Friday, December 15, 2017

Audrey Jean & Other Newsy Stuff...

Hello world!  Our little bundle of sweetness has graced us with her presence for three weeks now!  She is the sweetest little baby...(mom talking here) :)

Real labor started thanksgiving day about 2 hours after we ate our meal!  It was a fun commotion with all the people!  I had a crowd around me helping with my contractions, and then we quickly took off to the hospital!
Labor and delivery went great.  She made it all super easy on me. She was 6lbs 15oz 18.5inches.

Ladies helping me through a contraction after Thanksgiving feast!
Labor was 3.5 hours, and delivery she came out with one push.  (no, I am not joking, she really did!)  She has been such an easy baby.  She wakes up at night every 3 hours, nurses, and then goes right back to sleep.

I have to say I am really enjoying this time with her.  The newborn stage comes and goes so quickly.  And we are making the most of it.

Having a baby in flu and cold season makes you cautious.  I was stressing a few days after she was born about how to keep her healthy with all the sickness that is everywhere this time of year...  That's when it hit me, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.  Look at all He has already protected her from while she was in my tummy....just because she is in my arms now, does not mean that His job is done, and it is now all on my shoulders. He is still her protector and maker.  Jean is her middle name, and it means "Gift from God." And it was really put on my heart in that moment that she is such a gift from God.  Her health is a gift from God. 
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Grace is adapting to being a big sister like a champ.  She was a great big sister from the time we told her there was a baby in my tummy, but she has taken to this big sister thing pretty awesome.  Daddy has taken her on some special daddy daughter dates, and I have taken her on one mommy daughter date for ice-cream!

A prayer request.  The hospital made a mistake on Audrey's paperwork.  They gave her my middle name, and sent it to the social security office.  So now we are dealing with trying to get this mistake quickly resolved. (ha!)  Because we still plan to return to Papua the end of January.  So be praying for this mistake to be fixed quickly, and all the paperwork to go through without delay!

We have done 6 speaking engagements, and some of them have been with new churches and people!  We have raised a portion of what we are hoping to, and for that we are thankful! We are still needing to raise some more monthly support while here in order to get our support up to where it should be.  So if you feel called to hop on board with us, and be a part of what God has us doing while we are in Indonesia, then let us know!

Our little holiday baby! =) 

In a few days we head to Montana to celebrate Christmas with our friends and family there!  We hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas season.  The most wonderful time of year! We are thankful for you friend!

Merry Christmas from Amanda, Matt, Grace and Audrey!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Blood work Results...

Hi friend!

Well, here you are, wanting the news on all that bloodwork that we had done for the high risk part of the pregnancy.

Ready for it?...........  (drumroll please)

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It was all good news!  Thank you Jesus!  I was not infected with any of the viruses in question, not one.  So baby girl wasn't either!  My thyroid is normal, all the tests came back with happy news! We also learned she was a good girl and flipped head down (instead of her previous breech position)  This was happy news since she was running out of room to flip!
I think I know the night she flipped.....girl made me sweat and grimace!  But ohh good job girlie!

My heart was so happy to hear all this good news in one short doctor visit!......So, we do a happy dance, we celebrate, and most importantly we thank Jesus, because we asked, and He answered, and we are thankful.
Other good news.....Matt and I think we have (almost) nailed down a name for this sweet little thing! I'm a bit of a commit-a-phobe about it! Haha!!  It's no small task naming a human! ;)  But we are SO close!
We snuck over to Montana between doctors visits this past week!  It was so good to see my mom, grandma, and some family!  It was such a quick trip, but totally worth it.  Here are some pictures!  Enjoy!......and thanks for celebrating our exciting news with us!



We love you!
Amanda  =)
Grammy and Grace having fun bouncing! 
Grace at the pumpkin patch being "super brave"

Thursday, October 19, 2017

High Risk Ultrasound, Gender & Goals!


Hello friends.

If you didn’t already know, we are in America for the purpose of having a BABY! 

As you know we are home a bit earlier than our regularly scheduled home break. (furlough)

This is our plan, take this baby break, and then push back our regularly scheduled furlough and essentially “give back” the time that baby break takes.  We plan to return to Papua the end of January.

That will put us taking a furlough around May 2019.

