Updates from the Field: Week 3

Thank you for your prayer and support for all of our 2-week summer missions teams. They have all safely landed back in the US. If you are interested in learning more about their trip, feel free to reference the weekly updates from weeks 1 and 2.

BRAZIL AMAZON

Team Brazil Amazon has finished yet another boat trip down the Amazon River where they worked on various construction projects, developed relationships with the locals, and shared the Hope of Jesus Christ. The team is gearing up for their final week of ministry in a different city along the Amazon River. For their final week they will be in the city of Manaus. Please continue to pray for strength and endurance for the team, as well as praying for what God is doing through the local contacts in Brazil.

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BULGARIA

Team Bulgaria has had a great third week with their contacts and has had the opportunity to minister to the youth and young adults in multiple churches and help with a conference geared towards reaching the next generation. Pray for strength and perseverance as the team goes into their final week of ministry before coming home.

CAMBODIA

Team Cambodia had the opportunity to travel to another remote village near the Thailand border. The team has been going house-to-house sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people who have never heard of Jesus before. During these house visits the team is seeing many salvations and healings! The team has had the opportunity to lead children’s ministry in remote villages and teach bible lessons. Pray for the team as they finish strong in the ministry the Lord has led them in.

CHILE

Team Chile visited multiple schools this week where they got to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Chile's next generation. The team got to be a part of urban ministry and participate church services where they led worship and shared personal testimonies of God's redemptive story. Continue to pray for Team Chile as they continue to present the Gospel to the communities they are serving in. Pray for safe travels as they finish their last week of ministry before coming home to the States.

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CHINA

Team China has continued ministering through education. Many team members have developed relationships with the Chinese students on campus, which has helped the team when teaching classes. The team hopes to bring joy and community through these interactions. Continue to pray for team China as they go into their last week of ministry.

GREECE

Team Greece has had the opportunity to partner with their contacts to serve the local church in Greece and serve the community members through various non-profits. Continue to pray for Team Greece as they serve many that have been displaced from their homes and bring the hope of the simple Gospel to those who are lost. After spending weeks 1 and 2 in Thessaloniki, the team spent week 3 in Athens and will spend their final week in Athens as well.

GUATEMALA

Team Guatemala is enjoying ministry with their contacts. They have been building stoves for low income families as well as installing them into homes. As a team they built 10 stoves and installed 5 of them which relieved their contacts. They worked with an organization called Wife Berta and ministered to women through sewing and making soap. The team had the opportunity to minister to high school students by performing skits, playing games, and having team members, Kaylee and Darwin, share testimonies. Three members also led worship for the students. Our team also headed towards the mountains to help their contacts build around their property and the team was able speed the process up by 2 weeks of work. The contacts have been so blessed by the team, through their investment and encouraging their ministry.

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INDIA NORTH

Team India North has finished up their third bible camp in Ongole. Over 100 children came and learned about Jesus through Gospel skits, songs, dances, and bible lessons. Our contacts taught us Indian dances that we performed for the kids in typical Indian dress. The team did a two-day work project that consisted of painting scripturally themed art on the walls of one of the CCH boys’ homes. The team has traveled to Kadappa where they will host their final camp before traveling home. This week our team had several opportunities to pray for people we weren’t expecting to encounter. Unlike the other weeks of ministry, we have been able to interact this week with more adults, and that has been a blessing in itself. Our team got the chance this week to pray for the son of one of our contacts here in India. He is sick and we were able to pray for healing for him. We were also able to stop in a village on the way to Kadappa to pray for our contact’s great aunt. This was a special moment for our contact, as his grandmother grew up in that village and was the first christian in his family. Here, we had the opportunity to pray for a woman in the village with polio. After spending time with her in prayer, she thanked us all individually and invited us to stay with her forever. Additionally, one of our team members (Nicole) spent two days in the kitchen with the women from the boys’ home while the rest of the team painted the walls. She was able to develop strong relationships with them, and at the end of their time together, they blessed her by giving her ice cream and putting flowers in her hair. This sacrifice blessed Nicole to the point of tears. God has blown our team away this week by his faithfulness to show up in the mundane moments of travel and provide divine appointments.

Please be praying for our team as they enter their last week of ministry in India. Pray for endurance, strength, and fresh eyes to see the Lord at work. Continue praying against sickness and for healings in the communities team India would encounter this week.

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JAPAN

The team had the opportunity to start off their week by doing a prayer walk around the city and praying into what they felt the Holy Spirit placed in their hearts. The team also had the opportunity to experience the Japanese culture. The team will be spending the last week in Iwaki, working with our contacts there. During this time they have a unique experience of interacted with many affected from a large tsunami a few years ago as well as encourage the local church and believers in the city. Continue praying for team Japan as they bring the Gospel to people who may have never experienced or even heard of the love of Christ.

KENYA

Team Kenya has continued building relationships with the contacts and has had several God moments with them as they've all become so close. The team also got to continue their school ministry during 3 days of the week, and 2 others were spent doing street evangelism. The team saw 7 people come to know Christ for the first time and 2 people healed through prayer. The team was encouraged and learned practical ways to take evangelism back to the States with them. The team was also able to pray and open new doors for their contacts to work with an Indian-run and mostly Hindu school. The team had the chance to pray for the founder. Pray with us for the school and the future relationships that will be built through this partnership.

Please pray for continued favor, health, discernment, and wisdom, for  joy and energy as the team goes back through their schedule, for breakthrough in the rough communities that are surrounded by corruption, for meaningful and influential goodbyes with all of those that they have built relationships with the school, and for an opportunity for the team to share the love of Christ with a school staff member they met and that her heart will be ready to receive. 

