Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ministry in Malaysia

Aaron & Nate head for Malaysia Aaron Anderson & Nathan Hanson are going to serve the Lord in Malaysia. They will be working in a youth camp, leading worship, speaking and working with young people.

Below are the introductions they wrote to explain themselves to the missionaries who will be putting them to work:

My name is Aaron Anderson, I’m from Portland, OR., and I have been very interested in missions my whole life. Even at a very young age I thought I might want to be a missionary because of my taste for exotic food, love of different cultures, and heart for the lost. As I grew older I began to love leading worship and teaching as well. God has blessed me with the opportunity to use my gifts on missions trips twice before this: once on a trip to lead an English camp for junior high school students in the Czech Republic and once to reach out to the homesick American military in Japan with Cadence International.
This last year I grew quite significantly in my teaching ability by teaching the high school Sunday school class at my church. Every week was a 20-30 minute lesson with 20-30 minutes of worship before for about 30 students a week. God has also blessed me with relational skills used in mentoring new Christians and for building relationships that allow me to speak into others lives and to have friends that I am accountable to as well. I want to honor God with everything I do and want to be a part of His work in the middle of the 10x40 window. I am so blessed to be able to see God in this part of the world and hope and pray that he would use me to my fullest extent here and that this ministry would have an eternal effect for the people at the camp and for the Kingdom of God.

My name is Nate Hanson and I live in Portland, OR. I am 18 years old and I’ve been extremely interested in missions for many years. My desire has grown and I am now considering the possibility of being a full-time missionary one day. For the past three years I have led worship weekly for thirty minutes for up to 50 students. This job included planning and practicing as well as often speaking throughout the worship sessions. I have also been able to lead for our main Sunday services multiple times. To further enhance my skills in leading and speaking I joined a local speech club as well as a national speech league. Through many rounds of competition I was awarded the opportunity to take my two speeches to the annual national tournament. At that tournament I was bless with third place in the nation with one of my speeches.
I have been on a mission trip before—it was about three years ago when I ventured to Lomas, Mexico. During this trip we built relationships with the students there by playing soccer and basketball with them. While building relationships we were also able to share our testimonies and saw two young people accept Christ. At the weekly services there I was able to lead worship multiple times. I feel confident in my worship-leading skills and believe that I can lead most groups on any kind of notice. I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to travel all the way across the globe to use skills that I have been practicing for so many years. This opportunity is a blessing from the Lord and I can’t wait to see how he will work in the lives of those I’m going to touch and in my own life.

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