Things are going well here in the states.  Amanda is 33 weeks pregnant, and feeling pretty good for being in the third trimester. 

Yesterday we had confirmation that our little small fry round two is a GIRL, and we are really excited about it!  How fun for Grace to have a little sister.  The only catch in our giddy-up, we have no girl names picked out! Haha.  Better get on that.

Yesterday we had a high risk ultrasound for baby.  This was ordered due to some exposure to various virus’ and diseases while in Papua, such as TB, Parvo, and others.  The ultrasound looked good! Baby is growing, and there was nothing alarming on the ultrasound.  We got to see little peanut on 3D ultrasound, and man does that girl have some cheeks!  She was pulling out all the stops for us, sticking her tongue out, yawning, and practicing breathing.  So cute! Multiple times the doctor commented that she was a big baby.  HA! Poor mom, but thank you Jesus for everything looking healthy.



The doctor talked over Amanda’s history with her, and decided that he did want additional testing done, to (hopefully) rule out a few things baby could have been exposed to.  He ordered “torch testing”. In a nutshell this is to see if she has had a recent or past infection of any of these diseases, or if any of them sit dormant in her system.  If she has never been infected, baby hasn’t either, if she has been infected recently, then it is possible (not certain) that baby could have been as well.  It will give the doctors a better idea of what to look for and monitor for once baby comes.  But this is a precaution, and we are thankful for a good looking ultrasound, and we trust God with our little girl.
While on baby wait in America we have a few things we are focusing on.  First, Matt is able to help out his brother with aviation mechanic work.  That is nice for him to have some work for his hands to do!
Connecting with our friends and family.  (of course we want to see you!)  We might not be able to travel to see everyone, but we are happy to make plans and either travel to see you, or host you when you come to see us!  We will be staying in our own place sometime around the beginning of November, which will be nice once we have a newborn! 

We are also needing to raise some more monthly support while here in the states. We often have people ask how they can help, this is it!  We have been well taken care of these past two years, and we want to thank you for that!  Every time we see our support list come in we are blown away by how generous and loving you all are.   
As is normal life, some support has dwindled over the last year, ALSO we are adding a new baby to our family, so we are needing to add some additional support on top of that.  So we are believing that God is going to put it on some hearts to support us financially.  This is really His mission, and we trust Him with it, and with the finances that allow us to stay in Papua.   If you are unaware how we are able to keep serving in Papua, we raise our own support, we do not receive a paycheck for being there, we depend entirely off of friends and family’s monthly donations.  These people are a huge part of what God has us doing in Papua.

Some ways that YOU can be a part of what God has us doing in Papua Indonesia:

·       Becoming a monthly supporter, this type of support keeps us on the field,  (can be automatic withdraw or you can manually send it in each month, Helimission makes it easy) 

       If you have any questions about this, please feel free to ask Matt or I.  We check our helibladesoflove@gmail.com each day. Or, if you are like me and like to call or text, we will include our American numbers at the bottom of this letter.  Or click this link to learn more.
            Support Matt and Amanda

· Making a one time donation toward all of our baby expenses. (this includes travel expense, healthcare costs, etc.)

·       Committing to being a prayer warrior for us.  If you want to do this, let us know! It makes us feel so loved and cared for to know that you are continually praying for us and for the people of Indonesia.  Prayer is powerful.

Thanks for loving on us friend, thanks for caring, and being a part of what God is doing in Papua.  This place and the people in it are beautiful.  We are thankful and humbled to be a part of God’s work in this part of the world.  And please know, you are always welcome to come visit us while we are in Papua! How cool would it be to see you there! =)

Matt, Amanda, Grace and SmallFry Meeuwse!


Our New American Numbers:

Matt:  425.553.8320
Amanda:  425.588.6092



Growing a little pumpkin =)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Want to hear something AMAZING, AWESOME, and CRAZY?!...

Hi friends.  Want to hear something completely awesome?!  Something so thoroughly encouraging and life-giving?...















I thought so.

So maybe you remember about a week and a half ago when I re-posted a picture on Facebook of two children walking from their remote village to our town of Wamena to sell their vegetables for school supply money?  Remember that?   Well if you don't remember, here is a reminder.  I posted this picture with this caption:

(My friend Lemeus posted this. So sweet. Pray for these little kids and others like them as they seek to get school supplies and as they study. ❤️
"Two students are gong to Wamena from the Village of Mayunggulik for selling the fruits to buy their books n pens.")

