cold and it was a good view too. We were so tired we really didn’t care. The next morning we awoke to a crazy heat as we waited for our room to be ready. We went grocery shopping and we got to see the town a little. It was such a culture shock seeing beggars on the streets and people selling goods from stalls and sand everywhere. It was crazy, but I soon got used to the fact.

 


God works in many ways. We did a lot in Sudan and made some good friends and saw some great things but before we knew it, our time there was up and we headed back to Egypt to meet up with the other group. We spent time in Sharmel Seik, a very nice resort in Egypt for some R and R,


We returned to England for our debrief and graduation. The last week was hard because we were all leaving and it was hard to say good bye. We remembered all the laughs we had and all that we learned. I still think of my friends from all over the world and yes I miss them but I know that God is working in their lives just as He is in mine.


I thank the Lord for all He’s done for me and all He’s shown me and all the great people He’s put in my life including River of Life. Without all of your help it would’ve been difficult to go so I want to thank you for all of your help and financial support. May God bless all of you and remember, no matter what happens in your life God is ALWAYS there for you and is ALWAYS watching over you. God’s love is everlasting.

 

Judy’s Mission Trip To India
May 6-16,2004
with FRESH FIRE MInistries…(Todd Bentley)
In the 10 days that we were in India we as a team ,all went to at least 10-11 villiages during the days; IT was scorching hot with over a 45 Celcius reading daily! Despite the heat we prayed for people, had worship services and then a small teaching, handed out toys and handed out shoes and food to everyone in the villiages.
 
 
 
 
 

At night we had Massive crusades and in the 9 nights we had crusades. Thousands and thousands of people all came from near and far away to hear about JESUS CHRIST! so many accepted Him, and so many were healed!

Thank you JESUS!

This trip was one of the best times of my life!

-Judith Martin
 
 
 
 
 
Nancy White’s Trip to Nicaragua – Jan 8-27, 2007
REFLECTIONS ON NICARAGUA

I was privileged to go to Nicaragua Jan. 8 – 26/07 with John and Claire Tigchelaar and Marj Vanderschaaf, parents and aunt to Peter T. who with his Nicaraguan wife, Jessenia, are Directors of Child Evangelism Fellowship for Nicaragua. After the trip to Nicaragua, I have determined that I want to learn more about the country, its people and it’s language.

I have learned that Nicaragua is the second poorest country (after Haita) in the Americas. Their people have survived many set-backs; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, devastating fires destructive floods; not to mention corrupt governments who have mismanaged relief funds.

In the midst of their poverty, the people I met, for the most part were humble, hard-working, grateful and very hospitable. Some, unfortunately, in a bid to survive, resort to begging or stealing. It was heart-breaking to see young children, as well as a young mother holding a small child, standing in the midst of traffic with a hand extended for a few coins. On the other extreme, at one feeding centre, in a poor, dusty, barren settlement, I saw cleanly dressed children take their dish of food home to share with their family. While visiting the children’s ward in the cancer hospital, I saw many caring and committed parents sitting with their children as they received treatment. Many are from rural areas, which means an extended time away from rest of family.

The scene which most disturbed my senses and emotions was the city dump near polluted Lake Managua. To me, it looked how I would picture hell. I saw many fires smoldering, dozens of vultures circling above, as hordes of people, including children, swarmed to each arriving garbage truck, desperately trying to find something to eat or sell. There was an encompassing feeling of hopelessness and despair. One young girl asked if we could pray that her parents

would receive some money so they didn’t have to live there. (Some 600 families do live there.) I got a whole new concept of the scripture about giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ Name, as we did just that. During the brief service there, some stopped to listen about hope in Jesus. A young boy and a young man responded to the message and received that Hope. For some reason there were dozens of fat cattle roaming around. No one seemed to know why they were there or who owned them. If I had had my way, I would have butchered and bar-be-cued them and fed the people.

In contrast, there was one day when evangelizing children powerfully impacted 30 people and led them into a relationship with Jesus. In one hour, several children eight years and up, went door-to-door in a dangerous settlement. Sixteen people responded before we had to take the children to safety and as there was a cops and robbers scenario developing. That same evening, we heard an eleven year old boy preach to over 30 children and 14 of them responded. There is a real freedom to share the gospel in Nic. that we don’t enjoy in Canada.

We had much opportunity to pray for individuals. Two were 8 year old girls, one of whom had lost her father to illness, 5 days before; another who had lost her mom to asthma in the recent past.

We prayed for many children and their parents at the cancer hospital. Four pastors shared their hearts of concern and were very thankful for our interest and our prayers. Many of the CEF staff and volunteers were openly touched and grateful for our practical help, as well as our prayers. We were touched and blessed in return to be a part of the great work they are doing for the children.

Since returning home, my perspectives have changed. I so appreciate the safety, the conveniences and the abundance that we take for granted. At the same time, I feel that I want to scale down and do with less; as I have a desire to give more to the many who are daily struggling to better themselves.



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