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



Travel, Teaching, and Bureaucracy

A plethora of activities, trips, and applications have been keeping the Wood family busy since Caroline was born in August and since our last newsletter. Sometimes it has been overwhelming, but the flurry of activity has been helpful for us to get to know the people and culture here, practice our language, and aid the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church with her ministry. Our latest newsletter contains some highlights from our family life over the last several weeks. As always, there are more  updates available on!



  • Thanksgiving for visas received for Matthew, Laurel, and Eleanor.
  • Thanksgiving for safe travel to Jakarta, Singapore, and Sihabonghabong. 
  • Continued language acquisition.
  • Peace during the holiday season.
  • That Laurel and Caroline form friendships here in Indonesia.
  • For the GKLI and her continued faithfulness.
  • Visas received for Matthew, Laurel, and Eleanor.
  • Safe travel to Jakarta, Singapore, and Sihabonghabong.

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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