Reflections of Couriers Trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 3-7 Dec 2015
“If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.” – Edward Lawlor
Complete with gorgeous street art and lush beauty, Yogyakarta is the heart of Java’s finest arts. Despite the modern outlook of the city, it is highly rich in culture and tradition. It attracts many aspiring students all over Indonesia who would flock here for their higher education. For that, Yogyakarta is known to be an intellectual and cultural hub of the Javanese.
As a team of twelve, we are sent to Yogyakarta for a five-day trip. There are three main objectives: ministering to the young leaders, establishing support to the churches in the region, and helping CSCC Yogyakarta to reach out to the lost in their Christmas service. Arriving on Thursday, 3rd December, we were briskly introduced to Ps Sarlin and Ps Yan of CSCC Yogyakarta, and had a hearty lunch with them along with the key youth leaders.
It was indeed a blessing of the Lord to be able to serve in the mission field, as God began to show us a glimpse of what He was doing in the nations. For an instance, it was evident that God had released a sweet anointing of praise and worship in this nation. Here, people highly valued their praise and worship to God. It is not uncommon to break into songs throughout the service and the tangible presence of God was perpetually felt in each worship segment. Due to such a powerful anointing, it was effortless for us to flow in the Holy Spirit to worship God in unison, despite the language barrier. We held an expectant heart, waiting for God to move in this nation.
On the first night, we went to a new believer’s house, and Regena shared on the ‘Glory of God’ to the leaders of the church. With an emphasis on forgiveness, it was truly a ‘Rhema’ word, as many seeds were sown on that night. It was later discovered that one of the members had serious difficulties with forgiving his family members, and the message that was shared had allowed him to find peace to move on.
On the second day, we went early to Mt Kaliurang to minister to a Bible college, followed by a campus meeting in that evening. During the campus meeting, Shu Shan delivered a powerful message on the ‘Presence of God’, and the Holy Spirit broke out mightily in the room. Students responded to the message and desired to be ministered by the presence of God. Many began to weep uncontrollably, with some even breaking into tongues. This was an unprecedented event, as most of the students are orthodox Christians, who had never experienced a manifestation of the Holy Spirit before. The God of the Bible ceased to simply exist as merely ‘head knowledge’ that night. It was through their brokenness, they each received a personal touch from God.
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” – Psalms 34:18 (NKJV)
We started the third day, splitting into three teams to minister to some believers in their household. It was an impactful session, as there are several testimonies that were shared to us. There were three exceptional highlights:
A new believer shared how she was domestically abused by her husband before having a relationship with God. Upon becoming a Christian, God changed the couple’s hearts. Even though he is still a Muslim and has yet to accept Christ, he is slowly being influenced and has regularly been attending church. The change in the husband has been so noticeable and he has become a better husband to her: even to the extent of addressing her as ‘honey’ often!
A believer was unable to control his digestive tract and to worsen matters; the doctors could not detect any physical anomalies in him. Believing that he was stricken with black magic, we prayed for him and he immediately felt relief in his body. In addition, we prayed for his wife, who had a hearing problem in her left ear. Instantly, heat was felt on that very ear, and she could also hear a constant blowing of wind. Truly, our Lord is indeed Jehovah Rapha, a Lord who heals.
Lastly, there was a church leader who had lost her husband 8 years ago, and was stricken with financial difficulties. She had to take care of her brother, who was suffering from a stroke. Despite the problems, she inspired us with her positive and steadfast attitude to the Lord. Even though her brother was not healed as we prayed for him, he started tearing. We believe in faith that hearts were softened and God is going to do something miraculous in their lives.
During the fourth day, we spent the afternoon preparing for the Christmas service that night. During the Christmas service, we sought to expound the goodness of God over mankind by sharing a testimony and sermon. Despite the language barrier, God moved mightily and seven people responded for the salvation call that night. It was an amazing night where friendships were forged and seeds were sown on that night.
As we departed for Singapore, we could not help but stand in amazement at the goodness of God in this nation. As we blessed, we were blessed in return as well. Indeed, our hearts were changed and impacted by God, and we continue to believe that CSCC Yogyakarta would grow to be a powerful voice to the nation.
Praise God for such a fruitful trip!
Written by Gary Low