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A Periodic Newsletter! A1eight Project Update Executive Director, J. Roger Davis provides an update on this summer’s A1eight summer missionaries. Pages 1-3

Bulgaria Director Zac Condie has a Q&A session with Ben Nelson, co-founder of Mission:Bulgaria. Page 4-6

Issue No. 9 / July 2015 Partner Spotlight Learn more about the ministry that is happening in Guatemala Page 7

2016 Dates We have plenty of space for you to serve internationally or domestically in 2016! Page 8

You can be involved You can be part of partnering with us in prayer and giving. Page 9

Ministry partners We want you to know more about our friends, Prep My Mission & Fund The Nations! Page 10

Summer Update: The A1eight Project J. Roger Davis S ago IEbeganRdreaming V about A Servant N Life T Years L global I partners F andE also helping both our deepening relationships with college students, churches and campus ministries throughout the country. As I just scratched notes in my journal and Evernote and prayed about what it could be, I continued to go back to the instructions from Jesus just before he ascended into Heaven that we find in Acts 1:8:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   As time passed and we talked as a team, with partners, and with various college students, we prayerfully came to the conclusion that we would launch a new option allowing for college students Periodic Newsletter // Issue No. 9 // July 2015

and young adults to serve for longer periods of time each summer with one of our (currently) 10 global partners. The A1eight Project was born.   1


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the gospel with them, and while some have been less receptive to it, there have been a few who are very interested and want to learn more. Eddie* came to church with us this last Sunday and Emma* asked for a Bible and we were able to get her one, so that was exciting. Guang* and Emma have also voiced an interest in coming to church with us on Sunday as well. God is good!”

Participants… • Experience disciple-making in a global context for their entire summer (project lengths range from 6-12 weeks). • Explore and learn through various missions related resources. • Become a part of a small team that serves alongside a missionary serving on the field. • Lead and host short-term teams that come to serve with you in your context. • Are a part of advancing the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission.

“Overall the Lord has continued to remind us of our need for Him and has graciously been showing us how He is moving here in Toronto. We ask that you continue to pray for our work on campus, the church, and the kid’s camp. Please lift the students that we are meeting with one-on-one that their interest in the gospel would continue to grow into a profession of faith. Finally, pray for our team that we would go into this next week of camp with the same joy and attitude of the first one and not allow comparison to corrupt how we view the importance of this next week.” * Names changed for security

This summer we have two pilot teams serving in Guatemala and Toronto for the entire summer. It has been a joy to hear weekly updates from them as they serve with short-term teams, learn from missionaries on the field and engage locals, both in villages in Guatemala and on college campuses in Toronto.  The diversity of our world is being engaged with the gospel daily. Here are a few snapshots from some of the updates: From the Toronto team - “We have been able to sit down in these conversations (with mostly Chinese students) and intentionally walk through 2

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From the Guatemala team - “This week was great to have a Servant Life team and to see a full week. We were able to go to Zone 7 this week which is an area in Guatemala City, to do a VBS in a school. The team split up and did Crafts, Recreation, and a Bible lesson. There were about 320 kids 1st-6th grade. On one of the days, a few of the kids on the team shared their testimony with the older kids and many older boys prayed to receive Christ. It was an awesome sight to see.” “Please pray for the people of Veremina whom we visited and spent time with this week, for their physical needs as well as spiritual needs. Pray that the children there, as well as all over Guatemala, will come to find Jesus as their Provider and their source of worth instead of worldly possessions, gangs, or prostitution.” Our A1eight Project teams have experienced some great weeks. They’ve also had their fair share of challenges. Serving through international missions is incredible, but hard. You can’t always tell from an Instagram or tweet that there are tough days. It’s important in those difficult times to remember who God is and why He has you where he does. Guatemala team member, Elizabeth, has this to say about following The Lord in the midst of the hard days: “This week was different in many ways. We were all three able to experience what the ministry looks like at Camp Calvary and be in a village that does not have many type of christian influences. It was a week that I could tell God was working in great ways in the area, but that also meant that Satan was working just as hard to stop all the good that was happening. This week was hard, but it was also good for us to go through. It brought us closer as a staff and as interns. We learned how to be flexible and adapt to the team and their needs whatever that might be. We were Periodic Newsletter // Issue No. 9 // July 2015

