Update from basecamp

Hello from Team Indo! We’re over a week in! After arriving on the 20th, we spent 3 nights at base camp where we joined the four other students that we’ll be with for the trip, and then came to our base camp on Wednesday. It’s been an awesome opportunity so far to talk to the locals and practice language (kami sedung belejar bahasa Indonesia) as well as to just pray, journal, and spend time in the word. On Thursday we visited our first village where we started a work project of adding a bathroom onto a house and building a septic tank. Unfortunately, I (Michaela) wasn’t able to work due to illness, but trust me when I say that Karley, Daniel and Danny worked like champs! After (frustratedly) praying for a way that I could serve, God answered me in the form of 16-20 young children who were eager to teach me games and help my language skills on the porch. So humbling. On Friday we returned and were all able to finish the project, thanks to the leadership of some wonderful locals and the medicinal power of prayer. Danny actually came up with an awesome septic tank analogy about life, but I’ll come back to that in a minute.

Praises: God is awesome. Seriously. We’ve all just been in awe of how big He is and how He’s already been working here. It’s also super encouraging to see Him work and teach through one another, our new friends that have joined us, and the other believers here.

​ *Side note mini-praise: Adapting to a new culture is always an adventure, and sometimes the adventure has fun surprises like squatty potties and no toilet paper. That’s right. So Daniel and I are officially a part of the “left hand club”… I trust you can figure out what that means.

Prayer Requests: Firstly, for health. It’s hard to be fully present when your body isn’t at 100%. As of now we’re all feeling pretty good (and are very thankful for it) but we’re having to be very intentional about hydration, food consumption, and trusting God with our physical well being. We also request prayer for:

​Patience as we enter very new situations,

Unity between the 8 of us here,

That God would open our hearts to the awesome mysterious ways that He works and speaks,

That He would give us hearts for His people, and

That he would make Himself known to all the beautiful people here who don’t yet know of the AMAZING grace and love that’s already been given to them.

Now for the septic tank analogy! When we dug the hole for the tank, a lot of nasty sulfur-y water came up as we got deeper. In the same way, we’re finding that the deeper we go in our relationship with Christ and our quest to know and serve Him, the more nasty stuff comes up – our pride, insecurities and hesitancy to trust Him are made visible. And just as we had to clean out the mud and replace it with bricks and concrete, we have to clean our our nastiness, and can only keep it out by replacing it with Christ. And you can’t do it alone! So while they may be a little bit cheesy, it’s true, right??

Anyway, we’ll be heading out for our first overnight island stay in a couple days, and we’re super excited. We love the food here (in fact, most of the fruits look like they came out of a Dr. Seuss book!), and we LOVE the people. Thank you so much for praying for us and supporting us – it really does mean a lot. We are so thankful for our awesome God and the people He’s blessed us with, and we’re so excited for the weeks to come. Sampai jumpa!

Reunited!

Here’s a quick note from our host:

Karley is reunited with her luggage as of a couple hours ago. She is very fortunate because the responsible airline is actually the domestic airline in the states, not EVA. But they delivered it here and I met them at the ferry terminal and picked it up. Good Job EVA!

The group has been spending a couple days here in the main city learning some of the culture, traditions as well as having language classes.

In Indonesia!

We’re all good here at the house in Indonesia! We have wifi and will be training here for the next 3 nights (language and cultural training). The Westmont team arrives tomorrow and we’re super excited to meet them! Prayers for Karley’s bag situation are appreciated. We were briefed on our rough schedule for the month to come and we can’t wait to get going!!

In Taipei

The team just updated me – they’re all in Taipei and ready to board the flight to Singapore. Karley’s luggage got stuck in Seattle, but the airline will send that along soon.

We’ll keep you updated!

Owen.

Big Adventures Begin!

Tonight team members began their travels that will route then through Taipei and Singapore on their way to Indonesia. After a series of delays Karley met Michaela in Seattle. (Thanks, Jesus, for good backup travel plans!). Daniel and Danny met at LAX. Everyone will meet up in Taiwan.

Over the coming month the team will share life with Indonesian families as they learn alongside their hosts. Though Internet access is limited they’ll post updates here roughly weekly.

Thanks for your support of these students! Please let me know if you have questions.

Owen Sallee
SPRINT staff advisor
Owen@spu.edu

In the photo below, SPRINT alumni and a cardboard stewardess send Michaela off at SeaTac Airport.

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Sing to The Lord All The Earth

Daniel

I have been preparing by going through parables! These will allow me to incorporate valuable life lessons into my conversations with Indonesians. I have also been going back through articles given to us by our host organization in order to gain a better understanding of the people we will be working with and our overall goals for our trip. I am learning that there is always more to to know and learn when it comes to religion, culture, and people! In terms of prayer requests, pray that my foot injury heals quickly! I have been injured for almost two months now and I haven’t seen much improvement! For this reason, I have been asking everyone I know to pray for my injury, and I have been forced to trust that there is a purpose and plan for everything. Beyond all that, I am and will continue to mentally prepare for this radical journey that will begin in a few days!

