Missionary Stories

When Nature Calls

toilet.jpegLospalos, Timor-Leste

The end of the dry season in Timor-Leste feels a little bit like being in a pressure cooker. From about September through November it gets hotter and more humid until usually sometime in mid-November the clouds finally burst, the rainy season starts, and people get busy planting corn.

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Toilets in Sorolua

We had a great morning in the village of Sorolua, a small village about 45 minutes from Lospalos. Two years ago Clinic Immanuel started a partnership with this village to do health education and some consultation visiting the village monthly for a year and then decreasing frequency. Part of the program included a “healthy home” project and building some toilets. Clinic staff worked with the village chief to figure out how to make the village “open defecation free.” Families that were committed to doing the work (which was all of them!) were provided basic materials: sand, cement, rebar, pipe, toilet seat. The families were responsible to do the work and come up with their own walls and roof. Uniting World of Australia provided the funding and Clinic Immanuel worked with the community and facilitated getting the materials there — not always easy during the rainy season!

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Hopelessness is a Privilege

Lospalos, Timor-Leste

We returned to Lospalos in late September after a good vacation and a month speaking in churches in the U.S. It was refreshing and encouraging for us to connect with so many people interested to learn about what we’re doing in Timor-Leste.

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Beautiful and Hilarious

God’s Providence. God provides. I am back working in Bangkok after six months of itineration in the USA. I spoke at more than 20 churches in five different states. The only negative experiences I had were with machinery. Thank God! Everywhere I went people were welcoming and giving—even when they had problems of their own. Well, I think we all have problems of our own.

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Diocese of Durgapur's Free Eye Clinic

good_shepherd_eye_hospital.jpegThe Diocese of Durgapur is really attentive to it’s surrounding community. They are paying attention to the needs and catering to them.

Durgapur is located in a rural industrial area. Many of the population work in the industries or in the fields. Where they are highly exposed to chemicals and heat. Many cannot afford proper treatment. That is when the eye center was created.

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Rice Christians, School Muslims

indonesia_karen_KN.pngIn July this year, in Oe Ue, a remote village in East Amanuban Sub-district of South Central Timor, 19 Christians, many of them children, recited syahadat. This is the basic confession by which one becomes a Muslim: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is His Prophet.”.A video of the event was posted on social media and news of the conversions went viral. The reaction of Christians, members of GMIT and beyond, was swift and appears to be gaining momentum. Thousands of rupiah have poured in to build houses, provide scholarships for young children, and drill deep wells in this area that is prone to seasonal drought.

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Timor-Leste: On-going Challenges

Timor-Leste is facing what seem like insurmountable challenges these days.  I’ll mention three things that touch the daily lives of people here and ask for your prayers.

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“Sharing Stories”

Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few years. Unfortunately it has been around for a very long time and shows no sign that it will go away anytime soon. It makes me wonder, if there is more awareness now about trafficking and the different forms it takes…. why is it on the rise? With so much awareness, why does it continue to happen and continue to spread?

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God’s Justice: A Note from Tuadale

My house* and those of my two children have been destroyed; three houses. I was born here in Tuadale and born in GMIT [the Evangelical Christian Church of Timor]. It was the same for my father. Our principle has always been that GMIT is our church. My hope now is that GMIT members throughout this province will help us. I am 70 years old. As a human, my time is slipping away—my knees are stiff, I’m losing my hearing, my sight is poor, my brain is slowing—my physical strength is eroding. My wife and I can’t move as we once did. Yet God continues to bless us so that we can accept these changes. Facing problems in life is normal, but it was hard when our house was torn down because I want to be buried here on the land I own...God’s justice is eternal.

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It’s not in Vain

“Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord,
because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  1 Cor. 15:58 (NRSV)

This past week, we’ve hosted a team of dentists from The Gap Uniting Church in Brisbane, Australia. This year was their second visit to Clinic Immanuel. During four, ten-hour days, they occupied two rooms in the clinic pulling teeth and filling cavities on people who rarely have had oral healthcare of any kind. Probably, most Timorese families have at least one member who suffers from chronic tooth pain. Timor Leste has about 12 dentists for a population of over a million and most all of them are in the capital, Dili.

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