Posted by: Jackie Nance | July 31, 2015

Project RED

So I have to tell you about an amazing organization called Project RED.

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Project RED provides holistic support for children and teens who are leaving orphanages and are being sent to live with their biological family members. This is happening because of a new law in El Salvador. Most of these families are too broken and poor to properly care for the children.

RED is simple solution to a very complex problem. Through its three-fold approach, families have the support they need to ensure these children’s safety and well-being.

RED stands for Reintegration, Education and Development

Reintegration- upon visiting the families, RED has seen that most of these children do not have a bed to sleep in. Most children are sharing a bed with many family members. Some are even sleeping on the floor, which in many cases, are made of dirt. The conditions of the homes vary, but in every case that RED has seen, some improvement needs to be made in terms of where and how the children sleep.

RED will ensure that every child has a bed to sleep in.
* in cases where the bed is not an emergency need, RED will redirect these allocated funds for another improvement of the home, which could include a new roof, a stovetop, a water filter, latrine, or any number of specific needs for that particular family.

Education- most of the parents and caretakers RED has encountered have a vary low level of education, which has been one of the root causes of the children being removed from the home in the first place. There is therefore little value placed on the importance of education. RED has witnessed that some of these children do not go to school, or do not attend regularly. Going to school means extra costs for the family. Some of these children are going from having had a private education in an orphanage to no education at all.

Project RED will ensure that all of the children have an opportunity to attain an education.

Development- many of the children were placed in orphanages in the first place due to situations of moderate to extreme poverty. Many of the parents did not ( and still do not) have enough money to feed all of the people in the household. Children who have been eating well in the orphanage are now being fed meager amounts. RED has observed many cases of malnourishment and nutritional neglect. Several cases we have seen are occurring I’m children who have HIV positive. He parents and caretakers either do not understand how to care and feed the chiller properly, or do not have the means to do so. Most of the conditions in which RED finds the houses are highly unsanitary; many children are not bathed regularly. These conditions put the children at risk for many avoidable diseases.

RED will ensure every child has monthly staple food and hygiene products, according to the needs of each specific family. Along with the provisions, a social worker will give an educational session on the importance of healthy nutrition and hygiene habits.

http://www.projectredelsalvador.org

This all being said we got to see first hand all theses steps and actions come into play. There were three new families that had been added to the Project RED family. So first step Project RED did was to build them an actual house. We arrived to El Salvador after these houses were built but haven’t been painted yet. So we were blessed to paint 3 different family houses during our time here as well as dedicate their homes to them. In the dedication of the homes there is a ceremony were we placed a plaque on the house and handed over the keys to the family. The plaque had the verse Matthew 7:24-27.

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

It was amazing to see what the family was once living in to now what the family has because of what God did through Project RED.

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We also got the blessing of taking the kids of each of these families to a waterpark. The kids had a blast because this was something these kids would never been able to do. They had a blast sliding down the slides and floating and splashing around in the pools. I know we all had a blast too hanging out with the the kids.

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Helping Project RED this week allowed us to really see the country. We had to travel long ways and hike up mountains to get to some of them families houses. We really got to see the beauty of the country and the rough parts of the country. We also got to experience just a little bit of what trials the families have to do to travel to and from their homes. It really was an eye opener and made me appreciate even more the blesses God has given me back home in the States.

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Posted by: Jackie Nance | July 19, 2015

Overwhelmed by the blessings!

When we were leaving Uganda many members of the Thrasher team blessed us with their extra snacks. For them that was probably nothing big but for us to have comfort foods from back home is everything as well as these snacks will help with our food budget since the Euro is worth more than the U.S. Dollar!

Another moment, not going to lie I cried, was this lady on the Thrasher team, Valerie, that pulled me over to the side on our last day and wanted to give our team a gift. She ended up pulling out $100.00 and told me to bless the team sometime during our last two legs of this trip. She was just so touched by what we have been doing and what we did in Uganda that she just wanted to bless us on our last few stops!

When we went exchange money in the Ugandan airport the man ended up giving me more than he was suppose to which is just God telling me, “hey you got gypped in 2013 here in Uganda but this time I am going to bless you with with more Euros than you are suppose to receive!” Thank you Jesus!

