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Mission Life in Southeast Asia

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Hello Everyone!

Let me give you a little introduction about who we are and what we do. *Note:  We do not give specifics of our location for security purposes

We are Corey and Jill and our daughters are Autumn (5), Hope (3), and Patience (9 months). We are missionaries on a small island in Southeast Asia. We have been serving here for a total of nearly 7 years, which feels like a lot less!  Our nation is the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world, has over 17,000 islands, and over 700 people groups. In short, it is a very diverse country. There is a national language that helps to unite the country, which is the language that we speak on a daily basis. The food here is generally pretty spicy and is served with their main staple, rice. Our kids, being raised here, tend to prefer rice over potatoes or bread for a side with their meal, which is funny to us!

God grew our hearts for mission work through serving in ministries and going on short-term mission trips with our home churches throughout our high school years. We enjoy serving people, experiencing new cultures, and being a part of God’s plan for spreading His fame around the world. We both attended a small college in Minnesota called BCOM that specializes in the training and sending of mission workers to strategic areas of the world.  As part of our training, we participated in a 16-month internship program in Southeast Asia under experienced missionaries. After returning from this internship, graduating, and getting married, through various circumstances God led us to return to Southeast Asia as leaders of the internship training program that we had recently completed. Since returning in 2011, we have been on a roller coaster ride of God revealing His plans to us and molding us into who He desires us to be here. 

The main goal of our organization is to “ Take the Church to where it is Not ”, focusing on sending mission workers to places of the world where there are many people groups who do not yet have believers, churches, or m-workers among them. We believe that God has given us the mission of helping to create flourishing Gospel communities amongst the over 200 unreached people groups found in our nation. We want every person in this nation to encounter Jesus and for His fame to spread to areas where He is not yet known. We believe that He will accomplish this work and want to be a part of His plan. 

All of this information is great, but I’m sure that you are wondering what we actually do here. We serve as team leaders for a small team that consists of a single woman, and another married couple with a daughter. We are also co-leaders for the 16-month mission worker training program that I mentioned earlier. We are excited to be welcoming 10 new interns into this program later this September! Of the two groups that we have led so far, 7 of the 8 interns have committed their lives to serving God overseas in an mission work capacity, 5 in our nation! We are praying for similar commitments from these 10 interns. 

We commit ourselves as a team to regular times of prayer throughout the week, knowing that we are dependent on and can do nothing without God and His power and leading. We spend time in intentional evangelism and building strong relationships that enable us to share the Good News with friends. We want to see groups of passionate disciples that go out and make more disciples who are excited to spread His fame throughout this country.

One large obstacle that we face in this country is that mission work is illegal. Because of this, we need to have legal platforms to live and operate in the country that make sense. As a team, we are committed to creating strategic businesses on the island that give us a legitimate identity here, freedom and opportunities to make disciples, and provide some financial sustainability. Among our team we have plans to open a Mexican restaurant, work in mariculture, and run a language services company. Jill and I will soon take over a language services company on our island with a local believer as our partner, Praise God! This company provides local language training to foreigners and mission workers who come to our island, including our interns. We plan to develop the English training side of this company as well, as a way to create more revenue streams, have interaction with many different kinds of people, and creatively spread God’s word through these relationships. Please pray with us that we would be in-tune with what God is doing here and for Him to do a mighty work in this country!

We are thankful for the opportunity to share some blog posts about our life with you all. This introduction is a little formal, but we will share more real life stories and experiences in our future posts.  Tune-in to see what God does and we hope that you will be a part of our story and be encouraged by what He is doing here!

In Christ,

Corey, Jill, and Family

 

Family Mission Trip 2017 - Day 4

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It's hard to believe it's our last full day of the mission trip already. It always goes by so quickly after all the months of planning and preparation. 

This morning we split into two groups again so we could tackle more age-appropriate projects. A lot of our older kids and some of the adults took on a painting job at St. Mark's to help in restoring a Sunday school room. They worked alongside a St. Mark's couple and were able to share stories about Pastor Tim - ALL GOOD ONES of course! In all seriousness, they couldn't stop gushing about how wonderful Pastor Tim is and how he has brought so much life to their church. It's cool to see how he has carried his mission-mindedness to other locations. 

The younger kids and rest of the adults went to Phil's Friends, an organization dedicated to sending care packages to people who have cancer. We were able to color cards and write notes of encouragement, color boxes, and pack the care packages that will be sent to cancer patients around the United States. It's a great Christian organization on mission to bring hope to people during an incredibly difficult time. Many of us have even requested a package for someone going through cancer. We were also able to bless Phil's Friends with many of their requested donation items thanks again to Faith's Beyond Blessed fund. Each family was able to go shopping before the trip to allow the kids to pick out what items they wanted to give and we gave them the items today when we went. They were overwhelmed with the number of things we were able to give! 

Afterwards, we all reconvened at St. Mark's for lunch and some outdoor fun with water balloons. The kids always have a great time with the water games and success - only 2 kids cried this year :) 

The evening brought us together one last time at Portillo's, a local favorite restaurant, for some delicious food. Then the older kids and some of the adults had one last chance to pack food at Feed My Starving Children while the rest of the families went back to prepare for departure tomorrow. The team really rocked tonight at FMSC and packed 212 boxes, feeding 126 kids for a year - yea team and yea God! 

We have had such an amazing experience this year and are so grateful for the opportunities we've been given to help share God's love and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We're grateful to our church for creating the Beyond Blessed fund so we could bless bigger than we've ever been able to on our own. We're hopeful that the seeds we've planted will continue to grow in those we met and in our own families. We're grateful for those of you who have been covering us in prayer, and we're grateful for the grace and freedom we have in Christ. 

Until next year!!!!

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