Greetings! Scott, Steve, and Brett were in Indonesia in February—taking a break from the cold weather that has covered most of the US for quite some time! Wherever you are, hopefully you are seeing hints of spring and new life!
As with anything worthwhile, there are joys and challenges with every trip, but most important are the sweet souls we are privileged to be associated with, and the connection that we have with them in our efforts to fulfill Jesus’ command to care for the poor and those in need. Our goal is not to only meet basic needs, but to empower and encourage children and adults who will become lights in their community. We want not just to donate physical resources, but we strive to know the people as well as possible in our time there.
We have added an important staff member to help oversee general operations whom we feel is especially equipped to increase our ability to communicate with the team and stay continually apprised of daily campus activities and needs. Selin cares deeply for the children. She has a genuine appreciation for the work in Nias, as she graduated from high school while living in the girls dormitory. She also has a deep appreciation for the grace that comes from God, and a strong desire to share that with the children at Jochebed’s Hope. She is working with the younger children to teach basic English, and coordinating the services of others on the team who work with children and students at two different locations in town. She will be an indispensable help to us as we are in communication with her almost daily. We are excited to have her as an integral part of the team! Please join us in praying for Selin as she takes on new responsibilities that are so helpful to us.
While we continue to report on physical improvements, we remember that our primary concern is the souls of those whom God loves—our neighbors, everyone we have contact with—we want more than anything to reflect His love while we go about caring physically for those who have very little. We want to introduce to them the Greatest Gift that is Jesus. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers of this dark work and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12 We have such a gift of opportunity to come work beside our neighbors in Indonesia, many of whom are also our brothers and sisters. There is no better way to combat the darkness than to share the love that comes from the Father! What an amazing way to make a difference; so therefore “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Eph. 6:18 We are thankful for prayers that our presence in Nias will be fruitful.
Thank you for joining hands and hearts with us and with our team in Nias! “Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” Eph. 6:23-24