Moers with The Evangelical Alliance
Mission in Papua Barat, Indonesia
Mon Feb 6 16:00:58 2017
Dear Friends at WCCC,
Another year has passed and a new one is well underway. I am so thankful to the Lord for the many ways in which he has blessed me and provided for my needs. One of the highlights for me has been the single woman's group that I have been working with. The ages in the group vary as some are still employed but many of us are retired. Friendships are being formed and it has proven to be a real encouragement as we try and minister to one another as well as pray for each other.
One of the things that I have enjoyed here at Fairhaven is being involved in the choir. It is a far cry from the four tone chant that I had been used to for the past 35 years.
Thank you ever so much for being involved in my life and ministry over the years. I am most appreciative of your continued support and prayers since my retirement. I have had several visits with the Fiddlers and always enjoy my time with them. A huge thank you for your generous Christmas gift of $235.
My prayers continue to be with you. Trusting the Lord is using you for His glory there in Norwood Park.
Susan J. Moers
Sun Dec 20 18:59:59 2015
May God’s greatest gift live in your hearts always
Dear friends at WCCC,
The first thing I do the day after Thanksgiving, while everyone else is shopping, is put up my tree. The tree I used in Papua was left behind but the ornaments I brought with me to Indonesia in 1977 were carefully packed in my suitcase to return with me when I retired in 2012. Hanging them on the tree has always been a delight. I relate each one to a place I visited or to the person who gave it to me.
The Lord has blessed me over the years with the opportunity to celebrate His birth in many places, cultures and languages. I am grateful every day that the Lord led me to Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. There are many opportunities to serve Him both here and thru the church I now attend.
I was privileged when asked to help form a single women’s group from the church I am now attending. It has proved to be helpful and encouraging to many of those who just needed a friend.
It has been two years since my hip replacement surgery. I am no longer getting physical therapy but am working on building strength at the local YMCA. Any lengthy walks still require me to use a cane. Please continue to PRAY for complete healing for me.
Christmas is a time for giving but you have been faithful in giving to me all year. I especially appreciate your generosity even in my retirement. May we continue to serve the Lord in the ways He leads us. Thank you ever so much for your Christmas gift of $220.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Susan J, Moers
Thu Jun 25 14:11:59 2015
I was hoping that for this time I would have some good news regarding my hip surgery. Unfortunately I am still in therapy and still using a cane. The heart problem of rapid irregular heart beat that I had in Papua is help by the medication but I have now been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
I’m still enjoying my time here at Fairhaven. I really feel that the Lord led me to find this Christian retirement community. There are many opportunities to volunteer and help where needed. I enjoy helping some residents with their craft projects and I’m involved in a Women’s Bible study.
The single gals group that I have been involved with is doing well. Friendships are being formed as we encourage one another in God’s Word
I have been asked to speak and share about my ministry that I was involved with in Papua at several women’s groups from church as well as here in Fairhaven. I hear from missionaries there now that the Sougb Church in Papua seems to be still going strong.
My continued thanks for your faithful prayers and support.
Wed Jan 7 11:54:37 2015
Your prayer support has been a big encouragement to me especially since my therapy is taking so long.
I am one of the core members in forming a single women's group from the church I am involved in. It has proved to be very helpful and encouraging to some of those that just needed a friend.
Thank you every so much for your special Christmas gift to me of $75.
You remain in my prayers too.
Sun Aug 24 18:48:21 2014
Sorry to be so long in writing. I have been having trouble with my computer for several months now. Comcast just installed a new modem and router and everything seems to be working better now. I just wish that I was. I was hoping to have good news for you by now. It has been over 6 months since my hip replacement surgery and broken femur. I am still receiving therapy and still using a cane. I do see progress but it is very slow. When not at therapy I am doing my exercises at home.
I am still loving it here at Fairhaven Retirement Center. I truly believe that the Lord lead me here. Thank you so much for your faithful support since my retirement and thanks too for your prayers as I continue to heal.
Would love to hear from you.
Mon Jul 7 23:32:42 2014
Here is a short video Tom did with Susan in webm format (I recommend using chrome to view it.)
Mon Apr 7 16:47:54 2014
On February 4th I was admitted to the hospital here in Rockford for hip replacement surgery. During the surgery my femur broke and it took the doctor 2 extra hours to fix the damage. The doctor assured me that it would all heal well but take a bit longer and be more painful.
Many of you already know about this because my sister Judi sent out an email to many of you while I was still in the hospital. So I am writing this to give you all an update on my condition and also to let many of you know who never received the email from my sister.
My second day in the hospital I had uncontrolled A fib and had to be moved to the cardiac floor where I stayed for the remainder of my time in the hospital. February 10th I was finally released and moved to P.A. Peterson, a rehab facility. There I received 3 therapy sessions a day. Because of my broken femur my rehab was limited to only putting ½ my body weight on that leg which of course limited the effectiveness of my therapy.
When they released me to return home I was still only allowed to use ½ body weight. After 7 weeks my doctor did another ex-ray and everything looked good so I was given the OK to begin walking on that leg and to begin outpatient therapy. As of today I have had 3 therapy sessions. After not having used those muscles for 7 weeks I am finding them very weak and the therapy painful.
I am so grateful for the prayers of so many of you on my behalf. In the midst of what could be considered a very discouraging situation I am finding peace that goes beyond human understanding.
Do keep praying for my complete recovery and that I will have normal, healthy use of my left leg.
Mon Jan 6 21:33:40 2014
Dear Friends at WCCC, New Year’s Day 2014
New Year’s Day and I look out my window to see an undisturbed blanket of snow. Streets remain unplowed, sidewalks unshoveled and no one has ventured outside yet. The snow is still falling. Why did I choose to retire here in Rockford? I step outside to enjoy the silence that only comes with newly fallen snow. It is beautiful. I am here because God lead me here and I love it.
Nothing about this year has been normal. Normal for me was dying of the heat not shoveling snow. After moving into Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center on January 19th my goal was to settle into my duplex (still working on that). Another goal was to get to know everyone and make new friends. Still working on that one too but enjoying every minute of it. I think I got a little over enthusiastic and may have signed up for too much. There are many opportunities here to volunteer to help others; working at the Rescue Mission resale shop in town, making blankets for the mission and orphanage, helping some of the residence in assisted living as well as helping with special events.
After being away from my family in Papua all these years, I am enjoying spending time with family attending the weddings of a great niece and nephew. Two Bible studies keep me busy plus serving on the committee that plans trips for those of us living in the Duplexes here. I think I may have overdone it by volunteering for three different committees planning Christmas banquets.
Special trips for me have included 2 weddings in Pennsylvania, a week at Gull Lake Conference Grounds, a week with family in Door County and a trip to Branson, Missouri with friends.
I am enjoying working with a newly found single women’s group from the church I am attending. I am the facilitator for our book discussions.
If you recall in my previous letters, I have asked prayer for Gail Vinje, a coworker in Papua who had pancreatic cancer. The Lord called her Home in May. Those of us left behind were saddened by our loss but today Gail is rejoicing with her Savior.
Perhaps the biggest challenge I face is finding all new doctors here in Rockford and dealing with my deteriorating arthritis and atrial fibrillation. My orthopedist has just informed me that I need hip replacement surgery which is scheduled for February 4th. Please pray for healing and quick recovery.
Thank you ever so much for your continued faithful support since my retirement. Pray with me that the Lord will continue to lead me in ways I can best serve Him. A very special thank you for the personal gift of $265 for Christmas. My prayers continue to be with you.
Susan J. Moers
4405 Terrace View Lane, Rockford, IL 61114 779-423-0102
Fri Apr 26 21:14:06 2013
A photo of Susan getting the Bruce W. Dunn award from Grace Presbyterian Church.
Mon Apr 8 18:02:46 2013
See Susan's new home.
Mon Feb 11 19:22:28 2013
The following is from Grace Presbyterian Church of Peoria, IL to Susan Moers.
On behalf of the Grace Presbyterian Church Missions Committee, we would like to congratulate you on being selected to be a recipient of the GPC Bruce W. Dunn Missionary Emeritus Award.
The Bruce W. Dunn Missionary Emeritus Award is an award conferred by the Session on retired missionaries with 20 or more years of full-time service. These missionaries are selected for having demonstrated a faithful servant attitude in following God’s leading, being highly respected, and maintaining a good standing with their supporters and sponsoring organization throughout their ministry.
The Committee would like to request the honor of your presence at the Global Impact Celebration April 13 - 17, 2013 in Peoria. If you are able to attend this year's conference, we would like to commemorate your ministry with a powerpoint presentation consisting of photos and testimony of some of the highlights of your service at the evening session on Wednesday, April 17.
The photo presentation and stories of our honored missionary have been an inspiration to our present missionaries and the congregation. We especially hope to encourage more young people to consider missions long term.
Sat Feb 2 22:07:08 2013
See her Christmas card.
Wed Oct 17 23:24:20 2012
See her retirement letter.
Mon Sep 17 14:26:17 2012
Dear Friends: September, 2012
Fifty (50) years ago, while still in High School, I felt God speaking to me about serving Him on the mission field. Fourteen (14) years later, in September of 1977, I left behind everyone and everything familiar to me to live in the jungles of Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
Over the years I have written to you about the joys and excitement of adjusting to several new and different cultures and the struggles and sometimes discouragement of trying to learn two different languages.
In the midst of it all, I have learned what it means to depend on God completely. He has seen me through malaria, hepatitis, a broken bone in my foot, cataracts , surgery to insert a stent in one of my arteries and through the Home Going of both of my parents. I am so grateful to God for His care and protection. I could not have done it without Him and I could not have done it without you and your prayers and support.
Lives have been changed and you have been a major part in that. You have prayed for me and my ministries in Irian Jaya (Papua) for 35 years. I had the joy of watching many of my literacy students become pastors, evangelists and missionaries.
As many parents and teachers know, our goal as missionaries is to disciple them so they can continue these ministries without us. So what can we do now to help the Sougb pastors, missionaries, Sunday school teachers and church leaders? PRAY that they will remain faithful to the Lord and continue with their ministries.
As of the end of September I will officially be retired and am looking to the Lord for guidance regarding a place to live and how I may continue to serve Him. If you are interested in learning more about the ministries that I have been involved in, please let me know.
Since returning to the U.S. I have had an accident, falling while out on my walk and broke my arm in 3 places. Pray that the arm will heal quickly.
