A Prayer Request For Indonesia

It had been a very long summer in several places in Indonesia and this long hot summer has caused draught, forest fire and even lack of clean water and no electricity.

Up until today, the forest fire has become a huge problems in the island of Borneo or known also as Kalimantan.

This is a picture from NASA and situation in Borneo (Kalimantan Island) of Indonesia.

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Please PRAY for this situation, the smoke level is critical and caused lots of health problems to the people. We have friends and colleagues who live and work in Central Borneo where most effected area. They keep asking for lots of people to pray for them and asking God to send rain to put out the fire and clear off the atmosphere.

Would you join them and us in prayers?

Here’s the report from NASA:

Heavy Smoke Blankets Borneo

Heavy smoke continued to pour from peat fires in Borneo, Indonesia, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on October 19, 2015. Red outlines indicate hot spots where the sensor detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires. Gray smoke hovers over the island and has triggered air quality alerts and health warnings in Indonesia and neighboring countries. Small cumulus clouds are visible along Borneo’s southern coast. The lower image shows a more detailed view of some of the fires. Read more about the fires here.

Thank You so much for stopping by today and taking a moment to pray for Indonesia!

Have a blessed day!

World Bible Translation Day

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Today, September 30th, is dedicated to World Bible Translation Day. God has been doing GREAT things among the nations!

These verse from Psalm 67 is a prayer for the nations to know the Great God, the only One who worthy of our praise. The only One who worthy of worship from His creations. The only One who worthy of honor and the only One who rules over every nation!

May God be merciful and bless us.

May his face smile with favor on us.

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May your ways be known throughout the earth,

your saving power among people everywhere.

May the nations praise you, O God.

Yes, may all the nations praise you.

Let the whole world sing for joy,

because you govern the nations with justice

and guide the people of the whole world.

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May the nations praise you, O God.

Yes, may all the nations praise you.

Then the earth will yield its harvests,

and God, our God, will richly bless us.

Yes, God will bless us,

and people all over the world will fear him.

Please join us to give PRAISE to the LORD for:

  • what He has done among the nations
  • all the translation projects done this year
  • all the nearly-done projects this year
  • all translation teams who are working among the people groups
  • all partners who work together to get the Word available in the languages in the world

Please join us in PRAYER today for:

  • those people groups who do not yet have any verses of the Word available in their languages
  • open doors to the restricted and closed countries and people groups
  • more churches and partners to see the urgent needs in their countries and step in join the teams to work together bringing the Good News to the people who have been waiting for so long
  • protection and courage to the Believers who live in closed and restricted countries where they serve and share the Good News with the people there
  • more workers sent by God to the fields
  • God’s glory known among the people on earth

We are so grateful to be part of the work of B!ble translation projects in SEA* in Pacific with Wycliffe Associates. Right now we are working from home but our prayer and hope that we will be there to work directly with the local teams and partners to bring the Good News to the more than 400 language groups who have been waiting for so long. They need God’s word to know Him and to trust in Him. They need to read His Word to know how much He loves them. They need God in their lives, to change them only by the power of His living word.

Our family would like to THANK YOU for your partnership with us since the beginning of the ministry with Wycliffe Associates.

May God bless you and your family!

Bible Journaling & Partner In Prayer

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I am thankful for every time I can have time to sit, read His word, meditate on His teaching, pray to Him and be changed by His power.

I am thankful for Grace Baptist Church family, friends at our Church Bible study & Prayer group, HelloMornings sisters in my FB online study group, Bible Journaling Community (on Facebook and Instagram), sermon podcasts, and even online worship channels.

I am thankful for all the access I have to His words in languages I can understand best.

As thanking God for these great blessings, I never stop praying for those people in SEA* to have access to God’s living word that powerful enough to change their lives, that the Word of God will available to them in 700+ languages they speak and they understand best.

Praying for open doors to the closed doors.

Praying for those who are there among them who translating the Word into their languages.

