20th August: We went up to the highlands and through to the North shores of Bali with John & Made Stevens. John is an Australian and Made is Balinese. It was a divine coincidence that we went to C3 Church in Bali yesterday for Sunday service and heard John speak about living out your faith through your everyday normal work. The topic was just a continuation of the conference I had attended some months back in Stoke on Trent. John invited us to join them on their weekly trip to the highlands to support their charitable outreach work, teaching children English and computing skills. Without these skills they stand no chance of breaking the cycle of poverty.
We got quite stuck in. There were 3 sessions the first day in the remotest of places. The roads were not exactly roads. Only the 4×4 could make it up. John put Raphael in charge of teaching them about the stars. Now when would these kids ever get to hear an Astrophysicist? Remarkable. Raphael could impart some scientific knowledge and I was able to translate it to Malay, which is similar to Indonesian, so the kids could understand. Never in my wildest dreams could I have planned that!
John showed us the water pump they had installed at the village so that the villagers higher up did not need to spend hours walking down to collect water. The water is pumped up stream straight to a tap at the top of the hill. A simple solution that helps tremendously. John and his team also build water tanks for the villagers to enable them to harvest rain water. Rain water is then used for their crops or family. Giving people the means to work and earn money is essential to break the cycle of poverty.
I need to tell you something marvellous that happened on our way up. We stopped to eat satay at a roadside stall. Now you probably didn’t know that I had a terrible rash on my foot. I’d had it for about 7 years during the hot months and during my trips to tropical countries. The GP said to me it’s a viral/bacterial infection that is in me and will probably never go away. The GP prescribed some cream that honestly didn’t work. The rash would spread like crazy from one foot to the next and be so unbearable that I wouldn’t be able to walk around in the heat. I thought to myself before going to Bali that this rash was going to make this trip and my trip to India really difficult. How could I be effective at helping producers with a rash that slowed me down?
The photo above shows the hour we all sat eating our Satay. The heat was starting to give me a headache. John jumped in to say “Can I pray for you”. “Sure” I said. He prayed for healing over my body, for a couple of minutes. We went back to eating. The headache never came on. Alright, small miracle or just coincidence. However, that evening, I looked at my feet and the rash that had covered my foot up to that point had subsided. No more itch. No redness. Just scars. Hmm…perhaps it’s just cooler up here, I thought. Next day, we went back down to the heat and stayed another week in 30+ degree weather. No rash, no redness and even the scars were disappearing. I called John to say how through his prayer my condition had been healed. He wasn’t the least surprised. He’s prayed for lots of sick people in Bali and God has healed.
I have now been to India and back….no rash whatsoever has reappeared on my feet. The scars are all gone. So perhaps you don’t believe in God. Perhaps you don’t believe in miracles. The thing is I do believe in both …. and now I have concrete evidence.