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.



COVID-19 Update

Kali, Laurel, Eleanor, Caroline, and I are all currently healthy and staying at home. We are taking this advice seriously, especially for our daughters as their faces are the targets of many cheek pinches and affection by well meaning Indonesians. We are so thankful to be sent by the LCMS as we know that we have great people looking out for us and monitoring the situation every day. Please thank God with us for all of our support staff in Saint Louis and in the Asia region!


Language Classes are Complete!
Work Continues!

On March 20th, 2020 Kali and I went to our last language class! Of course we will still be learning, but now it will be all through interaction with the people here. The family is looking forward to having more time together. Kali will be focusing on homeschooling and Matthew will be working on the Indonesian Hymnal. Read our current newsletter to get up to date, and as always, there are more updates available on theseaside!



  • Thanks giving for the completion of Language classes.
  • Thanksgiving for safe travel through the month of February. 
  • Thanksgiving for the support staff in Saint Louis and the Asia region making sure we are safe. 
  • 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

Our support and funding has come in for our first year. Kali and I are committed to make this work for many years to come. 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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