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Send Initiative Mission Trips

MISSIONS: SEND INITIATIVE 2017

  • Sending people to people, not people to places.
  • Experiencing missions as a pilgrim, not a tourist.
  • Valuing people, valuing their story.
  • Making space for God's transforming presence.
  • Transformation for yourself, those you meet, and the Second Baptist faith community.

Gwen Phillips recently shared a story about Milan, a child she befriended on a SEND trip to Slovakia. Gwen had taught the school children to sing "Hello, Hello, What is Your Name?" in English. She said you would hear kids singing it all over as the team walked the streets of the village. On one walk, Milan came running up behind Ms. Gwen, slipped his hand into hers and began singing, in the only English he knew, the short ditty. He quickly pointed at himself and Gwen, with tears streaming down her face, sang his name back to him.

So far this summer we have commissioned three teams for the SEND Initiative 2017. One group, the group with which Gwen traveled, has just returned from working with the Roma in Slovakia. Drew Kingery wrote an excellent blog about this experience which was posted here on June 5. Another is just returned from Thailand. Angie Fuller's blogs will not only pull at your heart but will cause you to pause and worship. The third team is, Joe Buhling, who is serving at the Kodiak Baptist Mission. His mother, Marilyn will soon join him. This week we commissioned our first team of the summer that will work with the Lakota people on the reservation located in South Dakota. Bridger, SD is one of the poorest counties in our nation and Second has had an ongoing partnership with CBF and residents in Bridger. Mike Lassiter is already there working with the local leadership, and CBF Field Personnel on long range planning as personnel will be transitioning to new positions soon. Our High School SEND team will leave Sunday, June 18 at 6:00 a.m. They too will be blogging. The Internet on the reservation is spotty, so the blogs may be less frequent than we sometimes receive.

If you are interested in learning about what is happening around the world through 2BC mission efforts, follow our blog or our Facebook page. It's exciting to read about what our 2BC family is experiencing around the world.

 

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Thailand June Trip June 9

Jason Edwards & UHDP Director Tui from 2015 visit to Liberty.

"In my heart is Christian organizations working together - not competing or fighting - to be the salt and light [of the world]."  These words were spoken this morning by UHDP's director, Tui, perhaps best summarize his passion and the purpose of UHDP.  Last Saturday he explained an overview of what UHDP does, but today we asked him to share the vision that UHDP leaders have for the next 15 years.  In their view, Southeast Asia has no borders. This region shares tribes, mountains, water resources, poverty, and human rights issues.  So it makes no sense to allow political borders to limit the sharing of ideas and resources that can help people.

 

 

 

UHDP has only 13 staff members, but through networking with 14 other organizations, their influence already reaches beyond northern Thailand to Myanmar, Laos, Southern China, and Cambodia.  As Tui said, "We can't be experts in everything (such as human trafficking), so we must work together."

UHDP's 12 core values include being future-oriented, transparent, growth-minded, and participatory.  While evangelistic words are not used, Tui said that "if people see these [values] in us, they will see Jesus even if we don't speak about Jesus."  And the staff perpetually immerse themselves in prayer, God's Word, and encouraging fellowship with each other.  It seems they are indeed following Christ's example.

"We are small, but God has made roads for us," Tui remarked. Those roads are stretching further every day through UHDP's trust in God's direction and timing. Imagine the impact UHDP will have in this part of the world over the next 15 years!

After Tui had finished speaking with us, the UHDP staff invited us to help them finish preparing a celebratory lunch using foods grown here, such as catfish, duck, and vegetables. Before we ate they sang praise songs for us, invited us to play a group game with them, showed us a slide show of photos from this week, and presented us with many gifts. We all shared words of thanks and then joined hands to pray aloud simultaneously in our own languages. These are such special people!  It was hard to say goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We five women from 2BC and WJC have grown to care deeply for UHDP and the women there. We will find different ways to support them and their work in the months to come, but in the meantime, we will lift them in prayer for the ways they are meeting critical needs and transforming lives. We invite you to join us!

 

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Thailand June Trip June 8

Another organization sharing space with UHDP on this property is ECHO, whose mission is to create a ripple effect to end hunger by networking agricultural information and educating farmers worldwide in effective methods to grow food for their families and communities (www.echonet.org).  This morning Wah, the woman who is ECHO's manager here, showed us many facets of the work she and her four team members do, including:

  • irrigation
  • crop rotation 
  • companion planting
  • natural pest repellants
  • composting
  • erosion control
  • pollination
  • ground cover
  • light and moisture control
  • soil comparison
  • seed sorting
  • seed preservation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside ECHO's small office are its seed bank and space for additional testing. One cabinet holds seeds undergoing various methods of germination. Another has drawers of seed varieties in different stages of drying.  Two tiny temperature-controlled rooms contain shelves and luggage drawers of hundreds of kinds of vacuum-packed seed packets, a freezer for disaster protection for seeds, as well as equipment for packaging seeds. Farmers from all over Southeast Asia can get ten free packets of seeds from this seed bank and purchase additional ones if desired. 

All of this testing is aimed at helping small farmers, and backyard gardeners in impoverished places become more self-sufficient and therefore capable of reducing hunger on their own. We were AMAZED at the amount of experimentation and data collection they are doing in so little space!  We spent the rest of the morning packaging sets of seeds for Wah - from herbs to vegetables to spices. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This afternoon Wah and Pi Maow took us back to the town of Fang to get rice and other necessities for a few people we're encountering on this trip, and we enjoyed treating these two special ladies to a dessert at a cool, relaxing coffee shop. Tonight we purchased some beautiful items made by women from nearby villages for UHDP's tiny handicraft shop.  These items will be available in our church's fair trade store, Many Hands, in Liberty. 

Influenced by our immersion in agricultural practices this week, the five of us practiced Lectio Divina tonight with the parable of the sower.  We were each touched in different ways by this story - by the scattering, the types of soil, and the long-term and sometimes unknown effects of sowing seed.  God, may our hearts be fertile soil for Your will to be done through us, and may we have a ripple effect in sharing Your love throughout our spheres of influence.  

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