Meet The SE Asia 2015 team!

SE Asia 2015(a)

Hello from the South East Asia Lighthouse 2015 team! This year we have thirteen students on our team and will be led by two of our Residence Hall Directors. We are enthusiastic about returning to work in the Sea Tribe islands. We will continue our relationship with a welcoming unreached people group and may have the opportunity to serve through helping in school, teaching English, and visiting remote islands to share our faith. We are excited to meet, minister to, and learn from various people groups with various religions and to be in one of the least reached areas of the world.

For our trip we have decided to look to Philippians 2:2-4 for inspiration and encouragement. “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” We appreciate your support of us as we embark on this journey of service.

Meet the Nepal 2015 team!

Nepalteam

Greetings from the Nepal Lighthouse 2015 trip! This year our team is made up of fourteen students and two Taylor faculty/staff members. We are anticipating another meaningful trip this year as we continue in our partnership with Tiny Hands International (http://tinyhandsinternational.org/). We will be joining this ministry in their mission to reach out and serve children, in particularly those who have been victims of the sex trafficking, in Pokhara, Naranghat, and Kathmandu through their network of homes for children. We are excited to join in the work being done in this country and to learn about the human rights issues that are prominent there.

As a team for our trip we have decided to orient ourselves around the passage 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” We thank you for your prayers and support for us in this work over January.

 

Meet the Peru 2015 Team

Peru 2015 photo

Hola from the Peru Lighthouse team 2015! This year our team is comprised of fourteen students and will be led by one of the Taylor Resident Hall Directors and the Director of Lighthouse. We are continuing in our partnership with Vision Trust and Casa Luz (https://www.visiontrust.org/where/country/id/peru), a home and ministry for orphans and vulnerable children in Ayacucho Peru. We will partner in their mission of bringing food, shelter, education, and above all love, to children in need and to bring hope to the surrounding communities. We will do this through VBS, hygiene and purity training, and various other ministries and projects while in Peru.

Your prayers and thoughts are appreciated as we embark on this journey. As a part of this trip we have chosen Ephesians 2:8-10 to guide us in our service to Peru. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

 

Meet Paraguay 2015

Paraguay team picture 2015

Hello from the Paraguay Lighthouse team 2015! Thanks for visiting our page to learn more about out trip. This January our team of sixteen students, led by a Taylor staff member and one of our graduate assistants, will be going down to Paraguay to partner with One Verse, a bible translation ministry of the Seed Company (https://theseedcompany.org/). We joyfully announce that a translation for the Ache people group, the people we initially partnered with One Verse to reach, now have the New Testament in their native language! This year our team will be moving on to work with a new group of people, the Toba Maskoy. This will be an exciting new venture but there are also a lot of unknowns for us as we have not worked with these communities before. You can learn more about the Toba Maskoy and our goals with them at: https://theseedcompany.org/sites/default/files/projects/pdfs/project_profile-toba.pdf

We have chosen Romans 15: 5-7 as our passage for the trip. “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” We want to ask and thank you for your prayers and support as we go out to serve this January.

Meet Ethiopia 2015!

LH Ethiopia team 2014-15

Greetings from Ethiopia Lighthouse team of 2015! We are excited that you are interested in learning more about the trip we are taking in January. This year our team will consist of sixteen students and two faculty team leaders. We are very happy and excited to continue our partnership with Project Mercy (projectmercy.org), a permanent local ministry. While there we will work alongside Project Mercy serving local at their local school impoverished children ages K-12. We will be in Yetebon Ethiopia, a formerly severely underprivileged area in Ethiopia. Since the arrival of Project Mercy in 1993 the community has grown and improved in education, healthcare, economic infrastructure, agriculture, and spiritually.

We ask and thank you for your prayers as we embark on this journey. We have chosen a passage of scripture for our team, 1 Peter 4:8-10 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Looking Back – Peru 2/7/14

We received this post from the Peru team upon their return at the end of January!

None of us will let the 36 hours of traveling home squelch our the memories of our final moments with the beautiful children that we learned to love or with the teens and adults that we witnessed serve others every day.

Thursday night we were invited to the Pastor’s house for dinner where they shared with us the stories of the children of Casa Luz. All of us were amazed by the strength of their faith and by the miracle of each child. We didn’t fully understand the extent of how God has worked through those at Casa Luz until we heard the specific stories like the one of Milagros, a beautiful 12 year girl who had been showering us with kisses from the moment she met us. When Milagros was born, she was unusually tiny and her grandmother knew she would not survive high up in the mountains. So the grandmother hiked all the way down to Casa Luz in hopes that Milagros would be able to survive there. She weighed 1 kilo until she was one year old. Through much prayer and good nourishment, Pastor watched Milagros flourish and grow into the meaning of her name, a miracle.

Friday and Saturday were filled with fiestas. Saying goodbye to the kids at Casa Luz and Luz y Vida included specially drawn pictures for us, gifts, games, lots of food, laughs, hugs for all and even a clown! For Saturday night, our team conspired with some members of the church to throw a surprise birthday party for Andrew. One that will not quickly be forgotten.

Sunday was our last time worshipping in Spanish with the members of Pastor’s church. Then we left our beloved little world for a day of debriefing.

We awoke on Monday to board our bus at 5 am and traveled almost 12 hours to the airport. There we tearfully let our translators and patiently waited for our 11:50pm flight. While standing in a never ending line, we heard the heart-dropping news that our flight had been canceled and we would most likely not be able to leave until 24 hours later. We immediately began praying that God would provide us a flight, one team member specifically asked for one that would depart within 4 hours of our original time. After much more waiting and watching our fearless leaders scurry around frantically, we heard the news. We were going to Canada! Our flight left at 3:30 am, just 3 hours and 40 minutes after our original flight, thank you very much God. From Canada, our team split into two planes to Indianapolis but we all made it back safe and sound.

We each witnessed God do awesome things on this trip and were reminded again of how powerful our prayers can be, whether it was watching Pastor stop in the middle of farming to ask God for a tractor or seeing a group of college kids huddled, praying in an airport. And we each were touched by at least one of the lives of the Peruvian people. As heartbreaking as it is to know that we may never see them again on earth, it brings us so much joy to think of reuniting with them in heaven. Hasta luego!

Tiehl (Peru team member)

Finally Home – Guatemala 3/6/14

We received this email from the Guatemala team on Monday, February 3rd. Read below about their reflections since they have arrived in the States!Image

Finally home.  We arrived in Indy at around 11 last night (February, 2).  We left the airport in Guatemala city at 8.  We had a great trip and were very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Guatemalan people alongside Mission Impact.  It was a great eye opening experience, and one we won’t soon forget.  We were able to make over 20 water filters and over 50 stoves.  We hope that the people will use them and that the stoves and filters will improve the health of families.

In Coyolate, the last area where we served, we were told about the sugar cane fields.  Each sugar cane field worker makes 13 Quetzals per ton of sugar cane they cut.  They work 14-hour days and a fast worker can cut 5 to 6 tons a day.  This comes out to about 8 dollars a day.

We are grateful for everyone’s prayers and support during our trip.  We would appreciate your continued prayers for the Guatemalan people and for Mission Impact.  While we are able to return to our comfortable lives, they continue to live in a different reality.  Poverty and health problems resulting from poor sanitation and limited resources continue to plague most areas in the country.