Then when Adam and I went to get our rental cars, there were so many people that we ended up getting upgrades on both vehicles. Adam got a white Audi convertible and I was given a BMW S series. WHAT A BLESSING! We feel really strange driving up to our camp site in those two cars as well as drive up to the church. But what was comforting was one of the local missionaries told us this, after we mentioned what are we are driving…”Just because you’re an overseas missionary doesn’t mean that you have to suffer all the time. It’s okay to accept the gifts of God.” And we are trying to do just that! Thank you Jesus!

This time round here in France has been awesome to see the fruit of my labor from last trip. Last trip we were here a week before vacation bible school so as a result we helped decorate the whole church in the VBS theme of that year. But this time round we are here during the week of VBS. What is really funny is the theme this year is African Safari, so at moments we felt like we were still in Africa. So anyways VBS is done so well here, they sang songs in a African language, English and French. They have the kids do crafts, games, science all wrapped around a bible story. Everything we did during this week always pointed back to God and His Word. Which is very important here because many of these kids have never heard about Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. Which also means their parents also don’t know, so we were just hoped and prayed all week long the kids would understand The Good News and want to share it to their parents. Then hopefully the parents share it with others around them and France will have a revival and want to know about Jesus.

Here currently the people find their worth and value in their status, their money, the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, etc. They feel they have everything, which material things, yes they probably do but they will never feel completely satisfied with just buying things to make them happy. The only thing that can do that is believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins because we are all sinners and we need him!

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24

The song that really has spoken to me during this trip but especially here in France is “All for the Poor and Powerless” by All sons and Daughters

We were blessed to have Ryan Nuss join use on this leg of the trip!

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Posted by: Jackie Nance | July 13, 2015

My Other Home: Luwanda’s Childrens Home

This was the 3rd time I was blessed to come to Uganda. This country is so beautiful: from the land God created here to the people He also created. Each time I come to Mbale I feel so safe, so welcomed, and so cared for.

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It amazes me how each time I come, the experience is totally different. My first trip we did a lot of behind the scenes work: painting, building, sanding, and maintenance work. My second trip we assisted another group that was also at the orphanage (LCH) called the Thrasher team. They worked on educating the teachers, so, as a result, we became the substitute teachers. I was put in with the preschool kids. This trip, #3, was also with the Thrasher team, but we worked on adding and organizing books in the library for the first part of the week. Then, the second part of the week we taught all classes P1-P7 (1st grade through 7th grade) Science. Oh how they loved all the different experiments tPhey got to try. The two major ones I was a part of focused on learning our different taste buds and what happens to Coke when you add mentos to the bottle. On the last day at LCH the students had to present their experiments to their peers in a Science Fair.

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Although, the best part was at the end of each day. From 3:30 to 4:30 we were assigned to different classrooms with a partner to have a bible study with the students. They learned about how Jesus is the vine and we are theI’m  branches and apart from Jesus we cannot bear fruit (John 15). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22). We learned a lot together and had fun singing and dancing along with the class.

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So, the Thrasher team doesn’t only come to help the orphanage, but they also love to give to the community. On Saturday, the Thrasher team, the Global Journey team, the staff, the orphans, and even some of the people from the local church came together to make and distribute Buckets of Hope to people in the nearby villages. These buckets contained food and supplies that will last them a while, but our main message was to bring the Good News to the people. We told them that these supplies are for them, but one day they will be all used up. Even though these supplies may not last forever, we know of something that will never end…. The love of Jesus and what He did for all of us. By coming down to this earth, living a sinless life and then dying on a cross, He took all our sins with Him and three days later He rose up and ascended into Heaven to be back in His rightful place (seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty). If they wanted to know that kind of love and have their sins taken away for good, then they would need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died to take away our sins. Some families were already believers, one decided to accept Christ that day, and we were able to plant a seed in the other families, leaving it up to God to do the rest.
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It has been hard to say goodbye to Uganda! Relationships are hard to walk away from, but I know this is just a “see you later” kind of situation rather than a “goodbye,” because even if I don’t come back to Uganda again, I will see these Brothers and Sisters again in Heaven!

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Posted by: Jackie Nance | June 29, 2015

Sawasdee Thailand!

