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Refreshed Hearts



 Welcome fall to the United States!  We were  fortunate to visit one of our supporting congregations in Melbourne, Australia on this trip, and in September, spring was just beginning there.  It was an incredible opportunity to spend time with brothers and sisters, and share details of the work in Indonesia.  In addition to being a part of the Sunday worship with Belmore Road, Scott was able to reunite with a childhood friend from the years that the Cate and Tabalujan families worshipped together in Jakarta.  Seeing Benny and Pauline, and spending time with them and their children, was a highlight and a glimpse of heaven as we consider the deep connection we have as members of God’s family.  The years and the miles  became insignificant for a few days as we enjoyed their company and their encouragement.  We are so thankful for the time we were able to spend with them.

Another incredible joy was to worship in one of the villages of Nias on a Sunday  morning.  We traveled four hours, two by car, and two more in the back of a four-wheel drive pick-up truck, to a remote village that lacks electricity and running water.  It is also the childhood home of Budy, one of our children’s home employees.  He was excited for us to worship with his home congregation, and we were humbled and amazed by the enthusiasm and hospitality that greeted us.  Their singing was fantastic! After worship, we were treated to a special meal prepared in our honor.  What a delight to be together knowing we are all one in the Lord.

Despite the difficulty getting to the village (the  roads are steep, rocky, and muddy-treacherous in comparison to what we are accustomed), there was no lack of perseverance or anticipation that accompanied the challenge of the journey.  The length and difficulty of travel is common to them, and did not deter eight others from graciously joining us up the mountain.  We returned to town about 12 hours after we left.  Sore from bouncing around in the back of the truck, but so filled by the gracious community that received us and worshipped with us.   

   We visited two schools where our children from Jochebed’s Hope attend classes.  We were greeted like celebrities by both staff and children! We were humbled and inspired by their welcome! 

We are excited to introduce Tiur.  She is our newest staff member at the children’s home.  Being a graduate that lived in the dormitory while in high school and university, Tiur is also a school teacher, and is a wonderful addition to the Jochebed’s Hope family.  The children clearly adore her, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her working with us.

Selin, who works to oversee all of the operations concerning the children’s home and dormitories, was married to Ofrel on October 27.  We are so happy for them, and pray for God to bless their marriage and the work of their hands.  We were very pleased to be able to meet Ofrel when we visited Nias in September.

It is truly a gift that we receive when we travel to Nias, and we marvel at the goodness of God that we are able to serve in a capacity that allows these interactions with our family across the ocean.  Our job then, when we return, is to communicate this to you, the donors, who create an avenue for continued service.  We are fortunate and thankful to let you know that generous, directed giving provides specifically for all administrative and travel expenses, which allows all other donations to benefit the children and the churches on Nias 100 percent.  All of the donations are used to feed, clothe, and educate the children, purchase fabric and sewing machines for the vocational sewing  classes, and assist village congregations when they are in need of roof repair to their church buildings.  The church we attended on Sunday was one of those we have assisted.  Scott visited another congregation high in the mountains on another day, and we will also assist them with repairing their roof, as the salty ocean air corrodes the tin roofs, creating holes that leak, especially during the rainy season.  Not only do we thank you for your involvement, we get to pass on the affection and appreciation that is communicated to us when we are with them.  Please know that they are thankful for your generosity that provides opportunities that they would not have otherwise, and they are grateful for our presence and our visits.  They know that we travel very far and for very long.  The island is isolated, and the greetings that we receive make it very apparent that they are gratified to know that they are not alone, and that they are worth the effort it takes to meet them face to face.

Thank you so much in joining us to engage with the children, families, churches, and communities on Nias.  Below you will find a list of categories, and the dollar amount that has been used in each area so far this year.  It takes many loving individuals to make it possible to provide services and opportunities such as these.  For the needs of the children to be met, there are a variety of expenses.  For example, we keep two vehicles in good repair to be used for transportation for children, as well as  for picking up food at the market, hauling sewing machines, etc.  We are able to tell you that the burden we share is met with gratefulness that warms our hearts each time we visit.

Food:  $12,056.63

Student stipend:$2,739.28

Utilities: $8,077.66

School supplies: $4,672.83

Medical:  $987.78

Sewing program:  $6,993.86

Farm supplies: $4,672.83

Automotive: $3,681.78

Salaries: $34,853.65

Repairs:  $13,855.12



So, again we thank you, and leave you with this from Paul to Philemon in verses 4-7:

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.  I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” 

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