Only one word is needed to describe my life since retirement, change. Nothing here in the United States is even remotely familiar with my life over the past 35 years.
Currently I am living with my sister Judi and her husband Fred. They have graciously opened their home to me for as long as needed.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE
Thu Nov 24 16:29:43 2011
This is a picture taken of Lois and me at the Mansinam Beach Resort. We had lunch there on Sunday.
Mon Aug 8 12:32:13 2011
My childhood is filled with memories of NPBC, Norwood Park Baptist Church. As a child I felt like we spent more time at church than we did at home. Of course as I look back on it now I see that was a slight exaggeration. We had Pioneer Girls and Boys Brigade on Tuesday night, of course prayer meeting on Wednesday night and choir practice on Thursday night. Sunday was definitely the Lord's Day. We spent the morning there for Sunday School and church. Went back home just long enough to eat Sunday dinner and maybe take a short nap and we were all back in church at 4 PM for youth group. Bible drills and memory verse drills were always a big part of that time. We even had contests with other churches. For only 25 cents we were fed a supper enabling all of us to stay for the Sunday evening service which today seems to be a thing of the past.
At the age of eight, I came to know the Lord as my Savior and at the age of seventeen I responded to the Lord speaking to me about serving him on the mission field. God had been using missionaries in my life ever since I was little. The Sunday evening service was always an extra special time if we know we were having a missionary speaker. I would watch in awe as they showed their slides of the people around the world and told us stories of how the Gospel had changed their lives. NPBC was a very mission minded church and it seemed we always had missionaries around. Many of the missionaries that the church supported had actually grown up in our church. I believe some of the missionaries WCCC supports today are the offspring of those who influenced my life.
How does one actually get to the mission field? While still in high school I began inquiring of various mission agencies and I learned I needed to attend Bible School. This did not thrill me. I never liked school and was not planning to go to college. Unfortunately, at this point I decided to say “no” to God and not pursue becoming a missionary. It was eight year later before the Lord got hold of me and I realized the only life worth living was in the Lord's will.
I attended and graduated from Moody Bible Institute and applied with TEAM. Because going to Irian Jaya would involve learning an unwritten, tribal language, it was required by TEAM that I attend Wycliffe's Summer Institute Of Linguistics to study language translation and linguistics.
After visiting churches and raising my support I was ready to depart for Irian Jaya in September 1977. All my life I had grown up hearing stories of how the missionaries had to spend 3 month on a ship to get to the country where they planned to work. Fortunately I was of the jet set generation and was able to fly although it still took me 3 days to reach my destination.
Imagine going from the comforts of my Chicago home to the jungles of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Of course there were no stores in the jungle and what few stores they had in town were stocked sparsely. Imagine packing 55 gallon drums with your worldly possessions. Imagine trying to guess how much T.P., soap, shampoo even underwear etc. that you would need to last you four years because these things were seldom available there. Once your shipment was on the way all you could do was pray it didn't get stolen and that everything would arrive in one piece. This process usually took about six months.
Irian Jaya was known for the practice of cannibalism although in 1977 when I arrived it was practiced less and usually in secret since the Indonesian government had made it against the law. I remember the Lord giving me one verse which I took literally in the KJV. Ps 27:1-2 The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
While living in the village our only contact with the outside world was Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). We usually had a flight come into our village once a month. That meant I got a month’s worth of mail and wouldn't be able to send my replies for another month.
I usually came to town only twice a year at Christmas time and again for our fields Annual Conference. Therefore when we did our shopping we ordered everything in bulk - case lots of canned goods, a 50 pound sack of sugar which was usually dirty and full of ants and roaches, 50 lb. sacks of flour always full of weevils. Fortunately I still had the 55 gallon drums that I had shipped to myself and was able to use them to store these food items to keep the rats from getting at them.
Scripture was being translated into the tribal language by a coworker but very few of the tribal people knew how to read, so the church leaders asked me if I would teach them. Of course that meant I had to first learn the Sougb language and then prepare primers for my adult literacy classes. Once the adult literacy program was underway I began training teachers so they could travel to various villages and teach their own people to read. My goal, of course, was for them to be able to read God's Word in their own language. I remember the first time one of our pastors was able to read a verse from the Bible. He cried because he was now able to read "God's Voice" for himself in his own language.
In order to get some exercise I used to jog on the airstrip just outside my house every afternoon. To my amazement half the village came out and lined the airstrip in order to watch the "crazy foreigner" running for no apparent reason and going no place in particular and not even getting paid to do it.
Change has come slowly to Irian Jaya now called Papua. We now have supermarkets and 4 star international hotels in town. Just last year Manokwari got its first fast food restaurant KFC. The government has built roads into many of these tribal villages in the mountains so MAF no longer services us in the Birdshead. If you look at a map of Irian Jaya it resembles a bird in flight. The birdshead is the area where I live. A 4-wheel drive is now needed to make these trips into the areas where so many of our missionaries worked including the village of Anggi where I lived for 20 years before moving to the city of Manokwari to do our field's bookkeeping.
The biggest changes have been as a result of the Gospel. Cannibalism is no longer practiced not because it is against the law but because the people have embraced Christianity and learned to love each other. The constant fighting has stopped as well as the revenge killings. Portions of the Bible have been translated and put in the hands of 7 of the different tribal groups where TEAM has had missionaries.
Many of those students that I had in my early literacy classes are now pastors and missionaries. Their children have now graduated from Bible schools and seminaries with a desire to serve the Lord.
Wed Jun 29 15:08:01 2011
See today's letter number 2 of two.
Wed Jun 29 15:07:36 2011
See today's letter number 1 of two.
Thu Mar 24 11:58:35 2011
Greetings from Manokwari, March 2011
A big thank you to all of you who prayed for me after my Angioplasty in February. I was so blessed to receive emails from many of you. I praise the Lord for His timing in all this and am so thankful that Vicki Hill, a nurse, was able to accompany me. She knew all the right questions to ask and it made me feel a lot more comfortable just having her with me.
I thought for sure that my procedure on February 16 would be the end of my rapid irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) BUT….. On March 5th in the middle of the night it happened all over again just like before and lasting about 3 hours. There was still no pain with it so the next day I felt just fine. Vicki made sure I stayed home and rested. I was able to get a hold of my cardiologist even on a Sunday because he gave me his personal cell phone number.
He did not think it necessary to make another trip to Jakarta. He felt that it was caused by the electrodes in my heart and suggested that I begin taking a beta blocker once a day. So now I am on 5 new pills everyday. My blood pressure and pulse are a lot lower than they used to be so I sometimes feel that it is more of an effort to do things but I do continue to go for my walk each day only a little slower.
Nothing confirms ones dependence on the Lord more than heart problems. There is no way I can be treated or even helped here in Papua. I am so thankful that we do have a good cardiovascular hospital in Jakarta and we also have daily flight from Manokwari to Jakarta. I do have peace in my heart about being here. The same Lord who called me to Papua 34 years ago is the same Lord who watches over me day by day.
My continued thanks for your prayers.
Susan J. Moers
TEAM - Manokwari
Mon Feb 28 12:58:24 2011
Greetings from Papua, 28 Feb 2011
About 2 weeks ago many of you received an email from my sister asking you to pray regarding my emergency trip to Jakarta. Well, I am back in Manokwari and you all deserve an update.
Back in November when I was in Singapore I was awakened in the middle of the night with strong, rapid and irregular heart beat that lasted for about 3 hours. At that time I did nothing about it. No other incident occurred until Sat. Feb 15. Once again it was just as strong and lasted just as long so this time I call Vicki, my next door neighbor, coworker and nurse. She tried getting in touch with a mission doctor but was unsuccessful. Everything was fine on Sunday but then it happened again on Monday. So we began making plans for me to go to a cardiovascular hospital in Jakarta right away. Walter purchased our tickets, Vicki called the doctor in Jakarta and I made bookings at the C&MA guesthouse.
We left for Jakarta the next day, Tuesday, saw the doctor on Wednesday and I was in the operating room having an angiogram that very afternoon. Prior to surgery I had a treadmill test and my blood pressure quickly shot up to 220/100. The angiogram found a 75% blockage in my left arterial descending artery so angioplasty was necessary and the doctor inserted a stint. Once again during surgery my B.P. shot up to 220/110 so they put a nitro pill under my tongue. I was awake for the entire procedure and could actually watch the monitor and see the doctor working in my arteries.
The worst part was me having to lie flat on my back for 10 hours after surgery without bending my knee. After a short time my back starting hurting on my right side and I was going crazy not being able to move. This of course meant I could not get up to go to the bathroom so I will leave the rest to your imagination.
I was released from the hospital the next day with a year supply of 4 new medications because they are not available in Manokwari. Some of the medicines require me to have a periodic blood screening. Fortunately, our hospital right here in Manokwari can do those tests.
We spent 5 more days in Jakarta so the doctor could see me on Monday. He said my BP and EKG looked good. He says I do have elevated heart enzymes and some slight damage was done, but he had no worries about me returning to Papua.
So here I am back home and back to work. This was the 3rd medical trip I have had to make in the last 6 months. Thank you ever so much to each one of you who have been praying. You are much appreciated.
Mon Feb 14 12:48:34 2011
This note from Susan's sister Judi Hardman.
Hi everyone; I just got a call from Susan who is right now in Papua and she is having some issues with her heart. She is on her way tomorrow morning to Jakarta to see a heart specialist. She has been having some trouble with rapid and heavy heart beat. Fist time in Singapore in November and that lasted only 3 hours. Then again about 4 days ago and now tonight. She say she can actually see her heart beating in her chest. Rapid heart beat is one of the contradictions of one of her pills but she now was told by a team Dr. to get to Jakarta and see a cardiologist. She will of course let me know as soon as she knows. Pray for her and a safe trip. Vicki Hill, her co-worker and a nurse, will be traveling with her. More to come. Judi
Fri Jan 14 13:15:41 2011
Dear Friends, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011
The Christmas season is over and even though it was a busy month with attending numerous celebrations in our various local churches, we were delighted to share the joy of our Savior’s birth with the Papua community.
These special services are always huge affairs inviting and encouraging neighbors and friends to attend. Many who are not from these churches often show up. It is amazing how God has used the celebration of our Savior’s birth to attract folks who normally would never set foot in church.
Christmas music was heard all over town, on the streets, in the stores, and even through loud speakers from some of the churches. NO ONE COMPLAINED!
