The last two days have been just about as opposite as they could possibly be. On Monday we had the incredible pleasure of co-leading with Mrs. Orchard for the “Sunday/Monday” school that they host for about 30 young children. With a mix of kids coming from Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Non-Religious homes, we really didn’t know what to expect. However, the good Lord never fails to amaze with His creativity and love.
Earlier in the day (after a wonderful prayer time with Mr.Orchard in their “upper room”) we sat down with Mrs Orchard and her friend to seek the Lord for a minimum of 3 pieces of each child’s original design. For those who are not familiar with this we basically ask God to speak to the specific gifts and qualities he had in mind when knitting them in their mother’s womb. Needless to say it was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time!! After about a 4 hour session it was time for the kids to show up…let the games begin.
It was incredible. These little ones were so wonderful. Full of life and energy. It was such a privilege to share with them how God uniquely created them. Then…when each parent came to pick them up, Mrs. Orchard explained how God spoke and his unique intention for creating them. They were blown away! As a result many of them received prayer for their own original design; several didn’t know the Lord. We continue to pray that those who don’t have a relationship with him will see His love through this and say yes to the one who unconditionally loves!
Exhausted after about a total of 6 hours of prayer we walked down the street for dinner. We went to a great Indonesian place where we ordered local fair including curries, hot spices, mini fried fish, fish stomach, did I mention spices?…and more unexplainable items!
The next day (Tuesday) we woke to clear skies and a morning prayer session with the Orchards at their business. Just imagine it…we asked God to reveal what was coming against the business and its prosperity. Then Mr. Orchard grabbed some water and walked the property and “baptized” each corner, office, entrance and workshop…dedicating it to the Living God! An incredible thing to do in the midst of a Hindu Island.
Then it was off to the beach for sun, sand and SURFING!!! Mrs. Orchard booked a lesson with a friend of theirs who assured us that in 5 years of teaching that all but one person was able to stand and ride. So we entered the water with perfect wave conditions before us. Literally on our first attempts to ride we were standing! What a felling! What an experience! To allow the power of the wave push you towards shore. Before we knew it Marcee, our instructor, was showing us how to paddle through waves, paddle into waves and turn the board. We can’t wait to get back into the water again.