Wood (Indonesia) Update – May 2024

Meet the Woods

Matthew, Kali, Laurel, Eleanor, Caroline, and Kermit serve in Medan, Indonesia with LCMS International. Matthew supports The Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church (GKLI), by mentoring pastors, providing continuing education, and overseeing translation projects.

Teaching and Preaching

     If you are a regular reader of this newsletter you will be familiar with how I regularly meet with about 40 – 70 pastors, teachers, and elders to teach and learn theology. In this newsletter you’ll read a familiar story like that. You can read about an aspect of our ministry that I don’t often talk about, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Evangelical Lutheran Church based in Taiwan. I recently took a trip there and had the opportunity to preach at one of their congregations, something I don’t get to do a lot in Indonesia.
We also feature a regular column on our website called Ask the Woods Wednesday. If you ever have a question about Indonesia, our family, the work here specifically, what it’s like to work with the LCMS internationally, our new dog, or anything else that comes to mind please send me an email and ask! We will put it in the queue of questions and provide an answer.

Read more in the newsletter!

Support this Ministry!

With this encouraging news you can be confident that your support will make a significant impact on this ministry! The ministry reaches God’s precious children in Indonesia with the Gospel. Your partnership will impact eternity! 

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Download the presentation issue of the S.E.A. Side. Inside you will find brief stories from God’s work among the Gereja Kristen Luther Indonesia (The Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church-GKLI), Indonesian Fast Facts, an explanation of our listen-mentor-teach-translate approach, a bit about the Indonesian hymnal project, and a brief explanation of how this ministry is funded. Still have questions? To ask email

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Our mailing address is:

The Wood Family (Asia Region)

LCMS Office of International Mission

1333 South Kirkwood Rd

Saint Louis, MO 63122