13 – 18 Dec 2017
We arrived at Indonesia, Yogyakarta, on 13 December and visited Rumah Buah Hati Orphanage Pastoral Home at night. We received the warm hospitality from the children and kicked off our visit by having a sing-along with them; they participated with great enthusiasm! Then, our team leaders, Victor and Eunice, shared during the session.
On our second day (14th Dec), we spent the day preparing for ministry, and resting before heading back to the orphanage at night. Eunice shared about the financial wisdom and trusting the Lord with our money. Following that, our fellow team member, Shi Han, shared about abiding in the Lord with a personal testimony of how he chose the Lord over a relationship at 13. The testimony was able to crack us up with its humour, and effectively put across the message to those in attendance that the Lord is worth so much more than anything the world can offer us. Before we called it a night, a blackout occurred in the orphanage just as we were entering into a time of fellowship. However, we were still able to mingle and interact with the children. It gave us an opportunity to show them how to use flashlights and water bottles to create beautiful designs which the children visibly enjoyed.
The third day (15th Dec) was a day of rest. We travelled Yogyakarta with our hosts Adon, Raissa and Evelyn, who shared stories about ministry and everyday life. Just as the day was ending, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck in West Java slightly before midnight, with the tremors felt by us in Yogyakarta. We had to evacuate the hotel and the team prayed, declaring Psalms 91 over ourselves and the people, before returning to the hotel half an hour later. Despite being warned not to sleep due to the possibility of aftershocks following the initial earthquake, we felt the peace to sleep, trusting that the Lord would wake us up so that we can evacuate in time should we encounter an aftershock.
On the fourth day (16th Dec), it was the day of the Christmas party we had planned for the children at the orphanage. We quickly finished the necessary preparations and arrived at the orphanage early in the evening to kick start the party. While a group of us started setting up for the party, the rest of the team kept the children entertained by chatting and playing with them. We introduced some trending self-entertainment from home like Bottle Flipping and doing the Dab which the children really enjoyed!
The party began with games such as Whacko and H2O which the children actively participated in. Then, our team member, Vivien, took the time to share about Christmas as the season of gifting and the spirit of gifting that God has demonstrated through giving us the gift of salvation. She then encouraged the children to give gifts to one another in the form of an affirming note to each other. The children were very active in writing notes to each other. Envelopes we had prepared for them to seal the notes with quickly ran out because they were writing so many letters to each other!
We distributed food & drinks that we brought to the party and offered to take Polaroid pictures of each child in order to bless them in this Christmas season. The night ended off by giving the children the opportunity to receive the gift of tongues so that they can pray in the Spirit whenever they are afraid. The presence of the Lord was so tangible in the atmosphere that night as we ministered to the children; they teared up and wept before the Lord during the time of ministry. Even though we prayed in English, a language that they have limited understanding of, they were overwhelmed by the Spirit. It was then when we could see for ourselves that our God is a God who transcends language barriers.
Our 5th day there was a Sunday (17th Dec), and we attended Church service with Livingstone Church. I had a chance to share my testimony alongside my team member, Lynn, to the congregation. Following that, we attended a sermon by Pastor Solemon. At the end of the service, fellowshipped with the children and said our goodbyes before we left for Singapore the next day.
The next day, we left for the airport. However a rain storm caused our flight to be delayed and we missed our transit flight at Jakarta. However, God was faithful to us and we met an airport staff who helped us get tickets for a later flight. Although we reached Singapore at a slightly later time, we were thankful that God has brought us safely home.
As a first timer going for a Mission trip, this has been really rewarding for me. The Lord used this trip to reveal more of Himself to me. I went to encourage those in Indonesia, but I have been blessed too; through the experiences and the guidance of my team members. Praise God for such a rewarding trip!
Written by Lim Ting Wei,
INDO 09, 2017
1 – 5 Sept 2017
A long weekend in September of 2017 saw 6 of us off to Surabaya as Cornerstone Couriers. Unlike other mission trips, we didn’t have much clarity as to the specifics of our outreach, understanding only that we would be assisting at a youth camp and working with Yayasan Pondok Hayat, a ministry strategically located in the heart of Surabaya city and dedicated to serving that community. Of course, that’s but a small issue – for a man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9). And this wisdom rang true as we saw how God moved in ways we could never have imagined.
At YWI Batu, a lovely retreat in the highlands surrounding Surabaya, we had the privilege of working with four local Christian groups who had come together to organize a camp attended by tweens and teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds. Its theme being Unshakeable – no matter the storms that come their way, they would learn to be strong and unshakeable.
