Sunday, July 21, 2013

Getting There!

It was quite a process from start to finish in terms of traveling but thank God we made it!!


We were put off schedule at one point due to a typhoon but we found comfort in each other along the way despite the trying threat of jet lag. 





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day Three

Hello everybody! Today was our second day in the orphanage. It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway there (cue Journey music). Our day in a nutshell: Jake didn’t sleep and the smoothie place was closed L, Caroline taught the pretty girl and went for a run in the rain, Joanne danced the chicken dance,  Abbey refused to try tofu and Emily received a foreign name. All in all, our team agreed that today was a step up from yesterday. We all felt more comfortable with the children, and that they, in turn, became more at ease with us. We saw improvements in many of the kids and their behavior. One of the older children broke out of her shell, which really brightened Abbey’s day.
A high point for many of us is sharing a devotional in the morning with the staff before we begin our work begins. Tonight, one of the staff members cooked a feast for our dinner, then we partook in a traditional tea ceremony. The picture included depicts the flowers that we gave our host. Keep the prayers coming! Please pray for our sleep (as jet lag kicks in), health, and continued improvement in the children. We thank you all for participating in our journey.

Love,
Caroline, Joanne, Emily V., Jake, and Abbey

Eels.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 2

Ni hao to our friends and families back home! We hope you all are well. Everyone is here is healthy and safe.
Yesterday was our first day at the orphanage. From our team debriefing last night, we deemed it a success. That said, there were definitely low points as well as high points. Only one of our team members works professionally with special needs children, so some of us voiced that we felt a little inadequate and unsure. But we have to remember that this was the first day, and the children are still getting to know us, while we are also testing out the situation and the country for some of us. So we could not expect it all to go swimmingly. Even so, God’s love is evident in all of these children’s faces when they smile.
Because of their previous neglect, these children could have become bitter and apathetic, but God’s love has transformed them to be loving and joyous. It is amazing! As we head into day two, please pray again that we can humble ourselves and simply allow God’s love to overflow through us into these children’s hearts. Thank you again for your prayers and support! We very much appreciate it.

Love,
Caroline, Joanne, Emily V., Jake, and Abbey


Day 1

Ni hao to our friends and families back home! We hope you all are well. Everyone is here is healthy and safe.
Yesterday was our first day at the orphanage. From our team debriefing last night, we deemed it a success. That said, there were definitely low points as well as high points. Only one of our team members works professionally with special needs children, so some of us voiced that we felt a little inadequate and unsure. But we have to remember that this was the first day, and the children are still getting to know us, while we are also testing out the situation and the country for some of us. So we could not expect it all to go swimmingly. Even so, God’s love is evident in all of these children’s faces when they smile.
Because of their previous neglect, these children could have become bitter and apathetic, but God’s love has transformed them to be loving and joyous. It is amazing! As we head into day two, please pray again that we can humble ourselves and simply allow God’s love to overflow through us into these children’s hearts. Thank you again for your prayers and support! We very much appreciate it.

Love,
Caroline, Joanne, Emily V., Jake, and Abbey


Sunday, July 14, 2013

We're here (safely)!

To all of you anxious parents out there (mine included), we made it to our final destination!  After a three-hour layerover that turned into an eight-hour layover because of a typhoon, we finally made it!  Thanks you for all of your prayers for our safety, we arrived in one piece with all of our luggage.  Please continue praying for us as we head to the orphanage tomorrow for our first day.  Specifically, pray for a peaceful sleep tonight because we will need the energy.  Also, pray that we wil be God's vessels to show is love both the children and the stuff.  Thank you for all your continued support!  We love and miss you all!

Love, Caroline, Joanne, Emily V., Jake and Abbey

Friday, June 21, 2013

Meet our EA3 Team!







As many of you who are visiting our blog may or may not know, we are a team comprised of some fantastic people from all walks of life who have found a common interest in serving our Lord Jesus. We all have a passion for community outreach and spreading the love and knowledge of God here at home in Atlanta and around the world. We are so excited to share this journey with you as we quickly approach our departure for East Asia in July. Along the way we hope that you feel apart of our team so we will share our experiences with you leading up to and while we are in East Asia.

We would also like to give an extra special thank you to all of our supporters, without you, this trip would truly not be possible. Your generosity has been a tremendous blessing, thank you!

Meet our team!
 
