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  • Part 2 of Students on Logos Hope Vision Trip

    Yurika, from Japan
    Before I joined the ship, it was difficult to talk to people because I am shy. But while on board, God challenged me to overcome this fear by shifting my feelings to others. That helped me to communicate with people from around the world! At the book fair, I welcomed and introduced the Logos Hope to visitors and while working as a cleaning angel, I talked to crew members. Not only that, we shared the gospel on the streets of Aruba. What a great learning experience!

    Jeannie, volunteer
    This unforgettable experience was a taste of heaven. I see it as a ship bringing hope to everyone along with the book fair of knowledge. God is challenging me to be a stronger prayer warrior, to gain more knowledge, and to equip myself for global missions!

    My highlights

    • Meeting crew members and hearing their testimonies. I was touched that they persevered through life’s challenges and trusted God.
    • Connecting with people in Aruba by visiting churches and businesses.
    • Working in different departments on board, like laundry, the book fair, and hosting a massage workshop for the crew.

    Bert Kamphuis, consultant
    I had the joy and challenge to help with preparation and promotion of this vision trip. Guiding the students to raise support, praying with them, going with them on the ship, and seeing God change their lives was a worthwhile experience! This trip also expanded my horizons, although my wife and I were on the first Logos Hope ship on its maiden voyage in Asia 46 years ago, just after our marriage in India!

    My prayer is that God continues the work He has started with the students who went on the trip. May many more of our internationals get the opportunity to experience missions first hand, so they may be more equipped to share the gospel when they go back to their home countries.

    The entire team was very encouraged through the experience of walking with God and experiencing His wonderful work. None of this could have happened without your support and prayer.

    Published on the September 2017 issue of Doorways

  • ISMC’s vision is to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ. To help make this a reality, we partnered with OM Ships International to send students on a short-term trip with OM's Logos Hope.

    The Logos Hope ship ministry is part of Operation Mobilization's global Christian training and outreach movement. It brings knowledge, help, and hope by supplying literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for effective life and service, providing relief, and sharing the message of hope in God at every opportunity.

    Thanks to the support of churches, partners, and prayer warriors, we sent four students—Emily, Martina, Vit, and Yurika—along with ISMC consultant Bert Kamphuis and volunteer Jeannie to participate in a Logos Hope outreach in late April in Aruba.

    Highlights and summaries

    Martina, from China
    I expected to gain a deeper knowledge of Christ as I opened my heart to Him. While on the ship, I listened to many stories about God’s remarkable working in the lives of crew members and visitors. I was so inspired by His amazing love! My heart was cultivated and filled; I learned so much, my friend has already noticed changes in me. I know God is helping and changing me because He loves me!

    Vit, from Russia
    I asked God to give me a clear vision and to take me to a higher level of living up to my potential as a Christian. The profound lessons God taught during that week on the ship are truly astounding. I was challenged to practice true sacrificial love and embrace empathy, putting other people’s agendas before mine. God showed me that everything is under His divine control and that His plans are higher than ours. I realized that trusting God’s provision always surpasses my wisdom and experience. He answered my prayers and gave me a deeper understanding of my character and His character.

    My trip highlight? Meeting people and sharing stories—how amazing to hear how God transforms lives and continues to work through them. I now place a greater value in such missions and am determined to support them.

    Emily, from China 
    I learned much on this trip and heard many beautiful stories and testimonies. Four ships summarize my trip—relationship, friendship, worship, and Logos Hope ship. During the week, I got to know these four ships more deeply. Even though there were 400 volunteers from 60 nations, we were all members of God’s family. We worshipped and prayed together. I worked in the book fair and connected with many visitors. I also worked as an angel (a volunteer who cleans the bathrooms). Although not easy, I learned much and built relationships with every angel, as well as with God.

    On the last day, I was part of a street ministry team that went to Aruba. It was the first time I had spoken to strangers about the gospel. Even though the weather was very hot, I was joyful to share the gospel and God’s love.

    Continue to read Students on Logos Hope Vision Trip (part 2)

  • Word from the Vice President, Administration—Keith Boody

    From July 11 to July 15, ISMC staff from coast to coast, along with some ministry partners from FAR from China, I Am Second/e3 Canada, ReEntry, and several local churches, gathered in Montreal for our biennial National Staff Conference. This was the first time our national conference was held east of Manitoba. While Canadians celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary, on May 17 Montreal marked the 375th anniversary of its founding as a missionary colony!

