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Reisverslag Hello from PNG :D
13 mei 2016
Hello from PNG :D
I am so excited to write this blog-- finally! Yes, I am still alive. We have been in PNG now for 3 weeks. It has been 3 crazy, fun and wild weeks! How glad I am that we are all safe now, together as a team. Being strong and ready for a new adventure that we are in when we arrived in Madang yesterday.
So, the first week, it was only 5 of us. Becca could not come because of her funds. God had already provided for Ellie the evening BEFORE we left. The same airplane. It was amazing. She could travel with us. She got all her fees.
We had to say goodbye to Becca at the airport, but were hoping and praying that she could make it to come later. It was amazing what God did for her :). She was left with a $4000 amount. God raised it for her within a week. She doesn't even know how. It just happened. People supported her and gave money to her. All of a sudden! It was really cool.
So the first 3 weeks we stayed in Port Moresby and a coastal village just outside the city. Indeed- we had no beds! Just a tiny mat to sleep on. The first few nights were awful. Eventually I got to get used to it. Last night I had the first time sleeping in an actual bed again with a mattress and it felt really weird! It felt like I was getting sucked up by something very soft. I felt restricted not feeling the ground anymore! Hahaha. We also started sleeping with malaria nets here now. There is a lot more malaria up here.
So, we went to see the Medical Ship yesterday. And we went there again today. Monday we are starting with ministry and I am beyond excited. There are FIVE outreach teams here. The teams are much bigger than ours. We are staying at a guesthouse first these 2 weeks, before we will live on the ships the last 2 weeks. Today another big group arrived next to us. And it was so cool getting to know them!! I am excited to work with them. We even have guys now. Getting to walk us everywhere. Because we couldn't go anywhere here with only our group of girls here. It is to dangerous. We needed people from the direction of the ship to come with us.
One of the coolest things on this outreach that has happened to me so far was on the day we went to hand out flip flops on the seaside. We walked along the beach to see if there were any people not wearing shoes. The flip flops we bought were bought with the money we got during one of our ministry times. Even though we had never asked for it, the teenagers at a school were feeling like they needed to give us some money after we preached to them. So they did! We were so surprised and prayed about what to do with this money. So we went to buy some cheap flip flops/shoes for adults and kids.
While we were walking, I saw a lady in front of us not wearing shoes. She looked like she did not have a lot of money. A ran after here and spoke to her. She turned around, and as soon as she saw the flip flops, her whole face glowed up. Her eyes went sparkling because of the surprise. She did not even have to know first that they were hers. She knew it as soon as she saw them. We did not share anything else. She said ‘’thank you’’. There was no way we could speak to each other because of the language barrier. But our non-verbal talk was more than enough. She was overwhelmed and so happy. She looked like she won a car. Our day was made after seeing all these faces. Also the kids looked so surprised and happy. I could do this all day long!
We got the opportunity to share our stories and testimonies on the street, in schools, having fellowship with people in the villages. Sitting on the ground in houses built on top of the ocean, all made of wood. Walking on boardwalks that are almost falling apart to reach the homes. Barely having light inside the room. We used just one guitar and worshiped together. We had so little and it was so good. God is really faithful. I love love loved the preaching the last 3 weeks. I am made for this for sure! God has been with me all the time. Telling me what to say. It really is all about sharing His Word. Not about what I have to tell/share. That is something He has taught me too. He showed me also how I am really made to talk to youth and young people.
Oh.. Also! We got to wash the feet of the mum's on Mothers Day. Just as Jesus did with His disciples. Out of love. To show them how much they are worth & loved. I got to say. I came up with the idea and was very excited about doing it and thought; Oké! Let’s do this. No big deal. Our leader Chelsea had spoken to us to study on the word humility the night before. What does it mean to be humble? I thought I kind of knew what it was about. Until I started to wash the feet... What am I doing?
It felt really uncomfortable with the first mom and I prayed that God would help me through it. Am I really washing someone’s foot right now? How could I do this in humbleness? God help me and teach me how to do it. The second mom came and I started washing her feet. Doing it prayerfully. Something really shifted within me at that moment. God had let me see at this point how it is like to be humbling yourself. Loving the feet of this person. As He loves each and every one of us so so much. Even being God. So Holy. Jesus washed the feet of normal people. People who sin and are far from perfect. Like me and you. Like the moms we saw that day. I suddenly saw His mercy towards us in how much He humbled himself in doing this. I got tears in my eyes while washing the feet of the mom eventually. I felt how much Jesus cared at that time, washing the feet of His disciples. It was the best thing ever. And I felt honored to do this job eventually. I finally knew and understood why Jesus did that and what it really meant!
There is no other like our God. What could be more humbling than washing someone’s dirty and dusty feet while kneeling down :D !
Later that day, we had a late notice that we were going to do another youth evening. So we basically had 3 hours to prepare. The other girls were gone, and I had the idea of preaching tonight. God spoke to me about a subject and I felt like this evening was the time to do it. We got to go to a little village and speak in the church that was filled with youth and some adults too. The church did not have any windows. It was an open space with just a roof on top. I liked it a lot. Simple but such a great environment. People seeking Jesus. Singing songs in their language. It was so beautiful. I shared some things and Quinn did too after I was finished. After sharing we got to hang out with the kids and the pastors and we had a really good time of fellowship. I loved the way we could minister to them and them also ministering to us. We have learned a lot as well from them this evening. It was amazing!
We sad good bye yesterday with many tears to the family we stayed with the last 1,5 week. And did I tell you that we almost missed our flight from Port Moresby to Madang yesterday? There were some issues with our tickets, and we could not go through. We had less than 20 minutes for our plane to leave. We prayed and prayed and prayed! For a miracle to happen and that we could ALL be on THIS flight. Chelsea and me had to get another ticket eventually. God really did a miracle. We got to be the first ones on the plane. They were not even boarded yet when we arrived less than 15 minutes before it already had to be in the air! God was so sweet for providing for us.
AND. On top of that. I prayed for a seat next to the window, because I really wanted to see the high lands of PNG on our trip. I was sitting next to that seat. And the man walking in asked me if I wanted to sit in his chair next to the window, without me even saying anything. Yeey God! :D
Haha. A lot has happened. One of our members had Dengue fever. She was sick for a long time. I got stung by a wasp en got a big swollen arm because of it. Antibiotics showed me a miracle! We are all safe and healthy now. Chelsea is in a lot of pain though with her foot. So we prayed for that a lot. Please pray with us :). I hope you are a little bit more up to date right now.
Lots of love!!
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13 mei 2016 21:03 | Door: Sumaya
What a beautiful story !!! So good to hear from you and reading how great you are doing. I am so so so so proud of you! You are a true fighter, a faithful Christ follower who goes where God sends you ! Keep it up girl I'm praying for you ! Love you and miss you and hope to see you soon ❤️❤️❤️