Archives for April 2018

April 30, 2018 - No Comments!

What’s with NextGen camps at ZOE?

By Abigail Jennerson

For all of us on the NextGen team here at ZOE - 4 missionaries and 7 Thai staff - April is a whirlwind. That’s because all of our ZOE kids are home on school break!!! As we finish out April 2018, I look back on the past two months of prepping and events - exhausted, filled up, proud, excited, closer to our youth and Jesus.

We have two objectives when it comes to NextGen camps here at ZOE: The first goal is to help our children encounter God - whatever that may look like. We want them to know and experience the relentless love of God.The second goal is to give our kids and youth NEW memories. Out with the old, in with the new. We want to begin building and making new memories that are filled with a whole lot of love, joy, laughter, fun and friendship - all in hopes to contrast and replace the old memories that would likely be described with the opposite adjectives.

All of our “camps” at ZOE through the month of April fall into one or both of these categories.

This year some of our new memories involved playing in waterfalls, going to the mall to watch a movie and eat ice cream, driving 4 hours in the back of trucks during Songkran (Thailand’s New Year’s festival - a nationwide water fight - AMAZING!), staying up all night watching movies, eating snacks, dancing crazy, learning/doing hair and makeup, and many hours just hanging out together, having a ball!

Encountering God this year for our youth looked like staying at a retreat center hearing teachings from multiple speakers about God’s trustworthiness. It looked like going to a camp with 1000 other youth from around northern Thailand to sit in five 2-hour sessions a day (that’s a story for another time! WOWZA!), and countless hours in worship - indoor, outdoor, loud and dancing, quiet and calm. Our kids had a week long camp at ZOE learning about the Great Commission and meeting the needs of people around us. Theyeven spent two days doing service projects in our local village!

We finished off with a busy week of English classes, life skills and purity - each of which give our kids tangible and necessary skills and experiences as they grow up and get ready to leave ZOE and face the world.

Every year we try and do something new and exciting, and this year was no different... Our kids and youth came each day with excitement and anticipation for what the day could hold! We all made new memories, no doubt! And when we came expectant to hear from God, He spoke!

I haven’t stopped thinking about it...I am reminiscing on the goodness of our God and all He accomplished this last month. Thank you, Lord!

April 12, 2018 - No Comments!

Being Good Stewards

It’s been a busy winter/spring season for all of our MyGenMyFight leaders and friends. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen some of our instagram stories from our local outreaches and events.

We were so grateful to be a part of Biola University’s Mission Conference this year and to have our wonderful, past ZOE/MyGenMyFight Intern, Cristina Amaro serve with us during this event.

We had several hundred people stop by our table and had many people grab our brochures.  Several people also signed up to learn more about ZOE.

On the last night of the conference, Cristina had set up a meeting with a student named Caitlyn. She let me know that Caitlyn had asked her about ZOE/MyGenMyFight. Cristina also told me Caitlyn wanted to give me a check for ZOE.
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April 12, 2018 - No Comments!

Awareness in Trafficking Hot Spots

By Joel Mayeski
Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Coordinator
ZOE International

Awareness is one of the greatest weapons against human trafficking.  As more people become aware, the better the chance of stopping human trafficking and impacting the lives of millions around the world.

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April 2, 2018 - No Comments!

National Social Work Month

By Vickie McCoy

Did you know that March was National Social Work Month? 

I did not, until today when I attended a Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Service Providers Roundtable meeting and the facilitator started the meeting by thanking all the social workers in the room for the work they do.

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