KENYA HEALING

Team Kenya Healing has been continuing to lift up the community in Kenya and their contacts. The team has built relationships with community members and children. Members have had the opportunity to work on projects that would continue to benefit the community long after their trip. As the team is entering their last week of ministry, continue to pray for endurance and strength to keep giving it their all for the sake of the Gospel.

MALAWI

Team Malawi has had little wifi and cellular access over the last few weeks, but they are having a great time in Malawi. Some of the kids are kind of shy and hard to communicate with but others follow the team everywhere. They have been able to do skits, explain Bible stories, and pray for kids and their families.  They have also been doing community service projects like painting and yard work.  The kids and workers at the have been very friendly and welcoming to the team, and the host contacts have been “the absolute sweetest!” Please pray that the team would be able to share more about the Gospel, and also that they would not be discouraged by the times that they are not able to.

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MYANMAR

Team Myanmar has been working in Children’s homes in the city and working with Orphanages outside the city. The team had the opportunity to put on a church service for the local village church. Please continue to pray for strength and perseverance for the team, and for the team to continue having opportunities to share the Gospel with the people of Myanmar. 

PHILIPPINES

This week, Team Philippines spent time loving and learning in the city of Tondo. The team has encountered the most loving community to serve. The team had the opportunity to lead children’s ministry programs. Team Philippines has been planting seeds of harvest in the community of Tondo. Keep Team Philippines in your prayers as they continue to be a light for the Gospel of Jesus Christ! 

SOUTH AFRICA JOBURG

This week the team has focused on building relationships with college students. They have had the opportunity to serve through sports and games with the children and youth groups they work with. The team got the chance to visit a children’s special needs home and love on the children. They have arrived in George, South Africa where they spent week 3 and will spend week 4. The team has been doing great as they learn to strengthen their unity, pray for the people of South Africa, and serve their contacts. They are looking forward to their last week in South Africa! 

TANZANIA

Team Tanzania continues to serve and support their contacts through Bible distribution and various work projects. Keep this team in your prayers as they finish off their trip with sharing the Gospel and giving Bibles to people who have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ before. Also, pray for the team as they have a lot of traveling in front of them before arriving back in the US. 

UGANDA EVANGELISM

Team Uganda Evangelism is doing well and looking forward to their final week. They have had the opportunity to connect with some of the local pastors on the groups as well as start some street ministry through hut to hut. Continue to pray for the team as they continue sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to many that have never heard of the name of Jesus before.

UGANDA ORPHANS

This week the team has continued working on work projects and bringing the Love of God to the children in Uganda. The team has continued to invest into their contacts and communities they have encountered. Please pray for energy and perseverance for the team as they finish their last week in Uganda. 

ZAMBIA

Team Zambia has been engaged in hut-to-hut evangelism in the bush of Zambia. While evangelizing, the team has seen a number of healings and salvations. Please pray for good health as the team enters their last week of ministry.

Updates from the Field: Week 2

BOLIVIA

Team Bolivia just finished their second and last week in country! They have had the opportunity to do work projects with the church they’re working with, evangelize every day, and work at an orphanage. The arrived back to the States on Monday!

 

BRAZIL AMAZON

Team Brazil Amazon has been able to lay the foundation and concrete floors of a church along the Amazon River. They were also able to lead women’s bible studies, small groups, and had the opportunity to share the Gospel through making bracelets and distributing them to the local community. The Lord used the team’s testimonies to move the hearts of those they have encountered including a group of local boys who worked on the church with them. The group of boys shared how their friendship with the team has greatly impacted their lives and their walk with Christ.

Please continue to pray for good health among the team, safe travels down the river, and that the Lord would continue to work through the team to minister to those they encounter this coming week.

 

BULGARIA

Team Bulgaria had a great second week with their contacts. This week the team had the opportunity to prepare the local church for a prayer meeting hosted by the pastors. They also had the chance to lead youth outreaches, lead worship in local parks, and participate in street evangelism. In addition, they had the opportunity to serve the local church and share testimonies. The people in Bulgaria are hungry and on fire for the Lord! The team also had a great time leading children’s ministry focusing on raising up the next generation. No act is too small for the Lord to use. Whether it is a kind work or preaching the Gospel, the Lord can move through it. We have been floored by the hospitality shown to us by the gypsy people and the joy they have with little earthly possessions. The team expressed that their hearts have been burdened for the Church in Sofia and are very honored to serve along side them!

Continue praying that our contacts would be encouraged, uplifted by the team’s words, actions, and prayers while they are in Bulgaria. Pray that the Lord would continue to move in the gypsy community and that their hearts would be opened to truth. Pray that they would look to seek God’s truth about their purpose in life and that their dreams would not be tampered down by their circumstances. Pray that the team would grow in unity as one unit as they continue to grow closer to each other and learning how to love one another better.

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CAMBODIA

The team has had an awesome time getting to know their contacts and exploring the city of Siem Reap. They had a chance to go to the home of the full time Overland missionaries and they shared their vision for Cambodia. On Thursday of last week, they headed out to their first village and have now completed five days of house to house evangelism. They had the chance to partner with a local pastor in the village and were able to pour into him and encourage him to keep investing into the surrounding community. The team also had the opportunity to do kids ministry, play soccer games with the locals, and perform skits to connect with the children in the village. The team has seen salvations and healings, and a hunger to know Jesus! There are a lot of people in the village who have never heard the Gospel before. Please be praying over the spiritual atmosphere of the village due to Buddhism and the worship of ancestral spirits, as well as the health of the team as they minister in 100+ degree temperatures! 

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CROATIA

Team Croatia just finished their second and last week in country! They have had the opportunity to do work projects with the local church and bring rest and encouragement to their contacts. The arrived back to the States on Monday!

CHILE

Team Chile just finished their second week of ministry with their contact! The team has partnered with OneHope Chile and has been able to participate in school ministry at various schools throughout the city. During these times visiting the schools the team has been able to share the Gospel message to the youth and children. They’ve also had the opportunity to do prison ministry and share the hope of Jesus Christ to women in two different short-term and long-term prisons.

