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2017 Summer Missionaries

Together for Others in Romania

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Posted: 11/20/17 at 11:00pm.  Step outside the walls of your church and be a blessing, both in Romania and in Virginia! Our partnership with Romania Baptists focuses on five areas: In youth ministry training we host at least five Romanian church interns each summer in Virginia, as well as send a team of youth ministry trainers to Romania for regional …

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Taylor Hayes: Greater Than My Expectations

As the temperature cools off and college starts again, I reflect on my summer as a Summer Venturer with Impact! Mission Camps. The summer held a lot of God-filled moments, times that the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable and commonly in unforeseen moments. As a staff member for Impact! Mission Camps, I encountered students who were searching for …

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“Goodbye…? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?” – Winne the Pooh. Saying goodbye to Romania was a bitter sweet occasion. Ready to head home and see much missed friends and family; yet, when you are engulfed in hugs, eyes filling with tears, little voices begging you to stay and asking, …

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Phillip Hedrick: One Single Smile

A day while serving alongside Project Ruth may not have been a typical summer day for an 18-year-old. Being able to get out of the ordinary and see different cultures was truly an eye-opening experience for me. Each day this summer, I woke up, ate a little breakfast, and then started my walk to the Ruth School. While at the Ruth School, I would then drive to a village where I worked with children from about 9 a.m. to noon. At the village, we would play games with them, generate craft ideas to make with them, or we would do a life lesson with them. Their smiles or playing with them first thing in the morning just brightened my day, making me feel like I was ready for whatever the rest of the day would throw at me. After we were done with helping out at the village, my group would drive back to the Ruth School, eat lunch, and prepare ourselves for what was to come that day at Summer Club.

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Sara Amos: A Portrait of My Table

I raised my glass to my lips and quickly noticed my sweet-faced friend across the table mirroring me. I looked to my right and gave a glance to my smallest companion realizing that he was in on it as well. Looking to my left I took note of the mischievous smile developing behind the glass of his sister as she …

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Kathryn Eckler: Finding Rest in Vienna

This summer has been a sixty-six-day long adventure. Working with Projekt: Gemeinde has been an eye-opening experience. Every day brings a new challenge and a new reason to celebrate the joy that comes with living.  The primary mission of Projekt: Gemeinde is to create community with fellow German, Farsi, Spanish, and English speakers. Different cultures collide in the grace an …

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Spending Summertime for Service

A number of students and young adults are spending the summertime to share Christ's love around the globe. We ask you to say a special prayer for these summer venturers. Whether they are serving internationally in Romania, Vienna, or Ghana, or stateside through Impact camps and Disaster Response locations, they need our support and encouragement from home.

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Timothy Lamm: Reflections on Impact from New York City…

Sitting in the window of a coffee shop overlooking Lexington Avenue and Grand Central in New York City. Watching as so many people pass by. Thinking over the theme More Than Welcome and what it means to welcome the stranger, I find myself coming back to the question, “Who really is a stranger?” We live in a world and a time …

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Kathryn Eckler: Meditations from Vienna – A Pledge Actualized

Working with Projekt: Gemeinde is a true adventure. Each day brings a surprise. My summer has been filled with church retreats, construction projects, church leadership meetings, meal preparation, and wholesome conversations with people from all over the world. This mission experience is one where everyday occurrences become extraordinary. The primary goal of the projects here in Vienna is to “live …

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Sara Amos: Innocence in the face of darkness

At first glance, Sam seems to be your average six year old boy, full of energy and enthusiasm. It won’t take you long, however, to notice his hands. Sam’s fingers are fused together in several places and one of his thumbs is malformed. Once you observe the unusual shape of his hands it will be hard not to continue to notice them. But there …

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Eliza Green: Take off

Our trip to Romania is right around the corner. It’s been a long wait since applying for this trip in January. So much so, that it almost does not feel real. A few weeks ago, our whole team was able to meet and get to know each other in Richmond. Meeting my team and learning more about Romania has made …

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Sara Amos: With God, Dreams Become Realities

A page from my journal written in October 2016 reads, “God I feel that you are calling me back to Romania and if this is your will I will need you to provide for me with the opportunity, the finances, and to make a way in the hearts of my family.” I have explored the possibility of returning to serve …

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Phillip Hedrick: Returning To The Place That Changed My Life

Last year during my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to travel 8 hours across the Atlantic Ocean, with my youth group, to this place called Bucharest, Romania. At this point in my life I had never been out of the United States so I didn’t know what to expect. While we were there we had the …

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