Today, we were blessed to have Father James Long and his family return to St. Luke’s Parish and give a report on his ministry to Jakarta, Indonesia. He preached during our worship services from Romans 8:18-23, reminding us that this world is not our ultimate home, and that in many ways we as Christians resemble the story of the ugly duckling. Following the service, we watched a slideshow and heard about his work in planting a church, mentoring pastoral interns, preaching to school children, and spreading the love and good news of Jesus Christ in a predominantly Muslim community. It was a great encouragement to us as we heard about how our brothers and sisters across the globe are giving a great testimony to the faith.