 

CHINA

Time has flown! Like week 1, Team China continued school visits and did the hokey pokey more times than they could count. In a land where sharing the Gospel is illegal, character-building and life-speaking take precedent. The team has been implementing “mini messages” into their lessons to empower the kids, and they’ve seen how much more receptive the students and teachers are to the love they show. They’ve had to be creative, but they’re having a blast doing it!

 

ECUADOR

During the last week of ministry for Team Ecuador, they were able to lead a church service with Cordero de Dios where each member had the opportunity to share their testimony in front of the entire congregation; including a sermon from the team leader, Annelise. There were three confirmed healings after team members were able to pray over the members of the church. The team also lead a VBS for the local children and participate in street evangelism in the community they served in. The team visited three different Compassion International sites and helped serve food and minister to over 225 children total. They were able to pray over each pastor and their ministries. Throughout the services, the team was able to witness over 100 salvations. For the last week, the team continued to participate in the Creative Campaigns of GoInternational. In addition, they were able to share the love of God to Ecuadorians, Venezuelans, and even Australians and other tourists. They had the opportunity to aid in the rededication of someone’s life to God. Through different kinds of evangelism and “treasure hunting”, they provided people with words from the Holy Spirit and encourage them back to their calling. The team got to cook dinner at a human trafficking safe house where they got the opportunity to pour into the women and their children who were rescued. They were extremely excited to complete their second week of ministry. The team was thankful for how the Lord had used them and were able to be apart of His work in the nation of Ecuador.

Please continue to pray for good health among the team members as they adjust back to the States. Pray for the juvenile center, human trafficking victims, Compassion International, children of Ecuador, and church pastors of Ecuador. The team arrived back safely to the States on Monday.

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GERMANY

Team Germany enjoyed their second and final week of ministry in-country. The team has had the opportunity to reach out to families, kids, men and the elderly through church and youth services, as well as serving in a nursing home. They arrived safely back to the States on Monday!

 

GREECE

Team Greece had a great second week of ministry with their contacts. The team has seen the beauty in celebrating the little things and giving glory to God all the time. They realized that it is all worth it to go after the ‘one’ and pursuing the lost.

Continue praying for good health among the team. Pray for open hearts, wisdom and that the team would be a vessel to what the Lord is wanting to do in Greece. Pray that the team would lay down their own agenda’s and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Pray for ideas, strategies, and opportunities to bless the contacts. Pray that the contacts receive rest, feel encouraged, and that divine opportunities to share the love of Jesus through conversations would be made.

 

GUATEMALA

Team Guatemala is enjoying ministry with their contacts. They have been working with Missions Impact by preparing for youth conferences and services they will be holding in the following week. Please pray for strength for the team and for safe travels as they plan to travel to Columbia during their fourth week serving at the E21 conference with ORU’s president, Dr. William M. Wilson. Pray that God would use the team mightily and that God would be glorified.

 

INDIA NORTH

Team India North has been busy putting on week-long and day-long camps for children and orphans. They have been doing ministry at camps through workshops, games, worship, and testimonies. The team has finished their third camp of their trip. They have also been doing work projects and then will be traveling to Kadapa for the last camp.

Continue praying for strength and good health for Team India as they going into the last two weeks of their trip.

 

ITALY

Team Italy finished their second and last week in-country, and arrived back into the US on Monday.

JAMAICA

Team Jamaica finished their second and final week of ministry. They had the opportunity to lead daily school assemblies, after school programs, and assist in the elementary school classrooms. The team led a children’s ministry program this past Sunday. The team also got to spend time at a special needs home. The TL, Christa, led a young girl to salvation during a small group discussion with a few girls. The team has continued to see individual breakthrough that has led to a collective breakthrough as a team.

Please continue to pray for the team as they adjust back to the States and for the continued work through the contacts in Jamaica.

JAPAN

This week, team Japan helped out in a local campus ministry, where they met up with local university students and connected with them + invited them to events. They played games with them and made friends. The team also had the opportunity to participate in some street ministry where they went to local town squares and streets, meeting people to build relationships, and connect them to events and Lifehouse Church. The team also took part in “Language Exchanges,” where they met people they invited to events to befriend them and share life with them, as well as invite them to church on Sunday. At church they helped set up/tear down Lifehouse church services.

The team has been able to build some amazing friendships between the ORU team and Lifehouse staff/contacts. There are also genuine friendships forming with students and other people in the city. The team has seen God answering their prayers!

Please pray for health — both mental and physical — and for energy, that they can do the ministry/outreaches with the joy of the Lord.

 

KENYA

This week Team Kenya continued teaching in the classrooms on concepts like "teamwork” and biblical stories. They visited a sister church of their contact’s and painted the outside of their sanctuary for them. They also shared two messages in a juvenile prison and 32 children gave their lives to Jesus. It was an incredible day. The team went to the University of Nairobi to make connections with students and minister to them. Finally, the team also went to a spinal hospital to minister to, encourage, and pray over patients.

Please pray for health among team members as they approach the halfway point in the trip. Pray that the Lord helps them remain diligent in being spiritually prepared for whatever the day brings.

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KENYA HEALING

Kenya Healing has had the opportunity to invest into the community of the Mully Foundation where they have been able to learn and share tools in both, professional and ministry practices. Pray that the team will continue to develop deep relationships with those at the Mully Foundation and to encourage them in the dynamic work they are doing to help the impoverished and orphaned in many communities surrounding them. Also pray for strength for the team as they are going into their final weeks in Kenya.

