Honestly, these past few weeks have felt similar to what I imagine stepping off a cliff blind folded would be like!!
Not only have we been caught, but placed and confirmed into calling and purpose and destiny! As we sit on this slow ferry with a 10 tonne truck tucked away below packed with all our gear and building materials for our first family hut…. I get the feeling that this is a Holy moment!!
A wise man said to me a couple of weeks ago in the midst of my panic, “each time we take another step out, MORE FAITH IS REQUIRED.” This is what I have discovered:
More faith required = God’s faithfulness again + His miraculous provision again + I learn in the process!
You know, anything can happen at any time. .. I need to learn to expect the unexpected (in a good way!) In just one day,whilst in Bali, we went from the extreme of seeing burning corpses on the beach during a Hindu cremation to a divine appointment with an amazing family. We didn’t plan either! Not only has meeting this family impacted our immediate future, but I believe this relationship will be instrumental for all of us in the years to come! You just never know what is next!
For those of you who saw Noah last time we returned to Oz, you may be interested to hear that, unbelievably, his hair is already blonde & we haven’t even hit Rote yet!! Grace is not far behind!!! Well, that’s it for now from this slow boat. I’m going to soak in this ‘Holy moment’.
Nat, Matt, Jayden, Molly, Grace and Noah
This week we are celebrating news of a new baby girl.
For those of you that were following our blog last year you would be familiar with Set and Delfiana along with their 4 children.
Delfiana and Set live up in the village across the road from us. Their children Ati, Ratna, It and Ita became great mates with Molly, Grace, Noah and Jayden, going to school together, sharing uniforms etc
As of last week Delfiana and Set have a new addition to the family… a little baby girl. We can’t tell you her name or weight yet, but what we can tell you is that she already feels like part of our family. Part of yours too!
During Matt’s recent visit a land contract was established and Mercy Huts now has a home until 2033!
We have just $7K to go to reach the full land contract price which would enable us to move into stage 2… BUILDING!
SO, if you’ve been thinking about joining us on the journey, there is no better time than NOW, especially with the end of the financial year only 10 days way. Learn how you may be able to offset your tax via donating to Mercy Huts through your trust fund by replying to this email or calling Sally on 0401 302 481.
Join us and let’s MAKE A DIFFERENCE together!
With heart-felt thanks
The Mercy Huts Team
Matt and Nat Thistlewaite
Paul and Sally McMahon
Simon and Danielle Beaufils
Ps. Go to our get involved page to donate
Abraham is one of only a few children at the Rote Mercy Home who is actually orphaned. The majority of children in the care of Defi and Benny are from parents who simply cannot afford to provide anything for these kids.
A common theme throughout eastern Indonesia is the dire poverty families are facing. There are a number of cases where babies are taken away into bush-land and left out of sight/ out of mind because the parents simply have no other option in their eyes.
Abraham, who is now 8 years old would walk 7 miles each day to collect a bowl of rice for his grandmother and himself. At the time he was taken in by Mercy Indonesia’s new home in Ba’a he was suffering from severe malnutrition. He was sick on most days because his immune system was lacking. Even now after being cared for and provided for coming up to 2 years, Abraham still has problems with his stomach. He suffers from the effects of contracting malaria but on a whole Abraham is happy, goes to school and loves playing soccer with his fifteen new siblings.