Praying for more workers to go (including us) and work side by side with the nationals to answer God’s calling and to obey the Great Commandment.

Would you join me and my family in prayer for these requests to see God reveal Himself and glory to the people?

Would you be partner prayerfully and financially with Wycliffe Associates through the works that we’ll be doing in the country to bring the Good News to the people in languages they understand best?

If you feel God speaks something to you when you pray and feel you wanna share with us, please feel free to send me an email. Please visit this link to partner with us.

Thank you so much for joining us in prayers and God bless you!

5 Minutes Monday: Accelerating Bible Translation Globally

“The authority for and ownership of all aspects of the process of Bible translation are returning to the global Church. This foundational transition affects every aspect of Bible translation.” (Tim Jore of Distant Shores Media and Wycliffe Associates)

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When it comes to getting the Word of God into the hands of those still waiting to hear and understand, it is something that cannot be done alone. It takes a team of people working together. That’s where you come in . . .

Since 1967, Wycliffe Associates has given people like you the opportunity to partner in Bible translation efforts worldwide. Today, you can support crucial work in Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, and Eurasia. Whatever part of the world calls to your heart, there’s a role for you to play in Bible translation.

By partnering with national translators, we can help accelerate Bible translation and ensure that we are communicating God’s Word accurately—and powerfully.

Wycliffe Associates walk side by side with national translators to provide these dedicated nationals the training, technology resources, and support they need to speed translation efforts to help their language groups hear God’s voice speak personally to them. This organization also exist for you if you wanna make a difference and impact people live by investing:

  • Your skill, experiences and time as volunteers. If you have been praying an opportunity to serve, see how you can serve together with this amazing organization here.
  • Your financial donation. You can help support the works of Bible translations by giving a gift to Wycliffe Associates. This gift will be a great blessings to those who live remotely.

Wycliffe Associates accelerates Bible translation in these additional areas:

We are serving with Wycliffe Associates since Fall 2014 as supported staffs. My husband serves as IT / Accounting for SEA* and I serve as the volunteer coordinator and liaison between the organization and the national organizations, churches and missionaries. We are raising support to go serving for long term. You can find us here. This summer, we plan to go visiting for couple of months to see families and also helping with couple projects in the country. Would you please pray for this? If you want know more details, please feel free to contact me personal through email.

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Distant Shores Media use modern technology to equip and help the global Church to make disciples of every people group. They provide open discipleship resources for every church to use to share the Good News like Open Bible Stories.

They also working together with entire global church through Door 43 translation platform to bring the Good News.

Why do they do it? It is because everyone should have God’s word and adequate discipleship resources in their own languages, for FREE.

In my own experiences in my home country, we do not have adequate discipleship resources in languages the people can understand better than the National language and English. And the need of translating God’s word in each needed language is very high. So far that we know it is at least 400+ languages that need translation of the Gospel.

Both of these organizations are partners in Bible Translation works by partnering with national translators, they help accelerate Bible translation and ensure that we are communicating God’s Word accurately—and powerfully.

They have a project called The unfolding Word. It is an open-licensed Biblical stories, translation training respirces and open-source tools that enable the global Church to do whatever is needed to accelerate the task of translating the Bible into every language.

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We read this stories with our kids at home. Our 5 years old daughter can read the stories by herself now. This is FREE resources for you, your families and churches. This is a new tool for bringing the God’s word to the local people’s languages where you planting the church. Part of my assignment is also to help with this project, for now I am working remotely from home to work with a national organization that translating the stories into the national language so that the national translators can use the stories and translate them into each of their people group language. One that is amazing about this resources (beside they are FREE), the national translators can use is offline. They can share the Good News right away with their people as soon as their done translating it.

If you would like to know more about this ministry and “Gospel-sharing” tool, you can visit the website here. And over there, you can download the app to read the Bible Stories with your family, and feel free to use this tool to share the Gospel with those who need it.

