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On August 11th, I packed up my life for a year, carrying all I own on my back I set off with 6 other people for the adventure of a lifetime.  Our mission was 11 different countries in 11 months and sharing the Gospel to the corners of the world.  Your prayers and support have been the main reason this trip was a success.

Below is the list of places we have been, and a quick description of what we did this year.

DSC_099Ireland- August

This month was our first month in the field.  We teamed up with three other teams with the Causeway Coast Vineyard in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.  This wonderful little Irish town is anything but sleepy.  Situated right near the Northern Coast, you can feel the spirit moving like a rushing wind as the Vineyard church daily hits the streets to change the community for the Lord.  Our ministry consisted of helping run a children’s camp, community outreach, street evangelism, and learning about Healing on the Streets.  It was a great first month for us as a team.  You can read about the amazing healings we experienced HERE.


Romania – September

Our team was paired up with Team Joholo as we ministered in a small Gypsy village situated about an hour from a big town.  In this beautiful valley we got the opportunity to pour into the few Christians that are in the village.  We also held Bible Studies, washed carpets, did a VBS and loved on a gypsy community that lives in mud huts.  We are in the process of catching a vision to help the people of that village.  You can read that post HERE and the rest of my posts from Romania HERE.

CroatiaOctober

This month we were supposed to be in Egypt, but I could not be more blessed to have been in Croatia.  This country experienced terrible war in the early 90s, and is still feeling the effects of it.

Ministry here consisted of strengthening the church that was there and encouraging the missionaries the hard and cold ground that is there.  Croatia also has a very big youth population, and is filled with the arts and creativity in the midst of dark war clouds still hanging overhead.  We formed many wonderful relationships with the youth there and sewed seeds that will DSC_0157hopefully grow into strong oak trees.  You can read more about our time in Croatia HERE.

Turkey – November

The fall brought with it our move out of Eastern Europe and into the Middle East.  Turkey was nothing like I expected it to be.  It is one of the most beautiful, hospitable countries that I have ever been in.  At one point, Constantinople (Istanbul) was the center of the Christan world.  However, Christians make up only .01% of the population today.  The country is now 99.7% Muslim.  Our month here was a lot of tilling the ground.  We spent time in places where we were the only Christians.  We built eternal relationships and spent many hours praying that the hard ground be broken up and ready for the message of the Gospel.  Turkey was absolutely wonderful – saturated with tons of culture, music, food, tea and religion.  We learned much about Muslim culture and shared the love of Christ everywhere we could.  You can read all about our time in Turkey HERE.

Israel – December

The country that has my heart.  Since I was a teenager, I can remember dreaming about traveling to the Holy Land.  This month marked my third time coming back to Israel.  My team worked with a Messianic Jewish couple and loved on as many people as we could.  We lived in a Sudanese Refugee School and took care of local children.  I also had the privilege of leading a few tours of Jerusalem while we were there.  HERE is a list of all my posts from this month.

Kenya – January

The Masai bush, the Nairobi metropolis, the Kiberra slums…comprise a country diverse yet unified in history.  The Kenyan people are colorful, musical, artistic and hungry for the love of Christ.  As a new era dawns in Kenya, so does the Gospel of truth and faith.  This month we lived and worked with some of the most amazing people on earth.  I got to preach for the first time, and we embarked on a crazy adventure to feed as many hungry children as we could and share God’s love with everyone we met.  All of my posts from this incredible month are HERE.

Uganda

Life in the Bush never seemed so luxurious.  I loved living without electricity, running water and a TV.  We got to live with the poorest of the poor in one of the darkest places on earth.  This month, it seemed as though we were surrounded by darkness, but God was so faithful!  Even though this was one of my hardest months, we saw more salvations and miracles than any other month! Read all of the incredible stories from this month HERE.

Tanzania

Our trip took an unexpected turn this month as God brought us to Tanzania.  We had an incredible opportunity to work with an amazing church and meet wonderful people.  I took a month off from blogging and spent time resting with the Lord in preparation for our last continent -  Asia.

Thailand

Even though the official law states that prostitution is illegal, it is estimated that nearly 2 million women and men engage in this practice daily thus creating the lucrative sex industry of Southeast Asia.  Half of my squad went to the bar areas, while my team headed to the Norther Villages to minister.  We got to work with the hill tribes and teach English to wonderful Thai children.  HERE are a few of my posts from that month.

Vietnam

What a crazy, hot, busy..(did I mention HOT?) month. We lived in one of the biggest and busiest cities in the whole world.  Living in HoChiMinh provided many challenges and awesome ministry opportunities.  Vietnam is a closed country, and it is illegal to share the Gospel.  We got to find creative ways to minister, and it was a fun challenge to be sure.  I also got to work with incredible pastors as we traveled up North to the hill villages.  Here I got to listen to pastors of underground churches share their hearts and burdens with us.  It was wonderful to get to pray for them and strengthen the amazing churches that face persecution everyday.

Cambodia
Fifty years ago, Cambodia saw one of the most devastating genocides in history. The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people – 1/3 of the country’s population at the time. In 24 hours cities were emptied, left to be ghost towns. The nation has been in constant upheaval until recently. The strength and resiliency of the Cambodian people is inspiring.  We worked this month in an incredible little village with wonderful YWAM teachers.  We got to teach English everyday and share Christ’s love with hundreds of students.  I could not have asked for a more perfect last month on the field.  God is so good!  HERE is my last post of the trip.

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2 Comments »

  • Joel said:

    Well, lookey here. Leaving a comment wasn’t that hard :)

  • PST TIMOTHY said:

    My name is pastor Timothy Nyongesa, I work with Healing center ministry here in Moisbridge town ,in Kenya, I am glad to see what God is using you to do, we pray for you and please remember this city in your prayers too,
    May God bless your ministry
    please know that we are praying for you here.

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