My experience in Indonesia has been a lot to drink in. Emotionally, I’m both encouraged by the deep faith of people who live in poverty, trusting God to meet their needs, and wrecked by the reality that their living conditions are so terrible.
As I visited the Filadelfia Children’s Center in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, I heard an 11-year-old boy who sang for our group. He sang in English. I didn’t know the song but near the end, he kept singing, “Jesus loves me” over and over again. He sobbed as he sang because He was so overwhelmed by the love that God had shown him in Christ. The reality of what had been done for him on the Cross was overwhelming to him. He cried…and I cried.
These beautiful children living in extreme poverty are being shown love that they never dreamed could be true for them. Their faith in desperate circumstances is so much greater than mine. But, those children have taught me too. I left a part of my heart in Indonesia, for sure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeff Taylor has been doing morning radio for a long, long time. He thinks that being part of the WAY-FM team—jeffandjoyonline.com—is a really big deal…an honor, actually.