Acy Lodja Noronha is from Sumba, West Nusa Tenggara, Eastern part of Indonesia. She gave her life into ministry for God in Dili, Timor Leste. She had been ministering a lot of people in Dili and taking care of so many people who are struggling and have a lot of issues in their families, their lives, and their relationship with God.
Dili also known as “City of Peace”, is the capital, largest city, chief port, and commercial center of East Timor (Timor-Leste). Dili lies on the northern coast of Timor island, the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
It had been a long dry season in Dili. The weather is very hot these days. Yet this condition does not sank Acy’s passion and motivation to keep serving God by loving the people there. “We are thankful for electricity and water. I know in many part of the country this dry season brings problem about water,” Acy said.
Acy had always been a positive person. She has a lot to be thankful for, regardless some difficulties that she is facing. She knows that whenever she feels discouraged, it is the enemy who wants to make her feel that way. “I wish I can always have courage to say like Paul, “We are pressed from every side yet we dont lost hope,”” she said too.
Quite a lot of things had also been happening in Dili, like maybe a lot of us are facing in our own country. Some families struggle with their teenagers who are rebellious and causing despair and broken hearts. Acy had been encouraging these parents to forgive and accept their wayward daughter (who is one of Acy’s member of congregation) who is now pregnant without knowing who is the father. A wife told Acy that her husband is having an affair, and that’s is not just one case. “I don’t understand these people who are struggling to feed one wife and two children had the thought of having another woman. It just make me disappointed because I expect them to be mature already,” Acy added.
In the midst of her discouragement and disappointment, Acy was praying for holding a couple’s retreat. She was wondering whether this will work, yet God steady her heart and have them keep planning this retreat despite all the challenges Acy is facing. She prays that as God brings spiritual healing to the head of the family, which is the father and the mother – He will also work in His divine ways to touch their children to make the right decision and standing upright for the truth.
God had shown His grace throughout this couple’s retreat. “We had a great time sharing our experiences and struggles as couples and we were able to encourage each other. We all renew our commitment to each other and ended the program with foot washing and they ask forgiveness to each other. Praise the Lord. I believe God is working to restore these families,” she said.
Acy had learned from these situations to be still and know our God. “Only when I surrender everything I started to see His powerful hands working. I am thankful to see some new believers who take their faith seriously and making difference. One of them is Moses, who prayed for his dying neighbor caused by liver problem. This man is healed and Moses had started a bible study with him,” thankfully she added.
” For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”