New Year’s Eve came and went with very little sleep. Fireworks have gotten very popular here in the past few years only they do not save them for New Year’s Eve. They shoot them off every night all month long. However, New Year’s Eve is very special. I stood in my front yard and no matter which direction I turned someone was lighting fire works. It was a spectacular sight and lasted several hours, although I stayed in the yard only two hours. When I finally went to bed at 3AM I could still hear them lighting up the sky right over my house. There are no regulations. Everyone sets them off wherever they want.
Please allow me to regress a few months. In October I accompanied a co-worker, Gail, to Singapore to see a doctor to treat her gall stone problems. It was discovered that her bio-duct was blocked and a stint was put in. While there I was able to have cataract surgery and can now see without glasses. In the midst of all our medical treatments we were able to visit the Botanic Gardens, an orchid garden and the bird park. All of which were spectacular.
However, Gail did not feel better as the doctor had hoped. After returning to Papua she got even worse and it was highly recommended that she return to the U.S. We were all shocked to learn that a cancerous tumor was found on her pancreas. She is now in the process of receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the tumor before surgery can be performed. Please PRAY earnestly for God’s healing. It is her greatest desire to return to the work in Papua where God led her 35 years ago.
Please continue to PRAY that our ministry area would find a bookkeeper soon to replace me when I retire in 2012. The reason I stress soon is because we all know it would take time for someone to raise support, be granted a visa and attend language school before I have a chance to train them for the job.
Thank you ever so much for your faithful prayers and support. As you begin a new year may I encourage you with this verse, Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you , plans to give you hope and a future.”
Rejoicing in Him,
Susan J. Moers
Wed Dec 29 21:23:10 2010
Here is a Christmas greeting and thank you note.
Fri Oct 22 13:10:26 2010
I left with fellow missionary, Gail, from Manokwari to Jarkarta on Friday, October 8. On Sunday, the 10th, we flew from Jarkarta to Singapore. We both had doctor appointments on Monday, the 11th. I had my right eye cataract removed and returned Tuesday and Wednesday for check ups. Now I can see out of both eyes!
Gail went to the doctor on Monday also and she had many tests done and they finally put her in the hospital and did the procedure putting the scope down her throat. They were not able to find a gall stone so needed to put a stint in the bioduct to make the passage larger. She had to over night so I spend a bit of time on and off all day at the hospital with her. She was finally released on Wednesday.
I had to return for a check up on Thursday and everything looked great. I decided to check out my eyes for myself so spent most of the day at the Botanic Gardens and Orchid Park. My eye is fine but Gail's doctor said she was not getting better as quickly as he had hoped. So he gave her more meds to take to help. She was scheduled to return to Singapore in 2 months to have her stint removed. Our last day in Singapore we headed for the bird park and spent the day there. It was beautiful
We flew from Singapore back to Jakarta on Sunday waiting there until Tuesday night to catch the flight back to Manokwari at 10:00 PM arriving at 7:00 AM Wednesday so no sleep.
Gail got sick just before that flight. She didn’t get better and continued on from Manokwari to Sentani. When she arrived there medical personal told her that she had to return to the States. If she had only knew that when she was in Singapore she could have saved a lot of money.
She was fortunate to find someone returning to the States at that time and was able to get tickets on the same flight. Please be in prayer for Gail that the doctors will know how to treat this so she can return to her ministry here.
Thank you for your prayers on my behalf. It is great to be able to see out of both eyes now.
Serving Him in Papua, INDONESIA
Susan J. Moers
Mon Sep 27 12:21:32 2010
I am planning a trip to Singapore to have a cataract removed in my right eye. I will be traveling with a fellow missionary, Gail, who has a gall stone problem. We will be leaving on October 8 and returning on October 20. My doctor’s appointment is on Monday, October 11, 2010.
Fri Aug 20 17:01:06 2010
See a recent report.
Mon Jan 4 20:32:44 2010
See a short letter.
Tue Dec 15 00:26:11 2009
See the Christmas card she sent to WCCC.
Wed Oct 14 19:24:46 2009
I will be speaking at WCCC worship service at 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 1, 2009.
Thu Sep 10 11:44:41 2009
Correction to Susan's home phone number printed wrong in her last newsletter, should be 847-593-7979.
Tue Sep 1 23:49:42 2009
See the latest newsletter.
Thu Aug 20 19:47:02 2009
See some recent photos of Susan Moers.
Thu Apr 30 12:17:17 2009
First of all let me thank you once again for your faithful prayers and support. I am relieved to report to you that the rebuilding of the wall around our property that fell down in the earthquake is now finished and completely paid for. Having a crew of 5 men in the yard every day for 3 weeks, trying to answer all their questions, making sure they have all their supplies, plus feeding them a lunch every day and seeing that they had enough water to drink etc. etc. was a full time job in and of itself. On top of all that I was dealing with 2 huge leaks in my roof. I had to set up buckets in my kitchen and spare bedroom until I was able to get someone to repair it. These leaks may have been caused by the earthquake but I think they are fixed now.
A lot of missionaries have been coming and going so as the bookkeeper I am the one who helps arrange their flights and pays for their tickets as well as seeing to their accommodation.
The computer continues to be a challenge for me. One major problem occurred when we downloaded the 2007 version of Microsoft Office. It is so different from the earlier version that I could not figure out how to use it. The worst problem was that it was not compatible with our current Peachtree accounting program but I did not know that. Fortunately, with the help of our Field Chairman, I was able to get the 2003 version reinstalled and everything is working fine now.
My ministry with the Sougb Tribe continues to be one of support and encouragement especially for the Sougb missionaries. We now have 12 couples serving in various areas. I have been so encouraged lately that the Sougb people are taking more and more of the church leadership roll. In the past they always depended too heavily on the missionary to make decisions for them and tell them what to do. Thank you for the part you play with your support and prayers for them.
I am planning to return to the U.S. in July for a 6 month furlough. Gail, the gal who has filled in for me in the past has never worked with the new Peachtree program. So I am diligently revising the entire bookkeeper’s handbook. Pray for us as she comes to Manokwari in May. Hopefully that will give her ample time to learn it.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Susan J. Moers
Sun Jan 25 20:04:49 2009
See another earthquake update.
Tue Jan 13 12:44:19 2009
Dear Friends at WCCC,
First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for praying for us here as we have been experiencing the earthquakes and aftershocks. Many people are still living in tents either because their houses were damaged or because they are afraid to move back into them. We are still having aftershocks and although not strong enough to cause more damage they are still unnerving.
Thank you so much for your Christmas gift to me of $200. You are much appreciated. I thank God regularly for you and your faithful prayers and continued support for me over the years. I am looking forward to coming home in July 09 for a 6 month furlough.
In His service,
Susan J. Moers
Irian Jaya Indonesia
Thu Jan 8 17:00:46 2009
Last Sunday at 4:45 AM the first earthquake hit with a force of 7.4 on the Richter scale. At 6:30 AM a second quake hit with a force of 7.6. Electricity went out for the next 12 hours and the phone service was very poor. I have heard that there have been 10 people killed and over 100 people seriously hurt, but nobody knows what they will find under the collapsed hospital.
The Bible School had scheduled their 50th anniversary on Monday but had to delay the start for an hour and a half while waiting for two speakers to fly in after plane schedules had been cancelled on Sunday.
The banks were closed on Monday so I couldn’t do any of my banking work. The quakes caused my locked file cabinet to jam closed. I had a man work on the lock for two hours before we could unlock it and get to my check books, bank forms and money that were in the cabinet. I still haven't put things away or cleaned up. This must be a stress thing because everyone I talk to is doing the same. We are all just leaving the mess and trying to ignore it. At first I didn't want to do anything because I figured there would be another quake and everything would fall over again. Now I am just too busy trying to close December accounts and get my statements done to do any of it. I keep tripping over the huge pile of videos on the floor in my office. Most of the mess is easy to ignore because it is in my cabinets. As long as I don't open them I am okay. All the bottles, jars and cans are all over the place. Only one thing broke - a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce.
The email connection was so slow that it kept cutting me off. Every time I get a phone call, my phone goes into a FAX mode and makes that loud ring that indicated you should press start. Only I can't press start and I can hardly hear the person who is calling me. I reported the problem today. So we will see how long it takes for them to do anything.
On Wednesday morning I went to the bank. On the way I thought the car was acting up a little but then it was fine. When I got to the bank I saw everyone running out. We had just had another earthquake. I didn't feel it because I was in the car. Everyone said it was big enough to cause everyone to run out of their houses. Then the bank would not let people back in for over an hour so I just waited.
The storage tanks for water in town are broken so there is not water. Our tank is very low so now I have to see if we can get a truck of water. I called several numbers that I had and no one is answering.
It is hard for me to overlook the mess all over my house but I have no time or inclination to do anything about it especially since we are still getting tremors. You know how it feels when you have been on a boat for a long time and then you get on land and it takes awhile to get your legs back to normal. Well, that is what we feel like here. Is it our imagination or a bit of post traumatic stress? Every time my chair jiggles I jump up ready to leave the house. You roll over in bad and your bed shakes and you jump up again.
Thursday was the first day without any tremors. The phone company fixed my line so the phone and emails are working again. I need to go for my walk and release some of this stress. I think my adrenalin is running high all the time these days.
Tue Jan 6 03:12:54 2009
See her earthquake report.
Sat Nov 29 13:29:24 2008
We had a good trip here in Jakarta, and got to the guest house about 2:00 PM on Friday. I saw the doctor on Saturday morning. She said my problem was caused by the stitch in my eye from my cataract surgery. This must be a normal thing to leave a stitch in because I have been to two different eye doctors and they never questioned it. One of the ends of a stitch where the knot was tied was sticking out. The surgery was done two years ago and only just recently started giving me trouble. She removed the stitch and it now feels fine. I'm glad that was all the trouble was.
Sat Nov 29 03:28:34 2008
See her November letter.
