Hello everyone. My name is Natalie and I am part of the team that went to Kupang this year.
This year, as soon as the dates for Indonesia was locked, I blocked my calendar and put my hand up. This really is less because I felt led to Indonesia, but more because I have always wanted to go on missions but somehow the dates just never worked out. I knew that if I were to pray through it, wait for a few weeks, my schedule would very likely start to fill up.
My instincts on "busy-ness" were spot on. When most of the preparation work needed to be done, I started a series of travelling for work right before our trip. That is probably why when I started packing for Kupang, I felt completely unequipped and overwhelmed. But God had His own set of plans for me – He wanted to show me a different perspective of missions.
The second night of the youth camp, after a very powerful sharing of testimony, P.Selamet made an alter call. I was sitting at the front then, and I turned and looked across the room: all of the youth went up to the front to pray and cry out to God. Not one of them stayed back. As I interceded in my own prayer language, I asked God to give me insight into the situation of the youth so I could pray effectively. But instead of telling me what to pray about, the verse in Matthew 9:37 came up over and over again: "Then He (Jesus) said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."
Looking back in hindsight, the workers are truly few – our team to Kupang is really quite small. At first I thought Jesus' remarks came from a place of frustration. But then I remembered that God's power is, by no means, limited by the number of workers. The important thing is to focus our eyes on the harvest. The verse in Matthew is closer to a command, an urge or an encouragement.
The harvest is most certainly plentiful: these are low-hanging fruits out there in Kupang. During our time in Kupang, I can't help but notice how joyful and faithful the youth are. They woke up at 4:30am in the morning for EMP, and their worship was filled with life and energy. I have no doubt in my mind that God has already done all the hard work, He has planted the seeds, watered the soil and made sure everything was ready, and He simply invited our team to show up and witness.
This trip to Kupang is a humbling experience. I wanted to do "something", I was worried that I was not qualified, and that I would not be able to contribute and make an impact. But then I think God just wanted me to be available for Him. So I would like to encourage you to participate next year to free up your calendar to walk alongside with God and witness His work and doing. To all who are serving right now, I hope this also comes as a refresher reminder to you, that we are not burdened with the harvest or the outcome. We just need to show up, that's it. Thanks!