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.
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,
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