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July 21, 2019

Since our newsletter this round was focused on teaching, I thought I'd give a blog update on these kiddos. Hope turned 3 and is delightfully hilarious.

She says funny things like calling Snickerdoodles "tickernoodles", and running around on those chubby little legs, ima...

July 21, 2019

We've chuckled recently when we have asked some of the students about their biggest challenges and found that frequently the answer is, "bride price." It seems like a funny thing to be a major challenge, but it is! Particularly for the tribes right around our area. Typ...

May 30, 2019

Friends, we are looking for a nurse and a professor to come and minister here in our community.  In our last post we mentioned giving to help people pay for medical treatment, and how many in our community have to fly across the country for medical issues. In truth, me...

May 30, 2019

Over the course of our first term overseas we steadily settled into our community and found ourselves seeing needs around us in the community. We wrestled over which of those needs were needs we should strive to meet or if our involvement would cause dependence. Now th...

May 9, 2019

Recently we were sick, ALL of us! Isaac was sick with one thing after another for two and a half, and the family joined him with the stomach bug (or food poisoning?) and then a virus that really knocked us all out. We spent the better part of several days with all five...

September 5, 2018

Dear Watermark Friends, 

We wanted to communicate particularly to you all about how we fit in to Watermark. We are Watermark members and part of a community group. One of the things we love about Watermark is the way Watermark expects their members to be living lives of...

September 1, 2018

Before we left Indonesia I went on the hunt for nokens, hand-woven net bags that everyone carries in Papua. They're the favorite local handicraft, not just for tourists but used in everyday life. In villages they use big ones that expand so much that ladies carry huge...

April 12, 2018

You guys, we love our church. 

The truth is that often going to church is one of the more stressful aspects of life for people working overseas. The culture is different, styles of worship are different, it's hard to understand, it's uncomfortable, you miss your communi...

April 12, 2018

"Is it a sin to chew pinang?"

"We tell people it is important to read scripture but there are people in our areas that can't read? 

"Do we need to send money to Israel?"

"What about when you have explained scripture and people still don't understand?"

These are some o...

April 3, 2018

The video above is from the recent celebrations for the anniversary of the college where we work. There's been some changes in our neck of the woods, some big and some small. Some things, like this simple canteen for students, can make a big difference.  Previously man...

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