In just over 3 weeks, a team of 11 Next Gen Leaders will be Southeast Asia-bound. There we will connect with some of our amazing global workers, learn about what they do, and strengthen the commitment and connection to existing projects. We also want to better equip ourselves to teach Canadian children, youth, and young adults about missions, and prepare to potentially return with/send teams in the future.
While we wish that ALL of you could come, this team is really representative of you. We’d love for you to share the experience with us, so let me give you a little glimpse of where we’re headed and what we’ll be doing!
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Our first stop will be Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There we will visit with Ian and Tiffanie Rowley and have opportunity to go to the Global Student Centre and Child Care Plus sites. Provincial Youth Missions supports the Rowleys and also, in partnership with the Life Campaign, raises funds to provide clean drinking water for families in Cambodia. You may recall that at YCNL 2016, we were able to raise over $13,000 for this project. During our time here, we will visit the Asian Outreach site where the bio sand filters are made. We’re really excited to see the work of this ministry and the results of your giving!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
From there, we’ll be heading to the Land of Smiles, Thailand. In Chiang Mai, we’ll be connecting with Field Director Cavell Rowsell to visit the Agape House and celebrate Christmas with the children at Abundant Love. I expect we may have some interesting snaps to share from putting our artistry skills to work ;). We’ll also have the chance to do ministry at Sanpatong, a newer church plant in the area.
Our final stop is just a short flight from Chiang Mai, in Bangkok, where we’ll be meeting up with some of our newest Global Workers, Andrew and Nicole Stockley, and Regional Director Peter Dove. We’ll learn to cook Thai-style (cooking? uh oh), teach an English class, and attend Thai Pentecostal Seminary Chapel.
We are certainly going as learners, as students of culture, and want to explore ways we can better partner in the future. But while we are there we also hope to be a source of encouragement to our friends and to the children, students, and adults we meet. Along the way, we know that God will be shaping us as well. So please pray for us as we travel, pray for our Global Workers and their families, and for the countries of Cambodia and Thailand.
From November 28 to December 9, we will attempt to periodically blog with updates from the field and our experiences. You can also follow nextgen_live on Instagram for daily photos.
Director of Next Gen Ministries