Previously I wrote about a 12 year old girl with polio in Sumatra Indonesia. She lives with her father, mother, and brother in a small wooden shack like house with a thatched roof. It does not have an indoor toilet or wash room facility. She is living in inhumane conditions, especially for a handicapped child. We announced to Venia Church that it would cost $1600 to build a bathroom and handicap access onto their house. A family with two 12 year old daughters of their own, were moved with compassion and provided the funds needed to help Kristin. I am happy to report that we have pulled the trigger on the project and the September team will be able to help in the construction. Praise God for His provision thru His people. What an amazing blessing to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the needy!
When we travel to Indonesia, I get the opportunity to teach at different churches on Sunday's. On our last trip to Nias Island I spoke at this little church of only about 30 people. It was small but powerful as the people heard the message of God's favor for them. It was interesting trying to communicate because this village is so remote that the people don't even speak Indonesian. They speak the local Nias dialect. So I preached in English, Susan interpreted in Indonesian, and another man translated into Nias. It was a crazy experience. Just getting there took us and hour and a half by scooter, driving through some villages where people looked at us in bewilderment as if to say, "Who are you and why are you here?" I was the first foreigner to speak at this church so it was a highlight for them and for me. What a thrill to go wherever the Lord leads us and share the grace of God!