Tue Aug 12 11:42:02 2008
Remember the last time you had a day turn out much different than you had planned? That is the way a Sunday went a few weeks ago. On July 13, I was on my way to church driving one of my co-worker/missionaries, Vicki. She mentioned that she was experiencing chest pains and had been for the past four days. We never made it to church. I turned the car around and went home to contact our field leader and he told us to purchase plane tickets for Jakarta right away. As soon as businesses were opening around noon, we found out that there were no seats available for Sunday or anytime soon. We next tried a friend at the Bible school and they put us in touch with a travel agent who found us two seats on Monday. So I spend the rest of the afternoon packing and trying to get finances ready. We need to take a lot of money with us just in case Vicki had to have something done. So that depleted my petty cash in the office. The next morning on the way to the airport at 8AM we stopped by the bank with a letter for moving dollars to the Rupiah account. In Jakarta we were able to find housing at the C&MA guest house.
We made the 1200 mile trip but not without the usual trials in this part of the world. We departed Manokawi three hours late so arrived Jakarta at 4:00 PM. We took a taxi to the guest house to drop off suitcases then on to hospital but her appointment was supposed to be at 4:00 PM. We called the hospital to say we were running late, BUT... the traffic was so bad that we did not get to the hospital until almost 9:00 PM and the doctor had left. We went to the emergency and they did all kinds of tests. They finally admitted Vicki for observation. Our taxi driver was so nice he said he would turn off the meter and wait for me. Finally at 10:00 PM, I left to return to guesthouse. This time of night it only took 45 minutes. It was midnight before I got settle and into bed but that was 2:00 AM Manokwari time. I had Vicki's cell phone with me to recharge it. Her alarm was set for 6:00 AM but that is 4:00 AM in Jakarta. So I got little sleep that night.
Tuesday I went back to hospital and spent all day with Vicki just sitting by her bed. She was taken out for several tests. I will not bother you with what all they were. That night she stayed in the hospital again and I got to the guest house 8:00 PM. After a run to the store I finally got to bed at 10:00 PM but could not sleep.
Wednesday it was back again to the hospital. Vicki was supposed to be discharged on Tuesday but they found spots on her lungs and wanted to do more tests for TB. Finally at 8:00 PM they allowed her to check out of hospital. She needed to wait two days for Tyne TB test results. Thursday we spent the morning working, I was doing Jakarta Document reports. At lunch time we wet to Chilis and then shopped all afternoon.
Friday it was back to hospital for them to check Vicki’s Tyne test on her arm. All seemed to be negative for TB but then no real answers why her lungs had spots. We then contacted TEAM to see if she should go to Singapore for second opinion.
We made it to Singapore on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, Vicki went to the Doctor that she had been to before. He had all her records. He recommended a lung specialist. That doctor took more x-rays and said her lungs look great. He thinks the x-rays done in Jakarta were overexposed. Anyway, she does not have TB. The pain in her chest seems to have been taken care of with medicines for acid reflux.
While in Singapore we went to another hospital to see my eye doctor. My eye was red and swollen and had been for 2 days. He said it was pink eye and gave me drops and did not charge for anything. We walked to a mall to get lunch and while there went to the supermarket and got bagels and cream cheese to eat in our room that night and stuff for breakfast as well. No free breakfast in the hotel we were in and the breakfasts served there were very expensive. The hotel we wanted that serves free breakfast buffet was full. We got our return ticket to Jakarta for Thursday. We were back at the C&MA guest house by 3:00 PM.
One of the advantages of staying at the C&MA guest house in Jakarta is that the bank I use in Manakwari, the Bank Mandiri, is right next door. Because I had left Manakwari unexpectedly, many missionaries were in need of money. I brought my banking information with me to see if the bank would allow me to withdraw money from our account in Manokwari. They had to get written authorization that my signature was the official one on the account. Manokwari had to send them a fax to confirm my signature. We went back to the guest house and waited about two hours. The bank then called and said we would get the money and I started taking care of some transfers. Not only was the bank next door but there were no long lines like there are in Manokwari. I was also able to get the last six months of records from our Jakarta document office.
The guest house only cost $25 a night but those airlines tickets were $600.00 for two round trips tickets from Jakarta to Singapore and those two one-way tickets from Manokwari to Jakarta were $740.00. The first available flight was for a return to Manokwari was on the Tuesday night flight arriving in Manokwari at 6:00 AM Wednesday morning. We arrived home just one late on Wednesday, July 30. I had 130 emails to attend to and Vicki found that her car had been broken in to. The door key hole had been destroyed but since the door would open, the window was broken. I balanced all the cash from the trip in our personal and medical accounts and ended up only Rp100.000 short, which translates to about $10.00.
So that is how the last half of my month of July went. When such episodes come upon us, it helps us remember God’s Word. Pslam 73:23-28 (NLT) helps me remember whose I am and where I am headed;
Yet I still belong to you;
you are holding my right hand.
You will keep on guiding me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
But those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
Susan J. Moers
Fri Jun 20 12:45:59 2008
Greetings from Manokwari,
Summer vacation is upon us. I use the term “summer” loosely since it is summer year round here. Erikson-Tritt Theological College (ETTC) just held their graduation. I also use the term “vacation” loosely since none of our students or teachers will be taking a vacation. Graduates from several of the tribal groups have camping programs planned for the youth. ETTC also has a huge camping program scheduled for July. Many of the people in our churches today came to know the Lord through these camping programs. PRAY that God will use this ministry to reach young people and change their lives.
Yance is one of the Sougb students at the Bible School. Yance uses his break from studies to train Sunday School teachers. He and his wife go to various outlying villages traveling either by foot, outrigger canoe or MAF’s single engine Cessna. These villages are always happy to have Yance come to train new Sunday School teachers for the various churches in their areas. PRAY that these new Sunday School teachers will see the importance of teaching God's Word to their children. My heart is always encouraged when I hear that some of these Sunday School teachers first learned to read through the literacy program that I supervised for many years. About thirty years ago when I began my ministry with the Sougb tribe, the church leaders asked me to begin a training program for literacy teachers. Many of those that I trained are still teaching. PRAY that they will remain faithful.
As I sit in my living room overlooking Manokwari Bay, the young people are excitedly getting ready for the first ever Youth Congress sponsored by our National Church (GPKAI). At four o'clock in the morning, more than three hundred young people will embark on a ship headed for Surabaya. After spending four nights in economy class, they will be bussed for several hours to their final destination. Teenagers from all over Indonesia will be there. Many of these young people have been overwhelmed with things they know nothing about. Seminars will be held on HIV/AIDS, drinking, smoking, drugs and internet pornography as well as Bible studies. Please PRAY for those leading these seminars and PRAY that the kids will listen and take to heart what they are taught. These young people are our future church leaders.
Many of you have asked how I am feeling. I am doing just fine. My back/neck does not give me any trouble as long as I remember to do the stretch exercises recommended by the physical therapist. For thirty-one years I have been overwhelmed with the love and concern that many of you have shown me. Your prayers and support not only allow me to be here to do the bookkeeping for all our missionaries, but it enables me to be of help and encouragement to the Sougb students at ETTC and the ten Sougb missionary families serving in various places. Continue to PRAY for faithful men and women to continue God's work through our National Church (GPKAI).
Serving Him in Irian Jaya/Papua,
Susan J. Moers
Tue Mar 18 11:47:09 2008
Wish I could be there to help you commemorate our Savior's death on the cross for our sins, but most importantly to help you celebrate Our Risen Lord!!
Yes, I arrived safe and sound in Manokwari on Feb 17th. My trip was a long one but uneventful. Departing Feb. 15th and flying from Chicago to L.A. (4 hours), L.A. to Hong Kong (14 hours), Hong Kong to Jakarta (5 hours) and lastly Jakarta to Manokwari (5 hours). Twenty-eight hours in the air, plus about 9 hours lay over in 5 different airports. An overnight in Jakarta and a loss of a day as I crossed the international dateline put me in Manokwari 2 days later on the 17th of Feb. Thanks you for praying for me. I experienced no pain or discomfort on the trip. Since returning to Manokwari I continue to be pain free.
Attempting to catch up on 4 months worth of bookkeeping has been a challenge. Praise The Lord! Nov. Dec. Jan. and Feb. are now completed and I am completely caught up.
As I drive around the city I continue to see damage caused by the earthquake in Feb. Part of the brick wall around our property fell down. Right now it is temporarily fixed with sheets of corrugated zinc. If anyone would like to contribute for the replacement of that wall it would be much appreciated.
PRAISE: I have remained pain free.
The bookkeeping is all caught up.
PRAY: Safety & protection for our Sougb missionaries. One of them died a few months ago and another one is currently in the hospital with TB.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support.
Susan J. Moers
Serving in Papua, Indonesia
Fri Feb 8 20:19:46 2008
Susan has been given medical clearance to return to her mission field in Irian Jaya. She leaves this coming Friday, February 15, 2008. She asks for PRAYER as she gets settled back into her bookkeeping which is a couple months behind.
Mon Jan 28 12:56:52 2008
Dear Friends at WCCC,
May I take this opportunity to say a big “THANK YOU” to you for your generous Christmas gift to me of $175. I never expected to be home for the holidays but it was special to be able to share that time with family and friends.
I do so appreciate all the prayers that have been said for me. I am trusting the Lord to restore my health as soon as possible and allow me to return to Irian Jaya in His time.
The steroid injection in my neck seems to have helped considerably and I am scheduled to continue with physical therapy until the end of the month. After that we will reevaluate my situation.
Please continue to pray for quick healing. Currently I am the only one in Irian Jaya that knows the new bookkeeping program.
My continued appreciation for your faithful prayers and support.
In His Love,
Mon Jan 28 12:50:54 2008
As we begin a New Year I am reminded of all the ways in which you contributed to my ministry in Irian Jaya by praying for me regularly. Your prayers brought me comfort when having to return to the U. S. for my mother’s funeral in April. You were able to give a sigh of relief when I was finally able to conquer the new bookkeeping program. Then in September we rejoiced together celebrating my 30 years of service in Irian Jaya.
Shortly after sending out my Thanksgiving letter I began having severe neck and upper back pain. Reaching a crescendo in late November, I knew I had to do something. A mission doctor in Irian Jaya recommended that I return to the U.S. for further tests.