I was so excited to come to Thailand. I knew it was going to be a new country for me and I couldn’t wait to experience the culture and the people! When we got off the plane to meet Bill and Susie, to our surprise, we were also greeted by 4 of their foster boys with huge smiles on their faces. This was the perfect introduction as Thailand is often called “the land of smiles.” The boys immediately helped us carry our suitcases, which was just the start of many acts of service Bill and his 13 foster kids did in order to better serve us while we were here. As our 11 days here went on, we encountered many new smiling people along the way. Each of these people was very nice, helpful, and always served us by making us food or tea upon arrival; their hospitality was unlike any other. This was just one of the many characteristics God challenged me towards while in Thailand. He showed me that with the little money they have, they still choose to provide you with fruit and soda every time you enter their home, even if it was only to talk and pray with them. Their servant’s hearts brought this verse to mind:

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48b

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During the trip, there were many moments we got to be God’s hands and feet. For three of our days here we dug up 4 ft by 4 ft holes out of the deep red clay. These 7 holes were each used to plant fruit trees in when we finished. Our first day of labor was hard, but what I noticed as we traveled more around Thailand is that this was the same type of work the majority of the people here do. After learning this, I began to have a higher appreciation for the people and workers here in Thailand. I also had a couple of verses that came to mind as we got to plant our fruit trees:

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People don’t pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers.” Luke 6:43-44

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

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I want to keep relying on Him throughout my whole trip, never straying from or wanting to do anything apart from Him!

We were also blessed during this trip to witness the beautiful creations He has made here in Thailand! From where we are staying in Chiang Rai we can see the mountains on the horizon, but one day, we got to travel up one of those mountains and experience His beauty in both nature and in His people. Another day we got to feed and ride one of His most beautiful creatures: an elephant! All I could think about while experiencing all of this beauty was Genesis 1, where He created everything: land, mountains, water, animals (elephants) and people!!!

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Everywhere we walked, we prayed. Thailand is full of many temples and “spirit houses” outside people’s homes.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

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Thailand is definitely a new country that will forever have a piece of my heart!

Sawasdee Thailand!

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Posted by: Jackie Nance | June 17, 2015

Bai Bai

It has been an awesome experience and blessing to come back to a place with the old friends I met here two years ago, and also meet new friends along this journey!

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that hear the call from the Lord and come HERE TO HONG KONG! These people live all over the world and travel here from places such as Texas, Las Vegas, Colorado, Ohio, Canada, Washington, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Alabama, California, Korea, Wales, Scotland and Norway to serve our Lord.

The CALL is to help bring God’s Word to the people of China.

Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country, but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America!

China is on course to become the ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years!

All that being said, there is a HUGE need for God’s Word in China as a larger amount of people come to know our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus! They need the Living Word to further their growth with Our Lord, and so that they might have the tools to share the GOOD NEWS to the lost just as Jesus called us to do before He ascended into Heaven.

19) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20New Living Translation (NLT)

Below are pictures of people and places that helped me grow closer with the Lord here in Hong Kong! God doesn’t only use broken people to bring glory to His Kingdom; He also made beautiful things to help scream how wonderful and glorious Our King is!

New and Old Friends

New and old friends

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New friends that we got to serve along side!

New friends that we got to serve along side!

Off to weekend adventures!

Off to weekend adventures!

The Peak!

The Peak!

Penn 4... our 6th teammate!

Penn 4… our 6th teammate!

The hike to the waterfall!

The hike to the waterfall!

Stopped at a monastery on our hike!

Stopped at a monastery on our hike!

Waterfall!

Waterfall!

Posted by: Jackie Nance | June 15, 2015

24 Karat aka…GOLD TEAM!!!

GOLD TEAM

Cara, Caitlin, Adam, Jackie, Ruth

From day one this team has already been a blessing; from our awesome team working skills in training exercises, to learning new games to play with children and skits to teach God’s stories and lessons. I know God has called us each to this team for a reason and it is already evident during our first few days with each other. My college students are already so mature for their age and I can’t wait to see them grow closer to the Lord throughout the trip. My two slightly elder teammates bring so much wisdom and experience of life that I know we all will be walking away from this summer more in love with Lord than we were when we started this journey.

GOLD!

GOLD!

Posted by: Jackie Nance | June 3, 2015

Adventure with Jesus!!!

