Indonesian Go Trip 2017

IMG_1298In August I had the wonderful opportunity of going on a mission trip to Solo, Indonesia for a two week mission trip as part of a team from Influencers Leadership College.  This was something I had no money for whatsoever. So I began a campaign of fundraising for the trip and began to see God work in the hearts of people to help me get there.

Funding came through various sources: donations given directly to my gofundme page; through painting commissions; a house-sitting job, and gifts of money. From the started of the finding campaign, God’s hand was involved. Every dollar was needed for every provision for the trip, including the fact that my Centrelink payments stopped while I was out of the country, and so I put my College fees on hold while I was away. Everything I needed to do, connected with this trip, was financially covered. I am in awe of what God has done and so very thankful.

During the two weeks we were there, I preached at three churches. Gave words of encouragement to the new students at Solo Bible College. Preached at their conference. Participated in the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations, and a combined Youth Rally and many other things. As a team we forged lasting relationships, and God moved in the hearts of individuals as we shared our lives with them.

I wish I could have taken photos of the many shops and old stores that lined the city, but travelling in the city by car was too difficult to get good pictures.

The Jpegpeople are very resourceful and will do anything to earn even a tiny bit. We saw a beggar with a monkey, another dressed in a cat suit. Some earn tips through helping navigate traffic to get in or out of parking spots or do u-turns. The traffic was nuts, but I was fascinated by it all. There are many street food stalls and sometimes you see a guys pushing a street food cart from one location to another.

The trip to Indonesia was a life-changing experience for me. I met many wonderful people and I hope one day I will see them again!

Fundraising efforts for a good cause

I am pleased to announce that I was able to raise a further $70 from cakes to go towards another sewing machine for the Lily of the Valley Sewing School which officially opened on 12 June 2016. It has been so good to have a part in this great project. This is just the beginning of better things for the poor in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Psalm 68:5 says that God is a father to the fatherless and a defender of the widows.
James 1:27 says that it’s pure and faultless religion to look after orphans and widows in their distress.
Matthew 25:40 says that what we do to the least of them, we do to Jesus.

Sewing machines for charity

I have been raising money to help my sponsor child’s family have their roof and wall repaired. Unfortunately I got news that the family did not show up on Sunday to collect their food parcel and it was discovered that this widow and her four children have gone to live in Karachi. Because the widow’s husband had died, the house belonged to his family but she had a right to live there. Her husbands’ brothers came recently and saw the poor conditions they were living in so they decided it was best to sell it and they helped them move closer to relatives. I thank God that this widow and family are being looked after.

As I have raised $208 from the raffle and the cake stall, I have decided that this money will12810229_980284368719691_814793743_o-1-400x300 be used to purchase two sewing machines. With this facility,  widows and other uneducated women will learn the skill of sewing through Lily of the Valley Sewing School to give them an avenue to generate an income.

The goal of this project is to:

  • To bring relief to poverty.
  • To equip women with the skills and resources to generate an income.
  • To make it possible for poor children to get an education.
  • To stop children from picking up plastic from the rubbish dumps to sell.
  • Helping these women to feed their families every day.

Influential Missions & Outreach Program are an Australian Not for Profit / Charity Organisation. (Est. 2012). They work in partnership with Grace of God Church – Faisalabad, Pakistan (Est. 1983)

Market stall

JpegSusie and I had a very impressive looking cake and jewellery stall today to raise funds for my sponsor child’s family in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The jewellery didn’t sell but I made $43.30 from the cakes.

Mother’s Day Raffle

Congratulations to Elaine Crowley who won the main prize of a picture, book, jewellery and gym membership. Julia Skane was the winner of the Jamberry hand and nail pamper gift certificate.
The total amount raised was $165.
My goal is to raise $1,500 for this project. So watch this space for further fundraising activities.

I am raising funds through Influential Missions & Outreach Program Inc. to assist in supporting their programs that help poor families in the community of Faisalabad, Pakistan. With this particular project, I am raising funds for my sponsor child’s family of four, who live with their widowed mother, to repair their home. Their house has no roof and the wall to the street is broken down making it unsafe for the family.

Below are photos of the house and the family being prayed for by two pastors

This project is supported by Influential Missions & Outreach Program Inc.

Influential Missions & Outreach Program Inc. are an Australian Charity Organisation. One of their programs support Lily of the Valley Children’s Home in Faisalabad, Pakistan to enable them to provide a safe house for children at risk. They also support widows and the poor in their community with food parcels. And they help children to be able to go to school. Some children in the home are sponsored, but many more still need sponsors to help improve the lives of the children they take in.