This is the picture posted by my friend Lemeus, and re-posted by myself, that inspired all of this. 

A couple of my Facebook friends contacted me on Facebook that they wanted to help kids like this in some way.  They wanted to donate some money to help these these children.  I talked to Lemeus, and got back to them asap.  These friends donated their money, and I got to work....(this all started August 24th...FAST!)  Lemeus helped to know what school supplies the children needed, and got to work the same day I handed the money over.  The very next day he took off on a long journey to the village.  
He had to take a 3.5 hour taxi ride on rough roads, (and taxis here are.....NOT luxurious)  Then when the taxi could take him no further he took off to hike up the mountain 3-4 hours to this mountain village.  He went alone, and he carried the box of school supplies on his own strength.  Strong. 

Lemeus hiking with the supplies.
Before he set off on this journey, I told him he didn't have to make a special trip into the village for this, that he could take it the next time he went.  But he wouldn't hear of it.   He was so touched that people in America would see this picture and God would put it on their heart to give to the kids, that he wanted to do it RIGHT AWAY.  He said "God put it on their heart to give, and God gave me the mission to get it to them, I have do this"  I was so impressed.  A little back information on Lemeus.  He is an amazing man of God. He loves Jesus with his whole heart.  He is a local from the island of Papua, and he is a firecracker for Jesus.  He has such a passion and heart for his fellow Papuans to fall in love with Jesus, not just religion, but really know and love Jesus.
Lemeus came to my house today with pictures and a report from the village and the children.  Each child in the pictures was given a ruler, a sharpener, pens, pencils, writing paper, a colorbook, math book, a candle to study by light in the night when they don't have electricity, and more! 
Plus the pastor of the local church was given the extra supplies to hand out to the children who could not come at the time Lemeus was there.  
Lemeus and the pastor of the church explained the story that God put it on the hearts of people to give these supplies to show them His love for them.  That He can move hearts across the world to remind the kids and parents in the village that God sees them and loves them.  They prayed over the students and children in their tribal tongue.  It was truly a blessing to be a part of this....even if I was just the middle man moving the money from one hand to another.  

I was speaking with one of my friends that donated some money.  I was giving her an update, and thanked her for giving, she told me "oh it wasn't very much money"  But you know what.....God doesn't care about that.  He asks us to be FAITHFUL with the small things, the small amount of money, the small act of kindness, listening to that small voice....and HE turns it into something more. Just like He did with this.... who would have known that posting a picture or donating a small amount of money would lead to all those kids hearing about Jesus' love for them, and blessing them in their school.  Literally the hands and feet of Jesus.  And it took many people....not just one.  It took Lemeus posting the picture, me re-posting it, my friends hearts to be moved enough to seek out donating, Lemeus to climb a mountain with a heavy box to deliver the supplies..... It took a team of people.  I love that.  
And get this.....those two boys in the original picture........ those same boys received supplies!  Isn't that cool!?  The whole thing was all God.  Nobody involved knew that this would happen.  But God did.  He planned it....because He loves those kids, He loves their parents, He loves that village, He loves all of us who helped with it.  It had an impact on all of us.  And hopefully it has an impact on you too.  I hope it makes you think about this God I serve.  He is BIG, powerful, and real! And He also cares about small things, like reminding all these sweet kids that He loves them.  If you already love Jesus, I hope it renews your faith like it did mine.  This isn't about me, it's not about the donors, it's not about the money.  All of those things were tools in God's big plan. He loves you just like this too.  It's all about making Jesus' name famous! <3 about="" all="" famous="" it="" jesus="" making="" name="" nbsp="" p="" s="">

Here are lots of pictures! Enjoy! 
Pastor praying over the students and school supplies before the kids get them
Kids receiving school supplies
Sweet smile!
YAY!!! 
So sweet.

Lemeus asked them to make a picture. =) 
Showing his Honai (grass hut house) drawing 
Yay!!! 
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Baby Plans And All Sorts of Life.

