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!
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!!
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!
(Danny with his niece in Hawaii)
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!
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!
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