I flew from Manokwari to Jakarta on Thursday, December 13th. I spent the night with our travel agent because there was “no room at the Inn,” She ordered take-out food for our supper and I think that gave me food poisoning, because at 4:00 AM the next morning, I woke up and threw up. I felt good enough to eat breakfast but at 6:00 AM while in the taxi I threw up again. Good thing I had a plastic bag with me. I felt okay at the airport but on the five hour flight to Hong Kong, I threw up four more times. I felt that I was in such bad shape that I went to the clinic in the airport. They gave me an anti- nausea shot and some different pain medications. I was not given permission to fly so I had to spend the night at the Airport Hotel at $300 per night. In the morning I had to return to the clinic for permission to fly. The doctor on duty was much more concerned than the one the night before. He said severe pain in the back could mean a heart attach. I had a slight fever and he said I could have brought some contagious decease with me from Indonesia. So he insisted I needed to go to the hospital and have a blood test. The ambulance ride was free. At the hospital they took an X-ray and EKG. Both looked fine. Then they drew blood. I was severely dehydrated so I was put on IV's for 24 hours. All the doctors, and the nurses in blue uniforms, knew English so I felt very comfortable with our communication. Finally on Sunday I was discharged and given clearance to fly.
I had no Hong Kong $ to pay for a taxi ride to the airport, so when paying my hospital bill with my credit card, I asked if they could give me change in Hong Kong $ but they said NO. If I paid cash in US $ then they could do that. I always carry $500 emergency cash but the hospital bill was $600. So I scrounged around in my wallet and found $100 more and that left me with only US$15 in my wallet.
Finally, I was on my plane at 6:30 PM Sunday night. I was able to relax and enjoy the 13-hour flight. I arrived in Chicago at 10:00 PM same night (15 hour time difference). The only stressful time for me was in San Francisco. I still had not been able to phone my sister, Judi, to let her know when I was arriving. I searched all over the airport looking for a phone that used a regular credit card but NO. I could buy a phone card but the cheapest one was $20.00, and if you remember, I only had $15 left. Frustration finally got to me. I roamed the terminal in tears until I finally found an American Airlines flight attendant who offered me her cell phone. Judi and Fred Hardman were not home. I knew they had a church Christmas banquet that night.
I was getting desperate. I could always take a taxi from O'Hare airport, but my $15.00 would not have been enough. Another flight attendant offered to wait half and hour with me and try calling again. Still no answer! I then called my very good friend Gloria, who lives near my sister. She said if she could not get in touch with Judi, she and her husband would pick me up. She was able to reach Judi by calling their church. To my relief Judi and Fred were waiting for me in the luggage claim area. After that I let my sister take care of me.
I would like to thank each and every one of you who prayed so faithfully for me through this ordeal. It is amazing how vulnerable one feels stuck in a hospital in a foreign country where I did not know the language or anyone there.
My doctor here ordered an MRI, chest X-ray, bone density screening and a mammogram. The results showed that I have arthritis of the neck and osteoporosis of the spine and hips. Finding the right medication to control the pain was a problem until I received a steroid injection in my neck. I spent the month of January receiving physical therapy. A month has gone by since receiving the steroid injection and I have not had to take any more pain medication.
My plans are to receive an evaluation from my physical therapist by the end of January. If things go as I hope, I’ll be headed back to the field mid-February. Now that I’m the only one in Irian Jaya who “understands” the new accounting program, the 2007 year-end needs my attention. PRAY that I’ll get the clearance from my doctor to return as planned. For updates: http://www.windycitycommunitychurch.org/missionaries/moers/index.php
While here I missed an earthquake that hit Manokwari. The quake caused slight structural damage to my house and caused the brick wall around the property to collapse. When I get back I’ll have to hire someone to rebuild the wall.
Because of my unexpected departure from the field, many nationals have not had the funds available for their ministries. The Sougb missionaries need these funds as they travel to various areas, holding evangelistic meetings and teaching seminars in the churches. Students from all the tribal groups need tuition to start the new semester in the Bible School. Other missionaries throughout the island are getting low on funds because they depend on the bank transfers that I send them monthly.
I am grateful to all of you who have prayed for me, getting me through this difficult time. I have sensed the presence of the Lord as He gave me peace through this unexpected situation.
In His Care,
Susan J. Moers
Kantor Team Box 115 Manokwari 98301, Ir Ja
Irian Jaya Barat, Indonesia
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Thu Dec 20 15:09:14 2007
Greetings from Mt. Prospect, IL (my sister's home),
For those of you who have not heard I had to return to the U.S. due to severe back pain. I finally arrived home on Sunday night December 16 at 10:00 PM. Since I really was not in an emergency condition we decided to skip the ER. I saw my doctor Tuesday the 18th. After he looked over the X-rays taken in Abepura, he pretty much said the same thing as Dr. Di. He ordered an MRI, chest X-ray, bone density screening (my bones look thin on the X-ray) and a mammogram. I have acute osteoporosis and severe arthritis of the neck and spine. The reason for the vomiting and nausea was possibly due to food poisoning from eating take-out food in Jakarta. That is my situation in a nutshell. If you have time and want “the rest of the story” read on.
I flew from Manokwari to Jakarta on Thursday, December 13th. I spent the night with our travel agent because there was “no room at the Inn”. She ordered take-out food for our supper and I think that gave me the food poisoning, because at 4:00 AM the next morning, I woke up and threw up. I felt good enough to eat breakfast but at 6:00 AM while in the taxi I threw up again. Good thing I had a plastic bag with me. I felt okay at the airport but on the 5 hour flight to Hong Kong, I threw up 4 more times. I felt that I was in such bad enough shape that I went to the clinic in the airport. They gave me an anti nausea shot and some different pain medications. I was not given permission to fly so I had to spend the night at the Airport Hotel at $300 per night. In the morning I had to return to the clinic for permission to fly. The Dr. on duty was much more concerned than the one the night before. He said severe pain in the back could mean a heart attach. I had a slight fever and he said I could have brought some contagious decease with me from Indonesia. So he insisted I needed to go to the hospital and have a blood test. The ambulance ride was free. At the hospital they took an X-ray and EKG. Both looked fine. Then they drew blood. I was severely dehydrated so I was put on IV's for 24 hours. All the doctors, and the nurses in blue uniforms, knew English so I felt very comfortable with our communication.
I was in a ward with 8 beds. Two ladies never moved or spoke and the nurses had to do everything for them. Two other ladies were up and awake but could not leave their beds. Only one other lady and I were mobile and could get up and use the bathroom down the hall. I found out later that the medical ward was full, so that is why I was put in the surgical ward.
Everyone was very nice and the facilities were also nice. With the pain meds they were giving me, I pretty much slept all the time. Sunday morning they drew more blood and found I was still low on sodium and potassium. I had to talk them into releasing me and promised to take the pills they gave me. I was just very relieved that the nausea was gone and their pain pills were working.
I had no Hong Kong $ to pay for a taxi ride to the airport, so when paying my hospital bill with my credit card, I asked if they could give me chance in Hong Kong $ but they said NO. If I paid cash in US $ then they could do that. I always carry $500 emergency cash but the hosp bill was $600. So I scrounged around in my wallet and found $100 more and that left me with only $15 in my wallet. At the airport, my airline, Cathay Pacific was waiting for me. They had been keeping track of me since I left the Airport on Friday. They gave me a special place to sit and wait while they did everything for me - retrieving my suitcase in a holding area, checking me in, etc. etc.
Finally, I was on my plane at 6:30 PM Sunday night. I was able to relax and enjoy the 13 hour flight. As stated above, I arrived in Chicago at 10:00 PM same night - 15 hour time difference. The only stressful time for me was in San Francisco. I still had not been able to phone my sister, Judi, to let her know when I was arriving. I searched all over the airport looking for a phone that used a regular credit card but NO. I could buy a phone card but the cheapest one was $20.00, and if you remember, I only had $15 left. Frustration finally got to me. I roamed the terminal in tears until I finally found an American Airlines flight attendant who offered me her cell phone. Judi and Fred Hardman were not home. I knew they had a church Christmas banquet that night. I was getting desperate. I could always take a taxi from O'Hare airport, but my $5.00 would not have been enough. Another flight attendant offered to wait half and hour with me and try calling again. Still no answer! I then called my very good friend Gloria, who lives near my sister. She said if she could not get in touch with Judi, she and her husband would pick me. Well, she was able to reach Judi by calling their church. To my relief Judi and Fred were waiting for me in the luggage claim area. Now I am letting my sister take care of me.
I would like to thank each and every one of you who prayed so faithfully for me thru this ordeal. It is amazing how vulnerable one feels stuck in a hospital in a foreign country where I did not know the language or any one there.
Tue Dec 11 12:05:12 2007
The last week of November I experienced back pain. By Friday, November 30, I knew that something had to be done so I called a mission doctor who lives in Sentani. She wanted to see me but it was too late in the day to do anything about it until Monday. Over that weekend I took ibuprofen, three every four hours, to help manage the pain. The electricity went out from 9:00 AM until about 3:00 PM for three straight days. I kept trying to function and be nice to people, but I must confess that the main thing I got done during the dark hours was make granola.
On Monday I bought airplane tickets to fly from Manokwari to Sentani on Wednesday, December 5, and returning Saturday the 8th. I had a doctor’s appointment on Thursday morning. I arrived in Sentani on Wednesday at about 5:00 PM. The MAF guest house was full so I stayed in a hotel. The room was very hot because they had not put the air conditioner on and the electricity was out. So I went out walking. A restaurant named Mickey’s that caters to westerners is only about a block away. I had a hamburger and fries. On the way back to the hotel I stopped at a store to buy yogurt since I have to eat something with my pills. By the time I got back to the hotel the electricity was on, but it took quite a while for the room to cool off. My windows faced the hot afternoon sun.
The room was typical for here. No hot water, only a bed in the room, no sink. Here they have a huge tub like thing that is full of water, and you just use the dip and pour method. Toilets don't flush so you have to dip and pour for that too. I did manage to sleep from 10:00 PM until 5:30 AM.
Thursday morning I had a typical Indonesian breakfast provided by the hotel - cold fried rice, cold fried noodles and cold fried egg. That is what most hotels here serve unless you are in an expensive hotel that caters to tourists. What can I expect? My room was only $20 a night!
I chartered a taxi to see the Dr. Her clinic is up the hill at the MK school complex. From there she sent me to the hospital for x-rays. We got stopped along the way for a sweeping. This is a process where the police stop traffic to check proper papers. My taxi got pulled over because the license plates were out of date. Then I had to go with the taxi driver to pay a fine. The hospital is about 45 minutes from Sentani and all along the way traffic had to drive slow because of rocks and mud in the road. It had rained heavily the night before, so it took us an hour to get there. I spent about an hour and a half at the hospital then another 45 minutes back to the Dr. in Sentani. The x-rays were inconclusive but showed some questionable things so she sent me back for more x-rays the next day.
