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!!
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!
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.
SPRINT staff advisor
In the photo below, SPRINT alumni and a cardboard stewardess send Michaela off at SeaTac Airport.
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
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
I hope this blog post finds you all well! We are so sorry to not have written on here sooner… we’re all learning more about each other through this whole experience, and what do you know, none of us are technologically inclined! So I (Michaela) am going to do my best here.
Our team has been meeting twice a week throughout this quarter, and it’s been SO GREAT. On Monday nights we attend a 2-hour class with the other SPRINT teams where we read books, write papers, and have awesome discussions about Jesus and cross cultural mission work. On top of that, though, the four of us also meet on Tuesday evenings and work through some prepared material while we pray for, and strengthen relationships with one another. In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon writes, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Now let me pose this question: If two is so great, how much better is it to have four people to support one another? Pretty darn awesome.
And speaking of awesome, this last Wednesday we had the opportunity to skype with a woman from our host organization in Indonesia! I know that I, personally, was struck by her pure love for the local people, and the group’s patient and culturally respectful approach in sharing Christ.
Now to the nitty gritty stuff – prayer requests! God has been so good to us in preparation so far, and in full knowledge of His sovereignty and love for His people, we humbly ask for your continued prayer. Here’s a brief list:
- Pray for the people of Indonesia, and that God would soften their hearts toward Him. Ramadan starts next month, and we’ll have the opportunity to join them for the tail end of it, so pray for wisdom in conversation and that God would use this time to show how His love prevails over fear of judgment.
- Pray for our host organization, and that God would provide encouragement as well as meaningful relationships with the locals.
- Pray for continued provision over our financial needs! We are so thankful for the generous gifts we’ve received as well as the opportunities to work and fundraise, and it’s exciting to know that the investment made is in a kingdom that lasts forever.
- Pray for our hearts and relationships with each other. It’s amazing how unprepared one can feel after almost 10 weeks of studying, but sure enough, our human understanding just doesn’t measure up to God’s diversity in creation… Surprise, surprise! The cool thing, though, is that God is all-knowing and ever-loving, and that through Him awesome things are always done. Pray that the four of us will seek Him first and grow in loving each other.
To close off this ridiculously long post (sorry ‘bout that, folks), please know that we are SO thankful for all of your prayer and support. Seriously, it means the world to us. From here on out, we’ll be more intentional about keeping you all in the loop, but for now, peace out from Team Indo!
-Michaela Hope, Daniel Dyer, Karley Gordon and Danny Anderson-
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galations 5:13
Michaela is from Walla Walla, Washington and is the older sister of two younger brothers. Her whole life she has aspired to use health care as a means to build relationships with people, and she hopes to use this SPRINT trip to further her understanding of health care in an international setting. Her team is already very fond of the way that Michaela always cries when she laughs. Fun fact: Michaela loves breakfast food, especially pancakes (or waffles or french toast).