2012 Indonesia – Trang Ha

Love, Freedom, and Victory

“No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the presence nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39

It’s hard to contain in words all the amazing things God did during our missions trip to Medan, the fourth largest city in Indonesia. God’s love for His children is overwhelming. And as the team was connected to His heart, we experienced signs, wonders, freedom, and victory on a scope that is mind-blowing. Our God is the God of the impossible, and truly, nothing is impossible in the hands of a loving Father and Almighty God.

No matter where we went, our team understood that God’s heart burns for all of His children. One way this love manifests is through healing. During one healing crusade at a congregation called Sola Gracia, we saw 40+ physical healings on the spot. In another service at a house of prayer, we saw a blind man entering, holding onto his wife’s hand. As the team prayed for him, the man recovered 95% of his eyesight and was able to recognize shapes, colors, and make eye contact with other people. His wife burst into tears when her husband could see her face for the first time, after years of darkness since childhood!

The love of God also manifests through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is when Holy Spirit comes in an undeniable way to heal and empower. During ministry time our team members would just go out to hug people and pray for them, and the congregation members would start to cry as they experienced the love of God flooding into their hearts. Love even by itself is a miracle that carries transformational power and overcomes any language barrier.

Another factor that marks this trip is the fullness of freedom in God’s presence. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, and many Christians in this land have to endure oppression and persecution. But even in the face of this, Christians still gather to worship God. One Sunday night, our team drove through the heart of very poor rural villages to a small church in the middle of the countryside. But despite the outward poverty, the people inside were filled with the passion to worship, pray, and cry out to the Lord with all of their hearts. This house carries God’s thick presence. As we worshipped together, God released freedom to the hearts and minds of the people, setting them free from bondages, past hurt, and unforgiveness.

In one service at a congregation called Sola Gracia, our team leader Solnae was playing the keyboard and asked people to sing along with a new song of praise unto Him. The freedom to worship broke out through the congregation. People started to raise their hands, singing out passionately, abandoning all the stiff rules and manners, to become a child in the arms of the Father. The previous day we had prayed for a woman under demonic oppression. And this next day she was set free: filled with joy dancing and praising God. In the presence of God, we can’t help but feel, see, and taste His glorious freedom.

Another key revelation from this trip is that Jesus is the biggest reality in our lives. In a place of great spiritual warfare, our team choose to look at the cross and see the hope that it carries. The day we arrived in Indonesia was the day before Ramadan, a period of intensive fasting and praying of the Muslim people. However, our minds weren’t set on having to warfare against the oppression we sensed in the atmosphere. We knew that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Jesus had already gone before and set our path for the entire trip. Thus we didn’t go to fight, but merely to claim victory. As many healings and miracles happened, we constantly reminded ourselves to connect to the heart of God, asking Jesus what He wants to release. After all, Jesus is the one that is truly behind all the miracles; He is the vine that connects everything together.

The theme of this missions season is “the hope of glory” from Colossians 1:27: “To them, God has made known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” As we carry the heart of God, people come to us because they see the hope of Christ, the hope of the glory that we carry. I will never forget the moment when I was going through the crowd to pray for people, and a mother grabbed my hand and pointed at her son, asking me to pray for him. As I prayed for the mother and her children, she broke out in tears. It turns out that she has three kids, and the burden of raising them in poverty wearied her out to the point that she wanted to give up. That night when we prayed for her, hope was stirred up. She was able to regain strength and trust that God will protect and provide for her and her children. At the healing service in Sola Gracia, a Muslim woman showed up and asked for prayer. She held my hand and pressed them deep on her belly, in which a cancer is developing. She received my prayers with all her heart. The people of Indonesia are desperate for God, and Christ is the hope that brings light in the midst of darkness, love in the midst of fear and persecution. As we put our hope in Him, He conquers it all, and overcomes it all.

God is faithful in answering all the prayers of the team, as well as our supporters, friends, and family who have sown into this trip. Our team did not go out alone. There are generations of saints have gone before and after us, and we reap the fruits of their labor. The seeds that we ourselves have planted in the land of Indonesia will also continue to bear fruit in the lives of the people there. And God is faithful in carrying that blessing into the lives of the people who will also sow into us. For me personally, as I was embraced by the love and continuous encouragement from the other team members, I was able to experience the heart of the Father for me. In love He gives me the freedom to be myself, freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, and the freedom to love without limit. I have also found a deeper revelation of the purpose He has for my life. Before the trip, God gave me a vision of a girl in a red shirt and white dress, and told me to find her to tell her that she has a Father who loves her. Our first day ministering at an orphanage, I encountered the girl in my vision. She was abandoned when she was only three months old. God revealed to me that the white dress symbolizes purity, and the red shirt is passion for God. This was the truth that was revealed and established in the little girl.

For the people who are reading or listening to this testimony, I hope you know that His heart burns for you, as well as any brother and sister that you have heard about. God’s purpose is quite simple: to find the lost, to tell them there is someone who loves them so much that He died for them, to preserve the purity in God’s children, and to stir up the passion for His name.

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