Indonesia Mission Trip 2018

 

May 20th-22nd

Deacon Steve:

“God is good! I felt the power of the Holy Spirit the second I got off the plane. God wants to bless and heal his people!

The first evening we had dinner with the local Bishop. He was very excited we were there!  We were blessed to have him show us his residence and the beautiful Cathedral.  Truly spectacular!  The Bishop gave us his blessing and words of encouragement!”

Katie:

“Being excited about visiting an unknown place is exciting.  Knowing there are over 25 hours between me and the unknown place is a bit concerning.   Praying for this mission trip in advance I knew God had called me to go to Indonesia.  I knew the Lord would provide all that  I needed including patience!  The mission team was covered with God’s grace and we arrived at our final destination in Ketapang after four flights and a short car ride.  We were welcomed by beautiful singing of the Order of Augustinian Sisters of Ketapang.  They blessed us with hugs, joyful smiles and big hearts.  I truly felt God and Momma Mary’s presence.”

Having left on the 20th and arriving in Ketapang on the 22nd and feel like it was all one day is a lot to process.  After our beautiful welcome and a long rest to restore our strength was a blessing.  We then proceeded to the Cathedral of Ketapang and had dinner with Bishop Pius of Ketapang.  He was most approachable, kind and humble.  Bishop Pius was full of warmth and happy to share about the Catholic culture in this Muslim country.  We had a beautiful dinner and tour of the cathedral property which helped us begin our relationship with Bishop Pius and also learn about the people we were sent to minister to.  I have to say the beautiful smiles of love from all the people we have encountered is full of God’s love and grace.  I am so inspired and excited to see what miracles God will perform these several days ahead.

The interesting part about the cultural environment is that because it is most Muslim country in the world your sense are reminded of that fact.  There are continual calls to prayer that are sent out over loud speakers so that you can’t ignore it.  What grace is this? Well every time I hear the ‘call to prayer’ I pray to Jesus!”

Antonia:

“Arrival to Ketapang –  after such a long journey, finally we arrive at the convent of the Augustinians.  It was such a warm felt welcome…it was like coming home!  Home to our Brothers and Sisters in Christ!  We were not strangers at all…the mutual love for Christ was our strong connection.  The love they radiated was indescribable.

It was so fitting that today’s Proverbs was so on point to our mission here at Ketapang (Proverbs 10:5).  The commentary read as follows:

The time we live in now is the harvest, and we are the sons and daughters who have the opportunity to be ‘sent out’ to work for the Lord.  Our lives on this earth have meaning, and our work for God impacts eternity, because we carry a message from the God of Heaven declaring Salvation through His Son Jesus.  Through that salvation is promised eternal life in relationship with God in Heaven.  Volunteer, be sent forth into the harvest field, people’s hearts are being prepared to receive the good news of Jesus Christ.  God can and will use you to deliver His message of hope and life!

We were called, we were sent, we are now here to do His Will!  Praise the Lord!

“We met with Bishop Pius and some additional Augustinian priests today.  It was an honor that he took time from his schedule to welcome us to his diocese. He truly cares for his community…a true shepherd for his flock.  He took us to the Cathedral and explained much about the history and concerns of his community. It was a blessed day and an awesome start for  our ministering to this diocese!”

Darren:

“What a wonderful welcome from the sisters to all of us and the bishop to be so friendly like any other religious community in the village area. It seems to me that again I long for what area without poverty could not easily maintain, total simplicity. I believe Jesus would be like this guy back in the day, how could the Church learn from this simple bishop that might be the minority of all bishops? How about the missionaries and active catholics learn about building a society of life, not of work.”

 

 

 

May 23rd

Deacon Steve:

We are staying with the Augustinian Sisters of Mercy.   They are truly anointed, filled with the joy of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.

They run a local hospital and they took us to pray over the patients.  It was an amazing experience!  So many, young and old, that were open to God’s love and healing power!
I was moved by how much God loves them!’

We had a Mass and healing service at the Cathedral at 5 pm. Words can’t describe it.
The beautiful choir and liturgy.

They expected several hundred people for this special Mass.  We had nearly 900 hundred!  They waited patiently in line to be prayed over and receive the healing power of Jesus!!!  So many healings and miracles.

After bring involved in the Lord’s healing ministry for over 40 years, I received a special blessing.  They Lord gave me a special word that at least seven or more of those I prayed over were going into religious life.  Many future priests were anointed with the power of Holy Spirit!  Praise God! Now and forever!

Katie:

“Wow what a great night sleep and the best part was waking up in the middle of the night to hear the loudest rain storm I’ve ever experience.  Coming from California it was truly welcomed.  The rain helped cool us off after a very hot day yesterday.  The hospitality and love of the Augustinian sisters is overwhelming.  After breakfast we had a short tour of the school and then an extensive visit at the mission hospital that the sisters run.  It is very organized and you can tell the doctors and nurses love their patients.  Though it is a Catholic hospital we were exposed to the fact that this hospital serves both Christians and Muslims.  We were taken to the infant ICU ward which was overwhelming.  It was a blessing to pray over all the children who were fighting to survive low birth weight and other health problems.  Though we couldn’t pray over everyone individually and there were Muslims I knew God was healing all the people in the hospital in ways we may never know. Maybe in Heaven God will reveal what he did today for those people.