We had been told that we could not openly evangelize due to the political sensitivities of the area, and it was at times difficult to communicate with the participants due to the language barrier. But all this set the stage for God’s glory to shine even greater, as the youths came with raw, open hearts and there was such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On Praise & Worship Night, it overflowed into a cry and an invitation for each participant to have a personal encounter with Him.
In Surabaya city, we conducted house visits with the Pondok Hayat staff and ministered to families who openly shared their heart with us. As we asked for words of knowledge, the Lord freely responded and June, our team leader, was heartened to share that she had been able to bless a young man she had prayed over with this.
Armed with sheep beanies, worksheets, songs and lots of crayons, we also taught the kindergarteners of Living Stones, operated by Pondok Hayat, how the Lord is our good, good shepherd. We also prayed for orphans in the care of the Pondok Hayat staff, and bonded with the children at Rumah Anak Simo over soccer and crafts.
We have been truly blessed by the people that we have met on this trip, through whom we see God’s love for the people of Surabaya. May this trip be the start of something greater for Surabaya, and to God be all the glory.
June, Reuben, Cheryl, Yu Jun, Lingyuan and Rebecca
INDO 05, 2017
29 June – 3 July 2017
Syaloom! Our team pioneered the first ever courier trip to Gereja Bethel Rohulkudus (GBR) church in Batam.
Some #funfacts for you, readers:
- The distance from Harbourfront to Batam is actually closer than Pasir Ris to Jurong!
- I took about the same time to get from Batam to Harbourfront, compared to Harbourfront to my home in the northeast
GBR church is situated within the village area south of Batam. It serves the local community with the focus of running children ministry programs in the surrounding neighbourhoods. The meetings are often held in the various houses of the villagers. GBR also has about 20 Bible students, aged 16-30 years old, who reside within the church with the responsibility of running the programmes.
On our first children’s ministry session, I teamed up with Jeannie, Wei Kian, and 3 students. We headed to a nearby village about a 15-minute drive away. As we got off the vehicle and walked towards the house where the gathering was held (only accessible by foot), Daniel Aritonang – a son of GBR, started calling out the names of the children as we walked by their houses. One by one, we would see them excitedly run out of their houses and follow Daniel as we marched towards the gathering place.
Almost instantly, we were reminded of the gospels where Jesus called out His disciples to follow Him. From a young age of 2-10, these children gather at the house every week to worship, pray and learn about God. It was amazing to see the energy and passion that the Bible students had for God and the children. This same passion was reflected in the children during times of worship and prayer. Clearly, this is a picture of discipleship.
Daniel Aritonang (left), as he enters the house where the children gather
Children praising and worshipping God
The church runs such gatherings around the surrounding villages everyday, up to twice daily. It may also be done concurrently at different venues as the students are allocated to different places. As for our contribution to the ministry, we prepared crafts and games, which we would then use to illustrate a teaching.
Drawing and colouring on a paper plate crown to signify us being children of God I
Drawing and colouring on a paper plate crown to signify us being children of God II
Apart from children’s ministry, the team was often put on a spot when we were asked to share a word, a testimony or even sing a song. Thankfully, we had this covered as preparing a message was part of our pre-trip preparations. Over the next few days, we each took turns to share in the bible students’ devotional time, two youth services and two main services on Sunday. At times, we were led to pray for the students as well as various individuals among the community.
Praying for the daughter-in-law of Pastor Pantas and her son, Miguel who lived in the same house as us during our stay.
GBR is a church that spans way beyond its four walls. While they may not have much as compared to the churches in Singapore, Pastor Pantas Aritonang, founder of GBR, shared that 10 years ago, a missionary prophesied that there would never be lack in GBR; that God would provide for every necessity. From providing food for over 30 people residing in GBR daily, running children ministries all over, bills and many more – all these were evidence of His providence. God is doing a great work through GBR in Batam and we were indeed blessed to be a part of the GBR family for the 5 days.
Group shot with the GBR family at Barelang bridge
For most of us, Batam was our first mission experience. Despite Batam being so close to Singapore, we saw for ourselves how the two cities are worlds apart. Our hearts are enlarged as each of us return home with the question, ‘What about my community and how may God use me?’
P.S. I strongly recommend this trip for students and youth who may be tight on budget but wish to experience the mission field. Remember my #funfacts? Now go! And be a blessing to the nations.
Luke Tan Ming Li
INDO 01, 2017
2 – 7 Dec 2016: INDO 06
Our mission team, consisting of 12 people, went to Yogyakarta, Indonesia from the 2nd to 7th of December. We ministered in LivingStone Church and Buah Hati Orphanage Pastoral Home. Many of us were going to the mission field for the first time; we were nervous yet excited and went with expectancy of what God was going to do in our time there.
