April 10, 2012

Allah Setia (God is Faithful)

A couple months ago I started writing a post about how God has been faithful to our family. I also was trying to write a bit about the needs the Province of Papua currently had, as at that time we still thought Papua was our future destination. Interestingly enough, I never finished the post, as I was actually hung up on writing about Papua, as I seemed to have only a fragmented collection of thoughts and information. Sometimes your mind desires to go in a number of directions at the same time, and doesn't seem to get anywhere. Sometimes, I think God subtly moves and directs your thoughts. Soon after that, our future and our focus changed from Papua to Kalimantan.

Recently, I put a prayer request at the bottom of one of our posts, it was for our eldest son Luke to have a Grade 2 teacher in Kalimantan next school year. This was a very large unknown for us, and was a big deal for our family. We have seen such amazing results with Luke attending school here in Salatiga both academically and socially, we did not want him to take what we felt would be a big step backwards. Amy enjoyed home schooling Luke in kindergarten, but also found it quite a stretch on her natural teaching abilities. She really felt unprepared for home schooling our kids long term.

Amy and I really felt that together we were kind of stepping off the deep end and putting God to the test. IF God was behind our move to Kalimantan, IF God is good, IF God cares for our needs, and IF God is faithful, He will answer our prayer and provide what we need in Kalimantan. And we did pray, and our plan was to ask many of you to pray.

No more than a few hours after posting our prayer request, we received an email that said there would indeed be a teacher in Kalimantan next year. Allah setia! God is faithful!  One full-time teacher in Kalimantan means one busy teacher as she will be taking care of Grades 1-8. A second teacher is strongly desired at the little school. So again, if you don't mind we would appreciate prayer for just that.

"I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. 
A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."
Deuteronomy 32:4

 Simon recording his thoughts through illustration (probably something with an 'Angry Birds' flavour) while Dad snaps a couple pictures on the side of the road.

A full moon night...

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