Yesterday we had opportunity to peak more in to the life of the Orchards by visiting the furniture wherehouse for Ibal Designs. First off, its absolutely the most beautiful furniture, made from refurbished woods and original designs by Mr. Orchard. Whether classic or modern its all very tropical. We had a lunch in the company garden (a perk for his employees) and asked the Lord to reveal how He sees the company. It was something we’d never done for a business before, but the Lord was so faithful to speak in great detail how the company was meant to be used. After helping Savannah (their two year old) hand out sweeties to all the staff, we were on our way to…where else? The Four Seasons. Why? To pray for the Manager’s Catholic wife who had been bombarded by the Holy Spirit just three weeks prior.
We went to their villa that overlooked this amazingly beautiful bay and asked God to speak about how he had created her. It was so exciting. She is a very bright light on this island. We know she and the Orchards will do great endeavors for the Lord here.
Right before the sun went down she rushed us to the beachside restaurant of the Four Seasons to catch a drink and the sunset before we left. So over refreshing verbena scented cold towels, Pina Coladas and the most elegantly displayed appetizers, we prayed for her husband’s original design for her to encourage him with and watched the sun go down over Bali. Perhaps that is more insight as to why we have to pinch ourselves on this trip quite frequently. We were so incredibly blessed.
Today – which is your tomorrow… We love that. Don’t worry, the world hasn’t ended yet… We simply hung out with Mr. and Mrs. Orchard: a nice walk on the beach, lunch at a small Italian restaurant (yes, in Indonesia and the best Gnocchi we’ve ever had), and teaching them how to conduct their own prayer time for others as we practiced hearing God for what He wanted to speak about their children.
This is all so encouraging… A friend said before we departed that we would be surprised on this trip and we think he’s right. It’s just been so natural to hear and obey, to teach without being overbearing, to speak out loud what He’s whispered in our ears. May God be the fullness of who we are; that we could give this family all of what He’s given us and more. That they would taste and see His great pleasure over them so they can wisely, confidently and with tremendous love impact this island even more.
Thank you for your prayers. We are thinking of you back home. We must go now – its time for Kiddo Movie Night at the Orchards, complete with American Hot-a-dogs and popcorn! Blessings!