Tonight we were at the Cathedral for a mass and a healing service.  About 900 local parishioners showed up to this special mass.  There was so much healing and love poured out onto everyone there.  Miraculous blessings.  One man who came in a lot of pain and in wheelchair walked out of the Cathedral that night.  So many were overcome by God’s love and mercy and it was released into the atmosphere.  I go to sleep to night with a heart of great thanksgiving and wonder. ”

Antonia:

“After much needed rest, we spent most of the morning visiting the Augustinian Sisters’ grounds…their school and hospital.  It gave us an opportunity to interact not only with the Sisters but also the Ketapang people.  

The Sisters are truly a blessing to this community…they assist the community in such a very special way and they give of themselves sacrificially.  You can see God’s love and mercy through them!  May they continue to grow in their ministry and God continue to provide for their needs through God’s faithful people that have the means! They help the poor in such a dignified way.  They are truly being God’s instruments! What a blessing to see this first hand. A very humbling experience.”

Darren:

“I never saw babies in incubators that many in my home country. My little brothers and sisters, what are you? Why do I look at you and see you as the incomprehensible? Took me awhile to feel comfortable to carry new born babies back in the days. But how about these little ones? Still digesting my own feeling. However, saw these patients whose pains I am fully aware of be in wet climate in a close room, for me, that’s the other spectrum of suffering, I know without relocation, this is not a problem, but somehow it reminded me about Maximilian Kolbe in the cell. I wanted to run away from my humid room yesterday, but i see these sick who think not of sweat like maids at home. What has AC actually done to my psychology and life?”

May 24th

Deacon Steve:

We are blessed to be here but it is not without its challenges.  The pace at times can be difficult, mostly due to lack of sleep and the oppressive heat and humidity.

This morning we started with praying over a small boy who is crippled with a bone disease; giving hope to the Father that Jesus loves his family and him!

We then were driven to a hospital to pray over a 3 month baby who was shortly going into surgery.  We prayed fervently for the healing of the baby through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus.

We prayed over the whole family who welcomed us warmly with appreciated faces and smiles.  The interesting thing?  They were Muslim!  Other Muslim families wanted prayer also!

We then had a Mass in the Chapel with the Augustinian Sisters, those working for them and their families.  The singing of the Sisters was amazing!  You felt like you were in heaven.  Every person came up for healing prayer after the Mass.

The afternoon got surreal.  We drove for 90 minutes in the jungle to a remote Chapel for a Mass and healing service.

The trip on the “roads” deserve a commentary.  But first…..ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Now I feel better.

Picture dirt roads or at best uneven with many pot holes and even ditches.  Then add to it people walking on it with their families (at night you can barely see them), bikes, scooters, motorcycles, cars, large trucks etc.  All weaving in and out on a narrow two line road.  It is a lot like a bizarre video game!  At least we had a priest as our driver!  I closed my eyes a lot!

The people appeared out of no where for the Mass.  Where did they come from?  Most were angelic!  One thing that I am amazed is how devout they are.  Once again , the singing was like a choir of angels!

There were many children.  All came up for prayer.  Hands folded.  Holy.  Amazing.  All with smiles, thanking us, and of course taking pictures to the universal English they know, “one more!

The end to a perfect day?  Playing bingo with the Sisters!  As you might imagine, the angelic Sisters won with great delight!  Smiles and laughter all around! Yes there is a God and he loves the Augustinian Sisters!

Katie:

Today was another beautiful day.  We are so honored to share meals with the Augustinian sisters each day. After breakfast we were able to pray with a little boy about 4 years old.  He has broken his legs 3 times due to soft bone condition.  His father held him as he was very timid.  We truly believe the Lord will heal this little boy named Dixio.  Please pray for him.  We ventured to a public hospital as well.  A friend of the sisters has a 4 month baby boy Gabriel.  He has a serious condition of swelling of the brain.  We prayed for this little baby with his family.  These moments are precious to me.  Forever in my heart are the Indonesian people.

We had a special mass with the Augustinian sisters and the staff of the mission hospital there.  These people being prayed over were so wonderful to allow themselves to be vulnerable to let us pray with them for healing.  Afterwards they all wanted to take pictures.  I felt so loved, Jesus and Momma Mary were there.

Later in the afternoon we drove to a remote church.  The parishioners came out for a mass and healing service.  We are so blessed!  I truly understand how we are “One Body in Christ!”

