Anglican Church in America
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
Diocese of the Northeast

 

Letters from Jim Long

 

 

Dear Bishop Marsh,

 

I would like to request that you send up a prayer or two this evening for the ministry here in Jakarta. We will have some meetings this morning that are critical to the ministry of the church plant and it will broach some possibly significant challenges.

 

Around a week or so back Nanci had two cyclists cut her off in traffic and point a gun at her as if to shoot, before they sped away. Our daughter and another minister's daughter were in the car as well. Since nothing more happened we don't know how seriously to take that, but it is part of a series of things that have happened here recently that point to what some call "spiritual warfare."

 

One positive development is that the first woman we baptized here has a Christian fiancee now, and the rest of her family seems more open to Christianity than in the past. So, for any there who have prayed for us there is this encouragement that God is at work.

 

At the same time there are some deep cultural gaps and some genuine spiritual forces opposed to the success of the churches here. We do deeply appreciate your prayers, especially at this time.

 

Peace,

Jim --
The Rev. James A. Long

Providence Fellowship

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We have a new member attending recently who was part of the continuing church under the Anglican Bishop of Rawanda. She has been a blessing. Another event you might want to share with the group is one I participated in this past Saturday. Our most recently baptized member has a heart for the poor and for the orphans of which there are many left over from the tsunami and various other tragedies. Indonesia does not generally allow orphans to be adopted, mainly because in this culture it is feared the children will be used as slaves by their adoptive families---at least that is one excuse I have heard. One local church had the idea of giving local orphans a day at the city's amusement park, and Jessica arranged for our group to join the outreach. This was not merely a matter of donating money for them to go to the park, but all of the church members served as surrogate families for small groups of children. My son George and I went along and we were given a group of teens. They took to George immediately and he went on many rides with them. I mostly watched. It struck me that as a boy my biggest joy was waving at a parent or relative who was watching me ride. These children had nobody to watch them, nobody to wave to, nobody frantic to make sure they didn't get lost in the crowds, but on Saturday they did. I was amazed at how appreciative and polite they were, and how patiently they waited for the rides, for their lunch, and etc. I was reminded of Chesterton's words to the effect that God must certainly love the poor---"he made so many of them!"

 

   

   

   

 

Attached are some of the pictures from the event.

 

Peace,

James