A lot has happened in the past few days. Well I will start with telling you about our day off. Two guys that we met through the CCChurch took us to two separate beaches, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. I didn’t know two more different beaches could exist on the same island. The first was like a little cove of paradise, crystal blue water, white sand and small islands out in the water far in the distance. It was amazing. The second beach was very different, it was more rugged and one of the hottest surf spots in all of Bali. It was at base of big cliffs, it was really really beautiful as well. So we had a really relaxing day and for a few moments it felt like I was on a real vacation. Haha, it was a nice break.
So yesterday we were back into ministry. We helped clean the YWAM base here in Bali because the first DTS in three years starts next week. All of the staff are really excited and it is really fun to see YWAM work in so many different ways. After that me, Katy, Andrew and Rachelle went to school called Street Kids Ministry. This was my favorite ministry we have done yet. We went to an extremely poor area of Bali, the poorest I have seen yet and worked in a small, dark, square room with about 30 kids from that area. We sang songs for them, played games, and just talked with them. It was really hard, my heart was broken. These were the kids who didn’t have clothes, kids who smelled like urine, kids who have never received the love they deserve, kids who cling to you and never want you to let go because they have never had anyone show them love like this. Nothing pulls on my heart like this, my heart just aches for these children. It is SO hard for me to love on them and then leave them in the condition they are in. What did they do to deserve to live like that? I know they don’t know any different, but I do. I want to extend to them the goodness that Jesus has extended to me… that is where my heart is.
Today we did hospital ministry. It is fun to try out all of these different sorts of things. The Street Kids and Hospital have by far been my favorites so far and I just feel like I have been needed the most in those two areas. So again, me, Katy, Rachelle and Landon went to the hospital with a local guy names Johannes and were able to meet three separate patients and pray for them. The first was a little 8 year old boy with two brain tumors, he could not talk, see or speak. When we were praying over him it was like we were fighting for it, there was such a present darkness there and towards the end he was laughing aloud and his joy was so contagious. It was such an amazing experience. I realized today that even when I am back at home this is the sort of thing I want to be doing. People who are sick and dying are so encouraged and comforted by visitors and we are called to love on the weak and the sick. It was a really cool thing today.
I have been learning so much in just spending time with Jesus and being in the word. Even in my discomfort and homesickness here, he has met me right where I am and has comforted me beyond belief. He is strength in my weakness.
The heat is still incredible. We only have one more week here in Bali and then I will be headed to Taiwan! Amazingly, time is flying.