We packed 10 suitcases, boarded a plane and now my family and I are two months into breathing, seeing, smelling, and living a new culture. Life in Indonesia as we know it is, well, I don’t quite even know how to describe it. Beautiful, crazy, exciting, unnerving and just plain scary, especially when you attempt driving here. Imagine a place where traffic rules are just a suggestion…you clearly just imagined our city. I have knocked 4 side view mirrors and counting trying to squeeze between three other cars on a two lane street. We have accidentally backed into a parked car and managed to hit a mo-ped carrying two college students. We have sincerely been experiencing crazy these last two months.
My husband and I started language school 7 weeks ago. We begin every morning at 8am. The boys stay home and are cared for by two house helpers. For the time being, actually just one helper since (two weeks ago now) ‘Ibu’ fell and broke her wrist while on a walk with my two older boys Max (3yrs) and Charlie (2yrs). Pray for ‘Ibu’, the sweetest little woman you’d meet here (in the picture holding my little Oliver). I went to visit her at her home last week. She refuses to have surgery to mend her arm; I don’t think she believes in it in light of her religion. Pray that God would heal her arm, but more importantly, I desperately want her to know Jesus. Pray that she would find hope and salvation in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for me. Here are some things that God has clearly shown me here:
- my selfishness and man is it ugly specifically in light of my roll as wife and mother
- my idolatry -I have knowingly and unknowingly placed things upon a throne I’ve created
- the great joy that is mine when I cheerfully give of myself, my things, my money and anything else. We can NEVER out give God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills
- my desperate need for Him and the ever present power of the Holy Spirit
- my lack of courage to speak truth
We are here in Indo for one year: to learn the language. At the end of our year, we will move to our city in Malaysia.
My dear friends, whether in your side of the world or mine, may we be Kingdom minded sent on Kingdom business. “For I am determined not to know anything among you except for Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1Cor 2:2
Grace upon grace to you all, Abby
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