 

MALAWI

Team Malawi has had little wifi and cellular access over the last few weeks, but they are having a great time in Malawi. The team has been working with a few after school programs in Madisi, Salima, Blayntyre, and Lilongwe. They have also been doing community service projects like painting and yard work.  The kids and workers have been very friendly and welcoming to the team, and the host contacts have been “the absolute sweetest!” Please pray that the team would be able to share more about the Gospel, and also that they would not be discouraged by the times that they are not able to.

 

MYANMAR

Team Myanmar has been working with orphanages all week long. They have seen a few healings and orphans who are eager for love and truth. Some kids got to meet their Heavenly Father this week and become a part of the Church in Myanmar. The team has visited rural villages, participated in youth services, went to a rural village church and saw three healings, and partnered with their contact and have been involved in several prayer meetings.  The team is asking for prayers for health and spiritual heaviness that’s been on their hearts due to the conflicting religions in the city. The team is learning to love well and be obedient to what the Lord is saying.

 

PARAGUAY

The team just finished their second and final week at Serving Paraguay. The children really seem to enjoy their company and it’s been a real joy to see the rest of the team enjoy playing with the kids. The team was able to bring unity to the kids on campus when they engaged most of the children in the volleyball or soccer games. The team was also able to teach various small groups and invest into the contacts during their time in Paraguay. The team arrived back to the States on Monday safely. Please continue to pray for the team as they adjust back to the States and continue to pray for our contacts, Serving Paraguay.

 

PERU

Team Peru enjoyed their second and final week of ministry with their contacts. This week, the team continued serving at the preschool, continued with sports ministry, led 4 church services, traveled to a new city, and helped with a pop-up dental clinic. Team Peru arrived back in the states on Monday! Continue to pray for Savage Ministries, our contact in Peru, and for the team as they adjust back to being in the States.

 

PHILIPPINES

This past week, Team Philippines helped facilitate an evangelism training session with the youth group and then went out into the community to share the gospel through house visits. The team led a mobile kids outreach in two different communities reaching over 60 children, most of whom do not attend church. The following week the team led VBS for 5 days in Antipolo. Along with growing relationships with the church and the youth, they were able to reach 90 children everyday with the Gospel. God’s joy and love was seen present in every child. Other days they spent attending different churches in the province, preaching, sharing testimonies, and supporting the Christian communities. The have also been inducted into the culture and have continued settling into the community of Antipolo.

Please pray for the team as they begin to do ministry in the slums this upcoming week and continue sharing God’s love to the lost and hurting.

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ROMANIA

Team Romania had a great final week of ministry visiting schools to teach Bible lessons, preaching in churches, connecting with young women at an orphanage, and ministering and distributing food to gypsy families outside of the city. The team has had a great time connecting and building relationships with the contacts.

 

SCOTLAND

This week, Team Scotland did street evangelism in various communities around Glasgow including the inner city, the south side, Rutherglen, Clydebank, Drumchapel, and Stirling.  They have been talking with people on the street, doing outreach for Destiny Church who we are partnering with, and praying with people. They also helped invite people to Destiny United, a service the church does a few times a year when all seven Destiny Church campuses in Glasgow combine.  They then served as stewards and worked with the kids at the service. The team ministered to the homeless on the streets of Glasgow, bringing them food and hot chocolate, loving on them, and praying for them.

The team arrived safely back to the States on Monday. Please pray for them as they adjust back to being in the States and please continue to pray for our contacts, Destiny Church as they continue to share the greatest News ever told to those around them.

SOUTH AFRICA JOBURG

This week the team moved on to work with Life Christian Foundation (LCF). The team has been serving at a soup kitchen for the homeless where they have seen multiple healings. They also visited two universities to hang out with the students, do radio interviews, and encourage the Christian students on campus. They hosted indigenous games for the team to learn and play. They loved getting to know the local college students who were the same age and learn more about their life and what struggles they have. The team also got to share testimonies, took a ton of pictures, and got to spend time conversing about life with the local university students. They took part in a Jesus film outreach in the slums where the tea saw a multitude of salvations and got the opportunity to pray for the community. The power actually went out in the middle of the film, that was being powered by a generator, so the whole entire community began to show up. They cheered, asked questions about God, and were in awe of the Gospel story.

Please pray that the church in South Africa is hungry for the Holy Spirit and to powerfully experience His presence. Pray that the team would continue making relationships at the soup kitchen and that the team would have strength and good health going into the next two weeks.

This week a group of us were given the chance to go to Val Palsy school which is a school for kids with cerebral palsy. While I was there my heart broke because I wanted every single one of them to get miraculously healed, but as I began playing with the kids God showed me what his joy truly looked like. Even though the kids couldn’t walk or speak “normally” they were filled with joy. In the afternoon, I was processing what I saw and my ATL, Miguel, shared something that gave me peace about not being able to see healing. He said if we continue to keep our eye on Jesus and his kingdom, the word “normal” should begin to fade out of our vocabulary. Of course we should continue believing in the healing power of God but we shouldn’t be focused on praying that the children become “normal.” We should be praying that God’s will be done in their lives and not judge their lives off of what we deem is normal and correct.” - Katlin

 

TANZANIA

Team Tanzania are working hard and working diligently. During the week they have very limited WiFi access since they are working with remote villages south of Kigoma, Tanzania. During their time, the team has the opportunity to work alongside of PEFA who have been working with various unreached people groups throughout different regions in Tanzania. During the team’s second week, they had the chance to carry building supplies for local churches that the villagers are excited to build. The team is continuing to help build, carry, and construct projects for the local believers in these areas to be able to equip and encourage them in their walk with God. On Sundays and various times throughout the week, the team is given opportunities to share their testimonies and sometimes preach to the local communities. God is moving greatly in these areas and many who have never heard the Gospel are being revealed to the greatest Truth on earth.

