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Surabaya, Indonesia — “An Invitation to Experience God”

February 26, 2016

A story from Mike Stephens: God’s Word contains immeasurable accounts of instances whereby the Creator of this universe allows His creation to experience Him in a personal way. Though we stumble while on this Earth, He calls to us to join Him in His work; work to reach His creation, just as He did when He reinstated the “Rock” that the church will be built upon as He told Peter to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17).

I was honored to join a team of eighteen who accepted the call to Indonesia; to conduct clinics as Sight Ministries International continued its support of Pondok Kasih (http://pondokkasih.org/) in the city of Surabaya on Southern Java. God provided support of four clinics; allowing us to minister to those in need of functional sight; to allow them a means to clearly see the wonders of His world and His Word.

Our team ministered to around 2,000 people, distributing approximately 3,000 pairs of glasses, a combination of prescription, reading, and sun glasses. One day alone He placed over 1,000 needy beings in our care, allowing us to minister to their sight and their soul through the love of His Son in us. In addition, God ministered to our needs through the hearts, minds, and souls of those He placed in our path, as well as to each other. Sharing a God centered experience with brothers and sisters in Christ, and especially watching His work through the young people in our group was truly a spiritual event! I pray that He touches your heart, mind, and soul, as you read this message, to join a Sight Ministries team as they travel to other areas of God’s creation.

I pray that He will allow me the honor of returning to Surabaya. I pray also that He will encourage you to go as well; to join our brothers and sisters around the world in fulfilling the Great Commission, as indicated in Matthew 28:

18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

I look forward to seeing you on a mission team to Indonesia, or hearing of your experience with another Sight Ministries team. May our Creator encourage and keep you always.

Your brother through His Son, Mike

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