Here at Difference Makers of Hawaii, we are always excited to meet like-minded individuals who not only care about something, but are so passionate about it, they dedicate their lives to it.
This month, we are invited into an 8 year journey of connecting with the people of Bali, Indonesia through kindness and love.
One Heart Ministry leader and second grade Elementary School Teacher, Jamie Perry, exemplifies what Mother Theresa meant when she said,
“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light a new light in the hearts of people.”
Every summer for three weeks, Jamie leads a team to Bali, Indonesia to spend time in places such as Kuta, Negara, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Sumba. She describes connecting with friends that have become family over the years and doing ministry in their villages, churches, and orphanages. They usually bring donations and toys with them to share with everyone, but they mostly bring their love and encouragement.
“We try to love on the people and teach them about the hope of Jesus Christ. The team comes from my church at Bethany Assembly of God. We named our team ‘One Heart Ministry’ because we truly believe that we are called to love.”
When we asked Jamie what the vision was when she started her journey, she described to us,
“My first trip to Bali was back in 2008. I was just a young girl that got invited to go on this crazy trip with Surfing the Nations that I didn’t really want to go on. God placed a calling on my heart on my first day in Bali that year. After that year, God gave me the vision to be more, do more, and live more for Him. I realized that I truly cared for the people of Indonesia…that I was called to love them and I needed to keep going back.”
Jamie has been able to utilize her passion for teaching and working with kids to really make a positive impact not only in Hawaii, but overseas. Here in Hawaii, teaching is her life, both at school and in her church. She tell us that she uses her passion for children and people when travelling to Indonesia, too. When her team travels, they teach English and do activities with the kids in the villages and in orphanages.
Jamie and her team, which include members of her church, Kawehi and Blaise, as well as her mom, Michele, begin to prepare for their travels about 6-8 months before their trip dates in June. They begin to spread awareness and raise support through their church and through the community by hosting Kalua Pig Fundraisers and clothing drives.
When asked where she feels her desire to give back stems from, she explains that in the bible, we are reminded of what being a servant looks like, and “my desire is to love others in a way that they would see Jesus.”
Jamie goes on to share that she finds her inspiration through the people, the family and friends that she has made over the years in Bali is what keeps her going back every year.
“I just can’t imagine my life without them. I also can’t imagine the people there dying without being able to see, hear, and experience, the Jesus Christ I love and believe in.”
When orchestrating mission trips like these, sometimes the biggest challenges are your own personal fears and worries.
“Every year, I get nervous and begin to wonder how a little person like me, could be in charge of such a big task. With the way that the world is going…traveling abroad is scary…especially to a place like Indonesia. But, I find peace in knowing that God is in control.”
When choosing to persevere, despite the fear, comes great joy! Some of Jaime’s best times are experiencing those priceless moments of being reunited with their Indonesian friends.
“Being able to see them again and hear them say “Welcome Home” makes me feel so humble inside.”
Another joy Jamie and her team experiences are being able to go into the villages and sing worship songs, tell Bible stories, play games, and hand out donations. Jamie tells us that she still remembers many people that she first met back in 2008 and some are like family now.
“We are able to go into their villages, stay in their homes, and travel to their islands.”
When we asked Jamie to tell us her dream, if money and all other factors weren’t of concern, what would be her dream for the community, she humbly shared that she continues to seek the Lord for His will for her life. She dreams of one day running a children’s home in Indonesia somewhere.
“I want to love the unloved. I’ve also been praying about doing missions work full time, but am seeking the Lord for His provision and timing. I would love to be able to one day run a home that takes kids off of the streets and gives them opportunities to be young men and women for God.”
amie Perry truly is a tiny woman with BIG dreams and it’s all for Jesus! On several occasions, I have had the opportunity to see Jamie and her team in action in Bali, and they genuinely are doing amazing things under the radar. There are many other organizations and corporations that found themselves on helping others, but there is definitely something unique and special about this group. Their ability to love and accept others into their mission, and how they consistently show up and give them their all is a huge inspiration to anyone they meet.
“I am continuously reminded that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He takes all that we are…in our flaws and simplicity…and uses us for His extraordinary work.”
Let Jamie’s story inspire you to live out your dreams. Be courageous and step out in to faith for the things you love and believe in.
Through Cantique Hawaii, Difference Makers of Hawaii have raised $200 in efforts to support Jamie and One Heart Ministries. If you feel called to come alongside us and support their mission, please click on the link below and scroll down to the donations section.
See other ways you can support Jamie and her team by following @jayyy_babyy and #OneHeartMinistry
Jamie’s Favorite Quote
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”