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A Lesson from Habakkuk

Habakkuk 1

New International Version (NIV)

The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.

How many today feel as Habakuk feels?  There is violence, injustice, strife, conflict…Habakuk cries that conflict abounds.  Isn’t that how it feels in 2017 when one turns on a television or computer to see the local, national, or international news?  Truth is, the world has been in a state of conflict since the Fall, and although we are academically aware of this fact, we are sometimes insulated and distracted from the reality of it’s true effect.  When the reality stirs emotions, people lash out online and in the streets, but it appears with Habakuk’s lament, this human behavior is nothing new.

So, how to respond?

Remember that God is in control. Not only is He in control, but “watch-and be utterly amazed” vs.5  We have read throughout the Bible, accounts of distressing circumstances that God used for His glory, and the good of HIs people.  We generally accept that, when the Israelites, or various individuals we study, react in ways that seem shallow or faithless, they behaved in such a way because they did not know the whole story or “the big picture”.  We have the benefit of the entirety of the scripture to give us the full story.  We get to see that Jesus is resurrected, and God’s plan of salvation is complete!  But, how does this impact our daily lives in 2017?  It is a very real challenge to remain hopeful in light of current events, but that is the challenge that Satan hopes we will allow to distract us from God’s purpose.  Knowing this, we must be increasingly mindful of our response  - individually and collectively- so that we are a reflection of Jesus to a broken, hurting world.

One of the ways that we choose to respond to those who are hurting is through Jochebed’s Hope.  In our experiences so far, we have been touched by the humanity, the similarities, and the warmth that has greeted us when we visit people who live on the opposite side of the world from where we live.  The process of ministering overseas is not without it’s challenges, but it is the focus on meeting the needs of the poor and oppressed that propels everyone involved.  God knows this about humans.  When we stop focusing on our own problems, and get involved in meeting the needs of others, we are blessed in ways that we could not imagine.  Let us allow God’s love to infuse our hearts so we will not be discouraged and distracted by the world.  Let us “watch and be utterly amazed”.  Let us join hands and serve together, to be a part of God’s amazing story among the nations.  

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March Trip

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 We have been working on this name change since last June when Dennis contacted us about combining the work on Nias with our existing work in Jakarta. We are thankful for the professionals who donated their time and expertise in helping us identify a name and logo that would capture the spirit behind the work in Indonesia. In addition to the name change, we also created a new website. Follow the work on-line at jochebedshope.org. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are excited to announce that the process is complete. KOI-Kids of Indonesia, is now officially Jochebed’s Hope. It has been a lot of work, but we think you will like the updated communication.

Connor’s House

Currently home to eight young people and two new mothers, this home continues to provide much needed support. The daily food distribution to the villages of the very poor continues with our man Adam leading the way. Connor’s House also serves as the place of worship for Christians in and around Bekasi. It seems every time I am back, the group continues to grow. Daniel does a great job in directing this work and we are grateful for all of his effort. Recently twin girls were welcomed into Connor’s House.

Jochebed’s Children’s Home

Currently home to 36 primary school age young people who come from villages all over the island. It is estimated that the illiteracy rate in the villages is around 98%. Parents hoping to provide a better future for their children bring them to Jochebed’s Children’s Home. The children can learn while living in a safe and supportive environment. Bailey and I enjoyed our time with the kids who are always happy to receive visitors.

Dorm Life

With 80 high school-aged young people, this is quite an undertaking. Bailey and I had the opportunity to meet with several of the young adults who had passed through the children’s home, dorm, and then the university. They had a difficult time expressing their thankfulness, stating that the program changed their lives. Without the opportunity to attend school and further their educations, they would not have the current choices and opportunities they now enjoy. These young people are now Bible class teachers and youth leaders in their local congregations. They are hopeful for the futures of other young people who would otherwise never be able to leave their villages, and dream of what they might be able to achieve someday.

Your tax deductible gift can make the difference in the life of a child today. Jochebed’s Hope PO Box 1881 Fremont, NE 68026

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