We just got back from spending some time in Yogyakarta (a.k.a. Jogja). The team and our family went on an 8.5 hour train ride to get away and build some team unity. It was not only cheaper to take the train, but we were able to enjoy the Indonesian scenery along the way.
We were also humbled to see God provide in so many different ways throughout this trip. We had one of our members connect us with a well-know business person who had a “palace” near the center of Yogyakarta. It was a special treat for us to be able to see the elaborateness of the palace. He was an avid art collector. Therefore, there was art throughout the whole place ranging from statues to keepsakes from different parts of the world. Since I love art, I think I enjoyed it the most.
God also provided us with a church member who lived in Yogyakarta. She took us around to various places and helped translate for us. Even though it was vacation time for her, she took a few days to host us. I am constantly amazed to see the generosity of God’s people.
Even though it was a bit tiring going from place to place, it was enjoyable to hang out together and just have fun. We were able to strengthen our relationships together as we went to various famous sites and even stopped by a beach to see the sunset.
As we close out the 2009 year, we are just thankful that God called us here to Indonesia and how He has sustained us for the last 5.5 months. Now, as we look ahead to 2010, we know that God has greater things in store for us. It is amazing to how God keeps on showing us incredible things along this journey.
Now with some of the gatherings that we have for Christmas and New Year, we are ready to go with renewed hearts and renewed strength. God is good!
This is just one of the rooms in the place where we stayed for free
Sticking our heads out on the Prambanan Hindu Temple, which was built in the 9th century. Can you find the HMCC frisbee that we took with every picture?
A reminder for us as to why we do what we do – sending ripples to the nations