This past month, as we celebrated Mother’s Day here in the States, in Indonesia, the unthinkable happened. A mother took her two daughters, veiled herself, and entered a church in Surabaya. Seconds later, she detonated a bomb. This was part of an orchestrated effort. The father of this same family used a car bomb at a nearby Pentecostal church, while the two sons, 15 and 17, drove a motorbike into a Catholic church and set off a third bomb. The daughters were 9 and 12.
I struggle to find a more destitute picture of a life without Christ. This mother’s hope was that her actions would secure heaven for her family and for her. Indonesia desperately needs the Gospel! It needs laborers “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you”. As I write, Indonesia is observing Ramadan. Muslims will fast during the day and feast after the sun sets. They are people with a zeal toward God, but “not according to knowledge.” Surabaya is the city we’ve been praying God would allow us to minister in. On our survey trip last summer, we visited here. We met friends, ate with them, and had a church service in their home.
Pray for us as we come to the end of our time on deputation. We are praying and planning to leave in November, so we have about 5 months left to prepare. Much has to be done for us to accomplish this. We have spoken to a realtor in regards to selling our home and were encouraged as we move forward. Please be praying for our set up fund. We have needs in regards to vehicles, language school, housing, appliances, furniture, and of course tickets to the field!
Friends, thank you so much for your support thus far along our way. We are always humbled by the kindness shown to us. We will be traveling to North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Texas this month. This past month as we traveled, Ava sprouted her first two teeth!
To Indonesia with Truth,
Jesse, Faith, and Ava