Hi friend!
Ultrasound at local doctor

As you know, we are expecting!  Baby seems to be doing good! Our doctor friend is out right now in Holland, so we have been going to a local doctor for all checks.  Each check has gone well!  Unfortunately, each time I go the doctor says this...."umm, mungkin perempuan, saya tidak tauh"
which translates "umm, maybe it's a girl, but I don't know"  =)  So we don't know the gender yet.  I've been given two different due dates.  November 24th, and December 1st.  So SOMEwhere in there we expect a baby!!!  =)

We have had a whirlwind of a time here! It has been busy friends!  We moved at the beginning of August.  The house we had been living in was owned by another organisation, and we needed to move.  We moved into a HeliVida house across town.  We are feeling quite at home here, and really love the new place!  Still a few boxes to unpack, but we are pretty much done.  =)
While moving I overdid it.  I started getting sharp pains in my tummy...which signalled to me to SLOW DOWN.   We went to the local doc for an ultrasound when these pains came, the doctor said everything looked okay.  So that is good! The pains left when I started taking it easier.

Other than moving we have had visitors, sickness, our puppy died, helping our friend with his health, saying goodbye to good friends who moved back to America, getting everything ready to leave for a few months, Gracie's FOURTH birthday!  It has been busy! But we are doing good!

Speaking of coming back to America!.... Let me fill you in on our plans!

My big four year old 


Getting ready for baby!


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The Indonesian government has a rule...no traveling via airplane after 32 weeks.  So, we are leaving soon!  Even a tiny bit sooner than that.  We leave in 3 days!  We will fly to Hawaii, which is where my dad (Amanda) lives!  We will stay with him for a visit!  We are SO very excited to see him and Susan! It's been too long!  From there we will travel to Washington state (end of September) where we will establish care with a doc, make a birth plan, get myself and the baby checked.  All things baby! In November we have been blessed with getting a house of own to stay in!  Which is great for having a new little one!  We also will have a car to drive that is roomy!  God answered those needs! And thank you to our family for helping us out with it all! We plan to return to Papua as a family of 4 at the end of January!

Can I just say I am SO excited to be in America for the fall season!  I am excited to consume everything pumpkin spice, eggnog, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, colourful leaves!  All of it! I am going to really enjoy this time!  Living in an eternal summer has it's perks too!  But this girl is excited for some changing seasons!!! =)  I am also extremely excited for pickles, and mexican food!  Oh yum!

The ladies here in Wamena know I love mexican food,  this last saturday they threw me a SURPRISE baby shower, and each lady brought a mexican dish.  I felt so loved!  Most of the ingredients in mexican food are hard to get, have to be brought from your home country, or expensive to buy here.  It was truly SO sweet of the ladies here.  I felt loved.I am so excited to come to America, but I am also going to miss my home.  It is a strange thing.  Yes, America is my "home" but it is not my home.  I am leaving my home.  It is an anomaly.  =)
I have been saying goodbye to all my local friends, I will miss them.  I am starting to say goodbye to my fellow expat friends.  I will miss them too. We have people to care for our dog, our cats, our chickens and our fish.  I will miss all of them too.  Even my comfy chair, and my bed... that is the strange part of this life... your heart is always in two places no matter where you are.  =)  BUT it isn't a bad thing....it is just learning to navigate life in this way.  How lucky are we to have people to love dearly across the world!

nbsp="" p="">When we are in the States we are hoping to speak at a couple churches, so we will keep you posted on that when the time comes.  We also plan to do a bit more support raising in the states, as we are adding a new little one, and a few monthly donations have had to stop.  But again, we will keep you posted on that!
Matt's flying:  He has been flying with the pilots who are here in Wamena and already checked out.  It has been a season of furlough (home country break) for many HeliVida families.  Our chief pilot has been gone, and he is the one who will need to check Matt out.  But in the meantime Matt has gotten some good experience in jungle flying with our pilot friends who are here, he has gone up on several flights.  When we get back to Papua in January he will begin the process with our chief pilot (and several other pilots who will have returned) to be able to be a solo pilot flying in the jungle.   It seems like a long time, but it is good, because these are some of the most dangerous flying conditions in the world.  So best be trained well! =)  Well, chances are we will be seeing you soon friend!  We will post our contact info once we get set up with phones in America!  We would love to see you!
Amanda, Matt, Grace and baby!
Goofy Grace says "SEE YOU SOON!"  
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Passed!

