“Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”
Matthew 10 v 14
My time at the LivingWaters Village (LWV) Project was very blessed and I was kept very busy!
I left 28th January and after 2 flights, 2 buses and a truck journey, I arrived in the LivingWatersVillage near a village called Manggala on 1st February.There were no problems with the trip.The 13 hour bus ride was an experience.About 40 people crammed into a mini bus. There were no doors and so people
were hanging out of the bus and we were traveling on an extremely dusty and ridiculously bumpy road going at a fast speed.At one point the driver stopped the bus to put a plank of wood over a pot hole as it was so bad. I will never complain about our roads back at home any more – King GeorgeV Drive is
not a patch on how bad this was!
I arrived late at night, covered in dust on 1st February.
The following day I was given a tour of the LivingWatersVillage and then started work. I had seen pictures of the project and read lots, but you can never really know what it’s like until you come.
The project is literally in the middle of the jungle and the land God has provided covers acres.They currently have about 400 children living there,with more coming continually.There are three large
houses where lots of children live and then there is the training centre (TC) where children come when they first arrive to learn how to eat with cutlery, wash properly and learn general manners; as they have come from villages where this is alien to them.
Lots of children are orphaned or their parents can’t afford them, and all are unschooled, so the parents send them to LWV.They live in a safe environment where they hear the Gospel each day and are able to have a good education. There is a school on site,where predominantly Indonesians teach, and there is a lot of building work going on continually.The Medical Centre is practically finished; they are just praying for medical workers to work here and for equipment.Then there’s the bakery and numerous other houses being built for more children.The aim of the school, bakery,medical centre, sewing room,
carpentry area, garden and building work is to train up the children to learn these skills so they can help in the project or even go back to their own villages and help there and spread the Gospel.
While I was there, a typical day consisted of waking up for morning prayer and Bible study at 5.30am.
Followed by breakfast at 6.30am, then I did morning clinic at 7am where anyone could come with their illnesses; so there was lots of fevers, scabies, head lice, allergic reactions, 2 motorbike accidents,
2 deep cuts to the head, stomach ulcer, ringworm, etc. etc, the list goes on.After clinic,we all met as a group to start the working day off in prayer.
When I first arrived, I did a lot of painting work at the new bakery. It’s almost finished now.The latter few weeks, I did a lot of medical work, helping with any children that were sick (and there were many!).
Then dinner at 6pm,where we'd have a Bible reading and pray and then eat, followed by evening clinic at 7pm.They have mid-week meetings on Tuesday and Thursday nights, the children’s homework nights on Monday, ednesday and Friday nights, and Movie Night on Saturdays where they all watch a film on a big screen in the hall.The day usually ended about 9pm.
Sunday they have 2 services and once a month go to the local church in the nearest village,Manggala, for church. It was quite a task transporting all the children safely to the village on a bumpy, dusty road.They all crammed inside, on top and on the sides of any vehicle. I was in a 4×4 vehicle which transported 31 people!! Incredible! We’d often go swimming on Sunday afternoons, floating down the river through the jungle for a couple of hours on bamboo logs, and we'd pick and eat jungle fruits.
When I arrived, there were another 2 nurses at the project, one from New Zealand and one from UK,which was brilliant. But half way through my stay they both left and I was the only medical person there,which at times seemed overwhelming, but I do thank the Lord so much that He gave me continued good health and strength for every day.
There were a number of children with dangerously high fevers at times, and three boys have been diagnosed with TB. Beno,Dan and Mondan arrived in LWV a few weeks before I arrived and were
frail, sick, unhealthy children. Beno was particularly unwell.He has had malaria, and then got pneumonia as a secondary infection, then typhoid and nowTB! He has been very sick at times and unable to breathe properly, but praise the Lord the three of them are now being treated with TB treatment and are doing very well.However, this treatment is for at least 6 months. Please pray for these three children, they are just 8, 10 and 12 years old. Please pray they'd be clear of all diseases and ultimately that they'd be cured of their sin and be saved.
