Matt graduated from Union University in 2004. Two years later, he began working with HeartCry as the Missions Coordinator for Asia. In July of 2011, Matt, his wife Amanda, and their family moved to Southeast Asia to serve as missionaries/church planters and to oversee the indigenous missionaries sponsored by HeartCry in that region.
We trust you are doing well. We are getting ready to go away for a short vacation, and we wanted to send a brief update before leaving. Since our last update, little Andrew, our fourth son, was born in Belenta*. He is now four months old and is getting more and more active. He looks a lot like Aidan and a little bit like Owen and Elliot, but in different ways of course. His big brothers love to play with him and even try to soothe him if he’s crying. Sometimes, though, they only make it worse! But, for the most part, they’re all three helpful, especially Aidan. He’s now even had the experience of changing diapers!
Amanda’s dad was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is now in a hospital in Houston, Texas, and it seems that he has been getting very good care. Please pray that our capable Lord would heal him of this disease.
Matt has continued to have a busy schedule, though of course it cannot quite match the busyness of a mother of four (Matt is writing this!)! Since January, the HeartCry missionaries in Belenta and Bethol* have been meeting with those in Jopha* two or three times each month in order to spend the day studying the Scriptures together. There have also been a few people meeting with us who have a desire to plant churches in the future. Some are still in college; others have already graduated and are working in various occupations.
We finished studying the doctrine of God with Pak Patrick* (a former seminary professor of systematic theology) at the end of this month, and next month we will begin studying a theology of missions in the Old Testament with a brother who is the rector at a Baptist seminary. These days of study have been a great blessing as we learn and fellowship together. Please pray that God would use these study days to further equip his laborers in Southeast Asia.
On Friday mornings, Matt continues his weekly meeting with the Belenta missionaries. Usually, they spend time in worship and prayer. On Friday nights, Matt also has a Bible study with a group of people, most of whom are involved with the house church. We studied through the book of Titus, and now we are studying a book about how the Lord worked in different movements throughout history. Please pray that God would use this time to help us all learn more deeply what it means to obey Jesus Christ. It was striking to me when I recently read, “Jesus didn’t command us just to teach people, but to teach them to obey.” The Great Commission is more than a transfer of knowledge from one head to another; it is being God’s instrument to help his people grow in obedience to the Master.
We continue to meet each week in our house church. We feel that the Lord is continuing to use this group for the purpose of making disciples. Matt’s greatest burdens are that leaders would be raised up out of this group, that all would use their spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ, and that God’s people would grow to maturity.
There are many other things we could write about – a new place to teach English, sharing the good news with Muslims, a trip to Bethol to see HeartCry co-laborers – but unfortunately there is not enough time to do so now.
Please know that all of you who read our updates are a great blessing to us, and we are very thankful for you.
Yours in Christ,
Matt and Amanda G. and the boys