I got back to the hotel about 2:00 PM and once again the electricity was out and the room was hot. I was planning to eat at the hotel for lunch but the water was not running and they could not cook. So, I went back to Mickey's for lunch, came home and laid down to see if it would relieve some of my pain. Amazingly I was able to sleep. I tried again for supper at the hotel, but they said they had a huge number of orders for room service so it would be a long time before I could eat, so back to the store to buy some yogurt and rolls for supper. I was finding it very difficult to read because my back was really hurting. So I tried doing some Figgerits puzzles until bedtime.
Friday it was back to the taxi and hospital routine. From there we had to try and find Dr. Di's house because she does not go to the clinic on Friday. We drove around for half an hour trying to find it. The taxi guy kept calling Dr. Di on her phone and trying to get directions but it took forever to find the right place.
Several possible problems showed up on the x-rays but nothing conclusive so Dr. Di wants me to go for a MRI and more tests. There appears to be a possibility of a pinched nerve since two of my vertebra seem squeezed together. Also my esophagus is crooked and that could mean a growth. She felt like I needed to go home right away.
There is a missionary out here who is trained to give massages, and I had an appointment with him at 1:00 PM. Since the electricity was out again and the room hot, I decided to buy a boxed lunches for me and my taxi driver and we drove up to the MK school to eat there. The school is on a hill and the view is beautiful and always breezy. The missionary did not massage me as hard as I would have liked but since we do not know what my problem is, thought it better not to. By this time Dr. Di had given me some Vicodin so I was not in pain. Since the electricity was still out I sat on a patio at the hotel in the shade and read for the rest of the afternoon. That night I went back to Mickey's for supper. I went to bed early since I had to get up at 5:00 AM. It is amazing to me that I was able to sleep though the night.
One funny thing happened in the middle of the night. The hotel has a backup generator that provides just one light in each room. So when the electricity went out in the middle of the night that light came on. There was no way to turn it off. Fortunately I had my night shades (or whatever you call them) so I could go right back to sleep.
I arrived back home in Manokwari on Saturday around 10:00 AM. I needed to call Lynn Lorenz at TEAM. She is head of our medical department. I needed advise from her about coming home or going to Singapore to have an MRI and go to an orthopedist. Lynn made the decision that I come home.
So I spent the afternoon trying to make list of all the things that needed to be done and make out all the bank transfer forms, etc., etc. I am on Vicodin, which is the same drug that TV doctor House is hooked on. It worked really well the first day I took it on Friday, but this afternoon it has not been as helpful.
I called my travel agent in Jakarta and she is working on a ticket for me for the end of the week. In the meantime I am trying to get all my December and January bookkeeping done now. Of course I have no way of knowing how long I will need to be home. I finally heard from the travel agent. She was able to get a ticket for me with Cathay Pacific, which was what I wanted, on Friday the 14th. So, I leave here on Thursday, the 13th, and overnight at the airport hotel. I should be arriving Chicago on Friday about 11:00 PM.
Fri Nov 16 20:15:42 2007
Thanksgiving Day! President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday for giving thanks and praise to our beneficent Father. I am always disturbed by the fact that we seem to jump directly from Halloween to Christmas, totally skipping the month of November and remembering all the things we have to be thankful for.
My biggest praise item is something in which you have had a major part. For all of you who have prayed faithfully, rejoice with me because the new TEAM accounting program has been conquered. A faster internet connection and the downloading of SKYPE has enabled me to spend many hours "online" with Daniel at TEAM. He has patiently helped me to understand the program as well as correct some of the glitches in the program which were preventing me from doing what I was supposed to do. We are now completely caught up with our bookkeeping data and I have been able to work regularly in Peachtree with no problems. I never thought this day would come. Thank you for praying and Praise the Lord!!!
The American Embassy often gives warnings to American citizens here to maintain a low profile, stay away from large gatherings and vary our schedules. The other day I went thru a "sweeping" here in town where the police ask to see your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Several police officers gathered around my car sharing with each other that I was the gal who went jogging every afternoon on Brawijaya Street between 4 and 5 PM. Even the mayor of the city commented on this same thing when I met him at our Bible School graduation in June. So much for keeping a low profile!
In Papua the churches are already busy forming committees for the Christmas holidays. Here Christmas is a church and community celebration, not a family observance, as we do in the U.S. Our Bible School students do not view their Christmas break as a time for vacation but a chance to travel to remote areas for evangelistic meetings. They use the time to show films and hold seminars. Please PRAY for safety as they travel and that these meetings will be an encouragement to the churches in the remote areas.
I am still in need of an office worker to help with all the purchases and errands. Please continue to PRAY.
Back to Thanksgiving, many people find it easy to be thankful when things go well, but they find it hard to be thankful when things go wrong. How quickly we forget. My we all share the attitude expressed in Psalm 34:1-3.
I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.
Rejoicing in Him,
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Support Address: TEAM, P.O. Box 969, Wheaton, IL 60189-0969
TEAM website www.teamworld.org My phone number is 011 62986 211529
Mon Oct 15 17:24:41 2007
On September 13, 1977, 30 years ago, I arrived on the island of Irian Jaya, now called Papua. My ministries varied widely, not always doing what I wanted to do but allowing God to use me in areas most needed to meet the needs here. My first 20 years were spent living in the village of Anggi in the mountains working with the Sougb tribe. To read more see my September Update below.
Very good progress is being made with the internet connections with TEAM. This of course has aided my work with the change over of accounting procedures to the Peach Tree program.
Tue Sep 25 23:08:47 2007
See the September Update.
Mon Aug 6 15:57:47 2007
Dear Friends at WCCC,
I would like to send you a big thank you for your generous contributions each month and especially your most recent decision to increase that support. You are much appreciated and your faithful prayers play a major part in my ministry here. I could not be here without you.
The Peachtree program is temporarily on hold. While doing the April closing I ran into some major problems that we have been unable to solve with only email communication with TEAM. TEAM is trying to find a more creative solution. Do keep praying!
We are all looking forward to our field’s annual conference the end of August. All the TEAM missionaries here will gather for a week of business, fun and fellowship in God’s word.
Again thank you,
Tue Jun 26 16:06:39 2007
Dear Friends, June 2007
Just days after sending my April prayer letter, my mom took a turn for the worse. On April 24th she went home to be with the Lord. I was able to fly home to be with family during this time of loss. Our loss, however, was mom’s gain as she is now in heaven with her Lord. My parent’s favorite hymn expresses how they lived their lives.
The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows,
The more that I love Him, more love He bestows;
Each day is like heaven, my cup overflows,
The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows.
My prayer is that I may faithfully serve Him throughout my life.
My month in the States brought several observations. First of all, it was a special time with family which I badly needed since nine years ago when my dad died I had been unable to return home. Secondly, while I was at the Wheaton Eye Clinic to have my Singapore cataract surgery evaluated, several doctors commented about how advanced and less expensive my new lens was. Lastly, I was finally able to receive a CD from TEAM with all the updated information, files and data for the Peachtree accounting program. Everything is now updated as of March 31, 2007.
Upon my return to Manokwari I discovered that our office worker, Mr. Woof, was out of town and we had no idea when he would return. As a result, much of my time each day is now spent running errands that I depended on him to do. Please PRAY that he will return quickly or that we can find someone else to do that job.
Slowly, I am beginning to enter the April data in Peachtree. I still have many questions. Thanks to email I am able to communicate with TEAM daily and receive quick answers. Many of you have been praying about this for a long time and I thank you. Don’t stop now! Continue to PRAY for full understanding on my part as I work with this new system.
As mentioned in my April letter, continue to PRAY for our National Church quadrennial conference to be held in July. The tendency here in Papua is for each tribe to want one of their own in the leadership position. Please PRAY earnestly that this would not be a dividing factor and that they would allow God to direct them to the one of His choosing, best able to guide a church made up of dozens of different tribal groups. Quite a challenge!!
I have been using two email addresses: email@example.com is the easiest one for me to access; firstname.lastname@example.org is my backup but takes longer to access via the Internet. For both addresses I must ask that you identify yourself or your church name in the subject line. The virus checking system here is almost nonexistent, so I do not open any emails that I do not recognize.
Thank you ever so much for your faithful prayers and support, especially during this time of grieving.
Serving Him in Irian Jaya/Papua, TEAM website www.teamworld.org
My phone number is 011 62986 211529
Susan J. Moers My mail address is: Kantor Team Box 115
Manokwari 98301, IrJa
Irian Jaya Barat, Indonesia
Mon May 21 13:49:27 2007
Dear Friends, April 2007
Easter has come and gone but everyday we praise the Lord that He did not remain in the grave. HE IS RISEN INDEED!!! I was awakened at 3 AM on Easter morning to the sound of singing. As I looked out my window I saw hundreds of torches lit all over the city as people marched thru the streets with lit torches singing hymns of praise. Quite an impressive sight!!!
I recently made a trip to Singapore for my yearly mammogram screening. Everything was done so quickly and efficiently. I walked into the doctors office without an appointment. Received a prescription for the procedure and went right to the hospital. An hour later I was walking out of the hospital having completed the mammogram and ultrasound. After lunch I returned to the hospital to receive my x-rays and lab report, took them back to the doctor where he evaluated the reports and shared the results. I was given a clean bill of health.
While in Singapore an eye doctor confirmed that the cataract in my left eye was causing pressure and needed to be removed. I was able to have the 15 minute procedure done that same day and walked out of the surgery able to see much better.
Many of you have been asking about the new Peachtree accounting program that I was learning last year while home. I wish I could tell you that I have been successful in implementing this program here in Irian Jaya. Having neither the computer expertise nor the bookkeeping background to figure it out was a constant frustration for me. Our Field Chairman came to Manokwari in February to try and shed some light on the problems I was dealing with. This helped a great deal. As soon as I receive the updated data from TEAM I will once again try using the Peachtree program. Please PRAY that this data will arrive here quickly and that I will be able to use the new program properly.
A day rarely goes by that I don't have a Sougb pastor come to my door asking for taxi fare to go visit an outlying village. Or a Sunday School teacher wanting to try and start a Sunday School in a new area. Please PRAY for all the Sougb pastors, church leaders & Sunday School teachers that they would be faithful to the Lord in all they do.
