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.



A Soft Opening

In retail a soft opening is a chance for a store or restaurant to prepare for business as usual. Things are not quite how they will be, but business is happening, adjustments are being made, and soon comes the grand opening. Right now ministry feels a little bit like that. Things are not quite regular. Business is not yet usual. Nevertheless, we are working and ministry is happening. This is a time for us to make adjustments, prepare ourselves, and hit the ground running when business as usual finally happens.



COVID-19 Update

Our family is currently healthy and living in Medan, Indonesia.

We are still committed to staying in Indonesia. The city of Medan is loosening lock-down restrictions, but masks are still required in public places. Many places are now making exceptions for children under two years old so we are finally able to leave the house as a family.  We pray that God would bring patience, peace, healing, and ultimately an end to this covid-19 pandemic.


  • Visa Renewal Process
  • Thanks giving for strong continued support!
  • Thanksgiving for health and safety during the covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Thanksgiving for God’s continued life lessons in Indonesia.. 
  • 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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