Is It Worth It?

Every morning I step out the door of our YWAM ministry center just north of Phuket island, breathing in the fresh, though often humid, morning air. The birds chirp happily in the coconut trees above. Our hard-working neighbor throws out a hello as he passes by on his way to the field by our house.…

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Short term missions trip to Phuket

This is a guest post by Darren Nelson. Darren is the young adults director at Santa Rosa Bible Church located in Santa Rosa California. Darren recently co-led a group of young adults who participated in an FFI exposure trip to Phuket, Thailand.  Sitting on that beach I felt, more than ever, the contrast between beauty…

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Packing Your Bags: Preparing for Short-Term Missions

So, you’re getting ready to go on a short-term mission trip? Perhaps it’s your first time and you don’t quite know what to expect. Imagining what food you might eat. Practicing phrases such as “hello” and “where is the bathroom?” in an unfamiliar language. Making sure your bags are packed just perfectly. But making sure…

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Human Trafficking: What Can You Possibly Do? [Info Graphic]

Today is Anti-Human Trafficking Day here in Thailand. Depending on where you fall on the spectrum, the term “human trafficking” might boil your blood with righteous indignation, might cause you to roll your eyes at this oft-repeated buzz-word, or might lead you to wonder what this non-intuitive term is even supposed to describe. If you’re…

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Fundraising…..The Holy Privilege of Building Relationships

As a full-time missionary, I am all too aware that the words “privilege” and “fundraising” are not often talked about in the same sentence. The majority of us on the foreign, and local, mission field have experienced the time and faithful persistence required to continually share our need, meet with churches, all the while praying…

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Before You Sing Hosanna

Today is referred to as Palm Sunday, which commemorates the Gospel account of Jesus entering Jerusalem and being celebrated as the Jewish king. The people of Jerusalem took palm branches and spread them on the road before Jesus, and the crowds were joyfully shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the king who comes…

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Riding a Moto: Cultural Adaptation at Its Finest

I swerve suddenly to avoid a pothole in the road and then squeeze in front of an overloaded pickup truck in order to pass a car that abruptly pulls into my lane. I hold my breath as an exhaust-belching tour bus lumbers past and then watch, mesmerized, as a family of four, their dog, and…

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How in the World…? Finding Home on the Other Side of the Globe

It’s a small, big world… I am from one of the largest countries on earth. I grew up going to the biggest church of my denomination nationally and was well connected there. My city is very spread out, but I am familiar with most of it. Eight-hour weekend road trips were normal as my family…

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Letting Go of the Wall: Taking a Step into the Unknown

Suddenly, everything went black. My eyes fought to adjust to the darkness, but nothing came into focus, not even my out-stretched hand mere inches from my face. All sight stripped away, I stood, unable to move. After receiving an invitation to join the Dialog in the Dark experience in Bangkok, I excitedly agreed, thinking it would simply give…

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Expectations vs. Reality: Who Am I, Really?

One year ago… One year ago I moved to Thailand to undertake “Gospel-centred justice and compassion work amongst women in the sex trade.” It was a simple enough statement to say to my supporters, but the reality of life and work here is nowhere as simple as I had expected. Expectations are weighty and dangerous…

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