Then, one of the Indonesian leaders, Yeremiah, fell off his motorbike.A hot part of the bike fell on his leg giving him a severe burn.He is doing very well, but please continue to pray that he won’t get any infection – it’s very easy to get infection here on even superficial wounds, so it’s a miracle he has not had one yet, praise the Lord, but please do pray for continued wound healing.God willing He is getting married in May.
So twice a week, they have a mid-week meeting.Their form of worship is very different to what I’m used to back home, and at first I didn’t know what to think. They get very excited in worship; however although it’s different to home, they do keep God at the centre. I think culture comes into it quite a bit. But no matter how we worship, if He is our focus and not the music or others, then surely it’s pleasing to Him.They all love and know the Lord and they all know their Bibles well, and take worship and prayer very seriously; even the infant children do.
It was an absolute thrill to see so many children praising our Lord- it’s overwhelming. It really is a place where God has and is continuing to do a mighty work.These children have predominantly come from villages where witchcraft is rife and they worship the spirit of nature, etc. So knowing what they've come from and seeing them now, is by God’s grace, an utter miracle.
One Sunday I went for lunch to a brother of a few of the children that live in LWV. He is a Christian and is married with one daughter. In the project you can forget how poor the surrounding people outside the LWV actually are.When I visited this brother’s home, I saw the poverty they lived in – but they were happy and content in the Lord.That Sunday lunch, I didn't realise until after, consisted of rice and dog casserole with all parts of the stray dog included!!Although that was rather disgusting, I was so glad I went, to see the joy in these people that love the Lord. It just re-emphasised to me that we can live with so much less materially than we do.We have so many unnecessary luxuries which clog up our lives.
Spurgeon said “Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. Surplus gives us the care of storing it, and the anxiety of watching against a thief.Too much is a heavy burden and all we get is all we
should expect.God knows our needs and so a craving for more than this is ungrateful”. Being truly content with what God has given us is a hard lesson to learn though.
“His allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life” 2 Kings 25:30
I need to remember that we have a daily portion given to us, from the King of kings, so we should be thankful.
I have learnt a lot being here and God has been so good again.He has answered so many prayers.A number of times I have worried about sick children. The illnesses here are not what we experience at home (TB,malaria, typhoid, etc), and so I needed wisdom to know what to do, and the Lord gave me
help and strength for each day and when I left, very few children were sick. So I praise the Lord for each child He has kept, and also for keeping me well through all the sickness.
LWV is surrounded by jungle. It’s a very beautiful place. I'd wake up every morning and see what was around me and you couldn't but praise the Lord for His creation – it was immense. Seeing the sun rise and set over the jungle and seeing a carpet of stars in the sky every night is something I'll treasure and never forget.
I thank the Lord that He has again kept me safe since I left UK and pray that He would continue to do so as I do some sightseeing in Asia. I am joining a tour tomorrow with another 15 or16 people
that I don't know yet and am praying that my God wound keep me close to Him and that I'd have many
opportunities to tell others of Him.
“Lord, give me eyes to see and grace to seize every opportunity for Thee” Bishop Taylor Smith
“Lord, help me to glorify Thee;
I am poor, help me to glorify Thee by contentment;
I am sick, help me to give Thee honor by patience;
I have talents, help me to extol Thee by spending them for Thee;
I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve Thee;
I have a heart to feel, Lord let that heart feel no love but Thine, and glow with no flame but affection for Thee;
I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of Thee and for Thee;
Thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what it is, and help me to work out my life-purpose, I cannot do much; but as the widow put in her two mites,which were all her living, Lord, I cast my time and eternity into Thy treasury; I am all Thine, take me and enable me to glorify Thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have”
Thank you all so much for your prayers.
“To Him be glory both now and forever” 2 Peter 3.18