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Karley

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of visiting friends and family, traveling, and trying my best to prepare for my time in Indonesia. I’ve been in Florida for two and a half weeks enjoying the beach, spending time with my relatives in the south, and living out of a suitcase. When I packed for Indonesia in mid June, the trip seemed so far away. I was eager for the time to pass so I could see my amazing team and begin this journey we have been preparing for. What once was “next month” is now occurring “this week”. It is utterly incredible how fast that time has passed!! This Friday I will be hopping on a plane in Tampa, FL to begin a whole new adventure. With the trip just around the corner, doubt begins to set in. It shows itself in worries such as, “What if I forgot to pack…?”, “What if I need…?”, “What if there is a hiccup in travel?”, “What if I can’t be helpful to the people in country?”. Despite my knowledge that God has placed my team and me in this country for His purpose and His work, the world still forces so many “What if”s upon me. I ask that you support me in prayer. Only God’s immense peace and true joy can quiet these thoughts that this world elicits. I take solace in the fact that God is already at work in Indonesia and we are not responsible for bringing Him to this country; we are joining Him in what He is currently doing. This in itself is far too exciting to allow the doubts of the world to taint the love I already have for the people we will meet and the zeal for the work we will be doing for His kingdom. 
I know that He has amazing plans for my team and the beautiful people of Indonesia. Thank you so much for your prayer and coming alongside us in this journey!!image-1

Danny

I have an Olympic medal in extreme procrastination and haven’t started packing yet! I have, however, spent much of the last month talking with friends and family about what thrills and challenges I expect to face in Indonesia. With only a few days to go, I’m not worried about the packing, travel, or culture shock. I’m anxious about what kind of impact the people will have on me and I on the people in such a short time. That said, I can’t wait to breathe in the Indonesian air and live with, learn with, and share the love of Jesus with the Indonesian families. I’d love prayer for the team and for the translators in clearly communicating what we want to say and that we will see God at work! Thanks to everyone for all your support!

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(Danny with his niece in Hawaii)

Michaela

I’ll admit, month 1 of this summer has been a bit of a blur. Since the very night I returned from SPU, I’ve been working as a lifeguard, and over the past two weeks I took a second job as a dorm mom for a summer dance camp at Whitman College. Luckily, this week I’ve been able to work minimal hours, and take advantage of the free time to prepare for Indonesia (and nursing school, since the deadline for all that work falls during our trip). I’m actually calling this my “Week of Medicine”, as I’ve gotten my Typhoid Vaccine and Malaria pills for the trip, blood and skin tests for nursing, and a couple visits to the pharmacy for the necessary Pepto tablets and sleep-aids… so exciting! With being so busy, though, I’ve had little time to mentally prepare, and I’m starting to feel some fear and hesitancy set in.

I’m not a good person for this / What if I mess everything up? / I need to fix all my problems before I try to serve God / blah, blah, blah

Please pray against that with me. And while we’re on the subject of prayer requests, I’ve been sick for the last 5 days (apparently working 24/7 for two weeks isn’t great for the body), and would love to start the trip with a clear mind, plenty of energy, and a healthy immune system. I am PUMPED to learn more about the people and culture of Indonesia, to embark on this crazy adventure with three wonderful friends, and to see God work outside of my everyday, comfortable bubble. Thank you so much for your support!

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Karley and Michaela will be leaving Seattle, and Daniel and Danny will fly out of LAX, all at 2AM on Saturday. We will meet up in Taipei, Taiwan before finishing the last leg of flights/ferries together. Prayers for safe travels would be so appreciated!

-Team Indo-

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:1-3

More Than Conquerors

Dear wonderful humans,

Summer already? What?! It feels like just yesterday when I walked into the conference room of the SPU library for the first SPRINT orientation… here we are over four months later, though, and our trip is just 33 short days away! Crazy.

Though our last post was written just a couple weeks ago, a lot has happened since then. Our school experienced a horrible tragedy on June 5 when a man entered Otto Miller Hall with a gun and killed one our fellow students. It was an exhausting and heart-breaking week, yet it’s important to emphasize the goodness of God through it all. I’m serious when I say this; seeing the SPU community come together and lean on Christ for peace made it clearer than ever that we serve a God who is GOOD. Karley wisely noted that the experience pushed us all to deepen our relationships with Christ and with one another, and it taught us that God’s hand is in everything, even when we can’t see His purpose. Please pray that as we continue to grieve and heal from this, that God would grow us in love and empathy so that we may better reflect His goodness to each other and to the people of Indonesia.

A few days following this event, we had our last class on Monday, June 9, and in it we got to learn more about the trips of our fellow classmates before all praying and sending each other off (picture below). While you’re praying for the four of us as we prepare for our month in Indonesia, please keep the other SPRINT teams in your prayers as well; we have students going to Russia, Cambodia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, and Guatemala, all partnering with local organizations to love and empower communities in the name of Christ! If that just isn’t the coolest thing, I don’t know what is.

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So where is Team Indo now? (Okay, sorry, I know it’s cheesy to talk in third person, but sometimes I can’t help it). Karley is at home in Boise until next week, when she will be visiting family in Florida until our big trip. Danny is at home in San Diego, but will be leaving for Hawaii with his family in two weeks! Daniel is in Kansas City until June 19th, and will be heading home after that. I (Michaela) am home in the ever-exciting Walla Walla. We have plans to practice the Malay language in our free time, and to Skype regularly (because let’s face it, we’ve gotten to really like eachother).

We are so extremely thankful for all of the support we’ve received, both financially and in prayer, so from us to you, thank you. Please continue to pray for the provision over our remaining expenses, for the work needed in our own hearts, and for the beautiful people of Indonesia. We think of them often and cannot wait for the summer to come.

With love and excitement,

Team Indo

Danny Anderson, Daniel Dyer, Karley Gordon and Michaela Hope

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39