Pray for safety for the team and strength for their bodies. They are doing a lot of manual labor during their time in Tanzania. Also pray for the local believers that they would be strengthened and encouraged in their walk with God. Pray that God will use them to help share the Gospel with surrounding villages that have yet to ever hear the name of Jesus.

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UGANDA EVANGELISM

Team Uganda Evangelism has been building relationships with community members and the local church. The team has had the opportunity to connect with some of the local pastors on the groups as well as start some street ministry through hut to hut. Please pray for strength and good health for the team as they adjust and bring the love of Christ to Uganda.

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UGANDA ORPHANS

This week the team participated in work projects such as helping to lay a foundation for an outhouse for one of the families in the community. The team also has had opportunities to participate in both, children’s and youth services where they had chances to lead those times, sharing testimonies and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue to pray for strength for the team, for good health, and for there to be more opportunities to share the identity found in life with Christ.

 

UK

Team UK has finished their second and final week of ministry. The team has been participating in work projects at a care home and a resident of the Dunstable community by gardening and painting. They also prepared and cooked a meal for the homeless community in Tottingham. The team has invested into the contacts by cleaning and helping at COM church. They also had the opportunity to volunteer in the Big Church Day Out music festival which sees over 25,000 in attendance. At this event the team saw hundreds of salvations during an alter call at the end of the first night of the festival. After visiting homeless shelters the team has had a fresh perspective and compassion for God’s children. The team shared God’s love just by spending time with a disabled man whose mother had dementia. The team was able to pray and speak life into this man afterwards.

Please pray that seeds in individuals of the Dunstable community will be cultivated and produce a harvest. Pray that the team will not lose heart and that they will continue to serve the Lord just as passionately on the missions field as off the field. The team arrived back into the States safely on Monday. Pray for them as they adjust back to being Stateside.

 

ZAMBIA

Team Zambia has been engaged in hut-to-hut evangelism in remote areas of Zambia. While evangelizing, the team has seen a number of healings and salvations. The team has had the opportunity to pray for healing over the sick and each time God has met them and people have been healed.

Please continue praying for good health and strength over the team as they go into their last two weeks of ministry.

Updates from the Field: Week 1

BOLIVIA

Team Bolivia has arrived healthy and safe and are enjoying ministry! The team has spent their week connecting and building relationships with their contacts, doing work projects with the church, and working at an orphanage.

 

BRAZIL AMAZON

This week we built a new drainage system to prevent a church from being washed down a cliff. We also went to two Cell Groups where we preached, sang, and shared testimonies and invested in the family who ran the camp we were at. They actually texted our contact about the impact our group made on their lives! Super cool! While there, we helped teach the girls there English and did devotions with the kids at the camp. Please pray for safety this next week as we travel deep into the jungle, that everyone stays healthy, that we would get NO MORE BUG BITES(!), and that we will be blessings to all that we meet this week!

BULGARIA

This week we went to two gypsy churches. At the first church we went to on Wednesday, one team member, Micah, preached and the team leader, Peter, shared his testimony and then we prayed for people one-on-one. At the second church we went to on Thursday, we all shared our testimonies and got to pray for people for healing and we saw 4 confirmed healings! After that church service we went to one of the members’ moms’ house to celebrate her birthday, and worshipped with them for over 2 hours. The next day we cleaned the church and we did outreach that afternoon at the metro stops and got to pray for 2 people. On our free day we went to a fortress woo hoo! And today we hosted a barbecue for the youth group and prayed for a woman at church to be healed of back pain and she was healed!! The Lord has been revealing to us personally that no healing is too big or small for Him. If it’s something as simple as back pain or a bump on the head, He desires for us to be healed. The faith that these people have shown in asking the Lord to heal them is inspiring and shows the love of the Father for His children!

Please pray against the persecution the church is facing for preaching about prosperity. Pray for our team to be unified and to have wisdom in knowing how to communicate with the people in Bulgaria and make connections with them ☺

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CAMBODIA

Team Cambodia has arrived in country and been focused on evangelism and discipleship as they have preached the Gospel to strengthen the local church.  The team has enjoyed building lasting relationships, empowering the indigenous church to reach their own people, and interacting and working with the people on a daily basis.

CHILE

Team Chile has arrived safely in country and have begun ministry with their contact! The team has been doing school ministry at different schools throughout the city, visiting schools and sharing the Gospel message. They visit each location three times in order to build relationships with the teachers and students there. They’ve also had the opportunity to do prison ministry and share the hope of Jesus Christ to women in short-term and long-term prisons.

CHINA

Week one in China has been full of adventure, learning, and fun! Upon arriving, the team toured the campus with the lead contact, got a run down for the month, and even started a basic Chinese class. They were able to prepare for primary school visits that will be happening throughout the month. They planned English teaching games to get the kids moving while still brushing up on their language skills! Please pray for protection, unity, creativity, and energy in Team China!

 

CROATIA

Over the last week we’ve gotten to know our contact and his family very well. He likes to say that evangelism in Croatia looks like food, fun, and fellowship; all of which we’ve been doing plenty of! We’ve visited two churches so far for various services and prayer meetings. We’ve been doing a lot of kids and youth ministry, as well as encouraging the churches with testimonies.

One of the main activities we have been involved in this week was kids ministry at our contacts church. While the team was leading a church service for young children, there was a child outside with his parent who was too scared to come in. One team member, Josiah, went to play with him so he felt comfortable, and in the process Josiah got to talk to his father. He shared a piece of his story with about how he left the church but eventually returned. Josiah was able to encourage him in what the Lord was doing in his life. It was a blessing that through kids ministry, God was able to use us to bless the believers in Croatia.

