Our Marketing Coordinator Brittani daCamara recently embarked on a journey with 11 others to Bali, Indonesia to serve with Mercy Indonesia. Mercy Indonesia is an organization that started in 2001 when an unwed mother gave her three-day-old baby boy to Paulus and Marliesye Wiratno. A few weeks later, another woman contacted them in hopes that they would care for her child as well. As time went on more and more abandoned babies were brought to the young couple’s home. Realizing there was a tremendous need for orphan care in their community and country, Paulus and Marliesye started a foundation called Mercy Indonesia.
Mercy Indonesia now has 13 orphanages and has started many churches throughout Indonesia. From serving orphans to equipping church planters, the staff at Mercy Indonesia is doing life-changing work. Brittani went into this trip thinking she would spend time with the children, support them, and encourage them but what she discovered was that the children supported and encouraged her, changing her outlook on life. She explains how the hearts of the children were so joyful. Even through all they had experienced in their lives they still remain happy and praise Jesus for all He has blessed them with. These kids were some of the most genuine and loving individuals she had ever met.
When asked what her favorite part of the experience was, Brittani replied, “the time with the children was definitely a memory I will never forget, but our time with founder, Paulus Wiratno changed the trajectory of our week. To hear the obstacles and many challenges Paulus and his family have overcome to help these kids is nothing short of a miracle. Paulus in such an inspiration and he has inspired me to dream bigger and do more – to influence people with a more expansive vision. His willingness to live selflessly so that others can come to know Christ so that they may have a better life is nothing short of an inspiration to us all.”
In the coming months, Jones & Swanson will be working to help support the orphanages throughout the Mercy Indonesia organization. To learn more about Mercy Indonesia, you can read Paulus’ story in a book he co-authored called, “The Leper’s Lessons.” If you would like to donate or learn more, please visit give.warmblankets.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can make a difference in the lives of these children!