Sightseeing in Singapore

Sightseeing in Singapore

People might wonder what the life of a missionary is like and assume there must be to it an air of the romantic or exotic.  Well, we have had our share of “exotic” scents (usually sewage) and tropical breezes (laden by smog.)  But, really our life would be best described as an adventure (meaning not planned and totally out of my sphere of control) with our heavenly Father as the most amazing tour guide!

Consider our recent trip to Singapore to secure an Indonesian visa (permission to live and work in the country.)  Our three days turned into five, as the visa process can be painfully slow.  I was anxious at this change of plans because this would mean the kids would miss more school, Jim would be absent from church, and more money would be spent on meals abroad.  It was a cry or laugh moment, and so I decided to trust that our Tour Guide must have a lot to show us in Singapore!

Being blessed with superior accommodations at the Anglican Prayer Lodge, we set out to see what the city had to offer.  We dined with old friends, took in a light-water-music show at the harbor, worshiped at St. George’s, and strolled around The Botanical Gardens.  We had a great tour of Singapore and left with a reminder to “sit back and enjoy the ride!”

 

 

Made in Indonesia

Made in Indonesia

The kids and I are back in Jakarta and finally starting to feel the effects of jet lag wearing off!  What a blessing to be once again in the midst of our PAC family (Providence Anglican Church.)  Jim was busy setting up the Lord’s Table with an array of beautiful furnishings provided by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Phoenix, AZ  and the International Anglican Fellowship.  What a remarkable visual picture it created in our humble rental space!  Upon unwrapping the wooden stand for the display of the Bible, Jim discovered a sticker on the bottom that read, “Made in Indonesia.”  Can you imagine this stand, made by native hands here, exported across the vast ocean with years of service in America, then carried all the way back to our little church in Jakarta?   We all had a good chuckle and yet this served as a reminder that God is truly at work, connecting believers around the globe.  What an encouragement to us.  “He’s got the whole world in His hands!”