The first day we met our contact I felt very welcomed. He was so excited and happy to see us saying just our being here is the encouragement he and his church need. Going in to the week we learned that this trip was more about building relationship and fellowship and we love that! Sometimes we in the church get very caught up in going going going and meeting agendas that relationship is forgotten. We love how comforting the contacts and people are with us. In one of the churches a woman felt comfortable enough to come talk to one member, Trenae and tell her testimony and she feels like that’s part of bulking relationship and community.

It’s been a challenge acclimating to the culture. As Americans, we like to see results (salvations, healings, numbers, etc.), but in Croatia, it’s all about relationship. We haven’t done nearly as much street evangelism as we were expecting to. In Croatia, ministry looks different. You can’t just go up to people and start talking about Jesus. People are immediately turned off by anything having to do with the church. Our best ministry has come when we don’t force it. It’s difficult because a lot of time it feels as if we aren’t doing anything, but it’s just a different aspect of ministry.

God has already done so much in the team!! Pray for continued unity, and well as sensitivity to the culture around us. Also that we were persevere to the end of the trip, giving it our all for God.

 

ECUADOR

This is Team Ecuador checking in after a fantastic first week. This week, we’ve worked with Go International on Creative Campaigns such as the Vision project, Dream campaign, and Love from Above, as well as VBS for underprivileged children, and work projects where we planted trees for Dunamis (Human Trafficking Safe House)and helped install a driveway on the property. The language barrier has been a challenge, as well as gaining boldness to do street evangelism, but we are growing all around. We’ve seen wonderful prayers answered during our time here: children have given their lives to Jesus during VBS and we had the opportunity to minister to 60+ high school students and tell them how loved they are. A woman told a member, Sarah, that she would never forget this moment after Sarah had handed her a flower and told her how much God cares about her.

Please pray for the juvenile center here, that they would be financially able to continue working in the community. Please also pray for boldness and good health within the team, as well as spiritual transformation in Quito.

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GERMANY

The team is doing great overall and highly involved with every type of ministry setting we’re out in. Our contact has also been amazing! This week we served in a homeless ministry, a soup kitchen, youth services, with the Boy and Girl Scouts of Germany, and in street evangelism. We have mainly been developing relationships with the people we’re ministering to at the soup kitchen. One team member, Maddy, has established an incredible relationship with one of the older men at the soup kitchen. The man never really participated in community that happened at the soup kitchen, but he has been amazed by the enthusiasm we have about our faith, and we are believing for his salvation! In Cologne, we were doing street ministry and talked to a lady named Bente. She was very receptive to the Gospel message, and we encouraged her to connect with her friend who is a Christian. She left with so much joy and determination to find out more about Christ. We haven’t seen any major healings or huge testimonies, but the relationship and conversations occurring are phenomenal. Our contact continuously says that he’s never seen people respond to teams or the Gospel like the way they have with us. 

Please pray for relationship building to continue would be greatly appreciated! Pray that the people in Germany continue to be receptive and that there would be salvations as a result whether on the trip or after we leave. Also pray for our contact’s church as they just had a major event occur with their finances where someone basically stole thousands of dollars from them. Pray for peace, direction, and answers for him and the leaders of the church.

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GREECE

Team Greece has arrived safely and are enjoying ministry with their contacts. The team has had the opportunity to work with Abba House and do afterschool activities with the kids.

GUATEMALA

Team Guatemala has arrived safe and healthy in country and are enjoying ministry with their contacts. They have been working with Missions Impact by preparing for youth conferences and services they will be holding in the following weeks, as well as serving the children at the school there.

INDIA NORTH

This week we worked with the CCH staff to run a 3 day Bible Camp for 80 children from 9 different homes in and around Khammam. Here, we performed skits, taught Bible songs and stories, shared our testimonies, and spent time with our contacts and the kids they care for. We also ate incredible Indian curries, chutneys, naan, and dosas. We’ve been immersing ourselves in the Indian culture and have fallen in love with it. 

From the very start of our travels, we’ve had divine moments of prayer and intercession. In the Tulsa airport, a man came up to our team in an attempt to photobomb a picture. He interacted with us for a few minutes and asked us if we were a Christian group, which we said we were. We told him we were going to India to work with children, and he was blown away. Gary then shared part of his story with us, telling us that he spent 15 years in prison for assault. He grew up knowing God’s Word but hasn’t been living it out for a long time. He started repeating scriptures that he knew, and our team asked if we could pray for him. In the middle of the Tulsa airport, we were able to pray for Gary and encourage him in his faith. He walked away acknowledging that God had given him a divine appointment with us that day. This was the start of our journey, and it marked us and made us aware of the presence of God that we carry. 

Since arriving in India, we have been surrounded by people that exude the love of God. In a country considered to be a closed nation to the Gospel, there are many men and women of faith who wage spiritual warfare every day for the Kingdom of God. These are the people we’ve been serving this week, and it’s been our honor. Our primary contact here in India said that we’re the first team he’s been able to closely interact with, and he joined us one morning for a Bible study of Romans 1. This moment reminded us that the Body of Christ is Global, and we in the USA have so much to learn from our brothers and sisters over seas. His back has also been in a lot of pain, so we prayed for healing. The next day, he joined us in several rounds of cricket (India’s national sport) and volleyball!

In addition to our contacts, we now know 80 children that are being raised to know the voice of God. We’ve gotten to pray with all of them and encourage them to stand firm in their faith. Our team has been sincerely blessed by the CCH staff, children, and pastors. We look forward to the next 3 weeks in Ongole where we’ll hold more CCH camps! 

Please pray for continued team unity, discernment on how to best serve and support our contacts and the children here, strength to endure the extreme heat during the day, and rest, even when we don’t get a lot of sleep.

ITALY

Team Italy arrived safely and healthy and are enjoying ministry! We have been working in the church doing cleaning and yard work. We have also been learning how to make traditional Italian dishes during dinner prep! We helped the church host a conference on Friday and Saturday night for the local churches in Italy. We helped video for the live stream and a few of us were on their volunteer crew helping things run smoothly during the conference. 