Hello All,
Almost two weeks ago, I went to Jakarta with a lot of unknowns ahead of me.  I went to take my medical to see if it would be possible for me to fly in Papua.  I was pretty nervous!  I left Wamena on the first flight out and landed in Sentani 30 minutes later.  I had a few hours there so I went to visit Amanda and Grace who were helping out at a partner mission group conference.  It was great to see them and pray together before I left.  As I was checking in, I saw my good friends the Wiley's checking in to the same flight to Jakarta!  So we got to travel all the way there together which was nice for both of us!  When I arrived in Jakarta I grabbed a taxi to the hotel and got settled in.  I ran out for some food and came back to the hotel.  The next morning I had to be ready to go at 5:45 am for the test the my future hinged on.  I spent some time praying and giving my future over to God! 

I got my medical!
The next morning I got up and ready to go.  Spent some time talking with Carter as we waited for Matt, our pilot in Palu.  We all headed to the place of the test.  It was nice having Matt there with me to keep my mind off of things.  We got signed in and went through all the stations on the lower floor.  The eye exams were upstairs, so as I climbed the stairs as my hear began to race a bit.  I walked right by the eye exams right to the place for blood pressure, which in hindsight probably wasn't the smartest because I was so nervous, but I passed that too!  I went into the vision test and when they pulled out the color vision book I was very nervous.  He opened up the book and at first I didn't see the number, but after what seemed like an eternity the number came into focus and I never hesitated again for the next 12 plates.  I passed all the vision tests without an issue.

I had so many people praying for me it was awesome.  After the test was over, relief flowed over me and I heard so many stories of people praying, I was so overwhelmed.  I almost started crying but I still had a few more stations to get through, so I had to keep it all under control.  By 11 am I had my medical in hand!  Praise God for being my vision once again!

The next day I took my Airlaws test and passed that too.  So now I am waiting for my Indonesian Validated license to show up.  Praise God I get to fly in Papua!

Thank you all for all of your prayers and support during this huge test for me!  I really felt loved from all the notes of encouragement before and the notes of excitement afterwards! 

I can't wait to be able to serve at my full capacity

here in Papua!

Love you all,
                     Matt

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lots of Officialness

Greetings everyone!

Astar Helicopter
13 years ago, I began my journey towards serving with Helimission.  That was a long time ago and many days I felt like I would never get to serve on the field.  We have been on the field serving now for a just over 1 year.  I was sent back to the US to do my maintenance courses on the Astar helicopter and the Arriel engine.  It was an amazing month getting to know the machines I'll be fixing, but what was even more amazing was getting to know the guys in class.  I got to meet a lot of strong Christian guys working in aviation and that to me is always really cool!  We all had a lot of fun together and learned a lot too! 
My First Sign-off
After I passed those courses, I was issued a validated license in country and am finally able to sign of my own work again!  Praise God!  After 13 years of preparation I finally got to perform what I've been working so hard towards.  Needless to say I am very excited to serve here keeping our helicopters safe!  I also want to say a big Thank-you to everyone over the years that has invested in me to get me to this place.  I'm officially a certified mechanic in country!!



The other big news is I'm officially going to Jakarta on Monday, June 5, to take my Pilots medical test.  Since I've came to Indonesia I haven't been able to become a pilot do to some medical regulation differences.  This is a BIG prayer request so that I am able to pass my medical and my written test.  On June 6 (June 5 USA time)  I'll be taking my medical exam and I ask that you all pray I can pass without any issues.  Unfortunately, I cannot explain the issues here but most of you know what to pray for!  On June 7, I'll take my written and my hope is that I'll officially be allowed to fly and serve the people here to my full potential.

  If God has other plans for me please pray that I stay content in His will for my life!  I find Psalm 139 very encouraging during this season as it shows just how intimate God is in directing my life.  It says He knows my every move, but also that he leads me by his hand and holds me with his right hand.  No matter the outcome of these tests God will be leading me towards the plans He has for me! Amen! 



This is a very exciting time for me!  I'm very nervous and excited so please pray for my nerves, clarity of mind and for overwhelming peace!

Thank you all for your love and support!  I'll keep you posted as I have news!

In Him,
     Matt Meeuwse