The Singapore team arrival at Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport on Day 1(2 Dec)
On 2 Dec evening (Day 1), we went to Buah Hati Orphanage Pastoral Home, where the meetings, with the exception of the main service, were held. Our team leader, Angel, shared on prayer during their prayer meeting.
Our short interaction with the children on the first evening after prayer meeting
Our young adults interaction on first night
On 3 Dec morning (Day 2), we visited a bakso shop that was opened by a couple serving in the church, Wahyu and Anya, and Pastor Sister-in-Law, Elly. Our visit was a divine appointment because the owners were experiencing a spiritual attack on them and the shop as they felt worry, headaches and laziness despite the shop opening a month ago. The business had suddenly worsened and they have been having strange things happening in the shop house. There were suspicions that it was the work of black magic, a common occurrence in Jogjakarta. As we worshipped and declared His Lordship over the shop, joy came over Aunty Elly first. After doing a prophetic act, we declared words of multiplication, a hedge of protection, evangelism, peace and prosperity. The shop owners joined hands in prayer as our team leader narrated an open dream of multiplication to them and Matthew anointed them with oil, after which, Jasper presented them a seed offering from the team. Everyone was flowing with the Spirit; be it in worship, prayers or releasing prophetic visions.
Male owner was convicted and knelt down followed by his wife
The miracle happened right after we left; a lady had walked into their shop. The owners had just seen us off and had not cleared the tables, so they told the lady they were not open for business yet. However, the lady insisted that she wanted to order food and she was ok to take the food that was leftover but was still fresh; this is the first order. In the evening when both owners left the shop to attend our children party in the night, it was reported that there are 3 cars of guests coming to their shop. 1 car had parked far away and walked to their shop in order to have a meal. This had never happened before since their shop opening! On the same day after we prayed for the shop, even though it was opened for 4 hours, they made an income of 218 thousand rupiah; the highest they had since the spiritual attack! It’s a testimony that the spiritual heaviness in the shop was lifted. The next day during Sunday service, they gave testimony of the good report and the team, together with the owners, sealed the testimony by the blood of Jesus. On Monday, which is a full day of operations for the shop, the owners reported that even though they wanted to close shop at 10pm, there were still queues forming so they could only close the shop at 12am, earning 320 thousand rupiah that day! To Jesus, be the glory!
Owners joined hands in prayer as team decree multiplication
On the same night, we had a children’s party. Our mission team did a skit on the Prodigal Son. Aloysius, who acted as the prodigal son, came forward and shared about our identity in Christ. We went around praying for the kids and ministering the Father’s love to them by hugging them.
Playtime and the children enjoying their goodie bags
The Singapore team praying for the children
On Sunday morning (Day 3), we attended their main service. One of our team members, Matthew, shared a sermon on Hope. During the altar call, Aloysius was praying for a man and felt that he was not a believer yet. He led him in the sinner’s prayer and was saved that very day. Praise God! The next day, the man contacted the church and asked to be water baptised!
Singapore team ministering to the members during altar call
On 5/12 (Day 4), we did our first home visit near Mount Merapi. Weny’s husband had left her and refused to support her, leaving her to raise her two children singlehandedly. We prayed for financial provision and for her to thank God for the little things He has given. We shared visions and dreams regarding the sovereignty of God and the need to trust in His goodness. While ministering to her, Weny felt hope and joy rising within her, and we did a prophetic act by bringing her 2 children back to her again and affirmed to her that Christ in us, the hope of glory, and she should have hope as her 2 children are her hope for the future .
During our 2nd house visit, we met a family who was in debt. The mother, pressed for money, borrowed from their local money lender who charged exorbitant interest rates (similar to our loan sharks in Singapore). The family is on the run and her husband had rejected all his emceeing gigs due to fear and shame. Our team leader, prompted by the Holy Spirit, discerned that the lady’s act was not in submission to her husband and confronted her. Eventually, she was convicted and repented; the spirit of fear of lack and self-reliance was broken. She humbled herself and sought forgiveness from God and her husband. They reconciled and we prayed for wisdom to manage their finances to clear their debt. During our fellowship, we learned about their talent in music and their desire to serve in worship in church. A member in our team, Jie Hui, confirmed it through a vision she had. After encouraging the husband through a prophetic act, we left the family knowing that the family had received hope and joy!
On 6/12 our 5th day of ministry, we made an impromptu trip to our driver’s home. We only found out the day before that his daughter was diagnosed with brain tumour. His family were not believers and we saw this as an opportunity to share Christ with them.
We found out that his daughter’s head hit the ceiling when she was 5 years old and felt it was due to stress and anxiety that a tumour eventually developed in her head. A team member, Rystine, shared her testimony. She had a fall when she was younger and had epilepsy later on in her teens. She was healed after attending church. The daughter had pain at the back of her neck, where the impact was at 5 years old, hence confirming our hypothesis.
