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 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!
So sweet.

Lemeus asked them to make a picture. =) 
Showing his Honai (grass hut house) drawing 
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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!

Our good friend mama Agnis came to give Grace some strawberries for her birthday! <3 td="">
The Indonesian government has a 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 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,

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

3 months 13 airplanes!

That is right, 3 months and I rode on 13 airplanes!  It has been a busy three months! Let me tell you about it!

 But FIRST, how are you friend?  I hope this blog finds you happy and healthy.  =)

Okay, for starters.  Three months ago we took off to the USA! Our whole family!  It started off that Matt had to go to Texas for one month of helicopter school.  Grace and I were planning on staying in Wamena while he was gone.  BUT some angels bought tickets for Grace and I as a gift!  Grace and I were able to go back to America and spend one month in Washington, and one month in Montana.  It was unexpected and so nice!  We loved our time!  We got to reconnect with family, and meet some sweet, babies that had been born while we were away, which was super special.
Matt joined up with Grace and I when he completed his school. (Which he passed with flying colours)  ;)   Since this was such a short, and condensed visit we were not able to see everyone that we would have liked to, or as much of them as we would have liked to, but next time!
Let me tell you,  western food has never tasted so good.
But the funny thing is, I could not decide what to eat when I got to America.  HA!  Food I have dreamt of for over a year and a half, and I just couldn't decide......maybe because I wanted to shove it all in my face at the same time.  =)
When it came time to go, we were so thankful that we had that time!

And to make even more excitement, my mom, Stephani, traveled back to Wamena with us and stayed for a month!   It was so great to have her come and see where we live and what we do in person.
She got to stay long enough to let the jet lag and some culture shock wear off, and really get to know some people!  Before she left she could say several phrases and words in the Indonesian language!   Way to go mom!   I asked her what her favourite thing was that she did while she was here, and she just couldn't quite decide.....I love that.  =)

While mom was here we had more friends come and visit from the states!  Our friends and Matt's long time buddy, Matt and Amanda.  You heard me right.  They have the same names as us..... it must be fate that Matt's and Amanda's are destined to be together.  Matt and Amanda came to stay with us for 5 days.  It was so fun to show them our life.  We say it often, but it is so true.  We feel SO loved when someone comes aaaaall the way to our tiny little mountain town.

So now we are at the end of those three months.  We have been back in Wamena just over one month, and mom left not too long ago.   :(  Goodbyes are hard.

My Matt has been a part of several medical evacuations lately with the helicopter, I will post a blog about those in the next few days.

So, to leave you with a funny cultural story at my expense.  Obviously I ate lots of food in the states.  I wasn't too worried about an extra pound or two, assuming I would get to indonesia again and it would come off fast!   So I arrive back to Indonesia, thinking I didn't gain that much weight, and I start back to my normal routines here.  One of these being a pre-school club that Grace goes to each Wednesday morning.  I arrived and my friends were glad to see me, which made me happy.  Then my local friend says to me "welcome back! Wow, you look so healthy and your body is so big!"   In my head I was like....."WHAT did she just say? I could NOT have heard that right...."  but she continued, and explained again how my body was bigger now.........  I choked down my mortified face I was trying not to sport, I smiled and said sweetly "oh thank you"  Well, THAT was fun.  I mean, I didn't gain THAT much weight, I know I didn't really do my hair or make-up today, but come on!!!! Now i'm frazzled.  Then (not 3 minutes later) I went and said hello to another local friend of mine,  and the very first thing she said to me,  no joke. "Welcome back! You are fat now!"  And to add insult to my very big injury, she used her hands to gesture fat, and filled her cheeks with air to show me how my face is now so very....fat!!!!!.................................. I (again) smiled and said thank you, but this time it wasn't mortified that washed over me, it was a feeling of defeat and grumpiness!!!  I wanted to hide in a hole, I didn't want anyone else to see me!  Needless to say I was grumpy the rest of the time in kids club that day, eating two helpings of humble pie.  I was trying not to be offended at those women who were just TRYING to compliment me in their culture.  Because believe it or not, that is culturally appropriate, and a compliment in this culture.  But NOT IN MINE!  Holy smokes!  Caught me off guard!  HAHA!  And trust me friend.  I wasn't even going to write you about this, because my sensitive little nerves were all frayed and irritated over this.....but then I's actually kinda funny.   How different that cultures can be.  And it made me wonder if I have ever done that to someone here....try to be kind to them in my culture's way, and totally offend and shock them without even knowing.  haha!    Anyway, there you go....told you it was a story at my expense......real life in a different culture. Real life friend.  You're welcome.  =)

Love you!
Kruz and Kaylea getting a dose of Papuan culture!
I was there for my grandma Jo's 80th surprise party!
Grace playing in the snow in America!
Grace loved taking care of her baby cousins! <3 td="">
Spending time with my best friends!
I was in America for my birthday, and spent the evening with family.
Love these girls.  It was so nice to connect with family again
Time with mom in Glacier National Park
It is tradition EVERY time I go to Flathead Lake, I MUST get in! There was still ice on the lake! Brr. Tradition holds
Grace meets a buffalo. =)

Friday, March 17, 2017

1 year in Wamena

Dear Family and Friends,

We are fast approaching our 1 year mark of living in Wamena!  It has been a year of a lot of ups and downs but mostly ups! 

