A New Chapter
Early Sunday morning, on April 1, we began our journey. Leaving our temporary, three-month home and family behind in Belize, but individually prepared for our calling to Bali or Mexico. All 16 of us traveled by water taxi and vans to Playa, Mexico where we then dropped off the five who would be blessing Mexico for the next two months.
Two days later, we made it to Bali. Upon walking outside, we were greeted first with a layer of sticky residue from the humidity and then by our contact, Sayangi, a bubbly 21 year-old Indonesian woman who loves God. We tossed all of our packs in the back of a truck and set out. For the first time the majority of us experienced riding on the left side of the road.
Cultural shock soon set in upon seeing Bali in broad daylight. Temples in front of every home and offerings and incense burning for their gods. Smoke was smoldering in the air, yet the sky still clear. There were gorgeous beaches having soft sand and the perfect swimming waves; wooden fishing boats all lined up along the horizon. God has opened my eyes to His intricate beauties here in Bali, though there is a spiritual heaviness of Hinduism at practice here. There are many gods that the people of Bali worship, but I can proudly and firmly say that our God is above all other gods and is the only God.
Good Friday was a day of recovery. The majority of the team made their way to the mall to buy “cultural friendly” attire. On Saturday morning our team split into three groups and walked around town claiming it for God. Having a time of devoted prayer to claim
God’s land back to Him was much needed. Easter Sunday we attended service at Global Church, which was located in a resort’s conference room. We enjoyed celebrating in the community that He is risen!
We are all finally over jet lag, ready to do God’s will in Bali. We will be working with a Muslim slum and a Christian slum, orphanages, girls at risk, prisons, plantations and whatever else floats God’s boat. In the words of Rene “it’s outreach, you got to be flexible.” This is our time to shine a light on Bali, as long as we are willing to meet God, He will meet us in our weaknesses and use us in mighty ways.
To quote Sayangi, the woman who met us at the airport, “I am happy all the time,
because if you have Jesus in you how can you be sad?” We serve an amazing God!
Katlyn May – January 2012 Leadership DTS