Stories

  • Thailand STM Trip Recap 2017

    Be A Part Of Our Future Thailand Team! We celebrate God’s movement in Thailand as we witnessed the gathering of His people from various tribes, tongues, and nations. The video below is a recap containing footage from our last short term mission trip. If you are interested in going...

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  • Rome STM Blog #3

    Thank you for your prayers, our team made it back home last night.  It was an incredible week sharing the love of Jesus with refugees in Rome. At the drop-in center, we typically had 50 men representing countries from the Middle East and Africa.  Our...

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  • Hearing Her Story- Unshackled

    She spoke…we heard and responded! On February 21st, Woodside’s anti-human trafficking ministry, Unshackled, held an event with a Survivor who shared her personal story.  She educated 100 people that evening by giving us a fresh perspective on how human trafficking can take on a variety...

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  • Update from Thailand: Drew Clarkson

    As tough as I pretend to be, I could not help but tear up as I watched Pastor John’s wife, Nut, break down into tears on stage. It was the final stage of the dedication ceremony, and as always, Pastor John and Nut were trying...

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  • Rome STM Blog #2

    Our team has arrived safely in Rome.  Amos (our missionary) provided some ministry training on how to share the Gospel to a non-believer. We practiced by splitting up into pairs.  The “teller” shared with their partner about a subject for 3 minutes. The “listener” had one minute to recap with the...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #9

    Final Thoughts It’s our final stretch of travels. Our team is sprawled across gate E5 at the Chicago Airport—some laying belly up on the floor, others with their heads hung over their carry-on suitcases—trying to sleep. The physical exhaustion of the past two weeks has...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #8

    Saying Goodbye We had finished breakfast and were standing in the lobby of the hotel before the sun had shown its face. Rows of suitcases waited next to the door as Jim shared the morning plan. The clock was ticking loudly to finish a final inventory...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #7

    Our Last Day of Village Outreach The commute to the second village was much longer than the first. Our team packed into vans, passing time by sharing stories from throughout the trip and lessons learned. The travel group leaders assigned to each van led their...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #6

    Village Outreach The excitement of the weekend rolled into Monday as we ventured into our first day of village outreach. The drive was short to the village located in the mountains halfway between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. We pulled into a dirt parking lot...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #5

    Akha Baptist Church’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Sleeping until 5am felt like a luxury knowing Pastor John and Nut probably didn’t sleep at all the night before. Considering this day was the day Pastor John had envisioned for His church 20 years ago, none of us...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #4

    Global Worship We arrived a little after sunrise and crowds of people groups from various countries were already waiting behind the sanctuary for morning service to begin. Different tribal groups from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) as well as people groups from Cambodia, India and...

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  • Rome STM Blog #1

    Anywhere…We Rome! “People everywhere desperately need Jesus,” is what Pastor Doug told our congregation. This phrase has resided and stirred in every team member’s heart as we begin preparations to leave on Woodside’s 10 day mission trip to Rome. Our team consists of members from...

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  • Thailand STM Video Blog #6 & 7

    Sometimes you meet heroes. The kind heaven gets excited about. Thanks for all your prayers! The team experienced more than we could ever capture of share!

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  • Thailand STM Video Blogs #4 & 5

    Every Person Matters! Watch the below clip to witness the work the Thailand 2017 STM trip has done. Celebrating the building and dedication of God’s Church emotionally moved our US team of 44 people.

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  • Thailand STM Blog #3

    Hidden Provisions We take our shoes off before entering the sanctuary. The women from the village line up, one by one, bowing their heads to greet us as they head into service. The oldest among them, worthy of all respect, bow to even the youngest...

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  • Thailand STM 2017 Video Blog #3

    Experience Thailand with us! Join in on the fun with us! Check out the sights of Thailand and watch us prepare for ministry!

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  • Thailand STM 2017 Video Blogs #1 & 2

    From Woodside Troy to Thailand, The Adventure Begins! The team has arrived in Thailand safely!! We are super exhausted after over 40 hours of travel. It’s going to be so worth it! Thanks for all your prayers! Let the Medical/Dental Clinics Commence! We are ready...

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  • Thailand STM Blog #2

    Dinner Story—How the Akha House of Light Came to Be Upon landing at the Chiang Rai International Airport, Pastor John and Nut arrived with servant hearts to pick up our team, though it was us that came to serve—a beautiful depiction of our call to serve one...

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  • Facebook Fellowship

    Facebook is a polarizing thing. Some love the connectedness you can experience with family and friends from across the globe. The social media platform helps you stay informed about developments in people’s lives in a way that is both fun and helpful. Whether it’s a...

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  • Valentine's Day and your Trust in God

    Valentine’s Day is this month. I know it is a highly commercialized holiday (as is every other holiday), but I enjoy the special occasion to be romantic with my wife. Genesis 24 narrates Isaac’s and Rebekah’s love story. You must read it. Here are two...

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  • Prayers, Commissioning and Installation

    In life, there are special moments that we will always remember. The night of Prayer, Commissioning and Installation at the Warren campus is one of those special moments. The service reminded me of the time when the Church in Antioch met and commissioned Paul and...

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