It is amazing how the Lord restores one's soul. After a terribly disappointing time last week we have been greatly encouraged, first by the arrival of two young girls at the kids home on Monday, and yesterday we baptised Komang Kemanuh and Isaac. Komang gave her life to Jesus at the kids home recently (see earlier post).
Isaac who is from Malaysia was quite recently contemplating suicide. His mother had met Kadek while visiting Bali 12 months ago and she was so worried about her son that she sent him to stay with Kadek at the kids home.
After only a week he also committed his life to the Lord and wanted to be baptised before going back to Malaysia.
There was a big surf rolling in so we couldn't baptise them in the sea but we found lovely big pool right next to the beach. And right next to the pool a Hindu funeral was taking place... a poignant contrast.
More than just a children's home
It is hard for me to put into words how wonderful it is to see this ministry becoming what it was ultimately hoped for... not just a children's home but a place of restoration for broken families, disadvantaged and orphaned children, the poor and the persecuted. It is only happening in a small way at the moment, but it is happening.
Kadek summed things up perfectly the other day when he said God is blessing this ministry because now people are coming to us, seeking what it is that they see and hear about. Two weeks ago three people came to the kids home to talk to Kadek about Jesus. Two of the people were locals form Klungkung and there was a lady with them who came all the way from Negara (3 hours by motorbike). She gave her life to the Lord and wants to be baptised but is afraid to tell her husband.
Interestingly the kids themselves play a significant part in the ministry because many Balinese want to know why we care for these children? It is a witness to them.