Our National Church is holding their quadrennial church conference in July. They need to elect a new church president. The tendency here in Papua is for each tribe to want one of their own in the leadership position. Please PRAY earnestly that this would not be a dividing factor and that they would allow God to direct them to the one of His choosing, best able to guide a church made up of dozens of different tribal groups. Quite a challenge!!
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, making mention of you in my prayers." I Thess. 1:2.
Thank you ever so much for your faithful support and prayers on my behalf.
Serving Him in Irian Jaya/Papua,
Susan J. Moers
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Mon May 21 13:44:31 2007
Dear friends at WCCC,
Thanks you so much for your gift to me of $200 to help with my travel expenses. It was a sad occasion that brought me home but I have been so comforted and encouraged by the prayers of so many. Again thank you for remembering me in this special way.
Also, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your intent to increase my monthly support by $35. Knowing that you care and are praying is a great encouragement to me.
In His love,
Sat Mar 24 13:18:32 2007
I have just returned from my annual trip to Singapore for my mammogram from March 8-20. Before leaving I was fighting the flu while trying to pack and checking out a fellow missionary to keep an eye on the financial books while I was gone. Also during this time we have a
former missionary returning on a visitor's visa and he needs support for interior building projects.
When the stock markets had their wild moves the beginning of March it
greatly affected our currency exchange rate. I had spent the previous
month trying to get the new Peachtree accounting program ready to take
over from the old accounting program. I'm still wrestling with problems
especially with entries where the two currencies are involved. Of course all computer work hinges on the electricity working and there always seems to be a stream of people at my door asking questions.
During my layover in Jakarta, an eye doctor told me that my left eye had 28 percent pressure, which I needed to get checked while in Singapore. So while getting the good results from my mammogram from one doctor another doctor did a 15-minute operation on that eye to remove my cataract. I was surprised that there was no bed rest required but had
to manage several eye drops every few hours.
I went to Singapore with another fellow missionary lady who also had
some medical problems to attend to. While there we acted like typical
tourists shopping and dinning. She had a late report of some cancerous
skin spots that needed to be removed which affected our flight from Singapore back to Jakarta. I had to return a day ahead of her.
Now back in my normal routine in Manokwari perhaps things will go
smoother. Please continue to pray that I get this Peachtree program up
and running properly.
Sat Jan 20 13:25:46 2007
Dear Friends at WCCC,
Thanks you ever so much for your Christmas card and letter. It is always an encouragement to hear from folks back home and know that they are praying. A very special “thank you” for the Christmas gift of $150. You are all thought of and prayed for often and much appreciated.
Just to give you an idea of what my life has been like lately - I haven't made my bed in 3 months and my Christmas decorations are still up. Somewhere in the midst of all this I had a vacation but came home to so much, I almost wished I hadn't taken the vacation. Let me tell you how it all started.
Mid December I flew to Sentani to meet up with 2 coworkers and one of their friends so we could all fly to Bali together. We went to the airport the next day to check in at 7 AM. You would think that 3 seasoned, world travelers could not have trouble getting on a plane BUT.....
The room was full and noisy and we never heard our flight being called. At one point I thought I heard "Bali" so we all got up. I checked the sign over the gate and it read Merpati Air but we were flying Garuda Air. Margaret checked the monitor and it read "on schedule", nothing about "boarding". So we all sat back down. After living in Indonesia for almost 30 years you would think we would have known better than to trust the signs. Sometime later we heard the word Bali over the loud speaker and when we got up to check they told us it was departing.
We did inquire as to why they did not call our names when they saw our seats were empty. They said they did look for us but could not find us. We were the only white people in a room full of Indonesians. They could not possibly have missed us. Later we learned that the flight was full so our flight must have been overbooked and our seats given away to someone who was willing to pay a little extra for them.
So back to the airport the next day. All flights were full and overbooked because it was the time for the "Haji" (monthly pilgrimage to Mecca). After waiting for 2 hours they were able to take 2 of us. So Margaret & her friend went while Gail & I stayed back. This same process was repeated for the 3rd time the next day. This time we got a flight and finally arrived in Bali 2 days late. Of course our luggage went to Bali that first day so we were all left behind without any clothes, etc. Fortunately the gal we stayed with in Sentani washed clothes for us each day.
The vacation was very nice. Lots of shopping and eating out in all the good restaurants. We went to several of the Balinese Cultural events, dances, Batik making, silver & gold smith, carvings and paintings. Also made a trip up the mountain to see a volcano. I was the only one who brought a bathing suit so I used it at the hotel pool. We did walk along the beach one day and went to the beach to watch a sunset one evening. Our hotel was just down the street from where the Bali bombing took place so we walked by the memorial daily.
One week later Gail & I returned to Papua where our vacation took a very different turn. We traveled via MAF to the Central Highlands to spend Christmas with C&MA missionary Lois Belsey in Hitadipa. Our goal here was to just relax. We played games, worked jigsaw puzzles, climbed mountains and crossed the wide river on a swinging bridge to have a picnic. Also, got in on some of the churches Christmas activity - a pig feast & drama presentations.
We were scheduled to fly from Hitadipa to Nabire on Friday the 29th then catch a ship for Manokwari the next day BUT..... The ship didn't show up until Monday evening New Years Day. So we had the privilege of staying with our former Manokwari MAF pilot - Steve & Jodi Richards. We had a great time with them, but by this time I was sick with a very bad cough.
While on vacation I had a family of 4 staying in my house, Gail had a family of 6 in her house and the TEAM apartment had a family of 5 staying there. So we came home to all the dirty linens for 15 people. No wonder I didn't feel like I had a vacation.
I am finally caught up with the Dec. bookkeeping and making good progress with January but I am hopelessly behind in answering all my Christmas mail. So my goal for today is to get a good start on that.
My continued thanks for your faithful prayers and support over the years.
In His love,
Susan J. Moers
Serving with TEAM in Papua, Indonesia
Saturday, December 2, 2006
December 2006 Newsletter in pdf
Mon Oct 23 13:29:26 2006
I want to thank so many of you who have prayed with me for my mom’s congestive heart failure. God has answered those prayers and she is doing much better currently. She mutters under her breathe that she’d show those doctors who said that she had less than three months to live.
Romans 10:13-17 (NLT)
13 For "Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."*
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"*
16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, "Lord, who has believed our message?"* 17 Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news-the Good News about Christ.
This morning I decided to keep track of every minute of my day. Sometimes at the end of the day I am never sure of what I accomplished. Here it is after my breakfast and personal devotions…
7:30-8:15 check emails
8:15-8:30 someone at door (gave him money)
8:30-8:50 2 more people at door (gave them money)
8:50-9:05 another person at door (gave money)
9:05-9:20 put cash in Lotus bookkeeping program
9:20-9:30 Woof, handy man, arrived, got him started with work
9:30-9:35 someone at door
9:35-10:00 return to cash
10:00-10:05 Someone at door (give money)
10:05-10:15 back to cash
10:15-10:18 Gail, fellow missionary, currently next door, phoned
10:18-10:23 count cash - not balance
10:23-11:00 read Vicki's 5 emails, another missionary - all work related
11:00-11:05 read Dan's emails, previous Bible translator with me
11:05-11:15 Woof needing guidance, not too sure handyman is appropriate title
11:15-11:30 back to Dan's emails, many instructions mostly money
11:30-11:45 Beggar at door - she comes and lies all the time, no cash given
11:45-12:30 LUNCH - got 3 work related phone calls
12:30-12:45 Woof, more instruction
12:45-1:30 Bank transfer & visit Gail
1:30-2:00 compose emails
2:00-2:30 send emails, at least after successful dial-in hookup
2:30-3:00 work on personal emails
Now all this is to say that things have changed since I first came here to help with the literacy program in a remote village 29 years ago. Along with the busyness are better living conditions. Instead of showering under a bag of cold water and reading by kerosene lamp, I have a water tank on my roof, a water heater if I turn it on, and irregular electricity. I have just replaced my old stove so that my oven will heat hotter than 225 degrees.
May I sleep better tonight and start the morning with renewed vigor for the Lord and Savior of my life.
Sun Aug 27 13:20:27 2006
I recently heard from one of the Sougb missionaries working in the village of Babo. He has had much opposition from the pastor of another church but recently was invited by this pastor to come speak in his church and conduct Bible studies. Please pray for Urias and this new open door.
Living in the tropics for me means putting up with bad phone connections when it rains. MAF has moved our pilot away from Manokwari, which means he is only here one week a month. I am kept busy arranging flights for that week.
Indonesia has just had an Independence Day holiday. I took advantage of that "day off" to dive into my Peachtree program. I'm trying to work and print in Peachtree but am having trouble with new terminology and new categories.
Thank you ever so much for your faithful prayers and support.
Thu Jul 27 13:26:12 2006
Greetings from Papau! July 2006
Have you be wondering what happened to me? Yes, I am back in Indonesia. Settling in after being in the States for six months is always a challenge. For some reason, this adjustment has been more challenging for me than usual. I can't explain why. Please PRAY that I can settle in quickly and begin the daunting task of working with our new accounting program.
As many of you know, my mom, at age 94, is suffering from congestive heart failure and has been growing weaker each day. Wanting so much to be with her at this time, this has been another burden on my heart,. PRAY for strength for her to face each day and wisdom for me as I wrestle with the possibility of returning home.
Here in Indonesia, school is out for "summer vacation" although they do not call it that here since the weather is like summer all year round. Many of the students and most of the teachers at our Bible School are not taking a vacation. They use this time to supervise camping programs throughout the Birdshead for children and teens. PRAY for safety as they travel and that these camping programs will be used to lead these young people to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
People in America do not seem to follow the World Cup, but we are perhaps the only nation in the world that doesn't. Here in Indonesia, the games were on in the middle of the night. Each night I could hear shouts coming from all over the city as people gathered in homes, restaurants or hotel lobbies to watch until dawn. Now that it is over, perhaps we can all get some sleep.
The Sougb missionaries, Urias & Lois Ahoren, are working in the village of Babo and are trying to build a church and home. Up until now, the church has been meeting in their very small, bark-walled house. The Lord has blessed that ministry, and their numbers have outgrown the home church. A man from Manokwari, Martin Watofa, has gone to Sorong to purchase building materials and then accompany them on a ship to Babo. PRAY they will be wise in the use of the funds they already have and for the additional funds needed to complete the project.
