Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | June 17, 2011

Global Glimpses

Josh, Andrea, Omar, and Barbara. | 2011 | Thailand

Who | Andrea Bierschwale

Where I’ve Traveled With Kingsland | I have participated in short-term mission trips to Acuna, Mexico (2008) and Cha-Am, Thailand (2011).

Why I Chose These Trips | A few years ago I traveled to Acuna, Mexico with a team from Kingsland to build a home for a pastor and his family. While most of the men did the building, I ended up spending most of my time playing with the local children. God started working in me and giving me a heart for missions, but I didn’t know what to do with the desire. I began praying and asking God if He would send me somewhere where He could use the gifts, talents, and abilities He’s given me to serve His Kingdom. I checked Kingsland’s missions website and a scheduled trip to Thailand jumped out at me. I didn’t know any details about the trip, but I sensed God calling me to “go beyond.” I continued to pray and the desire to go to Thailand grew stronger and stronger. I stepped out in faith and sent Omar an email to inquire about the upcoming work being done there. I learned that the team would serve those who live and work among unreached peoples throughout South Asia, and they were in need of children’s workers to conduct a Vacation Bible School. I knew without a doubt that the Holy Spirit was calling me to Thailand.

What I Will Remember Most | Everything! I think about this trip and the families we were blessed to serve all the time. I often pray for them and the unreached people they risk their lives to reach out to and share the love of Jesus with. I will always remember the kids lifting their hands and voices while singing “Mighty to Save”. Every time I hear that song it makes me smile and spurs me on to pray for them.

Why Our Service Was Important | These families are living out the great commission in areas faced with much persecution. The parents were so thankful to receive some rest and encouragement from Omar and Josh while their children were able to enjoy the freedom to simply play and be kids thanks to Barbara. I am very thankful for all of Kingsland’s pastors and ministers who provide opportunities for the church to serve in this manner.

What One Child Said | One particular child shared that she was prepared to be a martyr and give her life for the message of Christ.

Why I Will Go Again | The Thailand trip was life changing for me. It all started with a small flame in my heart for missions. While on this trip it felt like God was pouring gasoline on that fire. God has ignited a flame in my heart for the unreached people of the world. While in Thailand I had a very strong feeling that I would return one day with my family. I don’t know what God has planned, but I’m praying He will send me back! In the meantime, God has allowed me to “go beyond” without leaving home. He is using me as an online missionary to reach the nations and make disciples through Global Media Outreach. Since returning from Thailand in January, I’ve connected with over 100 people throughout the world as an online missionary!

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus | Matthew 28:19-20

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