Change a Life...Change the World

When people ask where we live and we tell them our home is on a pastor’s training school campus and Christian High School, they usually ask if we teach? The answer is no we don’t teach any classes on campus, but our home...

is always full of students! I have the awesome opportunity to mentor and pray with the young ladies weekly. We do gardening, cook, eat, laugh, cry, and seek to grow in the Lord together. Since Palopo got a real book store with Christian books last year, we have begun going through some very challenging mentoring materials and it is fun to see the girls grow. And I find myself being challenged as well.

Tim's time is a little more split between working with the National church, planting new churches and the traveling that requires, and finding time to spend with the guys on campus. When he is here, he works along side them, helping 

them learn farming and building skills. They spend time together fishing and hanging out. But they also have had some powerful prayer times together and read through leadership books as they strive to become the men that God wants for them to be.

Over the past two years we have rejoiced with them when the succeed and cried with them when they fall. Please pray for our students, they are the future for Indonesia! And please pray for the Lord to fill us with wisdom as we pour into their lives!

Doris Eckert

Getting Students Involved!

After the first of the year Tim has been training the students in drama, giving their testimonies, leading worship, etc...and taking them out to churches in our area within a day’s travel to minister, and promote our school.

It’s been an amazing time to see the students develop and grow. In Baramamse the Palm Sunday kids service was so full of the joy of the Lord, and then the village showed up and packed out the sanctuary for the service!

Working Out of a Job...

As a Christian we are commissioned to share the Gospel with the lost. As a missionary we do this, and then we inspire and encourage others until finally we have worked ourselves out of a job. It is said, “If you want something done,...

do it yourself. I say, if you want something done and continue to be done, model it, train others and empower someone else to continue the work!” It has been very exciting for me to see this happening.

I started a children’s outreach ministry here in Palopo back in 2010. It had ups and downs and we learned a lot. Last spring I was asked to teach a children’s ministries class for the pastor’s training school (STAT). When God sent an MA, Mary Ann Adams to join our team, I helped her to put together a culturally relevant class that tied the kids outreach (FANTASTIC FRIDAY) into a practical application of the class. Because she was teaching and not I, she needed a translator…so one of the teachers who has good english had to translate (basically co-teach) the class. This means that in the future the class can be taught again whether we are here or not.

I did a lot behind the scenes as a consultant for our MA as she shaped the class, weekly got craft supplies, and every Friday went to the pasar (the wet market) at 6am to buy chicken/eggs/or fish, rice, and veggies then cooked it all to serve the kiddo’s. But the STAT students ran the ministry. 90% of them young men who had never done anything with kids before!

Not surprisingly we had lots of little boys come since nearly all the leaders were men, and at the end of the class all the training pastors from STAT said they saw a new value in ministering to kids, and learned things they will also apply to preaching and pastoring etc…such as incorporating object lessons and preparing ahead of time.

Tim Eckert