“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? . . . Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.. . . . and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, . . . The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” ~Isaiah 58:6-12
My wife and I serve a small community where we provide children's services by holding informal literacy education for preschool children. In disaster situations and in refugee camps, I always serve the children, who are often ignored.
We live in Indonesia, where natural disasters are common, but until 2017 we really didn’t have a plan or a disaster response team. In the past 2 years we have developed our INTC campus into a Disaster Response Service Center. We now have a shelter that includes 8 bathrooms, adequate kitchen appliances for caring for 300 people, and a warehouse for storing equipment and bath packets. We have equipped students as well as local church members as volunteers.
These are small steps from a small campus, but we pray the Lord will give us a breakthrough through loving compassionate ministries and disaster response services, so we can be a blessing for the community, and the nation's tribes by proclaiming God's love through these charity services.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we join hands with our brothers and sisters in Indonesia and across the Asia-Pacific Region to ask You to raise up volunteers who will respond with Your compassion and wisdom, who will listen to Your Spirit for discernment about how and when to respond to specific disasters and crisis needs. We pray for those who have experienced natural disasters, and we ask You to comfort them and strengthen them through what they have suffered. May each of us use what we have endured to build a bridge of hope to others, in Jesus’ name.