Meet the Woods

Matthew, Kali, Laurel, Eleanor, and Caroline 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.



Thank You!

As the efforts to slow the spread of covid-19 bring economic uncertainty around the world, support for the Lord’s Work in Indonesia remains strong. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us and continuing to financially support us during this time. This vote of confidence is not lost on us!  Read our current newsletter to get up to date, and as always, there are more updates available on theseaside!



Ministry in Indonesia Featured at

The Lord’s Work in Indonesia is featured on the LCMS webpage! It is a great summary of the work being done here. It’s a helpful reminder for those who have been involved for some time with the Lord’s work here and a great introduction for newer supporters. is also a great place to check out more stories of LCMS work around the world!


COVID-19 Update

All members of our family are currently healthy and staying at home.

We are still committed to staying in Indonesia. Right now there are no shortages of food or daily household items and we can easily get the things we need. We are thankful for all the support we receive from the staff at the International Center in Saint Louis and from the Regional Office in Chiayi, Taiwan. 


  • Thanks giving for strong continued support!
  • Thanksgiving for health and safety during the covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Thanksgiving for the support staff in Saint Louis and the Asia region. 
  • For Continued progress on the Indonesian Hymnal.
  • That Laurel and Caroline form friendships here in Indonesia.
  • For the GKLI and her continued faithfulness.

We Still Need You

As we look to the future your prayer and financial support is more important than ever! Our family is committed to staying in Indonesia through the covid-19 pandemic, but we cannot do that without you. Please continue to support us! Listen to the Lord’s work and read our newsletters. Pray for those we are serving in Indonesia. Tell others about this ministry. Continue your financial support! Our goal is to spend two years on the field before home service. Reaching this goal is important for our cultural acquisition and for the effectiveness of the ministry here. Click here to donate. has been updated! Pictures, updates, and family info have all been added. Check it out and stay up to date with what is happening!

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