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My business partner Maria recently shared a testimony that really encouraged Jill and me. Over the past couple months, Maria has had a few opportunities to connect with our house helper. Despite growing up in different regions of Indonesia, both women are from the same tribe and speak the same tribal language. Our helper is a very quiet person, however, she is very talkative and open with Maria.

Maria shared that during a recent conversation, our helper mentioned how perplexed she is with our family. She thought it was very strange how Jill and I respect each other and do not fight like her and her husband. She was also surprised with how patient we are with our children, which I found surprising because I struggle greatly with this. She wonders why her relationships within her own family aren’t like ours and is having a difficult time understanding it.

Some of this can be attributed to differences in culture between the West and here, however, it also due to us being genuinely transformed by Christ and growing in obedience to Him and His Word. We are especially encouraged by this testimony because it didn’t stem from some actions around a large Christian or Muslim holiday, but out of observations of everyday life. Praise God for what He is doing in our helper's life and heart! Please pray for opportunities for us and Maria to share deeper with her and for her and her family to come to Jesus.

Will keep you updated,
Corey, Jill, and the Girls

Mission Life in Southeast Asia: Finding Salvation

When I list the goals we've set as a team on my personal to-do list, I feel a multitude of a feelings ranging from panic to complacency. I'm confident these are not the feelings Jesus wants to drive us in partnering with Him in His work. The words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 ring true for me during this season, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” 

Praise the Lord that salvation isn’t found in completed checklists, churches planted and the number of individuals we disciple. Salvation is found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ. I need to be reminded to not fixate on the task at hand, on just doing and striving. The most important, and sometimes difficult, work is found in coming to Jesus and taking His lighter yoke upon myself and learning from Him. It lies in abiding in and spending time with Him, in obeying His voice over my to-do list.

I don’t want to be in Southeast Asia in order to vainly and fruitlessly build upon my own foundation. I want to be involved in truly impactful work that lasts and that bears much fruit for the glory of God in Jesus. May God bless you and I with the desire to come to Jesus, to lean on and learn from Him, and to live lives of obedience that bear much fruit wherever we are.

Signing off,
Corey

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