5 of us gave our testimonies on Thursday and last night we got to sit down with a young adult group and share stories of the goodness of God. The youth/young adults here are eager to see the Holy Spirit move amongst them, but they are tired and ask for encouragement. It’s been incredible to watch the team step into deeper relationship with them and encourage them in their walk with the Lord. 

We would love prayer for continued health this last week of the trip! We would also appreciate prayers for strength to continue to press in and respond to what the Lord wants to do in specific people we are working with at the church.

 

JAPAN

Team Japan has arrived safely in country and have begun ministry! They have had the opportunity to do outreaches in the morning and afternoons. They’ve also had the opportunity to do street worship and connect with the homeless in Japan.

 

KENYA

Week 1 is done! We were oriented to the church we are partnering with here, International Christian Church (ICC) and met some interns around our age that we get to minister along side of. We went to two different schools and taught on respect and Bible stories. The kids are doing an 18 month plan to consecutively go through the Bible. It’s such a neat curriculum and honestly one we wish we’d had as a child! We have spent a lot of time in worship as a team and prayed life into the places here that are dead and where dreams are forgotten. Many people here know Christ but do not walk in his power or authority so we’ve prayed into that. We also went to a men’s short-sentence prison and did a church service there. 7 men gave their lives to Christ!! We also had an altar call for general prayer after and many men had never been prayed for one-on-one before and they were very touched and some cried out of gratitude. 

In an effort to get us acquainted with the culture of Kenya, our contact sent us to an international convention center in the heart of Nairobi to see the city from the rooftop as well as the Kenya National Museum.Pictures are below.

Because we mostly do ministry for half the day and get to rest for the other half, we have been focusing on pouring into our contacts who are the people who will continue to minister here long after we are gone as well as to pray for and speak life into our team members as the Lord is doing deep works in many of them. Please pray with us for our contacts. 

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KENYA HEALING

Team Kenya Healing has made it to Nairobi and having begun serving in their different healing team “pods” of expertise.

MALAWI

Team Malawi has arrived safe in country and have begun ministry with their contacts! The team has had the opportunity to do an after school program with Urban Promise and are continuing to prepare for the next few weeks.The team also received a site visit from some of the ORU Missions staff members that came to check in on the team and support them in ministry for a few days.

 

MYANMAR

Team Myanmar has arrived safe and healthy and have connected with their contacts. The team has been working in an orphanage this past week and has also had the opportunity to engage in prayer with and for their contact’s ministry.

 

PARAGUAY

This week we taught English to the children in the school and helped other teachers with school activities, held chapel services for middle school and high schoolers, spent time at each of the host homes at the orphanage and getting to know their stories, trained alongside the kids that are on the track team, and played lots of games with the kids. They all highly enjoy volleyball, basketball, soccer, and playing with a football and frisbee. We also completed some work projects which included organizing a workshop, cleaning up the fields and woods on property, building and repairing school furniture, killing lots and lots of spiders. 

We were able to watch all the children in the community one night which allowed all the Tías and Tíos to have a night out to themselves which they hadn’t had in years. Also, during a bible study on the night when house parents were gone two students rededicated their lives to Christ and two others made the first time decision to follow Jesus. 

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PERU

This past week in Peru, we’ve done sports ministry (soccer & volleyball) with locals (age range: 3-30), street evangelism, working at pre-school every day, shared the Gospel at a Mother’s Day event, held a Wednesday night service where we shared 2 testimonies and a sermon and prayed for 15 or so people, and prayed for people & played with kids at medical event. During street evangelism, we met a woman and invited her to church. She came and raised her hand for admitting she didn’t want fear to overtake her life and was prayed for. A girl named Jenifer after two days of playing volleyball with us, asked about coming to church without us mentioning it. It was a testament to how we showed Jesus’ love through our actions. Overall, team engagement has improved tremendously. From the first day and not really knowing what to do, to now everyone jumping all into the culture and environment. They are enjoying the daily work more naturally. Please pray for health and continued protection and provision, lasting impact for those reache and for those people to get plugged in permanently, for a supernatural ability to speak Spanish ;), and for extra energy during times of exhaustion.  

Dios te bendiga!

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PHILIPPINES

Team Philippines arrived safe and was warmly welcomed. The team has prepped for youth camp and VBS for children, and also went through an orientation over the Philippines to learn about the people, history, and culture. The team has been doing much children’s ministry, sharing the Gospel and serving in summer activities for the children and community.

ROMANIA

The team arrived in Romania and has already begun ministry—visiting schools to teach Bible lessons, preaching in churches, connecting with young women at an orphanage, and ministering and distributing food to gypsy families outside of the city. The team has had a great time connecting and building relationships with the contacts.

SCOTLAND

Team Scotland has arrived safely in country and have begun ministry with their contacts! The team has been involved in youth services, serving the church at local outreaches, and helping at the local church.

 SOUTH AFRICA JOBURG

Team South Africa Joburg has arrived safely and are enjoying ministry with their contacts! They have had the opportunity to do high school ministry, teen ministry, and primary school ministry throughout the week.

TANZANIA

Team Tanzania has arrived safe and healthy in country and have begun ministry. The team has been serving their contact by doing work projects and evangelizing in the towns. This next week the team will receive a visit from some of the ORU Missions Staff to check on and encourage the team for a few days.

 

UGANDA EVANGELISM

Team Uganda Evangelism has arrived safe and healthy in country and have begun ministry with their contacts! The team has had the opportunity to connect with some of the local pastors on the groups as well as start some street ministry through hut to hut.