 

May 25th

Katie:

“Today was another powerful day.  We had mass and a healing service with the young teens from the Augustinian sisters school that is on the property of the convent and mission hospital.  This little community is on holy ground.  You feel the presence of God wherever you walk and spend time.  The teenagers were so attentive and listened to everything Deacon Steve said.  One girl told me ‘I am so blessed to be here today’ that was my sentiment exactly.  As teenagers are they wanted to take a million photos with all of us.  They are so excited.

We were informed that we are the first missionaries from the USA to over visit this Diocese of Ketapang.  Wow! What a gift and honor.  All I can think is God loves me so much to bring me here.  It’s not an easy trip or accommodations but it is totally worth it.  I feel the blessing from the Lord are poured upon me, too many to count!

This afternoon we spent time with the local charismatic communities of Ketapang.  They drove from all over the area to be with us.  Deacon Steve and Darren our team member and Indonesian translator, had a awesome time giving a powerful message to these groups.  After the talk, questions and testimonies we as one big community prayed for all those present.  Wow it was powerful.  We made some awesome spiritual connections.

The feeling I have now, I don’t want to ever lose!

 

 

May 25

Deacon Steve:

We were up at the crack of dawn and traveled 10 hours to the parish that is furtherest away.  The roads were not paved with massive holes.  We crawled along.

Our event in the evening was special.  It was mostly teenagers with some adults. The Lord put a song in my heart; “come Holy Spirit fill our hearts. “ Much to my delight they began singing and clapping.  It was awesome.  There was powerful healing!

Antonia:

We are road warriors!  After 8 hours of travel, we got to minister to some teenagers.  They were so open to receiving the Lord!

 

May 26th

Deacon Steve:

This was our first Sunday Mass and it was incredible!  They were over flowing outside and very enthusiastic about the homily!

The healing session was memorable to say the least.  Muslims, Buddhists, and Catholics filled the church waiting for God’s healing touch.  Many were “slain in the Spirit.”

We experienced several “manifestations,” including a serious one with a thirteen year old girl.  She was screaming, kicking and even biting; we found out later this was not the first time.

The Lord gave me a word;  there was demonic objects in her house.  I asked the Father if he was involved with the occult.  He  nodded.  After we took authority and calmed her down, we decided to go to her house with her parents, destroy the items not of the Lord and bless the house.

I asked the Father to bring me what he had.
Oh boy!  One thing after another.  Carm’s, stones, portions, necklaces, bracelets etc.

Wow!  No wonder the daughter was attacked.  We destroyed the items, Blessed the house, I gave a Holy Land rosary to the young girl with instructions on staying away from things not of the Lord.

The girl instantly changed!  She was smiling and full of love!

Antonia:

We woke to attend Sunday mass and got to pray for entire congregation.  The people stayed to the end…we were there from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.  Incredible…so much faithfulness.  God is doing wonders! 

When we lose all for God, God then becomes our all, and when God becomes our all, then and only then do we have everything.

This was my realization today…I thought I had surrendered all until I realized that I was still holding tight to my way of life…the comforts of the USA.  This has been a transforming experience for me.  It has been awesome to be used by God in such a mighty way.  Praise the Lord!

May 27th -May 30th

Deacon Steve:

The Augustinian Sisters of Divine Mercy continue to be fantastic!  We are traveling hundreds of miles to minister to parishes that are isolated. Their enthusiasm is unparalleled among any place we have experienced.

We had two Masses, as usual for us.  The first was with the students.  They are so full of love and the Holy Spirit!  The second was in a town almost totally Muslim except for 70 Catholic families.

The Mass was almost full with over 400 people.  Where did they come from?  They drove for hours from surrounding villages to be there!

Many of the people coming up to be prayed over were crying.  That people from California would be there in the name of Jesus!  Totally awesome!

Because of superstition and lack of education, a number of people and families bring into their homes or wear items from the occult.  The people don’t fully realize they are under the influence of evil until they are prayed over with fervent prayer.  Then it hits!  Crying, screaming, yelling, thrashing of their body and worse at times.  I have trained the Sisters on what to do and it is working much better.  I don’t have the time until the end to minister directly with those who are manifesting.

All glory to God!

Antonia:

The last days were a whirlwind!  We continued to see God’s mighty hand at work.  The people were so open to the Holy Spirit.  Because of that there was so much spiritual warfare…we knew that lives were being transformed and healings were taking place.  It is safe to say that the Lord’s presence was felt and made known in a powerful way!

The local sisters are real saints…they are in the frontline battling with regular attacks from their Muslim neighbors.  Rocks are thrown at the Convent at a regular basis.  These sisters’ need our prayers and support.  They are usually only 2-3 present in the little towns.  The last town really touched my heart… electricity is only available from 6 pm to an undetermined time…sometimes to 6 am on a good day which is not always the case.  The day we were there it went off by 9 pm..,fortunately it went back on.  They have no refrigerators or AC units.  These sisters really have it tough…yet they continue their faithful yes to God everyday.

Overall, this spiritual journey showed me how much more I need to do to help our fellow brothers and sisters.  Please keep them in your prayers and help anyway you can!

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