We declared victory over the sickness and His Name over the house. We found out that they have consulted the witch doctor thrice and hence, our team leader did healing and deliverance with the daughter. Shortly after, the black patch on the back of her neck began to fade. Even though she was still dizzy, she recounted feeling joy bubbling inside of her!
On our final night on 6/12 (Day 5), Jasper preached on the power of praise and worship as a spiritual warfare weapon. In the midst of the religious unrest against the Christians in Indonesia, we declared God’s plan for this nation. The Holy Spirit led us all to kneel down and cried out for the salvation of their nation because we believe repentance precedes revival in the nation. What a glorious night when the youths cried out in repentance for the sins of the land and the heavens were ‘shaken’, the word that Pastor daughter Sis Raissa received on 7/12 early morning when we were departing to airport for home .
Jasper preaching in youth service
This trip has been an eye opener for me despite it being my 2nd time to Indonesia. God has certainly moved powerfully in our short time here. There has been much unrest and shakings in this nation against the Christians, especially in the capital. No matter how bleak the news seem to report regarding Indonesia, we strongly believe in its destiny and calling in God.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Indeed, whatever that was meant for evil, God can turn for good in the land of Indonesia. God is not done with Indonesia, until the day she reaches the fullness of her calling.
Our final farewell photo shoot with Pastor’s family after the youth service as we have to catch an early morning flight on 7/12 .
Low Hui Juan, Jogja, Indonesia
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We visited the orphanage managed by Pastor S and his family. We are proud of Cornerstone Barn for collecting around 7kg worth of clothes for the team to donate to the orphanage! 20+ kids welcomed us by happily holding our hands and hugging us. Then, half the team taught the children Fruits of the Spirit with placards while the remainder baked brownie cups. The kids enjoyed the games and sang praise and worship in English. Afterwards, the staff and all were treated to a delicious meal of fish three ways, coconut juice and rice.
And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
We proceeded to do home visits at church members’ houses. We prayed for a family whose head of the house suffered a stroke believing in the healing power of Jehovah Rapha! The sweet presence of Jesus was so strong in that home as we lifted our worship. Before leaving the home, we made a small donation to that family for everyday necessities and gave toward the daughter’s last year of university fees. We also visited a roadside vendor and her brother, who at first had asked for healing and later accepted Christ; Jesus saves! At the third and final home visit, a woman shared her problems that she had towards her neighbors and we prayed for her and her family.
We took a jeep down the winding trails of Mount Merapi. The Thursday youth service was charged with energy and our team were touched by the youth’s passion for God! The worship band played the drums, guitar and keyboards, leading the congregation in singing Bahasa and modern Hillsong songs. A member of our team shared the story of Joseph- how God changes our failures into successes and how by giving our lives to God, we receive redeeming grace.
Ephesians 1-17-18 (NIV)
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
The host’s daughter brought us to a breath taking pine tree plantation where we had a lovely organic meal. During a testimony sharing on Friday’s night church service and Aunty E shared the gospel message. There was an altar call where we prayed for a rededication of lives to the Son of the living God and there were 4 salvations! All glory to God! Jesus moves beyond cultures! We believe that men from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages, can come to the throne of grace confidently.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We visited the baptism of 6 people who had received salvation. It was a joyous occasion as the church sang, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back!” Before the night ended, we conducted the children’s service. They enjoyed playing musical chairs and making Polaroid photo frames for arts and crafts. We shared the story of how God, Creator of the universe, loves us as his children and gave each of us talents to glorify Him.
A miracle happened when a member of our team decided to hold a birthday celebration in that theme but it turned out to be Pastor S’s 55th birthday on Saturday! God works in miraculous ways! We are sure God has big plans for Rumah Buah Hati Orphanage and were very thankful to participate and have been very blessed by their events.
James 1: 12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him
We visited the Sunday service which had the highest attendance of all other services. People looked upbeat and it was a happy end to the week. Aunty M shared on how God uses our circumstances for training and testing. Afterwards, we had an alter call, praying for unsaved family members, unity and speedy recovery. Before we departed, we had a sumptuous meal of Ikan (fish), cooked Manado style, with Pastor S and family. God has been faithful throughout our trip and these were the memories from it!
Taking the children and pastors to lunch.
Livingstone Church in Jogjakarta
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
IND 06 Missions Team
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.
Fellowshipping with Ps Sarlin and Ps Yan – with great Indonesian food!
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:
Chikoon, Yinghan & Zhengyu ministering to believers in their homes
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.
Candle Lighting Ceremony – One of the highlights of the Christmas Service
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