exhausted from days in the sun and long nights of prep work for VBS, but I think we would all agree that it helped us truly rely on God for strength and patience. God was at work this week and He is always in the end successful no matter how defeated and frustrated we might feel.” The Lord has done incredible work during this pioneer summer of The A1eight Project. Please join us in praying for those our teams have come in contact with and that they will finish their assignment well. We are expectant for future summers! If you’d like more information about the A1eight Project, check out our website or find us on Twitter/Instagram: @A1eightProject. J. Roger Davis is the Executive Director for Servant Life and the President of Student Life. He and his wife, Becca live in Birmingham, AL with their kids: Sterling, Landry, Kinsley, and Murray. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JRogerDavis. 3


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Servant Life in Bulgaria Zac Condie Servant Life is excited for a new partnership with Mission: Bulgaria, a group of believers with a heart for the country and people of Bulgaria. Co-founder Ben Nelson answers a few questions for us about what it’s like to serve in Bulgaria. Obviously there are great physical and spiritual needs all over the world.  What led you to specifically be involved in Bulgaria? “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 Bulgaria holds a special place in my heart. In 2009, my community and I went to lead worship for a week in the Roma villages of Bulgaria. Soon after we arrived we realized we were taking part in the early stages of an amazing spiritual Reformation – a Reformation that was producing evangelical leaders from all areas of Bulgaria,

working together to make a difference for the kingdom in their nation. The Bulgarian culture has been stripped of biblical principles after decades of socialist and communist rule. Communism fell in 1989 but the oppression of the Roma (Gypsy) people has not. Every day we must ask ourselves “What is the good news for our community?” and then we must know that the gospel covers it. The good news for Bulgaria and the Roma people is “Hope”. THE GOSPEL COVERS THAT! In the midst of poverty, persecution, hunger, and segregation GOD IS WITH YOU. “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 WE LEVERAGE EVERYTHING IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM HOPE! What kind of ministry have you been able to engage in with short-term teams? One of my favorite things about Mission Bulgaria is that when you go on a short-term trip you become a part of a year-round family. Once you’ve made your impact that week you become an extension of what God is doing in the country through our missionaries year round. Mission Bulgaria is not just

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knew that God had aligned our hearts. After meeting Dinko, his family, and his team we knew that we needed to partner with their existing ministry in Bulgaria. In 2009 we partnered with “Care for All” ministries. In the past 12 years “Care for All” has: -Planted over 43 churches -Provided funding for 23 medical operations for Roma children -Built 17 church buildings -Established 5 feeding stations, -Conducted 100’s of training seminars for Ministers -Taught countless English and computer (Bulgaria is one of 4 locations in Europe where you can serve with Servant Life!) courses a one week out of the year mission but a year -Provided daily ministry counseling round partnership to see lives shaped and -Facilitated ministry expansion into Siberia, changed by the gospel for the kingdom. Turkey and Chicago Mission Bulgaria focuses on these 3 main areas: PRAY. LOVE. UNITE. What long-term impact do you hope to PRAY: TOGETHER WE PRAY. WE PRAY THAT accomplish with short-term teams? GOD WOULD POUR HIS LOVE AND FAVOR OUT ON BULGARIA AND THE ROMANIES. No one goes on a “short-term” mission trip with LOVE: WE GO. WE GO AND LOVE. Mission Bulgaria. A week spent in Bulgaria truly JAMES 2:19 SAYS THAT FAITH WITHOUT has a lasting impact. A short-term mission trip ACTION IS DEAD! WE ACT ON OUR PRAYERS. becomes a catalyst for the year round ministries UNITE: IN ALL THESE THINGS WE HOPE TO in Bulgaria. Churches are planted, leaders are HELP UNITE THE BULGARIANS AND THE encouraged, non- believers come to hear good ROMANIES WITH CHRIST AND EACH OTHER. news, children are loved, orphans are held, and What we do: lives truly are changed forever.  A short-term trip Food distribution, church planting, children’s with Mission Bulgaria provides an opportunity, festivals, orphan care, worship services, mission for both those going and those receiving, to trips, Christmas shoeboxes, Prayers over homes witness the love and fellowship of believers with and families, English lessons, food stations and in a different culture and context. It allows us the much more. chance to see how God’s power and might crosses all borders, and it is proof that the Ministry in a foreign context is almost Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of impossible without establishing trust among all who believe. (Rom 1:16) native people.  How have you done this? Once you have gone on a week-long trip with Mission Bulgaria, you are a part of the family. Have you ever met someone and instantly know This family provides for missions in Bulgaria year they would become one of your closest friends? round. When I met Dinko, a missionary from Bulgaria, I