Together we can end the Bible poverty and spiritual famine in all around the world with obeying His great commandment and take action by living put loud God’s calling to each of us.

WOULD YOU JOIN US TODAY IN PRAYER FOR 5 MINUTES FOR THIS MINISTRY?

5 Minutes Monday: Land Dayak – Sanggau

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Dayaks are the native people groups in the Kalimantan Island. The Sanggau-Sekadau group lives in the areas of Sanggau and Sekadau, which are separated by only about an hour’s travel by public transportation. Dayaks become Sanggau-Sekadau Muslims either as individuals, in a family, or together with all the people in a larger group. The term “Dayak Senganan” refers to a group of Dayaks who are Muslims, who claim themselves as Sekadau Malay. The Sanggau-Sekadau live mostly around the capital cities of the Sanggau and Sekadau regencies in East Kalimantan.

Mystical influences, however, are still evident in their lives. A shaman is an important figure in their society, but they are considered poor because of the many prohibitions placed upon them. Some have changed religions for personal reasons while others have married with a Muslim Melayu transmigrant.

The specific factors involved in their changing of religion have been obscured by several generations of time. The Sanggau-Sekadau group is part of the Dayak ethnolinguistic grouping called the Land Dayak which also includes the Bakati, Bakati Rara (Serawak, Malaysia), Bakati Sara, Bidayuh (Serawak, Malaysia), Jangkang, Kembayan, Ribun, Semandang and Benyadu.

The Trans-Kalimantan road crosses over the Sanggau and Sekadau lands in Eastern Kalimantan regency. The road, however, does not go through Central and Western Kalimantan. The Sanggau-Sekadau live together in small numbers with the Dayak and other transmigrants. The Kapuas and Sekayam are the two main rivers in the area. Rivers serve as the main transportation conduits for people living in most villages, as land transportation is very difficult. Distribution of goods such as food, medicines, agricultural products and more also takes place via the rivers. Water vehicles commonly include sampan (small boats), barges and motor boats. The Sanggau-Sekadau make their living through farming and fishing in the river. Many Sanggau-Sekadau, however, are poor.

Bible Portions – No
New Testament – No
Complete Bible – No

Pray for strategies and ways to reach out to them.
Pray for these people’s hearts.
Pray for God’s people to go reach them out and bring the Good News to them.
Pray for translators to go translating His word for them so they may come to understanding the true living God and worship Him.

Resource: Joshua Project

Year In Review To Move Forward (+ DIY Sketchbook Journal Cover)

It is New Year’s Eve!!! WOW… can you believe that we are on the last day of 2014?

I am thankful for 2014.

Looking back for what we’ve been through this year, I am thankful. As family we learned so many things together. The big girl started her Kindergarten this year. The little girl can say her ABC and counting 1-20, although she always says, “1, 3, 2, 4, 5,…” LOL!!! Both girls love dancing, singing and crafting, too. I am one happy Mama who can craft with her girls 🙂

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As parents, Dave and I grow in learning to be parents, keep asking God to give us wisdom to teach them the truth and walk in love. We went through tough days but He was there to help us.

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it (Proverbs 22:6, NLT).

We love love love camping out in the Spring, Summer & Fall! That the best thing we found out our daughters LOVE being out in the nature because both my husband and I love outdoor activities.

As husband and wife, we celebrated our 6th Anniversary and this year was our 7th Christmas together. Each day we grow to love each other more and more… I am thankful for my amazing, loving and supporting husband. Dave is an answer to my prayer!

There was a bit change in our ministry. In January we resigned from Wycliffe Bible Translators. We were so discouraged and kept seeking God for answers. Dave and I felt in our hearts that God still want us to go to SEA* as missionaries. So, we went to a mission conference focusing on that particular country. There we learned so much important updates, talked to some people and meeting with some friends we knew before from the country. We were looking for an new opportunity to serve. Then couple days after we came back home, we got a call from the area director of Wycliffe Associates (it is a partner organization with WBT) and a director of a mission agency in the country offering both of us opportunities that we never thought of before. These new opportunities are perfectly fit for each of us. We were surprised by God and how He worked again and again! So we started our journey in September and right now we are raising support to go to SEA* serving with Wycliffe Associates as supported volunteers in 2015! We have some works to do remotely from home and cannot wait to work with the mother tongue translators & local churches directly soon to help them bringing the Good News to the 450+ Unreached & Bibleless People Groups!

