Jochebed's Hope Blog

Be the Light (New)

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

 

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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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