Author: Adventures

The Village (VIDEO!)

What happens when one PASSPORT team of 7 girls goes to a village in Thailand for 36 hours, their hearts are changed forever.  Check out the video of the precious people we encountered while at the village.     <3 Ash   www.Ashnicolowens.com

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Reflecting back (VIDEO!)

I can’t believe that we have been in Thailand for a month.   I have been reflecting on the last month and all that God has been teaching us and stretching us while here in Thailand.  It’s crazy how he puts you in a pressure cooker of growth when you go on trips like this one.  As I pondered what God was doing I watched a video we made as a team introducing the girls to the world.  As I watched the video and they answer the questions of what they want God to do while they are here in Thailand.  I am left in amazement as I realize God is fulfilling those things!...

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Today Is Not My Day

 :when self-pity robs you of the joy of service: I grew up hearing stories about great missionaries. Some were my parents’ friends, and some were laced throughout Christian history. To me, they were the real adventure stories, each one showcasing a faithful God. I owe much of my faith to the testimony of the way Jesus moved in the missionary community around the world. Growing up I got a close up to hardships missionaries go through. I admired the work but was positive I never wanted to be a missionary. It was too hard.    Despite my deep desire for God to use me, the reality...

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Living in the “Seriously?”

We take a train seven hours from Bangkok in the dark to arrive to a small village at daybreak. The village is named Krasang and a woman we are partnering with is named Jo. Jo is a mighty woman with a contagious laugh. We bond instantly. I met her a few weeks ago when she came to Samaritan Creations. We went on an adventure to a market to buy material. We prayed for the unbelieving woman who sold us material and a woman who called Jo while we were at the market.   Jo handed me the phone, “Please pray for my sick friend.” (In a thick Thai accent.)   I believe God heals.   I...

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Wholly Surrendered.

Sweetly broken, wholly surrender. // Y’all God is good and I am so excited to share with a sweet story of His redemption. So, my last blog was about the brokenness I saw and felt in the Red Light District. If you haven’t read it yet I would encourage you to do so before reading this blog. It is called “Sweetly Broken.” If you have read it, here is a sweet story of redemption to follow the story of pain that came with our last trip to the Red Light District. As we sat in the tuk-tuk (taxi) I did not experience the heavy feeling I had the previous time, I went into the...

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“What is it hurting?”

Walking into the bars is hard enough,Having to sit down is horrible.Paying for a girls time with a overpriced cocktail feels wrong.Pretending to enjoy myself, laughing, singing, and smiling is almost impossible. I don’t want to be here… I would rather be anywhere but this place sipping on a Coke and pretending to enjoy watching these girls dance on our table. But then is happens, I see HER. I start to talk to HER. SHE is looking at me. SHE is staring at me.SHE is telling me her story. SHE says where SHE is from, how long SHE has worked here and about her family.SHE tells me I’m...

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