If you would like to know more details, we would love to share with you more 🙂 You can sign up for our ministry newsletter & prayer update HERE. Please pray for us daily in our preparation to go and also please be prayerfully to consider to support us to go here. Your prayers & partnership end the Bible poverty in SEA*, because of your partnership those people can have God’s word in languages they can understand best in their hearts so that they may come to worship the one true living God through Jesus Christ through the works we will be doing there with the team.

We are thankful for our families, friends, church, and all new partners God has brought into our lives in 2014. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

This year has been amazing for me personally. I learn a lot. Through personal quite time with the Lord, He help me to keep my eyes on Him and have faith in Him. Also, through group devotional time with our small church prayer meeting group & HelloMornings group, I learned so much of God, His love & truly He listened to our prayers.

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In August, again, I was able to attend an amazing women blogging conference, Declare Conference, in Texas. I reconnected with blogging & online friends, met new “internet” friends I met in real life & even God led me to new connections with some friends. This was my second conference and He has blessed me tremendously! I am praying and hoping to go next year if we’re still here 🙂 You should check this conference and pray about going! They have limited seats for 2015!

In October, a scrapbooking friend introduced me to a group on Facebook, Journaling Bible Community, where I find lots of inspirations how to illustrate our faith and love for God in creative ways.

In that group, a lot by a lot of crafty friends inspire to learn more of this illustrating God’s word in creative ways. When we went out buying Christmas gifts, I found a big sketch book at Barnes & Noble for only $8.99! So I grabbed it and plan to use this sketch book for my 2015 Bible Study creatively 🙂

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I decorated the book cover with some paper doilies, washi tapes (CTMH), gold sequins assortment (CTMH) and mini stapler (CTMH)

For the big year title, I cut the 2015 with my Silhouette Cameo using DCWV glitter cardstock and the triangle border I cut the glitter cardstock using the Triangles Cutting plate from Taylored Expressions.

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The white polkadots is very easy to do. I trace the numbers, and then start stamping the dots using the eraser of my daugther’s pencil. I used CTMH White Archival Ink. I heat set it for a quick dry. Then I glued the numbers and triangle border.

Today I am sharing my project at Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut new challenge, Anything New Year. Check it out here!

Hope you can play along with us this week 🙂 Click here to link up your project(s).

I wanna take this day to THANK YOU ALL for all your love, prayers & supports in 2014 for me and my family! Thank you for inspiring me!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family.
God bless you abundantly in 2015!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 156

The Pretty Pintastic Party #35

Would You Pray For Them Today?

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You may have heard and saw on news about this plane crash, AirAsia QZ8501.

Please keep praying!

The latest news I read from an online news, that they found the crash location, some of the plane’s debris & still searching for bodies in bad weather. So far they have found several bodies according to BBC news.

I found out that a friend of mine who is a teacher in one of a school in Surabaya that 3 of her students were aboard that plane to Singapore for a holiday break.

And I saw friend’s post on Facebook today that her friend was one of the stewards on duty on that plane.

My heart ache and broken for them & their families. I just cannot imagine the sadness and broken-hearted from the families of all of the passengers, and all the crews who were on that plane.

Would your please spend a couple minutes to pray for them, for the families who lost their loved ones and ask God to be with the search teams from Indonesia, neighbor countries & US while they are searching for more in the ocean under this bad weather & limited equipment.

You also can follow the news and updates on all social medias using this hashtags: #QZ8501 #AirAsia #prayforindonesia

Thank you for joining me in prayer for them!