Hi, I am Lynda Turley. I am excited to be returning to East Asia to work with orphans who have disabilities and their caregivers. Who could have suspected back in 2007 that I’d have this great adventure for 6 years in a row? I’m an Occupational Therapist by training and vocation. It is a great privilege to lead this team and see God working in all of them, combining our talents and gifts for a mission greater than any of us could accomplish on our own. Thank you for joining us!!

 


Jake Robinson grew up going to North Point and now attends Buckhead Church with his wife Abbey. This will be his third trip to East Asia but his first working in the orphanage. He is excited to be traveling with Abbey this time. He works at a law firm in Atlanta.


Abbey grew up in Atlanta where she and her family attended North Point Community Church. She studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Georgia, and is looking forward to working with the children in East Asia. This is Abbey’s first trip with globalX, and she is excited about seeing God at work this summer. Abbey currently works as an accountant for a small company in Norcross. She is married to her best friend Jake. Colossians 3:23 - “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

 
 
 
 
My name is Joanne Gonzalez. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I have been working with children since age the age of 15 and have been doing so since then. I grew up in a Christian family with love, music, humor, and craftiness. I have several degrees related to the health and education of children and adolescents, which keep me young and entertained (not to mention in debt ^_^). This will be my third trip with GlobalX to East Asia and I am kind of excited... OK, mildly enthusiastic... Alright! I am ecstatic! There is a quote from John Wesley that I like to use to encompass what missions mean to me: "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can." Hope this inspires you to get involved somehow and keep in touch with our team. 
Your servant in Christ,
Joanne
 
 
 
 
 




My name is Sheena Spencer. This is my first mission trip and I am thrilled to be apart of the EA3 team! I feel truly blessed to be called to carry out the work in Asia that God has called us to do. I believe that the children in the orphanages will be an even greater blessing to us than we can imagine. I have found through my work with children that they often teach us just as many important life lessons as we teach them. I attend Buckhead Church where I serve as a Guest Services volunteer as well as a Starting Point volunteer. As a civic leader with Hands On Atlanta, I am working to increase the awareness of various efforts in the community that are close to my heart.



My name is Caroline Hufford. I recently graduated high school this May and will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall to study Human and Organizational Development. This is my third East Asia GlobalX trip, but my first to work in an orphanage, and my first trip traveling without my dad. My interest in China stems adopting my little sister Emily from China in 2006. I’m so excited to head back to China to bring God’s love to the orphans and caregivers, who may never otherwise know His love. Thank you for joining us on our journey!


Hi, my name is Erin, and I'm very excited for my first trip with globalX! In high school and college, I was involved in a wonderful ministry for special needs called Camp Joy, and I'm excited about the opportunity to serve God's amazing children oversees! I love to travel, and I'm looking forward to building relationships in the local community. Thank you for your support!






Hi my name is Emily Clausen and this is the second time I will be going on this trip and I am so excited my husband will be going as well. I am a preschool special education teacher at Hembree Springs and and have been teaching for 3 years. I have been attending North Point Church for about 10 years and have served in Waumba Land,  A Special Needs Transit Small Group and are currently leading a married small group. I am excited to see how God will work through our team and I am ready to jump in and start serving! 



Hi my name is Stephen Clausen this is my first trip with North Point but my fourth mission trip over all. I am a tax manager for Liquifile Services and have been attending North Point Church for about 10 years. I have served in Waumba Land, A Special Needs Transit small group and and I currently leading a married small group with my wife. I cant wait to see how God uses our team to work with the students a staff in the orphanage.

 


Emily Venable
I am originally from Birmingham, AL and have lived in GA since 2004.  You might not imagine Alabama as a place where a young child is introduced to the world, but as long as I can remember I have been interested in the people and cultures of other countries.  Birmingham is home to a large university and draws people from many countries and some of my earliest school memories are of talking to and making friends with the people who talked, ate, and worshiped differently than me.  When I was a bit older I was always interested in hearing about the work missionaries for our church were doing, and their lives in foreign countries.   Even with all this natural curiosity it never occurred to me that I would someday visit the other side of the world.  This will be my second trip to East Asia with GlobalX.  The first was 2 years ago.  At that time I really struggled with the decision – but one day while I was praying over my decision it occurred to me, I could go the safe route or I could take a leap and embrace the BIG life my God has in store for me.  In the past year that lesson has been reinforced - God’s dreams for my life are so much bigger than I can imagine.  I am so excited to be on this new adventure and serve alongside my awesome team.  Please pray for us to be salt and light to those we meet along our journey and be an encouragement to the teachers and staff we are going to East Asia to serve with.  
18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.