I grew up in a family of 10 children as the youngest. In my early years, we followed a religion of good works; if you worked hard, you would get into heaven. However, no one was able to tell me how good was “good enough.” Eventually, I walked away from this in 8th grade. As a sophomore in high school, my older sister shared the good news that we did not have to work to get into heaven, only believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and accept him into your life.
As an angry teenager, Jesus grabbed my heart and taught me the need to walk with Him daily for peace and contentment. Through His love and grace, I endured nursing school, received the blessing of marriage through an incredible husband, three wonderful sons and now serving God in Papua. As a child, it was my dream to become a “missionary nurse” and now I am serving Him in that capacity. Praise God!
Bible School Teacher/ESL Instructor
Dan (husband), Louise (wife), Children: Benjamin, Noah, and Daniel
Dan's Ministry Focus:
The focus of my ministry is teaching men from interior villages how to be pastors and leaders of their village churches. My secondary ministry is teaching English to locals at a community center and building bridges of trust that bear the weight of truth with those students.
Louise's Ministry Focus:
There are three ministry focuses that I am involved in Merauke, Papua. First, at the indigenous Papuan Bible School, I provide basic medical care, health education and just hanging out with the kids and students? wives. At the community center, started by another TEAM missionary, I teach English to great group of fun, but rowdy, teenagers! Thirdly, I participate in AWANA by listening to the kids recite the required memory verses. While they are reciting God?s Word, I am praying that God?s Word will never depart from their heart.
The men that I work with at the Bible School primarily come from interior villages around the South Coast of Papua. Typically they come to the school with an equivalent 6th grade education.
Primary Prayer Request:
From Dan: Pray that we would be able to reach the men that come to the Bible school with the hope of Jesus Christ and that they would be able to return to their villages to show this hope to others.
From Louise: At the indigenous Bible school, our prayer is that the students would return to their village as a light for Jesus and be able to withstand the darkness that prevails. At the community center, it is our prayer that the teachers and staff be a light for Jesus through kindness and positive relationships. At AWANA, it is our prayer that the children will have God?s Word sewn into the hearts through their lives and never depart from His Word.