At first when God was asking me again to lead Global Journey, I wasn’t sure why. I said yes and willing to see what God has planned to teach me this summer! 

As the school year went by, I was busy creating lesson plans and coaching soccer as well as building relationships with students and staff.  It was a lot at times during the year but yet because of God I made it through every time. 

During the year I found a time to tell people about my trip; that I will need prayer and financial help. Slowly but surely it came in. The biggest surprise this year was the responses and help I got from my co-workers. People I have only known for a couple of months now have yet been the ones that really supported me for this trip. It has also been awesome, when my students ask what I am doings this summer and I tell them I am going to Hong Kong, Thailand, Uganda, France and El Salvador. That’s when they go… ” oh wow! Why so many places?” That is then when I have been able to tell them about the awesome ADVENTURE I get to have with JESUS! 

Just recently, it hits me! I start to realize a big reason He has called me to GJ this summer, it is to share about Jesus Christ with both my co-workers and students! Knowing this, I cannot wait to come back and tell them about what all happened on my ADVENTURE WITH JESUS! 

I am ready! Let’s Go!

Posted by: Jackie Nance | July 30, 2013

Hola Amigos!

God thank you for letting me back to these beautiful people. They true love to worship you! They have some kind of church everyday of the week; bible study, youth bible study or church itself. It’s a sight to see; true active church members.

While we were there we just joined in all of there normal actives. They went to an old folks home one afternoon, we all joined. Oh and when I mean we, I mean 12 of us. We were blessed with 5 others friends, Laura Randolph , Sarah and Steven Posey, Jonathan Colman and Julia Leon. We shared the gospel, shared some words of encouragement, brought them gifts, sang some songs, performed a couple skits for them, talked and just spent time with them. Another day we got the opportunity to visit a special needs school. Wow so awesome to hear all the deaf students stories. We performed our silent skit called the statue skit. The skit is so awesome because it is entertaining and in the end, it opens the door to share the gospel.

A couple of days we went out to this neighborhood to play with kids. Most of these kids are not loved by or cared for from one of both of their parents. So we loved on those kids all day long. Played futbol with them, played red light green light, sharks and minos, we performed the statue skits for them too. We also brought them snacks and a piñata.

Other days we went out to people’s houses, some members of the church, others not. We would go inside their houses, if they allowed us, to talk to them, share some words of encouragement, and pray for them.

A couple of the church service they asked us to share our testimonies, perform songs and skits for them and have someone say the sermon. This was an experience for all of us because we had were challenged in different areas, many of us had never shared our testimonies in front of this many people or maybe not even at all. Many of us had never sang in front of a huge crowd. Then there was a few of us that had never performed a skit in front of people. With all of it though, we all got to glorify God.

Paul was also asked to baptize two of the church you members. Wow what an experience, hearing their testimonies and seeing them baptized in the river. One of our team members, Victoria, felt called to get baptized with them too.

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Posted by: Jackie Nance | July 16, 2013

Bonjour

We arrived to St. Paul near Nice to meet the great missionaries here in France. Our first full day with the International Baptist Church members was at the pastor’s house. Probably one of the greatest experiences; we were here in this beautiful country with other believers we don’t quite know yet, but yet we were praising the same Lord and praying to our King for half the day. We were praying over all the nations and the missionaries we know around the world. So not only was it great to openly pray out loud for the places we have been to so far and all the missionaries we have meet along the way, but also places and people that are nearby. Those countries are also doing amazing things for our Lord. What an experience, something we all should do more often for sure. France really needs some prayers; here is some statistics about this place:

Regular attendance in any church is below 8%. Some surveys show that over 30% of French people are non-religious.

The Bible is foreign to most French people. Less than 10% own a Bible and 80% have never even handled one. Yet, Bible sales are at an all-time high, spurred by the spiritual hunger evident among many and the availability of inexpensive Bibles in supermarkets and secular bookstores.

Major spiritual strongholds hinder acceptance of the gospel. France has taken on an atheistic and materialist view of life.

There is an accelerating decline of religious faith while atheism grows.

