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Boomerang Blessing

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by Linda Ringenberg  |  Leave a comment

Linda (left) and Esther.

Linda (left) and Esther.

Friends of ours, Wes and Esther Dale, live in the interior village of Mamit. They are amazing missionaries from Australia who have served in Papua for many years. So, when Dave asked if I’d like to ride along with him to Mamit, I said, “You bet!”

Esther communicates via humorous and creative letters, outlining the struggles of daily life, particularly among the children that she tries to teach every day. Because working among the local people is not easy, I had visions of being an encouragement to Esther. But, as we arrived, and were greeted by some of these children, I marveled at how blessed I felt as one of them trustingly took my hand while Esther and I walked down the runway toward her house.

Indonesian teachers at the school in Mamit, along with Wes and Esther.

Indonesian teachers at the school in Mamit, along with Wes and Esther.

It just happened to be Wes’s birthday, so Dave and I got to enjoy the festivities as the Indonesian teachers from the new school in Mamit showered Wes with songs and laughter. I marveled at how God had provided these vibrant young teachers and this new school through an MAF connection with an Indonesian businessman. His heart had been burdened by the poverty and need of interior villages in Papua. I felt encouraged at being reminded that God is working here.

I watched Esther graciously help a villager by giving her a pair of reading glasses. She told me that many villagers need reading glasses as they get older to be able to read the Bible. I marveled at Esther’s ability to be gracious to so many, and was reminded that God calls us each to a particular ministry and empowers us for it.

As we left Mamit, I was the one who was encouraged. I had gone in to be a blessing, and had come out being blessed.

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Amrit’s House

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Jim Manley  |  Leave a comment

Ajay, our guide, led Regina and me down an alley in New Delhi, India. The Sunday morning air carried typical India smog in a narrow ribbon of sky above. We stopped, pushed open a narrow wooden door on the left,… [Read full post.]

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He Brings Me Through Trials

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by Rebecca Cannon  |  4 Comments

Our family returned to Indonesia just three weeks ago after a nice furlough time in the United States. I’m not going to lie. It’s been a rough transition back to life in Central Borneo.

We arrived back to our city of Palangkaraya at just the wrong time—smoky season is in full swing. This is the ugliest… [Read full post.]

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12 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Rebecca Hopkins  |  12 Comments

I’m about to enter my tenth year of life in Indonesia and it’s making me feel a bit nostalgic for those early, sweaty, confusing, exciting days when I first came here. But then I remember how… [Read full post.]

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Beautiful Potential

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Nancy Burton  |  Leave a comment

Walking through my yard recently, I was surprised to see what looked like a flower bud shooting up from my aloe vera plant. I had grown aloe indoors and out many times and had never seen one produce a flower.

I did a little research and learned… [Read full post.]

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