2017 Indonesia – Michelina Muhadi

Glory Encounter

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8 (NIV)

I have no expectations for this mission trip. I only went because God commanded me to do so. I was expecting my winter break to be a peaceful time where I would spend time with family and go on this trip with a peaceful heart, but it turned out I was wrong. Around November, my university opened applications for a scholarship program for a study tour to the US. I did not apply for the program initially, but suddenly my professor came to me and requested for me to apply for the program. I asked God whether I should apply for the program or not and He said yes. Even more unexpectedly, I was chosen! The school told me that the program would begin the third week of January.

Logically, I did not have enough time to apply for a US visa and go on the missions trip at the same time. Logically, it would be much more convenient if I could stay in Korea and apply for my visa in Korea. My university even demanded that I return to Korea as soon as possible to attend the training course for the program. I did consider pulling out of the missions trip, but after a long discussion with my team leader, a lot of fasting, a lot of praying and a lot of tears, I decided to try to both go on the mission trip, and to also go to the US.

And God is so faithful. He placed before me an open door that no one can shut (Revelation 3:8). Some told me that it was almost impossible for an Indonesian to get a US visa within a week, but God, in His own way, opened the doors for me. During this time, I continued to be pressured by my professor to return to Korea as soon as possible, which I couldn’t do because of the missions trip. Instead I applied for my visa in Jakarta, miraculously scheduling my visa interview before the beginning of the missions trip, and was able to leave for Manado with the team. I was able to go and minister in the field, but there was an unnecessary burden and strain on me because of my professor.

But my personal breakthrough came not during a powerful ministry time at a church but rather in the middle of the night where God encountered me at around 3 am. He told me that He sees my heart and that He was so proud of me. I felt God hug me, and all the burden and stress lifted. I woke up in the morning with eyes swollen from so much crying, but with a joyful heart!

That day, the school contacted me and informed me that my friend, who applied for a visa at the US embassy in Korea, had been rejected! I believe that if I had made my decision based on logic, I would have lost everything. They probably would also have rejected my visa application at the embassy in Seoul and obviously I also would not have been able to join the missions trip. But in the end I realized that I just needed to trust in Him first, and not my situation and logic. I know it is easier said than done, but the more I place my trust in the Lord, the more I realize that He does not have plans to harm me, instead He plans only good thing ahead for me.