UGANDA ORPHANS

We have settled into the city of Kampala, and have been introduced to several of the Project Orphans sponsored children in the community. This week, we visited Pearl Village and met the staff personnel that we would be reporting to. The staff divided and assigned each of us to a program according to our area of study. We will each work with a specific staff member to assist them in their ministry programs: media/sound, worship, a transitional home for women victims of sex trafficking/sexual exploitation, children’s ministry, child advocacy, life skills, and a medical clinic. We will be at Pearl Village nearly everyday during the weeks to come. We worked at Sanyu’s Baby Home for an entire day. We cleaned cribs, washed clothes, maintained the grounds, and chopped firewood. In the afternoon, we assisted in bathing and feeding the babies who live in the home. We had one day of door-to-door evangelism in a slum community. We spent most of the morning walking around the community speaking with people and sharing the Gospel message. We led a children’s service at the guest home we are staying at for the children in the surrounding community. We attended and served at Oasis Church, which is apart of the Pearl Village community. After church, we played with the children and young adults in the community at the church property. Today is our free day! We will be visiting a craft market and getting lunch at a popular restaurant in the city! We also got to experience how the locals wash their clothes... by hand! One team member was able to personally relate to a Catholic believer while engaging in evangelism. She shared her story of growing up in a Catholic family, and it deeply touched the woman. The team member explained to the woman that when she was Catholic, she realized that the Lord had more for her. The team member was able to plant the seed of the joy of having a personal relationship with Jesus. Another team member was able to lead a woman to Jesus through his personal testimony. The woman found similarities in his story, and she felt moved to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

Please pray for a boost in team morale and perseverance and for the leaders, that they would be encouraged and able to lead even when tired and fatigued. Pray that the Lord would remind them of their “why” and that they would be able to experience the fullness of what the Lord wants to do in and through them on the trip. Also pray for the Pearl Village community. The people in the village have very little connections to Christian faith. Most practice Islam or some sort of witchcraft. Pray that Oasis Church would be a beacon of light and love to the people of Pearl Village. Lastly, pray for the children who are sponsored by Project Orphans. They are living in extreme poverty, so please pray that finances and resources would come like a flood for the families. Pray that they’re parents or caretakers would rise up and support their children in the best way they can and that they would be encouraged by Project Orphans’ aid.

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UK

This week we’ve done work projects at a special needs care home, prepared and executed a youth service at COM Church, prepared and facilitated a worship night with spoken words of knowledge and prayer for COM Church, attended prayer meetings, church creative meetings, and nightly church events, assisted in children’s service on Sunday morning, shared testimonies and prayed with congregation members during alter call during Sunday morning service, and recorded and helped with church video announcements. It’s been a challenge learning what missions and Kingdom advancement look like in England, but we are learning and growing. Just by walking the streets of London, one team member received overwhelming confirmation in the ministry God has called them to. Multiple members are learning how to receive love and know their worth, from which place they more effectively love others, and others are learning how to release control and be obedient to the voice of the Lord. Amazing! Please pray that the Lord would continue to open doors and present opportunities for the Gospel to be shared by COM church in Dunstable, that the team would be more aware of God’s voice and follow it, and that we remain joyful and expectant.

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ZAMBIA

The team is doing amazing! No one has gotten sick (amen), and we are officially headed to the bush to start camping! 

We have gone into the villages and spread the Gospel to those who have never heard it before. We have been open for God to use us and he has met us here. We got a chance to pray for some sick people and have seen them healed and it’s been AMAZING!! 

Ropes Recap & the Send-Off

ORU Missions Ropes is a week-long intensive training that every ORU missionary undergoes before departing on their missions trip. The purpose of this week is to train teams for effective discipleship in a cross-cultural context through physical challenges, team building activities, cultural immersion scenarios, evangelism and ministry preparation, and powerful night services. How powerful it was to see the Lord move, heal, and stir in students, even before they left on their trips! The ORU Missions & Outreach staff is so grateful to the 65 facilitators and support staff members that came together to serve, love, and train students, and to make Ropes 2019 possible.

After Ropes, teams departed on Sunday and Monday, and all teams have landed safe and healthy in country and have begun ministry with their contacts! Be on the lookout for team updates throughout the next month, and continue to pray for the 32 teams as they minister in 27 countries all over the world.

ROPES DIRECTOR BOBBY PARKS CHALLENGES TEAMS TO “LEAVE IT ALL OUT ON THE FIELD” DURING THEIR TRIP.

ROPES DIRECTOR BOBBY PARKS CHALLENGES TEAMS TO “LEAVE IT ALL OUT ON THE FIELD” DURING THEIR TRIP.

DURING ATHLETICS, TEAMS WERE CHALLENGED EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY, AND PHYSICALLY TO LEAN ON THE LORD AND ONE ANOTHER DURING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.

DURING ATHLETICS, TEAMS WERE CHALLENGED EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY, AND PHYSICALLY TO LEAN ON THE LORD AND ONE ANOTHER DURING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, FACILITATORS AND VOLUNTEERS TOOK TIME TO PRAY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS BEFORE THEY DEPARTED.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, FACILITATORS AND VOLUNTEERS TOOK TIME TO PRAY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS BEFORE THEY DEPARTED.

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THE SCENARIOS TEAM HELPED TRAIN TEAMS TO BE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE AND EMOTIONALLY EQUIPPED FOR CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCES.

THE SCENARIOS TEAM HELPED TRAIN TEAMS TO BE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE AND EMOTIONALLY EQUIPPED FOR CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCES.

AT THE TEAM WALL, TEAMS WERE FACED WITH PERSONAL CHALLENGES AND ENABLED TO BOTH CROSS “OVER” THEIR OWN INSECURITIES AND HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.

AT THE TEAM WALL, TEAMS WERE FACED WITH PERSONAL CHALLENGES AND ENABLED TO BOTH CROSS “OVER” THEIR OWN INSECURITIES AND HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.