About Key Personnel
This work would not be possible without the financial contributions of many across the country and in other parts of the world. The involvement of many caring individuals is truly the key to making this work a reality.
Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, and a Master's Degree from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri.
While working in Indonesia from 1968 through 1976, starting churches in North Sumatra and Nias, and helping continue the work in Jakarta, Steve and his family fell in love with the people, culture, cuisine, music, and natural beauty of the country.
After his return from Indonesia in 1976, Steve continued to serve congregations in Iowa. Nebraska, and California. Upon his retirement from pulpit ministry, he returned to working with the people of Indonesia in 2002. Steve and his wife, Jean, reside in Fremont, Nebraska. With his range of experience and knowledge of how things work in Indonesia, Steve’s primary role is the satisfaction of all regulatory and compliance issues Stateside and abroad.
A graduate of Lubbock Christian University, Scott has been involved in ministry for over 25 years. Scott currently serves as the preaching minister for the Platte Valley church of Christ in Fremont, Nebraska. Scott oversees the daily operations of Jochbed’s Hope, as well as managing the continual fund raising efforts.
Scott and his wife, Tracey, have made multiple trips to Indonesia since 2011, as they began to become more involved in what Steve had begun. They have four children, one in high school, two in college, and one in graduate school. Of the four, three have been directly involved in the work in Indonesia, and all have plans to continue to be involved in supporting the work in various ways as they are able.
Daniel and Naomi Setiabudi are residents of Jakarta / Bekasi, Indonesia. Daniel is the radio speaker, preacher, teacher of Bible in both English and Indonesian, and founder of a congregation of over 40 brethren that meet in Bekasi. They have three grown children: Eliza, Jessica, and Michael. Eliza and her husband have two young children.
Daniel was baptized in 1998 after studying the World Bible School Correspondence course. Together with his wife, Naomi, they run Connor’s House, which serves orphaned and abandoned children, as well as children and young mothers who are in need of support and assistance. Daniel communicates regularly with Scott and Steve via email and Skype.
Karpus manages the daily operations of several projects on the island of Nias, Karpus oversees the children’s home, Jochebed’s Choice, which houses over 120 children and employs 14 workers. He also directs the activity of the vocational school that is associated with the children’s home. Married and father to three young children, we appreciate all of his efforts. Karpus communicates regularly with Scott via email.