Matt has settled into the maintenance team and he feels like he has a fairly good handle on how things operate in the shop but even more so in the office doing the required paperwork.  He has worked extensively on implementing the new system for logbook sign off.  Matt is currently not able to sign off any maintenance he performs on the aircraft because he is not yet validated by the Indonesian government.  Right now Matt is in Texas at the Airbus Helicopters (airframe) facility doing factory maintenance school and will then go to Turbomeca (engine) facility for another 2 weeks of training.  After he completes these courses, the certificates he will receive should meet the requirements needed for becoming validated in Indonesia!

Matt helping with a medical evacuation
As a pilot, Matt has been having difficulty getting validated with the Indonesian government due to reasons we cannot express here.  It is our hope that this year Matt will become validated as a pilot and be able to serve at his full potential.  It has been a bit of a bumpy road for Matt coming in as a pilot mechanic and then not being able to fly, as he really loves that part of aviation.  About once a month he gets to go up with another pilot and do a medical evacuation which really encourages him.  It has been amazing though to see that God opens doors for Matt to invest into people even without flying!  We hope that this year the validation process can be completed but even if that door doesn't open, God still is using Matt to reach the local community!  We praise God for that!

Amanda has adjusted to life very well in Wamena.  She spends a lot of time investing into relationships with the local ladies at the local market.  This has blossomed into many very sweet relationships!  Amanda has also started a bible study to the local missionary teenage ladies.  It is very neat to see her invest into the young ladies and to disciple them to be Godly women!  Also, Amanda teaches dance to the local missionary community also which is a good time of fellowship and exercise!  Amanda also teaches English to one of our local worker's sisters which has blossomed into a sweet relationship also!  I'm very proud of my wife for all the amazing ways she invests into this community and how she dives all in to make this home!  On top of all that she is a mother to Grace who is a 3 year old....needless to say that right there would be a full time job!  Thank you Amanda for all the love you show to our family and to the local community!
Amanda's Bible study group

One of the biggest adjustments has been the team/family lifestyle.  It is a challenge balancing team life with personal life and feeling like we don't meet expectations (maybe false or self imposed expectations).  But we are adjusting and learning to prioritize what's important for our family in order for us to be able to stay on the field for the long haul!  This is a good area to pray for us in as we learn to balance family, serving and team time.

Gracie and Sabrina
Grace is adjusting very well here and she loves our little "farm".  We currently have around 35 chickens (not all ours but that is a lot), a dog, a cat that keeps getting pregnant, and we had a cuscus but he passed away unfortunately.  Gracie's best friends are Sabrina, and Amelie.  Sabrina (a local Papuan) and Grace are together almost every day and Sabrina has become like a second child to us.  She basically has a room in our house where she sleeps and is usually over for almost every dinner.  If we do an outing she usually joins, and her and Grace just have a blast together.  It has been great to see Gracie learn some local language and to see Sabrina learn English too is a delight.  Amelie is a little Swiss girl that has become Gracie's best friend and worst enemy :) (in a good way)  It's fun watching them play and

This coming year is going to be a very busy year!  For starters, Matt is already in Texas for a 1 month course.  After returning from Texas Matt will spend a few days in Jakarta to try to complete his pilot's validation process.  Helimission is going to import 2 helicopters, Lord willing, this year and Matt is scheduled to be a part of this "ferry flight" from Malaysia to Papua. It will take approximately 1 week to fly from Malaysia to Papua.  Our Wamena staff has dwindled already and will continue to dwindle towards the middle of the year due to families having babies or going on furlough!  So that means more work for us left in the field. 

Please pray for a good year full of safety, fun and the advancement of God's kingdom!  Thank you so much for all your prayer, support, gifts and for letting our family love and serve these amazing people!

         The Meeuwse Family

The Meeuwse's and Oten's family
Please enjoy a few more photos of our first year in Wamena!

Gracie playing hangar pilot

This girl loves packages

Matt on a medevac

Amanda's amazing photo skills

Another Amanda shot

This man is from the Wamena tribe

Our dog Peeve

Otinus and Oten (Matt's good friends)

Amelie and Grace....too funny.....too cute

Gracie loves our chickens and tends to bring them in

Matt helping again on a Medevac

Amanda with her close friend

These local ladies we call the "Pasar Prayer Warriors"
(Market prayer warriors)

Grace and Sabrina eating frozen goodness

Amanda loving people

Fun on our vision trip

Fresh of the plane in Wamena we are greeted by the team

Gracie makes friends everywhere she goes

Amanda conquering the local infrastructure

Matt and Grace on a local bridge

Amanda holding dinner :)

Gracie holding a pine cone that looks like
a flower

Gracie often comes to the shop and has a coffee

She got into the stamp ink.....

Lots of adventures....this is the cave

Local traditional feast, a Bakar Batu.