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Do you have any favorite moments from your time in Bulgaria? I have a few. One if my favorite moments is always the orphanages. We partner with an organization called “Create a Smile” which provides medical surgeries for children who cannot afford them. Because of this partnership we are one of the few religious organizations allowed into the orphanages. Each year we spend time with these children. We held a HUGE children’s festival with cotton candy, popcorn, toys, music and more. Each trip we watch these children grow up, we know that each short-term missionary is having a huge impact on the lives of these orphans. Another one of my favorite moments is when we were in a village doing an outside worship service. As we taught the gospel and encouraged the believers we saw a group of men sitting across the street in a mule drawn buggy. You could tell they were listening to what we were saying. Afterwards they approached one of our missionaries, Stefko, and started asking questions. I asked Stefko, “What are they saying?”. He said, “ They want to know who this Jesus guy is and if he’s coming next week?”… They had never heard the name Jesus at all. My heart was broken and delighted at the same time. God is doing 6

something HUGE and I am just grateful to help play a small part. Servant Life is sending short-term teams to serve in Bulgaria starting summer 2016. For more information about how you can serve in Bulgaria, visit our website.

Zac Condie serves as Director for Servant Life. He is passionate about reaching the nations with the gospel and has served mid-term in Ghana, Africa. He and his wife, Danielle, live in Birmingham, AL. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @zaccondie.

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Servant Life is thrilled to be partnering with Clubhouse Guatemala in Guatemala City. Clubhouse Guatemala is a Christ-centered ministry that desires to reach the lost of Guatemala. Clubhouse was started in 2003 by Mike and Carla Parker. The Parker's desire is to go into villages and reach children and adults through block parties, shoe and clothing distribution, face paint, cotton candy, vacation bible school, and many other creative ways to show the love of Christ.   As the ministry has developed over the years, the Parkers have handed more and more leadership over to the native staff from Guatemala. The Guatemalan leaders have always been a key to the success of the ministry, but they need help from short-term teams to support their ministry and to build the local church! So far this summer, Servant Life has sent 100 people to serve alongside Clubhouse Guatemala. There is also an A1eight Project team in Guatemala all summer leading our short term teams. The groups have been part of leading Vacation Bible School, feeding the locals, and participating in community home visits. We can’t wait for the summer of 2016 to hopefully send even more people to Guatemala! For more information about Guatemala and how you can be involved, visit our website.

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you can PRAY Pray for: • The gospel to spread to all nations • Salvation for those who don’t know Christ • 2016 mission trips and Servant Life’s 18 missionary partners • Servant Life missions opportunities in Cuba • Groups and individuals who are currently serving all over the world • Director and coordinator, Zac and Danielle Condie, as they serve overseas • Ambassadors Ed Newton, Wade Morris, and Chad Poe as they finish their summer ministry seasons.

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