Thursday, I had the opportunity to go to another island in the Malukus. One of our hosts, his daughter, and I went to the island of Seram. Due to my tardiness in getting up and getting ready, we arrived just in time to watch our ferry leave without us. We made a re-plan and went to another port and took another ferry. Do to the hiccup with the first ferry our plans on Seram were less grand than my host had intended; however the conversation in the car gave time to connect with our host, and time to gain an understanding about the history of the Malukus and Indonesia. Riding in the car and two ferry rides was a long journey, but well worth it!
Friday we spent time at a Malukan Cultural event put on by the English students at the university. Students set up presentations displaying information about 12 different regions in the Maluku Islands. The presentations included information in English on dress, dance, food, traditions and etc. It was good to continue our relationships with the university students, hopefully these relationships will bear fruit in the Kingdom of Lord Jesus.
Saturday was a day of packing preparation and saying goodbye for now. We closed the day with a house church worship service including prayer, study of the bible, worship songs in two to four languages, and communion. It was encouraging for all involved.
Today, Sunday, two of our hosts and I made our way to the airport and are on our way to Makassar and then Jakarta. God had one more appointment for us at the airport. One of the college students we had met during our stay happened to be at the airport dropping off fellow students who were going to compete in a national competition. This student is a joyful young man very hungry to learn English, and it was a great time to drink coffee and eat lunch with him and his friends. We prayed for his friends competition and parted ways.
Please pray for young men like him to be bold in sharing their faith in Jesus.
Please pray for our safety and that we make all the connections. God has already blessed me with a bulkhead seat on the first two of the five flights.
In Christ Jesus,
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