As many of you know, I had the privilege to return to the island I’ll be moving to after language school! :) I had a two week break from school, and felt like it would be good for me to visit my friends there to hear about what God has been doing there since I’ve been gone. I also wanted to pray and ask God to reveal more about what the future will look like once I move there, and how I can better prepare and pray for the future right now.
It was a beautiful time of catching up, and also learning from my friends and what God has put in their hearts. I learned a lot of new language, culture, and more of Gods heart for His people as it shone through my friends!
I was thrilled to spend time with Cornelia (AKA-Lia, the woman who shut down the brothel the last time I was there :). We took a few day trip to Malaysia to gallivant and have some good heart to hearts. This time was truly precious; filled with sharing about God’s goodness and redemption, lots of laughing, lots of crying, and a lot of encouraging and praying for each other. God has already changed her life so much since I saw her last, but I know He still desires to do a deep inner healing in her life, so I am praying she will walk through that with Him. She also taught me a lot about the sex industry in Kalimantan, and what are some of the reasons women enter prostitution. She also took me inside a few brothels and I was able to meet and talk with some of the girls :) Unfortunately they didn’t have a lot of time, and my communication with them was limited because I didn’t have a translator. But it was really good to meet them, and pray there. Because now when I pray for these women they won’t just be women I’ve never met, but I’ll actually be able to see faces, pray names, and see the places I’ve been to and ask that the Lord would bring freedom and Truth to them. Lia pointed out about a dozen other brothels near the orphanage (they were all probably within 10-15 miles of each other), and I was shocked to know just how vast the sex industry is in such a place of poverty. And what is even more surprising and sad to me is that there are (as more people confirmed) no known ministries on that island helping women out of prostitution. Although I was hoping to receive a little more clarity on this trip, I still am unsure of exactly what “ministry and life” will look like there, but I am trusting God will reveal that in time. And in the mean time I am resting in Him, and the purpose He has called me here for: that is for His Glory! I have such a desire for His Glory to cover the earth like the waters cover the seas! I have a great desire to gaze upon the beauty of Jesus. I see the beauty of Jesus in watching women’s lives restored and redeemed by the love of the Father. I know that brings Him Glory, and although I don’t know the logistics of the future- in these Truths I find peace, because they are unchanging :)
My time in Jehovah Jireh orphanage (www.voiceforindo.org) was wonderful as well! A lot of the kids in the orphanage come from completely animistic villages that have no believers, nor have ever heard the Gospel. They had planned a 4 day hike/trip to visit these villages with some of the older kids to reach the unreached. Unfortunately the night before our 5 hour hike to the first village I got really sick, and couldn’t travel with the group. So after I rested and felt better I helped Jane take care of the younger kids. The team that went to the villages had a great time of making relationships with the people, and praying for them!
It was beautiful to see the progress on the orphanage in the past two years! Some of the projects that were dreams a few years ago have become a reality! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the orphanage in anyway over the past few years! Please continue to support them as God leads, as many of their projects to become self-sufficient remain halfway finished do to finances.
I am always extremely blessed as I learn from this one family who have laid down their lives, and have made SO many sacrifices to help these kids! They work extremely hard- in the garden, in the house, in the market to be able to help these kids. Their selfless love blows me away! I am so thankful and blessed to be (even in a small way) a part of what God is doing there.
It was also very encouraging for me in regards of my language learning to go on this trip! Because as I saw and meet with the people I want to serve and serve alongside of in the future, it made me want to know more of the language to better communicate with them.
Thank you all so much for your prayers while I was gone! Below are some pictures from my trip :)