Final Day in Palu
Waking up on our final day in Palu was a little surreal after three very busy weeks working alongside three shifts of amazing team members who have fully engaged with our mission trip. Not only have we accomplished what we came to do but have been richly blessed by generous hospitality, good friends and a number of unplanned ministry opportunities. One of these unplanned ministry opportunities was to participate in the Youth Meeting at Towua Corps, an invitation we received earlier in our trip.
Before the Youth Meeting we ventured one last time out into Palu for a motorbike tour with Nyoman and Tato, who took us up a mountain that overlooked the city. Half way up the single trail track Nyoman's motorbike overheated leaving us stranded on the side of the track. Tato and Neville continued up the mountain while Nyoman and I rolled back down the mountain to get help. Fortunately, part way down the bike restarted and we avoided a long walk back home! Unfortunately, Nyoman lost his phone where we had broken down somewhere back up the mountain!!
After our little misadventure I finished preparing my sermon for the Youth Meeting and we then joined a very eager youth team for a great night of worship. Throughout our trip we have observed a vibrancy and passion among Indonesian Salvation Army youth in a number of locations and the Towua Corps youth were no exception tonight. Their worship team, dancers and timbrelists expressed a joy that transcended language, uniting us in spirit as we worshipped together. Once again we were deeply moved to see the Spirit of God minister in the lives of these young people who responded to the message.