    Our conference theme was United in God's Great Story. The 80 participants looked at aspects of God's great story (His-story) in daily Bible studies, examining passages from creation to Revelation. Each of us had opportunity to tell something of their story, and how it fits into God's big story. These connect group activities allowed us to build relationships with staff from across Canada. 

    Each morning began with prayer, and time was available during the day for additional prayer. We enjoyed worship times, with songs in different languages. ISMC staff members are multi-ethnic and multi-lingual; scripture was read in 18 languages! 

    Workshops on relevant topics were offered and the plenary sessions challenged us to equip returning students for the adjustments they will face, and to see the possibility of training some as church planters.

    Each day we considered elements of emotionally healthy spirituality. Our leadership team members had studied Peter Scazzero's book of that title. We see emotional health as an essential ingredient in achieving spiritual maturity.

    The conference was a refreshing time of connecting with God, with ministry partners, and with other staff. May God bring much fruit from this gathering.

    Published on the September 2017 issue of Doorways

  • Word from the President—Dr. Yaw Perbi

    “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him [his grandchildren] to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:18-19, NIV

    The number of wedding invitations I have received from our international alumni within and outside of Canada this year alone has been astounding. Literally from coast to coast in Canada, Preeti from India ties the knot in Kamloops, British Columbia while Animah from Ghana is getting married in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Meanwhile, across the globe, Manuel from Mexico says “I do” this spring in Latin America while my favourite French girl, Julie, does same in Europe over the summer! And these are but a few of our international students and alumni getting married these days, not to mention those bearing children of their own.

    This exciting phenomenon has made me begin to think a bit differently about the breadth, depth and length of the impact of the mission of ISMC. Quite often when we fondly speak of the work of ISMC to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ, the tendency is to think broadly in terms of nations. These marriage and child-bearing scenarios, however, are a pleasant yet stark reminder that this work also deeply affects generations. This is wide and deep impact.

    Cyrus and Abigail in London, Ontario come to mind. Both came to know the Lord in Canada. The last time I saw them, they had both returned from China where they had led both sets of parents to the Lord. Guess what? They got married last year and just had a beautiful baby. How profound is the chain reaction in reaching an international student for Christ? Not just international but intergenerational!

    I think of our ministry in Edmonton, which typically has some two to three hundred people out every Friday with an intergenerational FOCUS comprising students/scholars, a class for their children and another one for grandparents. Speak of generational impact! Right there you have three generations—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, if you like—being impacted with the Gospel.

    Indeed when God called Abraham he saw beyond an individual. In Abraham he saw a nation (Israel), then all nations and several generations. When God gave Abraham the mandate of blessing the nations (Genesis 12:1-3), he also had in mind how this calling will trickle down to the generations of his children and grandchildren (Genesis 18:18-19). So must we see beyond one international student/scholars to nations and several generations touched and transformed.

    Some of this year’s weddings, I’m glad I can attend; for others, I regrettably cannot; but for all of them, I rejoice in the Lord and encourage you to do same, rejoice! For as we all sow into this ministry with Christ’s love—from time, energy and expertise to prayers and finances—may we be greatly inspired that the students/scholars we empower today with hospitality and friendship, discipleship and leadership, end up not just possessing the gates of nations but even altering genes of generations for Jesus Christ! Not to speak of the ethereal and eternal impact. Who won’t say “yes” and “amen” to such a call?!

  • Sharing from Alex Akrofi Yeboah, City Representative, ISMC St. John’s,

    ISMC’s vision is to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ. We do this through discipleship workshops, internship programs, and leadership seminars. Our purpose is to see international students equipped with godly leadership skills so they can make a godly impact wherever the Lord leads after their journey in Canada.

    A recent leadership seminar, Raising Emerging Leaders for Global Impact, was organized by Memorial University’s FOCUS Club. It provided an environment where international students could be inspired, equipped, and connected with influential leaders to spark ethical and positive leadership at home, in the workplace, and in their communities. About 35 students from twelve countries attended.

    During the seminar, ISMC President, Dr. Yaw Perbi, described a leader as an individual who inspires and influences people towards achieving a particular goal. He encouraged international students to aspire to their potential so they could make meaningful and positive contributions in their fields of endeavour.

    Seminar participants were invited to join the FOCUS Club. Through the club’s weekly Bible studies and social activities, students can explore the Christian faith, develop Bible based leadership skills, and grow to become godly leaders who will impact the world. Imagine how the world would be if these students became fully devoted followers of Jesus, ministering to those God placed in their lives, be it in Canada or their home country.

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