Here in France we got the chance to have a little taste and experience different types of missionary work. We helped with the Sunday school and nursery on Sunday. We helped clean, de-weed, and organize the church for VBS (vacation bible school) next week. We also got to go out-and-about to pray for the city and country. We split up in pairs within our group to pray. Another day we went to Nice to pass out tracks to people that we’d meet while walking around. Later that night, we had a beach party with the church to hang out with the people we might have met earlier that day passing out the tracks. Man, God can really create some beautiful things; the Mediterranean Sea is so beautiful. Another time we went out and passed out sandwiches to homeless people in the city of Nice. What an event. It really made me think…. I can easily do the same thing for the homeless people in my city at home. Get a bunch of friends together, make sandwiches, please some people in need, and pray and share the love of Jesus with them. We also got to babysit some of the missionary’s families. That was so much fun to just be with the kids, to get to know them and see how they too are very powerful missionaries here. While we were here, we had 3 days of making and decorating the church in St. Paul for their VBS. Their theme was Medieval. So we created a vibe that the kids would feel like they are in a castle. There are shields everywhere, fake swords; and we made this awesome 3D dragon that will breathe smoke on the kids. There was a lot of building, paintings, cutting, decorating, and sculpting to do during those 3 days. It turned out really great. I am kind of jealous I never got to go to something this cool. I also wish we could have seen the kid’s faces when they saw all the decorations.

Satan really liked to attack us on emotional levels; many of us ending up pushing one another’s buttons, which we didn’t mean too, obviously. We worked it out as the week went on, because we realized something was up and the group unity was out of whack. We also had a hard time traveling to Milan, where we were going to fly out of to head to our next destination. Everything seemed to go wrong during that transition. So many things didn’t go as planned, which caused more things to be unplanned. But like it says in 1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you”.

Paul and Ryan are a refreshing blessing to our team!


Half day of Prayer

Half day of Prayer


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3D Dragon

3D Dragon

Ryan and Paul

Ryan and Paul

Posted by: Jackie Nance | July 8, 2013

LOVE IS THE STRONGEST TOOL!

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Here in Mbale, Uganda we were blessed to help serve the Lulwanda Children’s Home, home to 109 sponsored orphans. We partnered with another missionary team from the States, the Thrasher team. Their purpose and mission was to come and educate the teachers and help improve the orphanage with building new things, organizing everything and bringing new tools to help the kids.

Global Journey was called to assist the Thrasher team. We would lead and teach bible stories to start the days off in the classrooms. Then as the Thrasher team taught the teachers, we would teach the classes and watched the kids. A few teammates and I were with the nursery kids throughout the week; playing games, coloring, blowing bubbles, etc. Our other teammates were able to serve in the way of building shelves and teaching in classrooms.

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When the weekend came around we were blessed with the opportunity to participate in Buckets of Hope. We filled 150 buckets full of rice, beans, mosquito nets and many other things that people out in the villages around the orphanage need and will be truly blessed with. These homes we went to were made out of mud and sticks with banana leaves serving as their roofs. These people had almost nothing but after we would give them a word of encouragement, scripture, and a word of prayer with the bucket. They would go get seeds, corn or even one of their chickens because they were completely thankful for the bucket the Lord had us bring to them.

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The biggest tool we can reach people with is God’s Love. That was something that was reinforced to me when our team got the opportunity to watch the movie “Furious Love” at Natalie’s house (our contact). The movie focused on the spiritual war that is in our everyday lives. This really hit our team emotionally because we don’t see things like that every day in America. In other countries it’s very visible and present.

What is crazy is that literally the next after watching that movie we got to hear a testimony from one of good friends there in Africa about how he was raised only by his father who was a witch doctor as his profession. He would use demons as a source for his power over people and for his everyday life. But what is great, is that the Lord got our friend out of that and now uses him as a worship leader, who pours and guides children every day closer and closer to the Lord.

We were also blessed to hear amazing testimonies from Natalie, her roommates and friends; all amazing women who listened to God’s call on their lives to live and serve in Uganda. They are all called to do different work here; nursing, event coordinator at an orphanage, serving at a primary school and working for an organization that has many projects to help better the community with better drinking water, awareness of Aids, have lessons on ways they can improve themselves at their jobs, etc. These women are true testaments of what our lives should all look like. Serving the one true Lord in everything we do. These women have the biggest servants’ hearts you will probably ever meet. God, thank you for letting me meet these beautiful women that only have a heart for you.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it” 2 Timothy 3:14

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