Missionary Stories

Responding to Corona in Indonesia – Lasting Change?

Dear Friends,

Grace to you, and peace, in the fifth month of the Time of Corona. As in the United States, places of worship here in Indonesia have been closed to public worship for several months now. 

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Liddles home from East Timor

We ended our four-year term of service with our partners, the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL), on March 1.  Our departure from Lospalos was bittersweet.  Friends who have become our Timor family from Imanuel Clinic and Imanuel Church saw us off on the afternoon of our departure from Lospalos. 

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Bangkok—May 2020

Read:  1 Thessalonians 5:5-11

 

Christian friends and church members here in Thailand keep asking me about the United States in the current COVID-19 pandemic.  They are shocked and concerned that the disease is causing so much heartbreak and tragedy, and they want to know how to pray.

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The Tenderness and Rawness of Fasting

After two months of house worship and empty church buildings, the Synod office of GMIT (the Evangelical Protestant Church of Timor) encouraged households to observe a day of fasting, an uncommon practice among GMIT’s rich tradition of rituals.

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Presence in Times of Grief

When we stepped across the threshold into Kodae’s house in Lospalos, I could tell he wasn’t breathing. His younger brother was sitting beside him on the dingy mattress he had been on for months, shooing flies away from the pale corpse. The boy turned to us with tears in his eyes. Their father appeared from a side room. “He just died,” he announced on seeing us. It was four in the afternoon, the sun was shining, and it was very quiet.  

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Replace Anxiety With Prayer

If there’s one thing I learned during seven years as a pastor among the Timorese people, it’s that prayer is a simple, effective way to cope with anxiety.  They take their cue from St. Paul.  In his letter to the Philippians, Paul admonishes:

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Update from Thailand

This morning as I walked to the elevator, all disguised in my sunglasses and anti-particulate face mask, I exchanged pleasantries with a neighbor who sounded a bit like an Aussie. (We’ve got some diversity in this building, with Filipino, Thai, Korean, European expats, and even a Detroiter.)

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Reflecting on COVID-19 in Indonesia

The following was sent by mission co-worker in Indonesia, Karen Campbell-Nelson, in response to an email sent to all mission co-workers from Global Ministries Co-Executives, Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson.

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A New Quadrennium

The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new quadrennium in our church in Timor, Evangelical Christian Church of West Timor (GMIT), and it's a bigger deal than you might expect.

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Glorious Rain

Rain, glorious rain!  It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting in our living room basking in a cool breeze and watching rain pour off our corrugated iron roof.

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