From 29 July to 1 August 2015, 29 volunteers our church visited Sekolah Esther Aletheia (or Esther School), in Batam, Indonesia to demonstrate the love of God through games, Bible stories and craft activities.
At the Christian school with 180 students aged between six and 12, our volunteers engaged the students in a time of worship, corporate prayer and games. The team also shared the parable of the lost sheep with the help of props and role-play. This much-loved Bible story was well-received and brought much joy to the students!
Proudly displaying their handiwork at an art & craft session conducted by our volunteers. Our volunteer team with the friendly staff at Esther School. Basking in the love of Christ!
This love outreach also extended beyond the school to local homes in its vicinity as well as Sembilang Mayang, a fishing tribe. Accompanied by a local pastor and translator, our volunteers made home visits armed with gift bags and a willing heart to reach out to the families. Besides sharing the gospel, the volunteers also expounded on the significance of the anointing oil, prayed over the villagers and blessed each household with a bottle of anointing oil.
Policarpus, a fisherman from Sembilang Mayang, shared a powerful testimony about the anointing oil. “I was in a motorcycle accident before and hurt my arm,” Policarpus shared. “After applying the anointing oil on my arm, it was completely healed!”
Our volunteers with Policarpus and his family.
Ruth, our volunteer, shared how she was profoundly touched by her encounter with a family the team visited.
“The head of the house was so full of faith that he not only received our prayers, but prayed for all of us too!” Ruth shared. “I was reminded that a man’s true riches lie in his inner man (or heart), rather than his outward circumstances,” said Ruth.
Our volunteers sharing the love of Christ with villagers.
Even with the little that these villagers have, God’s light radiated through their love and laughter — an observation echoed by all the volunteers. Indeed, he who waters, will also be watered himself. (ref: Proverbs 11:25) The labour of love sown by our volunteers during this mission trip has surely given them so much more in return.