I feel frustrated that, while in the U.S., I did not spend time with all my supporters as I would have liked. The time seemed to fly by after scheduling my required medical check-ups and computer training. May I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your faithful prayers and support over the years.
In His Love Susan J. Moers
Mon Jul 24 12:48:43 2006
Dear friends at WCCC,
Thank you ever so much for giving me the privilege of sharing at the service on Heritage Sunday. It was a lovely day and full of special memories for all those from N.P.B.C. who attended. Thank you also for your gift of $50.
My trip back to Indonesia was good. I had a bulkhead seat so plenty of leg room.
My adjustment back to life in Indonesia has been more stressful than usual. I don’t know why. Please pray that I will be able to settle in and adjust soon.
Right now I’m trying to catch up on bookkeeping and I haven’t even installed the new Peachtree program yet.
Again, thank you for your faithful prayers and support over the years.
In His love,
Susan J. Moers
Fri Jun 2 14:46:43 2006
Here comes summer 2006. As the temperatures head upward here in the States I’m heading tropical. My home assignment will be coming to an end as I board the flight on June 6 and start a four day trip home to Manokwari. I know I will be missing those snow days while coping with the tropical weather for the next few years.
I have started to understand a little about the new Peach Tree computer program that was one of my number one priorities this trip. I feel quite inadequate in moving my bookkeeping program from DOS into the Windows world but with God all things are possible. The next time you have a problem and turn to some one for help, use that as a reminder to pray for me and the lack of someone to turn to for suggestions.
I feel frustrated that I did not have the time to spend with my supporters like I would have liked. The time seems to have flown by after scheduling my required medical check ups and computer training.
We have come a long way in Papua during my last 29 years. I now can obtain many things that I originally had to ship from the states in crates and 55 gallon drums. Now if they could only match those pretzels!
Sun Mar 19 12:33:30 2006
From 93 degrees to minus 17 degrees in just 24 hours! A shocking start to my six-month home assignment! Departing Jakarta at 11 AM and arriving in L.A. at 10 AM the same day (one hour before I left)! Crossing the International Date Line does wonders for one’s body clock. This major shock to me was my transition from the tropics to a US Mid-West winter. I normally make this transition during the summer and this is the first time I have made it during the winter in my 28 years on the mission field.
December was spent enjoying Christmas and time with family and friends. January meant getting down to business with all the medical exams, tests and lab work required by TEAM. I’m happy to share that I’ve been given a clean bill-of-health.
Recent word from Papua has requested prayer for Seri Ahoren. She is the daughter of one of our Sougb missionaries. In a culture that highly valued reprisal and revenge killings, it is not surprising that an element of young people have chosen to reject Christianity and return to the “old ways”. Seri’s life has been threatened because of some offense that her great-grandfather committed and restitution has never been made. Please PRAY that this can be solved peacefully.
February I was clobbered with Peach Tree. This is a new computer bookkeeping program that I must learn and it seemed to be more of a hanging tree than a fruit tree. I spent one week at TEAM headquarters trying to learn this program but it didn’t all sink in on the first attempt. I need to spend more time there in hopes that I can master this program before returning to Papua the beginning of June. Please be in earnest PRAYER for this. I am totally overwhelmed with the prospects of having to use this program for our field’s bookkeeping.
My circumstances have taken me from summer to winter and now the hope of spring and Easter which reminds me of Noah’s situation after being isolated in the ark. God made a promise to him with which I can identify, “As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” Genesis 8:22. No matter what our circumstances or where God leads us He is faithful to meet our every need.
If you would like to check on my latest news between my letters, please check out my web page at http://www.windycitycommunitychurch.org/missionaries/moers/index.php
Susan J. Moers
Mon Jan 16 15:07:40 2006
Dear Friends at WCCC,
Being home this Christmas has been a joy for me and I am looking forward to having an opportunity to spend some time visiting with you.
I have so appreciated your faithful prayers and support over the years. Just knowing that someone at home is thinking about me and praying for me is a big encouragement.
May I express my special thanks for your Christmas gift to me of $185.
In His love,
Susan J. Moers
Susan has been on the mission field for 28 years, since 1977, and this is probably the first time that she has traveled from her 90 degree tropical temperatures to Chicago’s below zero wind chill, as she did on December 10, 2005. She usually plans to return to Chicago in the hotter weather and slowly get used to the colder weather.
She has recently heard from Gail, the lady who is doing her bookkeeping in Papua, that her computer has crashed and she hopes that no data has been lost. In February, she will be spending a week at TEAM to learn a new computer program called Peachtree, which will replace her old bookkeeping system. She will have to be doing a manual transfer of data into the new system. Susan will be speaking at WCCC Women's Guild on March 3, 2006.
Mon Nov 7 19:34:38 2005
It was one year ago on September 20th that our co-worker, Neil Roesler, was killed when the helicopter he was flying went down in a mountainous region of the jungle. During our field annual conference this year, we commemorated that event with a special memorial service. Please continue to PRAY for Sandy, Kaila and Micah.
We were delighted to welcome new missionaries to our Papua family. Nathan and Harmony Jansen are young, enthusiastic and excited to be here. They are slated to minister among the Yei people but first must complete a year of Indonesian language study. PRAY for them as they adjust to a new language and culture.
In August the faculty and staff of our Bible school here in Manokwari held a retreat, partly to help improve their communication and working relationships. One major problem has been the appointment of someone as the school board chairman who is unqualified for that position. Please PRAY earnestly that this problem will be dealt with appropriately because this is a culture that places great importance on not "loosing face," this problem is a challenge to resolve.
It was an encouragement to me to meet recently with Aksamina, the adult literacy coordinator in the Nenei area. She continues to train new teachers so that the Sougb people can read God's Word in their own language. PRAY that these teachers will remain faithful. PRAY also for the adult literacy program in the Anggi area. Currently no one has taken over that responsibility.
These past few months I have been working on the revision of our Bookkeeper's Manual. TEAM has totally revamped their accounting program which means we have had to make major changes as well. In December, I will be returning to the States for a six-month home assignment, so I must finish the revision before training Gail to take over the bookkeeping in my absence.
My trip to the U.S. coincides with my need for a yearly mammogram screening. However, it is also a time for me to meet with my financial supporters to give them an update on the ministry here that they have so faithfully sustained. My support continues to be below the required amount set by TEAM. Please PRAY that this need will be met.
If you would like me to visit with you, your church or perhaps Sunday School class, to share what the Lord has been doing in Papua, please feel free to contact me after December 10th. I will once again be living with my sister and her husband. Their address is: c/o Hardman, 508 Lois Ct., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056, phone 847-593-7979, email jfhardman@juno.
In recent months my mom, who has been living in Friendship Village, has had to move from her apartment in Independent Living to the Health Care Center. Please PRAY for the many adjustments she must make to deal with her new living arrangement.
I look forward to seeing many of you while I am in the U.S.
Susan J. Moers
Mon Jul 11 13:11:17 2005
Near the end of June we got word that one of our former missionaries (Doug Miller) died. They were retired from TEAM and living in the U.S. He worked here with the Hatam tribe and he also opened up the work with the Moskona tribe. So they consider him their "Father". Custom has it that when someone dies you go the their house and cry and sit around talking about the person. Well, since they can't go to Miller's house, guess whose house they are coming to! In the midst of all my business I have had a steady stream of Hatam & Moskona folks at my door to cry and talk about Doug. This is not something that you can rush. So although it has been frustrating at times I have had to just sit and listen with them.
Susan has a missionary friend, Vicki, who heads up the Awana program for the country of Indonesia. The first ever Awana Games in Indonesia were held the first week of June. Susan helped support the leader's training with transportation, meals and manual labor with such projects as making over 800 boxes of snacks that were passed out at the games. Those games were held at a hotel meeting room on a typically hot tropic day with no windows. The electricity was off so no air-conditioning, fans or lights. During that same week there was a killing. This is an old rivalry between the Sougb Tribe and the Meyah Tribe. As a result all tribal people are in hiding. It is so disheartening because the younger generation seems to be returning to the old ways of killings and revenge. Pray that the church leaders will know how to deal with it so that it does not get worse. The mayor of Susan's town is paying for a dozen interior pastors to go to Israel. Those pastors must get their own passports and Susan must decide how much money she should give them for that. Another decision for Susan is an interior Bible School that wants money to buy a small portable generator to take with them on evangelistic trip to show films.
Thu Jul 7 14:33:03 2005
Dear Friends May 2005
One hundred and fifty years ago on February 5, 1855, two German missionaries, Ottow and Geisler, landed on the island of Mansinam bringing God’s Word to the people in the Manokwari area for the very first time. The current mayor of Manokwari declared a holiday from January 27th through February 7th to celebrate this event. All schools were closed because they needed to use all the classrooms to house the thousands of visitors that came from all over Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Europe. Preparations actually began weeks before that because traditional native style houses were built all over the city. One of these was on display in front of our National Church office showing pictures of Ottow and Geisler on the left and Walter Erikson and Edward Tritt on the right. Erickson and Tritt were the first TEAM missionaries to arrive here in Manokwari in 1950. While trekking through the jungle they were killed by their carriers in 1952.
Decorative lights were strung across the road on all the streets in front of every house throughout the city. The mayor said that every household had to participate whether or not they were Christian. Driving through town at night was like driving through a fairyland of lit tunnels. At the end of many of the streets were huge lit crosses.
There were over fifty fife and drum groups from all over Indonesia to march in a parade playing songs like Jesus, Joy Of Man’s Desiring and Onward Christian Soldiers. Representatives from churches all over Indonesia also came to march in a different parade wearing the colorful native dress from their various tribes and cultures. All through the streets they were singing songs like Onward Christian Soldiers, This Is The Day, and In The Name of Jesus. All the school children were in another parade and church leaders and government officials were also in a parade. In fact they had a different parade every day that week. Excitement was running high and for weeks no one did any work.
One of the churches’ booths was set up with displays of artwork and crafts depicting the history of the Gospel coming to Manokwari in 1855. Pastor Buce Wambrau, head of our National Church, won first prize for the booth he set up. His booth was impressive with a large map of Indonesia and prayer cards from many of the TEAM missionaries who have served here. Also on display were copies of the many New Testaments that had been translated by various TEAM missionaries into the local languages of the numerous tribal groups where we have worked.
Things in town are now back to normal although you still see t-shirts being warn all over the city declaring Manokwari The Gospel Town.
In His Service,
Susan J. Moers